The official sea trials of the ferry Piret, being built at Remontowa Shipyard in Gdańsk, Poland for TS Laevad, a subsidiary of the Estonian state-owned Port of Tallinn, began late Tuesday night.
The sea trials will involve the testing and configuration of the new ferry's various steering and automated systems as well as electronics in its actual operating environment at sea.
In addition to TS Laevad and Remontowa Shipyard employees, representatives of major equipment suppliers and construction supervision will also participate in the sea trials.
The trials will take approximately 3-5 days, after which an additional 1-1.5 months of construction is expected in order to complete the vessel.
Piret is 114 meters long and has a capacity of 150 passenger vehicles or 12 full-length trucks. The ferry is equipped with rescue equipment for 700 passengers and can seat 500 on two decks.
Upon its completion and arrival in Estonia, the fourth and final ferry will begin serving passengers on the Virtsu-Kuivastu route connecting the mainland to Saaremaa via the smaller island of Muhu.
Editor: Aili Vahtla