Starting from Monday, Tallink is set to travel on its summer schedule with 18 departures a day between Estonia and Finland. Operation on the Muuga-Vuosaari route has also opened to travellers from Muuga Harbour, after being operated out of Port of Tallinn for the duration of the emergency situation.
The MS Sea Wind, which was only dealing with cargo during the pandemic, has now returned to its original schedule and route between Muuga and Vuosaari with four departures on the route daily.
Margus Vihman, Tallinna Sadam's chief commercial officer and member of the management board, said due to Finland's decision to abolish movement restrictions and the quarantine obligation from June 15, a gradual revival of shipping traffic between Estonia and Finland can be expected.
Vihman added: "Due to the restrictions caused by the coronavirus, we temporarily serviced all ships sailing between Finland and Estonia at the Old City Harbor, we can now return to our promise and normal operations and direct ships focused on hauling trucks to cargo ports. At the port of Muuga, we have created even better conditions for shipping companies and their customers -- today, we are opening a new service building with a spacious parking lot to serve truck drivers and, by the end of the year, we will launch the traffic management system Tark Sadam (Smart Port) in Muuga."
Ferry traffic on the Muuga-Vuosaari route takes place six days per week. Tallink's MS Sea Wind and Eckero Line's MS Finbo Cargo both carry out 11 trips per week. The crossing on the Muuga-Vuosaari route takes three hours.
Tallink CEO Paavo Nõgene said: "The decision made by the Finnish government makes us all happy and we are prepared to host all of our northern neighbors with even more opportunities to visit Tallinn and Estonia."
Tallink's MS Star and MS Megastar have also adopted the summer schedule, with 12 daily departures in total on the Tallinn-Helsinki route.
The MS Silja Europa, which has waited by the quay in Port of Tallinn will resume operation on Friday, the company announced.
Editor: Kristjan Kallaste