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TWIN-PORT: Motorway of the Sea via Helsinki and Tallinn

The Port of Helsinki and the Port of Tallinn have strong ties and heavy traffic between them.
This major connection between the two European capitals is also a part of the corridor leading to Central Europe through the Via Baltica and Rail Baltic. The number of both passenger and cargo ferries crossing the Baltic Sea between the ports is growing daily: now nearly  8 million passengers and 1,5  million vehicles.
This fast development has naturally brought its issues: new infrastructure solutions for traffic flow and current bottlenecks need to be found within the port as well as the connecting city areas. More economical solutions will mean that larger amounts of vehicles and passengers can be handled in less time in tight city areas, as well as both ports.
In the framework of the TWIN-PORT project, Helsinki, for its part, is looking into solutions
like automooring, automatic gate/check-in services, as well as improved signposting in its West Harbour. There will be a new terminal in the West Harbour, as well as new streets, parking areas, berths, and an improved fairway.
The Port of Tallinn is investing in improving its Old City Harbour traffic connections and upgrading in-port logistics. Both cities will conduct a study on municipal and national level traffic scenarios, especially focusing on multimodality.
A new ro-ro connection between Vuosaari and Muuga harbours will be studied and promoted, and both sides will concentrate on cargo to enable and contribute to new and effective multimodal transport. The aim is to increase efficiency and at the same time reduce environmental impact, at lower operating costs.

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