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1000 Finns Visited Saaremaa with Tallink Grupp’s Vessel VICTORIA I on a One-Off Special Cruise

The company’s vessel VICTORIA I left Helsinki on Monday night, 27 July, with just slightly over 1000 Finnish passengers on board, ready to discover the Estonian island gem of Saaremaa.

This is the first time Victoria I is visiting Saaremaa and it is the largest vessel by gross tonnage to ever visit the Saaremaa deep harbour, completed in 2006 and located approximately 40 kilometres from the capital of the island, Kuressaare.

Around 30 coaches were waiting for the passengers at the port to transfer passengers to Kuressaare and to take them on various island tours to visit Saaremaa’s famous landmarks, such as Angla windmills, Kuressaare castle and much more.

Commenting on the special cruise, Tallink Grupp’s CEO Paavo Nõgene said: “If the passenger feedback is positive to this kind of trip and there is more demand for Saaremaa cruises, we will be happy to consider offering these cruises also in the future.”


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Saaremaa Announces Tender For Montu-Ventspils Service

The rural municipality government of Saaremaa, Estonia’s largest island, has announced a procurement for finding an operator for the ferry service between the port of Montu on Saaremaa Island and Ventspils in Western Latvia for the coming five years.

The route is to be serviced during the period of contract each year at least from June 1 to August 31 at least three times per week. The detailed period, schedule and volumes will be established in the course of negotiations.

The qualifying ship must accommodate at least 25 passenger cars or other vehicles up to 4.65 meters in length as well as at least one bus up to four meters in height.

SAAREMAA Gets Prepared for Canadian Service

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SAAREMAA is being “Canadised” prior to her service on the Matane – Baie-Comeau – Godbout route. Last week, she was presented to the local media.

The route was temporarily operated by CTMA VOYAGEUR, which in fact only has a 12-driver capacity. The problems on the route started when modern LNG-powered ro-pax F.-A.-GAUTHIER experienced problems, which still haven’t been solved. The ferry is still in dry dock.

Since 1 June, the route is operated by F.-A.- SAVARD, a 70-car, 376-pax ferry, until SAAREMAA is ready. The ship is expected to enter service at the beginning of July, as SAAREMAA I. Later on, a naming competition will be organised.

Short of its flagship F.-A.-GAUTHIER, STQ recently acquired veteran APOLLO as a stop gap solution. However, she only lasted for 21 days, because of technical and structural issues.