Administration discovers 21 faults with ferry
A recent inspection of the ferry Leiger, currently being built in Turkey, by the Maritime Administration (VA) came across numerous shortcomings. The ferry's owner TS Laevad rejoiced two weeks ago, on October 19, how the vessel would begin its journey to Estonia in the next two or three weeks, and that major faults and systems had been fixed. The company's press representative said back then that “less important faults” will be addressed simultaneously with other work.
02.11.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
Estonian formin discusses state of democracy in Turkey after coup attempt
Estonian Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand, who is visiting the Turkish capital Ankara in her capacity as chairman of the 47-nation Council of Europe, at Wednesday's meeting with Turkey's leaders discussed topics concerning human rights, rule of law and democracy.
11 Syrian refugees arrive in Estonia from Turkey
Eleven Syrian refugees who arrived in Estonia on Wednesday are the first refugees arriving in this country from Turkey under the European migrant distribution plan.
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.
Preparing for darkest scenario
Questions answered by state enterprise and new ferryboat operator TS Laevad head Kaido Padar.
Editorial: a moment of truth for Erdoğan
These days, we mainly hear of military coups in African and South-Asian nations only. Therefore, the clips of shooting in central Ankara and Istanbul with tanks on streets and choppers and fighters above come across as shocking. Seeing this is a NATO member and a vital partner for the EU.
Turks are preparing for worse
Two days after the attempted coup, life in Istanbul is back to its usual rhythm. Yesterday morning, the city was quiet. Equipped with ladders and lifts, working men were setting up Turkish flags of various sizes.
18.07.2016, Peeter Raudsik in IstanbulPM
Tiit Vähi: anti-Russia torch of war damaging to business
Estonia ought to alter current course and support removal of anti-Russia economic sanctions imposed after annexation of Crimea says former prime minister turned transit businessman Tiit Vähi.
04.07.2016, Andres ReimerPM
Editorial: terrorism – the gangrene of our times
Among the largest in the world, the Istanbul Atatürk airport sees tens of millions of passengers flow thru in any year. Right there is housed the headquarters of Turkish Airlines, fourth largest carrier on the planet. Resulting from a terrorist attack in the airport on July 28th, up to 50 are dead by today with hundreds wounded.
Aegean Sea stirs storms between neighbouring Greece and Turkey
Since the 1970’s Greece and Turkey faced quite a few bilateral crises which in many cases brought the two countries on the brink of serious accidents or even conflict.
08.06.2016, Vassilis Nedos, AthensPM
NATO waving a red rag under nose of Russia
No threat to Russia militarily speaking, the US battalions in Baltics would irritate the Kremlin by their mere presence at Russian border. In response, just to flex muscles, the latter may move over its most modern armaments.
30.05.2016, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
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
Estonia to accept up to 200 refugees directly from Turkey
Estonia is about to accept up to 200 refugees directly from Turkey under the agreement concluded between the European Union and Turkey last month, Postimees said.
08.04.2016, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
Editorial: Europe's last chance
A EU summit in Brussels today bring together heads of states and governments with Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu to discuss taming of the migration crisis. On Friday, Donald Tusk charged with chairing the summits told those participating: «We are closing the route across Western Balkans, the main route through which 880,000 migrants flowed into the European Union last year, and 128,000 during the first months of 2016.»
Editorial: the Middle-Eastern «gunpowder keg»
At the beginning of 20th century, interests of then major European nations collided in the Balkans to the degree that the region began to be referred to as a «gunpowder keg». In 1914, it exploded to trigger WW1. Disturbingly, the Middle-East of 21st century resembles another «gunpowder keg» where interests of the West, Russia, the Arab states, Israel, Iran and Turkey clash.
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 Berendson
Türki reisida on endiselt turvaline
Tallinnas toimus iga aastane turismi suurüritus Turkey Road Show, mille eestvedajaks oli reisikorraldaja TEZ Tour.
26.01.2016, Johanna VahuriPM
Editorial: the Kremlin TV show
In an interview to Postimees in November, a leading Russian media expert Valeri Solovei said he had no idea when the state propaganda effect would weaken on Russia's society but he guessed there would be a glitch in the system someday. Looks like this is troubling the very leaders in Russia in these days of dark clouds gathering on home turf. The grumbling is growing louder. Increasingly, protest actions pop up in various corners of Russia.
Editorial: the clear red line
The Syrian civil war and Russia's involvement in it have come to a complex stage where, due to variety of options, the further development is difficult to see as additionally muddied by Turkey downing a Russian jet on Syrian border yesterday with one pilot dead. The only thing clear is the line the Turks drew: with warning ignored, action follows.
Editorial: Europe headed towards collective defence
Right after the tragic Friday, it was obvious that France was not going to be left alone in fighting ISIS. Meanwhile, the way military assistance is being provided sets a presedence and may lead towards improved defence cooperation in European Union.
Three countries to join NATO cyber defense center
Finland, Greece and Turkey will at the beginning of the next week officially join the NATO Collective Cyber Defense Center of Excellence (CCD COE) based in Tallinn.
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
Hannes Hanso «embarrassed» that soc dems wanted to cut defence spending
Defence minister Hannes Hanso (44 today, Soc Dems) says the main near term aim is finding a new deputy chancellor for the ministry, and a new chief for Information Board. As for anti-refugee statements by servicemen, he wants to put an end to that.
06.10.2015, Oliver KundPM
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
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
Estonian tourist falls to death from hotel balcony in Turkey
An Estonian aged 45 has dropped to his death from a hotel room balcony in Kiriş resort of Kemer, Turkey.
14.08.2015, Georgi BeltadzePM
Estonian govt to cover hospital bill of citizen taken ill in Turkey
The Estonian government on Thursday decided to allocate 48,593 euros to cover the extraordinary hospital bill of an Estonian who was taken ill in Turkey and the Social Ministry is also in negotiations with the Vaatsa rural municipality for partial compensation of medical costs.
Turkish hospital bill awaiting government verdict
For a family of four, and end-of-April trip to Turkey ended with father's illness and a mega hospital bill, the compensation of which hangs on decision by Estonian government.
03.08.2015, Siiri LiivaPM
Editorial: Turkey tackles ISIS crisis
No doubt, active involvement in Syria and permission granted to allies to use its İncirlik airbase is quite a change in Turkish policy and may serve to significantly advance the fight against ISIS.
Turkey draws shivering Estonians desperate for a tan
Alas, the weather hath turned terrible in Estonia this summer. The result is folks fleeing the country, seeking for sunshine elsewhere in Europe with Turkey topping the charts.
29.07.2015, Anette ParkseppPM
Estonian woman dies in tourist bus accident in Turkey
A bus carrying Estonians was in an accident in Turkey's southwestern Antalya Province on Sunday afternoon and one Estonian woman died, spokesperson for the German tourist company Tom-Travel, Maggie Schubert, told BNS.
30.03.2015, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
Editorial: chaos in Iraq would threaten broader security
Sunni extremists encouraged in Syrian civil war, Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant orISIL, have moved military activities over into Iraq. Quite successfully. Should Iraq be enveloped in chaos, neighbouring countries come under threat, thus impacting the bigger security picture.
Islamist Fethullah Gülen Movement activated in Estonia
According to Internal Security Service, starting 2010 a controversial Islamic organisation of Turkish origin called Fethullah Gülen Movement (FGM) has been activated in Estonia. Behind the banner of inter-religion dialogue, business partnership and enhancement of culture, the closed organisation is mainly involved in spreading its Islamic doctrine, recruiting new members and acquiring resources needed to keep itself going.