No new ferries to enter service in October (1)
None of the four brand new ferries commissioned for subsidized line service to Saaremaa and Hiiumaa will be delivered in time to be operational before the end of October. None of the vessels built by shipyards in Turkey and Poland have been delivered so far.
Head of marketing and communication at state-owned company Port of Tallinn Sirle Arro said the Sefine shipyard in Turkey was still preparing the handover of the ferry Leiger.
“Unfortunately we have reason to say that the ferry won’t enter service in October, because the handover has not taken place yet,” Arro told BNS on Wednesday.
Arro said that on top of the estimated three weeks it will take the ship to travel from Turkey to Estonia, getting the formalities done for the handover would take an additional few days. Once Leiger was in Estonia, it would again take some time to get the vessel ready for line service.
The Turkish shipbuilder had wanted to hand over the vessel earlier, Arro added, but Port of Tallinn subsidiary TS Laevad refused on the grounds that the vessel’s systems were not meeting their expectations. TS Laevad wouldn’t make any compromises when it comes to quality, Arro said.