Late delivery leaves ferry operator in the black
The belated delivery of operator TS Laevad's four new ferries ended in profit for the company as late fees exceeded the sum spent on replacement ferries by nearly €4 million.
04.04.2017, Andres EinmannPM
Gazprom looking to supply Tallink's new ferry
Tallink will bunker its new LNG-powered ferry using trucks from Russia, Sweden, or Finland, as government decisions have cooled the enthusiasm of investors who were looking to construct an LNG terminal in Estonia.
20.09.2016, Andres ReimerPM
None of the new ferries to be completed on time
Even though state-owned ferries only existed on paper when the procurement contract was signed, it was hoped the ships could be finished on schedule. TS Laevad announced on Wednesday that instead of new ferries we will have replacements come fall.
01.09.2016, Madis VaikmaaPM
Engines selected for new ferries come with great costs
Though promised differently, Port of Tallinn's new ferryboats will only be able to use expensive diesel fuel as, due to technical peculiarities, it is impossible to modify them for the cheaper LNG.
12.08.2016, Andres RiemerPM
Half of four ferries ready by October
With forty days to go till operator change in mainland-islands ferryboat connection, only one of the four boats built is in its final stage of construction – Leiger, under construction in Turkey. With Tõll built in Poland a slight chance exists for it to enter service on October 1st as well, but the more realistic date is mid-October.
10.08.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Leiger the Ferry test sailing at Sea of Marmara
Under construction in the Turkish shipyard Sefine, new ferryboat Leiger underwent gear tests on Sea of Marmara waters yesterday and the day before. At noon yesterday, website Marinetraffic showed Leiger under Estonian flag moving at 11 knots on Sea of Marmara near Istanbul doing tests. Once in Estonia, Leiger will sail the Rohuküla-Heltermaa line.
Editorial: an embarrassingly bumpy beginning
Picture a big public procurement for purchasing computers. Initiators say that office work will reach new levels of effectiveness. Turns out, the new hardware is late but the old computers have been hauled away by other departments or outright amortized. On the morning of The Day, IT-chief stands before the staff, an old slow computer in arms, and with his voice shaky says please be strong and don't give up. Bosses higher up the ladder explain that «change always hurts», «the work will get done» and, after all, the entire situation is the fault of those who worked here before them.
Leedo says Padar blabs too much
Interview by businessman Ärimees Vjatšeslav Leedo to local newspaper Saarte Hääl that he owns.
Preparing for darkest scenario
Questions answered by state enterprise and new ferryboat operator TS Laevad head Kaido Padar.
The tardy ferries and a triumphant Leedo
Come fall, the Estonian taxpayer is faced with the next hefty additional bill due to rearrangements of mainland-islands ferry traffic. For a month now, the grapevine is confidently declaring that of the four new vessels only one will be completed on time - with luck. Therefore, at least for a while the state desires to buy operating service from the businessman Vjatšeslav Leedo.
28.07.2016, Andres EinmannPM
Fiasco coded into the very ferry procurement
As early as May, we heard the ferryboats being built to connect mainland and islands in Estonia starting October would be late for a minimum of three months. Last week served us the additional «surprise» of the other two boats from shipyard in Turkey will miss deadline as well.
14.07.2016, Tuuli KochPM
State faced with payment of tens of millions to Leedo
Estonian state is in for mega losses should European Commission and court allow appeal by Saaremaa Laevakompanii (SLK) owner Vjatšeslav Leedo regarding a string of alleged violations with regular ferryboat services procurement.
15.06.2016, Oliver KundPM
Leedo: price of political support stood at €4m
At Tartu County Court this Monday, shipping businessman Vjatšeslav Leedo testified that former Port of Tallinn board member Allan Kiil (then Reform) asked him for €4m in 2014 in return for political support which would have ensured Mr Leedo the support needed to have ferryboat traffic contract extended. According to him, Mr Kiil said he would have had, regarding paying the money and getting the support, to communicate with then Port of Tallinn chairman Remo Holsmer (Reform), who «does that thing at the port».
19.05.2016, Oliver KundPM
Editorial: don't pay the ferryman until he gets you to the other side ...
...And then the ferryman said,There is trouble ahead, So you must pay me now (don't do it), You must pay me now (don't do it), And still that voice came from beyond, Whatever you do, Don't pay the ferryman, Don't even fix a price, Don't pay the ferryman, Until he gets you to the other side.
-Chris de Burgh
Port of Tallinn wants Polish shipyard to pay for replacement ferry
TS Laevad desires to sign an annex to contract with Remontowa regarding the ferryboat which will be late, prescribing that the Poles pay for replacement ferryboat, says CEO of the Port of Tallinn subsidiary Kaido Padar.
18.05.2016, Oliver KundPM
A €120m deal with just two guys guilty?
A Polish shipyard will be late with one of the ferries for Saaremaa as the mess of a contract allows ignoring the deadline set by Estonians. Former minister and port council are tossing the responsibility around like a hot potato, making Port of Tallinn ex-managers Allan Kiil and Ain Kaljurand the sole culprits.
18.05.2016, Oliver KundPM
Polish shipyard goes too slow with our ferries
The ferryboats to sail mainland Estonia and Saaremaa, Hiiumaa route currently built at Remontowa Shipbulding in Poland might be late. Port of Tallinn management have contingency plans in place and are headed to inspect the situation on location this coming Wednesday.
08.04.2016, Andres ReimerPM
Jan Mayer: passenger ship building is highly client-centred
Meyer Turku shipyard CEO Jan Meyer says there isn't much demand for new ferryboats on the market.
10.02.2016, Aivar ÕepaPM
Ex-minister Palo wins shipper in false information lawsuit
A court in Tallinn has found that former Minister of Economic Affairs Urve Palo did not submit false information about the 2014 ferry tender in saying that an offer by Vainamere Liinid was by 60 million euros more expensive than a rival offer by a subsidiary of the state-owned company Port of Tallinn, which won the tender.
Estonian prosecutors declare 2 Poles suspects in Port of Tallinn corruption probe
The Estonian Prosecutor General's Office has filed suspicions against two managers of a Polish shipbuilding company as part of the corruption investigation relating to the state owned company Port of Tallinn, spokespeople for the chief prosecutor's office said on Tuesday.
Saaremaa ferry gets «Merry Christmas» splash
Under construction at Remontowa shipyard in Gdansk, Poland, the first of two ferryboats built for Port of Tallinn and meant for mainland-Saaremaa lines will be launched just before this Christmas.
07.10.2015, Aivar ÕepaPM
In Turkey, 300 plus people build ferries for Hiiumaa
As assured by representatives of Sefine shipyard, Turkey, they are a month ahead of schedule building ferryboats to travel the mainland Estonia and Hiiumaa line.
06.10.2015, Aivar ÕepaPM
The political ferryboat traffic racket
A year ago, a bribery scandal of historical proportions was meant to erupt in Estonia. Those closest to ferryboat businessman Vjatšeslav Leedo (63), one dealing with politicians for decades, were planning to go public with a local political heavyweight's demand that a record breaking €30m be paid for extending the operating contract.
18.09.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Editorial: Augean Stables, Estonia
With an environment under a single individual or grouping for a longer while, own rules are established prescribing that once the situation changes, a great cleanup is needed. A dirty job, in all likelihood. The way mud wrestling goes, none of the participants stays clean - nor the ones to comment on the event. This is the way it seems to be going with ferryboat traffic to Estonia's major islands, for years the playground of a businessman Vjatšeslav Leedo.
Suspicion: Kiil amassed money with Kaljurand aware
The most valuable part of what security police has collected, this past year, is extracts of bribes-related conversations between Port of Tallinn chief Ain Kaljurand and his deputy Allan Kiil.
28.08.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Ferryboat traffic takeover spawns bribery scandal
A major part of the Port of Tallinn corruption scandal that erupted yesterday is linked to rearrangement of mainland-islands ferryboat traffic. Millions have been pocketed.
27.08.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Ferry queues are here to stay
Up to five hours of waiting to get on ferryboats at Kuivastu and Virtsu ports on popular travel days - the new normal for folks headed to Saaremaa, this summer and in all likelihood also the next.
13.08.2015, Aivar ÕepaPM
Estonian ferries face bright future in Germany
Come fall, the ferryboats Saaremaa and Muhumaa currently sailing the Virtsu-Kuivastu route will be servicing a regular line at the mouth of River Elbe, in Germany. In a year, Hiiumaa is off to join them.
19.05.2015, Aivar ÕepaPM
Editorial: silence – not always golden
The folks ferried between mainland and Saaremaa feel worried: in summer, the queues are a bother as things stand but ship swap by Saaremaa Laevakompanii may stretch them longer still – yet, the main hero keeps mum. On the one hand, people are justified in expecting information regarding plans of a company providing public services. On the other, entrepreneurs have their business interests to consider. And as the move is allowed by contracts, who could find fault with the entrepreneur.
Oldies appear to replace new ferries
As Regula arrived to do the Virtsu-Kuivastu ferrying this week-end, long were the lines and long were the faces. For a partner, the vessel built in 1971 is getting, from Greece – also a ship rather ancient.
18.05.2015, Meribel SinikaldaPM
Estonia: Port of Tallinn signs ferry construction contracts
Port of Tallinn has signed contracts on the construction of four new passenger ferries for the routes between mainland Estonia and large western islands, with Polish Remontowa Shipbuilding and Turkish Sefine Shipyard to build two ferries each.
The hidden impact of dismantling a monopoly
In the isle of Saaremaa, hundreds of employees today depend on the businessman Vjatšeslav Leedo who built up his empire largely on government-given ferry-money. Should the state turn off the funds in 2016, they’re asking: «What about us?».
17.10.2014, Oliver KundPM
Econmin says followed Finance Ministry's guidelines in ferry tender
The Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications embarked on a negotiated tendering procedure without prior publication of a tender notice in the tender for the island ferry service contract for the next ten-year period on the recommendation of the Finance Ministry.
FinMin doubts lawfulness of way ferry tender was handled
The Estonian Finance Ministry finds that the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications may have violated the law by awarding the island ferry service contract for the next ten-year period by a negotiated tendering procedure and as a result it may be necessary to declare the outcome invalid.
Port of Tallinn ready to operate ferry services from 2016
In a press release issued after the Ministry of Economy and Communications had declared it winner of a tender for the public regular services contract to operate ferries between the mainland and Estonia's largest western islands, the state-owned company Port of Tallinn said it is ready to provide the service from fall 2016.
Estonian state owned port co wins ferry operator tender
The winning offer in the tender of the Ministry of Economy and Communications for the next ten-year contract to operate ferries between the mainland and Estonia's largest western islands was made by OU TS Laevad and OU TS Shipping, subsidiaries of the state owned port company Tallinna Sadam (Port of Tallinn).
Editorial: deep dealings in shallow waters
In the ideal Estonia, simple stuff might as well be solved. The ideal Estonia could be characterised by absence of Saaremaa and Hiiumaa ferry connection debates all but drowning us every once in a while.
Palo beckons failed ferry firms to her table
Economy and communications ministry is set to continue main islands ferry connection talks with up-to-now failed Vjatšeslav Leedo owned Väinamere Liinid and state enterprise Port of Tallinn.
25.09.2014, Andres ReimerPM
Parts armed with private business insider information
Why is economy minister Juhan Parts so sure the state would save millions of euros a year, by taking over ferry traffic? For a surprisingly simple reason.
11.02.2014, Sulev VedlerPM
Editorial: sea-carrots coming
In all likelihood, the new orange trains are stuck with the nickname Carrots. To the ferries sailing the Väinameri Sea waters, the carrots are tied by a big political cord. In nearest of future, the state owned Port of Tallinn will announce competition to buy Republic of Estonia some ferryboats. If, in a few years, the sale gets sealed, the transport units supported by the state anyhow, one way or another, will again be in its ownership.
Port of Tallinn in search for ferries
In five days’ time, as Port of Tallinn council gathers for its meeting, a competition will probably be announced to buy four ferryboats for connecting islands and mainland.
16.01.2014, Mikk SaluPM
Why state dislikes Leedo’s ferries
Multiple firms, ownership relations and obscure money schemes show behind ferryboat shuttling between islands and mainland.
11.09.2013, Mikk SaluPM
Bell tolls for Saaremaa Laevakompanii monopoly
Ministry of Economic Affairs intends to propose that government procure four state ships sailing to Saaremaa and Hiiumaa.
28.08.2013, Mikk Salu