Tallink Grupp has filed a legal action against AS Tallinna Sadam (Port of Tallinn) at the Harju County Court with a claim in the total amount of EUR 15.4 million. With the action Tallink Grupp is demanding that the Port of Tallinn reimburses the company a part of the excessively high fees that were paid for the port services in the Old City Harbour (Tallinna Vanasadam).
Port of Tallinn Opened the New Terminal D
On Friday 31 July, the Port of Tallinn opened the new building of its Terminal D; the largest sea gate of Estonia, which welcomes six million passengers a year.
The terminal received a makeover of EUR 18.5 million and now boasts a new state-of-the-art look. The total area of the building –featuring a number of environmentally friendly solutions– nearly doubled, having reached 14,000m2.
“The building offers travellers much larger waiting and seating areas, a playground for children has been added, and there is more space for cafés and shops,” said Valdo Kalm, the chairman of the board at the Port of Tallinn. “Our other priority in addition to passenger comfort was sustainability: for instance, the energy needs of the building are partially covered by solar electricity, and indoor climate is automatically regulated depending on the temperature outside.”
The reconstruction of Terminal D is co-financed by the European Union within the Connecting Europe Facility project TWIN-PORT 2 no. 2014-EU-TM-0087-M.
AS Tallink Grupp and Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) recently signed the contract for the construction of a new LNG-powered shuttle ferry for the Tallinn-Helsinki route, which entered into force on 27 March.
Price: EUR 250 million.
Gross tonnage: 50,000
Speed: 27 knots
The delivery of the vessel is expected in January 2022.
The new shuttle ferry will also benefit from the recently signed cooperation agreement with Tallinn Technical University, the aim of which is to develop innovative Smart Car deck solutions for the group’s vessels to enhance the loading and unloading operations and make them compatible with the already existing Smart Port solutions at the Port of Tallinn.
According to the contract, 30% of the total cost will be paid during the construction period and the rest after the delivery of the vessel. AS Tallink Grupp plans to finance 70% of the new ship cost in 2022 by long-term loan, the loan terms will be concluded in the near future.
The ship in question was built in Italy by Cantiere Navale Visentini and delivered in 2011 to Caronte in bare boat charter and from 2013 sub-chartered out to Irish Ferries. The latter still operates the vessel today.
ESPO Interviews The CEO Of The Port Of Tallinn
This month ESPO is taking you to the Baltic region, and more precisely to the Port of Tallinn, where Mr Valdo Kalm has been CEO of the company since beginning 2016.
This interview is about the strengths, challenges and ambitions of the Port of Tallinn. And about the Port of Tallinn’s introduction to the stock exchange.
Tallink, in partnership with Port of Tallinn and Transiidikeskuse AS, has re-routed its ro-ro SEA WIND. It now operates from Muuga Harbour instead of the Tallinn Old City Harbour.
This move means that more than 40,000 lorries per year will be removed from Tallinn city centre, reducing congestion and pollution. The journey from Muuga to Vuosaari (Finland) is also six nautical miles shorter.
Muuga Harbour, which is Estonia’s largest and deepest cargo port, is located just outside Tallinn, 16km from Tallinn city centre. Muuga Harbour has 29 berths, three of which have been specifically built for ro-ro type vessels.
Transiidikeskuse AS is a specialised Estonian container and general cargo terminal operator in Muuga Harbour.