Vessels entering Estonian ports exempted from fairway dues for one year from April 1, 2020
Monday, April 20, 2020 - 12:56 by tallinn
In order to encourage trade in the current situation, all vessels entering Estonian ports or roadsteads will be exempt from the payment of fairway dues between April 1st 2020 and March 31st 2021; all fairway dues which have already been paid since April 1st shall be reimbursed within 30 days by the Estonian Maritime Administration.
The Port of Tallinn is pleased to inform all its partners that in order to foster trade in the current state of emergency, the Parliament of Estonia passed the Act on supplementary budget, which includes mitigating measures designed to cut costs for shipping companies, on April 15th.
No fairway dues will be charged for vessels entering Estonian ports or roadsteads for a period of one year. Companies that have received payment notices from the Maritime Authority and have paid their fairway dues since April 1st, 2020, shall be reimbursed within 30 days.
The Act also foresees the maximum fairway dues applicable to passenger vessels in the period from April 1 to December 31 in 2021. Fairway dues shall be paid for a maximum of 45 times during this period for entries made (the legislative maximum effective so far is set at 60). For cruise ships, the maximum is set at 3 times, and for other types of ships, at 8 times.
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Islands are a true treasure of Estonia. Saaremaa is the biggest amongst them. Located at the important seaways, Saaremaa has been familiar to seafarers from times immemorial.
The islands off the coast are virtual dreamlands, unlike anything in Europe. Most romantic landscape dotted with windmills, thatched cottages and sleepy fishing villages. Although small, Saaremaa offers various pleasant possibilities to try something untried, something exciting and magical. Kuressaare Castle and Lake Kaali, dolomite and curative mud, reed thatches and stone fences, windmills and medieval churches, junipers and coastline meadows, local bread and home-brewed beer are the first things coming into mind.
Saaremaa harbour is operated by Port of Tallinn. The harbour with the depth alongside the quay of 10 meters is capable of servicing ships with the length of up to 200 m. The natural depth of the harbour location is sufficient for receiving the biggest cruise ships sailing in the Baltic Se