The Action upgraded the existing maritime link between core (Luleå) and comprehensive (Raahe, Oxelösund) ports in the Baltic Sea to further comply with the environmental regulations such as MARPOL Annex VI and Directive 2012/33/EU.
The main objective of the Action was to have an energy-efficient, low-emission supply of dry bulk cargo available year-round in the peripheral region, to increase port efficiency and reduce overall logistics costs.
The following activities were carried out:
- procurement of additional environmental efforts for two new build bulk carriers;
- development of port infrastructure and efficiency in the Port of Raahe;
- development of an on-shore power supply in port;
- development of LNG availability and safe bunkering procedures; and
- ex-post climate change impact assessment.
The Action promoted clean shipping and alternative fuels. It increased the demand for LNG and deployment of LNG bunkering infrastructure in the Gulf of Bothnia, as well as the implementation of shore-side electricity.