Port of Tallinn unveils plans for military and offshore wind operations

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 22/06/2022 Port of Tallinn
The supervisory board of Port of Tallinn decided to invest up to €53 million to build a new 310-meter quay with a 10-hectare area beyond the quay in Paldiski South Harbour.

The investment is co-financed by European Commission in the amount of €20 million through the military mobility project EstMilMob, which aims to improve transport connections to Tapa over the next five years. The expansion is scheduled to be completed in summer 2025. The new quay is being developed for military purposes and to increase the maritime transport capacity of goods and vehicles.

The construction of the new quay is also expected to create preconditions for Port of Tallinn to become an important partner in the construction and subsequent maintenance of offshore wind farms in the Baltic Sea region. The new quay aims to ensure the capacity of the port to receive high-draft special-purpose vessels for the construction of offshore wind farms and the transport of wind turbine components. The large rear area beyond the quay allows various preparations for the manufacture and storage of generators and wind turbine blades before being loaded on a ship. In addition, the new quay can be used to service ro-ro vessels if required.

Port of Tallinn stated it is currently negotiating with several largest European wind farm developers to establish a construction and maintenance port for offshore wind farms of the neighboring region in the Paldiski South Harbour. The wind farms to be built in the area plan to start production in 2028, preceded by a 3-year construction period of the wind farms.

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