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Kvarken Strait Midway alignment in the spotlights

Published the 4 March 2015

The Midway Alignment project – Strait of Kvarken – was invited to share their know-how and experience as well as present the results achieved so far in terms of sustainable shipping and reduction of emissions.

Approximately 200 conference delegates gathered on 18-19 November, 2014 in Gothenburg, Sweden to learn about projects within the TEN-T (Trans-European Transport Networks) Motorways of the Sea Programme of the European Commission. The conference focused on sustainable shipping and reduction of emissions. Midway Alignment of the Bothnian Corridor – on the Strait of Kvarken between Sweden and Finland – was one of the six projects which were invited to share their know-how and experience as well as present the results achieved so far.

Midway Alignment’s delegation in the conference consisted of the project’s steering committee with members from Vaasa, Finland and Umeå, Sweden. Mr. Mathias Lindström, project manager, and Ms. Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, MEP, as well as Wärtsilä representatives told the conference about the design of a new ship for the Kvarken Strait.

"It was indeed a great honour to have our project picked out to present itself, among the ongoing 56 TEN-T MoS projects. In addition to the opportunity to inform about our project, it is very important for us to hear about the experiences of others who work with similar projects. Exchanging information and spreading the results are essential elements of all the projects which have been co-funded via TEN-T Motorways of the Sea programme", says Mr. Mathias Lindström, director of the Kvarken Council and project manager of Midway Alignment.

During the conference, the audience were informed about projects which help develop a sustainable shipping sector that meets international and European regulations. In this context, a wide range of emission reduction solutions were presented, including LNG, methanol and scrubbers, in the context of the Sulfur emission control regulation.

Mr. Brian Simpson, the European Coordinator for Motorways of the Sea (MoS) hosted the conference in Gothenburg

Finnish MEP Ms. Miapetra Kumpula-Natri opened Midway Alignment’s event and talked about the regions’ opportunities and the importance of the transport link

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