Sustainable and Responsible Port Development Concept - Case by the Port of Naantali



Finnlines has decided to invest on two new RoPax vessels, which will have a cargo capacity of 5,2 lanekilometers and passenger intake up to 1500 passengers. Compared to the current vessel types the freight volumes are much higher, and the passenger capacity 3 times bigger than today.


The team “Six Friends of Naantali”´s task is to focus on the cargo service related future plans of the Port of Naantali, concerning this new vessel arriving to the traffic between the Ports of Naantali and Kapellskär. The case title is “Sustainable and Responsible Port Development Concept in Partnership with a Strong Shipowner”.


Our student team members working on this case are Waltteri Aronen, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Finland, Esmeralda Dervishllari, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, Oleksandra Kucheriaba, Odessa National Maritime University, Ukraine, Rosa Manninen, Tampere University, Finland, Maxim Trenin, Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping, Russia and Usamah Yakub, Tampere University of Technology, Finland. The > Mentor for the case is Mr Rolf Neise supported by Mr Frank Kho.


During the last ten years, the Port of Naantali has become one of the most important RoRo ports in Finland. Due to the port’s significant investments in ferry traffic, the unitized cargo is increasing rapidly. Today, Naantali is the fourth largest ferry port for trucks and trailers in Finland. Currently, Naantali offers several daily connections to Scandinavia with RoRo/Ropax vessels. These fast and regular connections ensure efficiency necessary for modern logistics and professional cargo transportation. More than half of all truck and trailer units between Finland and other Scandinavian countries are already shipped via Naantali, which is the quickest sea route between Sweden and Finland for freight. Therefore, this route can be seen as a real Motorway of the Sea, part of the well-known Nordic Triangle traffic corridor connecting Scandinavia, Finland and Russia.


In addition to good sea connections, the Port of Naantali offers excellent road connections for the cargo transports by providing uncongested connections to the main transport routes in Finland, e.g. to motorway E18 via Helsinki, the Metropolitan area, to Russia, and highway 8 along Finland’s west coast. The Port of Naantali is an important link of the logistics chain in the Baltic Sea area. The Baltic Sea is a part of the TEN-T traffic network, which covers the whole Europe. The TEN-T core network links the Port of Naantali to both the Nordic Triangle and the Motorway of the Baltic Sea. The Port of Naantali is defined as one of those four TEN-T core ports in Finland together with the Ports of HaminaKotka, Helsinki and Turku.


We expect a tough competition between the team “Six Friends of Naantali” and the 7 other teams. All very international and even more motivated!


Photo Credits: The Port of Naantali

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