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
Port waiting for ideas for development competition
The Port of Tallinn has announced an international idea and architectural competition for its Vanasadam (old port) to find a long-term integral solution to tie the 54-hectare area to real estate developments and public space.
22.11.2016, Uwe GnadenteichPM
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 Reimer, RiiaPM
The Kremlin to end transit era in Baltics
Railroad experts believe the decision to deprive the ports of Ventspils and Riga of Russian diesel, reported also to President Vladimir Putin, also signals the end of the transit business in Estonia in two years' time.
14.09.2016, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
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
New Estonian island route operator charters ferries St.Ola, Harilaid, Hiiumaa
Given the high probability that the brand new ferries commissioned by the Port of Tallinn subsidiary TS Laevad will not be delivered on time, the company will rent the ferries St.Ola and Harilaid belonging to Vjatseslav Leedo and the ferry Hiiumaa belonging to Olav Miil.
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
The state to sell four enterprises
Report on enterprises under economy ministry domain prescribes privatisation of EVR Cargo, Eesti Post, Metrosert, Teede Tehnokeskus and Eesti Teed, leaving the ministry with 15 companies.
09.08.2016, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
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.
Finance minister seeking sponsorship austerity
Could state enterprises keep on handing out sponsorship cash as before? Should the practice be cancelled, or rules applied to it? In questions like these, deep debates are in store at government this fall.
29.07.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
Leedo says Padar blabs too much
Interview by businessman Ärimees Vjatšeslav Leedo to local newspaper Saarte Hääl that he owns.
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
Port of Tallinn special audit comes with conflict of interests
Hired to audit the corruption nest at Port of Tallinn by high-ranking Reform Party cadres, in a later private court dispute law office Sorainen made a discount to one of the politicians who hired it, documents show. Partly, the reduced bill was paid by Reform Party but those involved detect no conflict of interests.
15.07.2016, Oliver KundPM
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
The short flight of Sakkov the Showman
A week ago, the new national airline Nordica issued a press release regarding board member Erik Sakkov stepping down out of own will. Meanwhile, the timing at holidays indicated careful planning.
29.06.2016, Siiri LiivaPM
In Estonia, the corrupt perceived to «know how to live»
While investigators reach big stuff uncovering corruption action has regrettably been taken to protect those accepting bribes says interior ministry vice chancellor Erkki Koort.
29.06.2016, Oliver KundPM
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
Old Town suffers severe «tourist jam»
Yesterday morning, a whopping five cruise ships stood at Port of Tallinn, with a total of 8,500 plus tourists on board. Wondering whether the town would hold them all, Postimees took a look.
14.06.2016, Madis VaikmaaPM
Who said what to Port of Tallinn investigation committee?
At Port of Tallinn, Allan Kiil and Ain Kaljurand made deals as their hearts desired. Economy ministers admit that the council manned according to political party interests was never competent enough. Mr Kiil and Mr Kaljurand held sway over council and internal audit alike.
09.06.2016, Oliver KundPM
Leaked report points to disarray at Port of Tallinn top
After seven months of work, Port of Tallinn investigation committee at Riigikogu concludes that due to political interests the vital state enterprise has been mismanaged for years.
24.05.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Police detain head of maintenance of Port of Tallinn
Officers of the Internal Security Service (ISS) last week detained Martin Paide, head of maintenance at the state-owned port company Port of Tallinn, Postimees said on Thursday.
20.05.2016, Postimees.ee / BNSPM
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
Narva Highway becomes Avenue
Emerging as winner of Tallinn Main Street design contest, «Kevad linnas» (Spring in the City) is focussed at creating a humans based space.
16.05.2016, Uwe GnadenteichPM
Cruise ship season to open at Port of Tallinn on Wednesday
The cruise ship season is to kick off at the Port of Tallinn on Wednesday when MSC Musica is to call at the Old Port.
Editorial: a real reform? Really?
In Estonia, the public is rather accustomed to reforms for outward show while serious political decisions are avoided. The more remarkable that the state enterprises ownership policy overhaul, though rather generally described in coalition treaty, has in a year developed some content and by what is known looks rather credible and prudent.
Economy minister to merge administration of railway and harbour
Six state transport companies, Port of Tallinn and Estonian Railways being the biggest, will be merged into a consortium, if government gives blessing to plan at end of April.
22.04.2016, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
«Transit business may vanish in four days»
Back from Moscow to see about transit options, Estonian Railways CEO Sulev Loo advises that we Estonians learn from Latvians who gained remarkable-for-Europe economic growth from working actively Eastward.
20.04.2016, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
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 Reimer, RiiaPM
Expert amazed at strange ship price gap
An international ship building consultant wonders at ships built for Port of Tallinn in Poland costing €17.5m more than those built in Turkey, though labor costs in the two plants only differ by a million.
10.02.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Incoming helmsman believes Port of Tallinn not steeped in corruption
To boost competitiveness, the port and Estonian Railways will need to operate as a cluster or holding corporation says Valdo Kalm yesterday elected as Port of Tallinn CEO.
15.01.2016, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Notes point at Ain Kaljurand pocketing a million
State prosecutor's office and security police are brainstorming over options to use, in the Port of Tallinn executive management criminal case, notes at the disposals of investigators showing the criminal income of port's boss Ain Kaljurand thrice as large as formerly thought.
14.01.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
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.
Kiil and Kaljurand exit prison to be electronically eyed
Yesterday, Harju County Court agreed to release former Port of Tallinn board members Ain Kaljurand Allan Kiil from custody, replacing it with electronic surveillance.
06.01.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Rõivas returns from China to resolve conflict
IRL vs Soc Dems clash plays trumps into Reform hands regarding desirable EU post.
27.11.2015, Joosep VärkPM
Polish shipbuilder doesn't agree with corruption allegation
The Polish shipbuilder Remontowa Shipbuilding does not agree with the suspicion filed by prosecutors in Estonia that two members of their management have given a bribe to former managers of the Estonian state owned company Port of Tallinn to win a tender to build ferries for routes connecting the mainland and Estonia's big western islands.
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.
Cup of corruption running over
The latest cases of corruption on topmost political level raise the issue of how rotten is the state of Estonian political and economic elite, and how adequate are the investigative bodies to find it out.
10.11.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Editorial: The Fall of Corruption
This fall, hardly a week goes by with no corruption case popping into public limelight. The former Port of Tallinn bosses. The Mayor of Tallinn suspected in accepting bribes. The incidents at local governments… The latest? Driving licence tests bribery suspicions at Road Administration, and a «passport mafia» network built on Police and Border Guard Board people.
Special audits to storm Port of Tallinn
While economy ministry is preparing a public procurement to order a thorough financial audit regarding transactions entered at Port of Tallinn in 2005–2015, a investigative parliamentary committee will dive into activities of said ministry and port council.
28.10.2015, Andres RiemerPM
City centre edges towards the sea
During five to ten years, Tallinn city centre will be edging from Viru area towards Admiralty Basin, closer to the sea. Around Old City Harbour, construction has begun on lots of lots. Meanwhile, not all developers have disclosed their plans to broader public.
23.10.2015, Jonatan KarjusPM
33 months and €850,000 for parties at power
Two weeks ago, up popped this issue at parties' financing watchdog: what would be even a slightly rational reason for entrepreneur Hillar Teder, one under suspicion in Edgar Savisaar bribe scandal, to have so generously supported the three coalition parties these three years?
15.10.2015, Tuuli KochPM
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
Who bought what from Savisaar?
Mayor of Tallinn and Centre Party chairman Edgar Savisaar stands suspected in accepting bribes in four episodes during 2014–2015 wherein entrepreneurs obtained advantages for extending rental contract, building without permit, swapping lots, and winning a procurement.
23.09.2015, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
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.
Petition for Port of Tallinn ex-CEO's release from custody rejected
The second-tier Tallinn Circuit Court did not release the former chief executive of the Port of Tallinn, Ain Kaljurand, who was taken into custody at the end of last month in connection with an ongoing corruption investigation at the state-owned company.
Refugees, reforms, pigs, milk ...
Launching the fresh political season today, Riigikogu stands faced with problems at home and abroad. Not limited to the European refugee issues, heads of the factions think it important to progress with administrative/state reform, helping the farmers, and work capacity reform.
14.09.2015, Tuuli KochPM
ESTEVE suspects politics in bribery accusation
In limelight due to Port of Tallinn bribery scandal, ESTEVE Terminal thinks the accusations are related to battles for ferryboat procurement in no way related to the activities of the enterprise.
09.09.2015, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Lawyer of Kiil applying for electronic surveillance instead of custody
Defense lawyer of Allan Kiil, former member of the management board of Estonia's state-owned Port of Tallinn who is suspected of accepting bribes on a large scale over a period of several years, Aivar Pilv, is applying for his client to be released from custody and to be subjected to electronic surveillance.
Kiil got costlier engines for ferries
In maritime circles eyebrows are rising regarding details of new ferryboats being built - such as technically are the responsibility of port managers now under criminal suspicion.
04.09.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Allegation: politicians wanted millions from Leedo
«I'm sitting like in an armoured train,» Port of Tallinn deputy head Allan Kiil told an acquaintance who wondered how the daredevil dealings at harbour lead to no trouble. Enjoying the favour of Reform inner circle, Mr Kiil never imagined the train's end station might be jailhouse.
04.09.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Government discusses bundling transport firms under single holding company
Today, government of Estonia discusses consolidation of infrastructure enterprises i.e. whether firms providing port, railway and airport services could be united under one holding company. The plan is to provide a solid partner for the transit sector and boost control over state enterprises.
03.09.2015, Kadri HansaluPM
Editorial: fathom the harbour(ed) finances
According to anonymous sources speaking to Postimees, a political cash channeling system has been operated at Port of Tallinn before the current top management now under corruption suspicion was appointed.
The minister-to-minister makings of a major bribery scandal
This past decade, many a economy minister has assumed the state overpaid businessman Vjatšeslav Leedo for arranging ferryboat traffic and that the state would do better providing the service itself. As cooperation with the entrepreneur failed, they ended up buying public vessels and have Port of Tallinn act as operator. Turns out, port managers accepted bribes buying the ships and all contracts are to be reviewed. Also, the search is on for a person politically liable.
02.09.2015, Kadri HansaluPM
Port of Tallinn politics: channeling cash
Diving into the backwaters of Port of Tallinn corruption, Postimees hit information altogether scandalous: in details, we were explained how the enterprise has for years supported at least two government parties linked to its management with bags of banknotes.
02.09.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Palo ponders leaving politics
Having announced resignation from entrepreneurship minister's post this Sunday, Urve Palo (Soc Dems) says she is considering leaving politics altogether and will decide within days.
01.09.2015, Toomas RandloPM
Seli says «search Eesti Energia and Estonian Air too»
Neinar Seli, embattled Port of Tallinn's chairman since 2005 till last year, tells Postimees that spending by Estonian Air and Eesti Energia should also undergo scrutiny.
01.09.2015, Nils NiitraPM
Editorial: travelling on, in discomfort and political reality
This one thing she got wrong. Having stepped down in anger, business minister Urve Palo slammed this govt a «coalition of convenience». Nothing comfy here, even for Reform.
Business minister resigns
Yesterday, Soc Dems management decided that they continue in coalition and intend to maneuver chairman Jevgeni Ossinovski into government. Also importantly, minister or entrepreneurship Urve Palo said she would step down.
31.08.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Estonian prosecution suspecting Kiil of accepting millions of euros in bribes
Former member of the board of the Estonian state-owned Port of Tallinn, Allan Kiil, is being suspected of accepting bribes worth millions of euros while former chairman of the board Ain Kaljurand is suspected of accepting hundreds of thousands of euros in bribes, public prosecutor Laura Feldmanis said on Friday at a press conference.
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
Marko Raid, Carri Ginter appointed directors of Port of Tallinn
The supervisory board of Port of Tallinn on Thursday granted the resignation requests of the company's board members Ain Kaljurand and Allan Kiil, who have been arrested as part of a bribery investigation, and appointed CFO Marko Raid and lawyer Carri Ginter as new members of the management board.
Court to decide Friday morning whether to take Kaljurand, Kiil into custody
Whether former leaders of the Port of Tallinn, Ain Kaljurand and Allan Kiil, would be taken into custody in connection with the corruption scandal is most likely to be decided on Friday morning.
Ain Kaljurand – from country home to custody in city
Yesterday morning, as was his custom during the ten years at Port of Tallinn helm, Ain Kaljurand (50) drove off from his mansion in Pudisoo Villahe, Kuusalu Parish, to be at work early. To be met, as five other employees, by security police officers.
27.08.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Allan Kiil – a top squirrels confidant
Educated at physical fitness faculty of Tallinn pedagogical Institute, Allan Kiil (52) has kept his seat as deputy head of a mightiest state enterprise in Estonia - a sign of a single party keeping tight reins on Port of Tallinn management. For years.
27.08.2015, Oliver KundPM
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
Managers of Port of Tallinn arrested on bribery charges
Officers of the Estonian Internal Security Service (ISS) on Wednesday morning detained Port of Tallinn chairman of the board Ain Kaljurand and member of the board Allan Kiili as suspects in bribe-taking.
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 Railways applying brakes to North-South transit
Attempts by Port of Tallinn and Transiidikeskus (Transit Centre) to use «Old Rail Baltic» for carrying Finnish goods to Europe have bumped into indecisiveness of Estonian Railways amid power struggle.
05.06.2015, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
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
Port worker dies falling between ship and berth in Tallinn
In Old City Harbour of Tallinn, last night a port employee perished having fallen between passenger ship and the berth.
09.02.2015, Andres EinmannPM
Estonian ministry, Port of Tallinn sign ferry service contract
Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Urve Palo and the state-held Port of Tallinn signed on Thursday a contract on operating passenger ferries on the Rohukula-Heltermaa and Kuivastu-Virtsu routes connecting Estonia's large western islands with the mainland.
Vopak LNG terminal alters Balticconnector course
Come Monday, world leading fuel storing company Vopak launches environmental impact assessment in Jõelähtme Commune primed to grant Muuga Harbour a LNG terminal in just a couple of years.
20.11.2014, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
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
Editorial: smudge over troubled water
The Saaremaa Laevakompanii and Saaremaa/ Hiiumaa ferryboat connection is quite an odyssey. Over the years, plans have changed, ministers fallen, parties quarrelled. The discussions-protests-challenges-debates pose a material for dissection by generations to come.
Port of Tallinn sails to victory in ferry operator contest
The talks-based procurement for 10-year operating of mainland to Saaremaa/Hiiumaa ferryboat connection, starting 2016, was won by state enterprise Port of Tallinn with subsidiaries TS Laevad and TS Shipping.
15.10.2014, Aivar ÕepaPM
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).
Jan-Sept freight flows of Port of Tallinn up 6.4 pct on year
Ports of Estonia's state-owned Port of Tallinn handled 2.1 million tons of goods in September, 6.4 percent more than a year earlier, while the volume of goods handled in the first nine months of 2014 has remained on last year's level, exceeding 21.5 million tons.
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 Reimer, RiiaPM
Paldiski oil plant project taken over by Russian capital
Paldiski City proclaims environmental impact assessment regarding a refinery to produce gasoline, diesel fuel and mazut.
11.08.2014, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Wanted: three Estonian kings
Who will be leading the three top important state enterprises blessing the treasury with 90 percent of all public company dividends? We’ll soon find out.
04.08.2014, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Finns forced to give good reasons for bringing beer from Tallinn
Starting today, tourists need to prove in Finland that the alcohol hauled along is for private and personal use. Due to that, these past weeks Finns have been purchasing increasingly vast amounts of cheap Estonian alcohol.
01.07.2014, Anette ParkseppPM
Editorial: the Battle of the Boats
To the hearing ear, boom of boat engines should be sounding from the west coast, coupled with shrill shrieks of seagulls to the backdrop of wind-driven waters. How sweet the sound as we’re heading toward the Midsummer Day. Or... is it? For some decision-makers, it rather comes across like a roaring thunder, reminding them of the darkness surrounding ferryboat traffic between mainland and isles come the fall of 2016.
Thousands of bikers congregate on Song Festival Grounds
Tallinn Song Festival Grounds are hosting a big bikers-get-together. Organisers say over 10,000 will show up, from all over Europe. Yesterday, the early birds had arrived, heartily welcoming one another. To Harley-Davidson Club Estonia Super Rally, set to last till June 9th, participants are riding in along Via Baltica, passing through Pärnu. Or else, ships carry them across the waves to Port of Tallinn.
Port yields a whale of a dividend
With Port of Tallinn turnover remarkably up this year, the state draws out close to €53m as dividends and income tax – almost double the haul of 2013.
30.05.2014, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Estonia to write off €700,000, minimum
The state has wasted at least €700,000 to design an Arctic ice-breaker never to be built. Of that, €150,000 shall be fine for premature termination of contract. The rest has been paid to a Finnish company for project design already done. On top of this, the state has transferred €957,000 as advance payment to the account of Aker Arctic Technology. According to economy ministry vice chancellor Eero Pärgmäe, they have the company’s oral agreement to get the money back.
24.04.2014, Nils NiitraPM
Neinar Seli sent before court
State Prosecutor Steven-Hristo Evestus brought charges in Harju County Court against Neinar Seli, chairman of Port of Tallinn council, regarding donation to Estonian Olympic Committee (EOK).
28.03.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Power shift swings axe at councils
New government is gearing to reshuffle councils of state enterprises; members loyal to IRL will have to go – some, if not all. No voices raised regarding significant sifting of members with Reform Party background.
27.03.2014, Katariina KrjutškovaPM
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
Port of Tallinn freight volumes rise in June
Ports of the Estonian state-owned company Port of Tallinn handled 2.33 million tons of freight in June, 14 percent more than in the same month a year ago, but the amount handled in the first half-year was 6 percent smaller.
Estonia's Port of Tallinn reports record number of passengers in May
In May 865,750 passengers passed through the ports of Estonia's state-owned Port of Tallinn, 9.2 percent more than in the same month of the previous year.
BMGS Estonia to build cruise quay No 2 of Tallinn Old City Port
An offer worth 9.8 million euros by BMGS Estonia has been picked as winner in a tender of the state-owned company Port of Tallinn to build a second dedicated quay for cruise ships in the Old City port of the Estonian capital Tallinn.
The supervisory board of Port of Tallinn found it necessary to extend the deadline for completion of Muuga container terminal
“The developer of the terminal has submitted the application for extending the deadline for completion by 12 months until July of 2014,” says Mr. Neinar Seli, the chairman of the supervisory board of Port of Tallinn, regarding the granted authority to change the building rights contract, Port of Tallinn reported.
Port of Tallinn extended the free zone established in Muuga Harbour
Port of Tallinn extended the free zone established in Muuga Harbour to the eastern part of Muuga Harbour, comprising Muuga railway station, Muuga Industrial Park areas, and the coal terminal, reported Port of Tallinn.
Joint Baltic LNG terminal should be located at Paldiski or Muuga - Estonian minister
The joint liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal of the Baltic countries and Finland should be independent of the monopoly supplier and located either at Muuga or Paldiski in Estonia, Minister of Economy and Communications Juhan Parts told BNS on Thursday.
Gazprom wants regional LNG terminal to be built in Finland
Estonia's Eesti Gaas and the Finnish Gasum have agreed that the best location for a regional liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal is Inkoo on the northern shore of the Gulf of Finland, Postimees says.
Survey: Cruise passengers are very satisfied with Tallinn
According to a survey from last summer, performed by consulting company G.P.Wild, cruise tourists are very satisfied with Tallinn and highly appreciate friendliness of the residents, courtesy of shop employees and historical sites of the city. Cruise tourists bring to Tallinn a total of 51 million euros.
LNG bunkering study will be performed by Pöyry
Pöyry Management Consulting Oy was chosen by Port of Tallinn as the successful bidder of the simplified procurement for feasibility study and cost-benefit analysis of liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering infrastructure construction in the harbours of Port of Tallinn. The total of six companies participated in the procurement, reported Port of Tallinn.