Port of Tallinn invested in new quay to service wind farms

The Port of Tallinn, Estonia’s largest port authority, will invest € 53 million, to build a new quay in Paldiski South Harbour, by summer 2025. This 310-metre quay with a 10-hectare area will be co-financed by the European (EU) Commission. It will contribute € 20 million via the  EstMilMob military mobility project, aiming to improve transport connections to Tapa, east of Tallinn, in the coming five years.

The new quay is necessary for military purposes, but will also increase the local maritime transport capacity of goods and vehicles. Crucially, it will also help the Port of Tallinn become a significant partner in the construction and maintenance of offshore wind farms in the Baltic Sea region. Indeed, the new quay will allow the port to welcome high-draft special-purpose vessels, used in the construction of offshore wind farms, and in the transportation of necessary components. A large rear area beyond the quay will allow for the preparation and storage of generators and wind turbine blades before they can be loaded onto vessels. The quay will also be useful for ro/ro cargo when needed.

The port is in negotiation with multiple European wind farm builders, and discussing the establishment of a construction and maintenance port for offshore wind farms in the area. Production is scheduled to begin in 2028, after a three-year construction period. The investment is expected to positively impact operating volumes and turnover in the Port of Tallinn after 2025 when the quay and hinterland area is completed.

Author: Emma Dailey

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