According to Estonian state-owned company Port of Tallinn, the sea trials of the new ferry Tõll were successful, and so the vessel is expected to begin its journey toward Estonia at the end of December and enter into service under subsidiary TS Laevad in early January.
"Over five days, all of the important systems were tested and [issues with] alarms and other problems have been partially fixed already," Port of Tallinn spokesperson Sirle Arro told BNS. She added that following sea trials, one to one and a half months usually pass before the ship is accepted from the shipyard.
According to Arro, the company hopes that the Tõll will depart Poland's Remontowa Shipyard toward Estonia before the year is out already. As the trip from Poland to Estonia takes three to four days, the vessel is expected to enter into service serving Estonia's western islands at the beginning of January.
Of the the other three new ferries to be delivered to TS Laevad, the Leiger, built at Sefine Shipyard in Turkey, is already en route to Estonia, while the Tiiu and the Piret will likely begin operating between Estonia's mainland and its largest western islands sometime next year.
Editor: Editor: Aili Vahtla