Low sea levels threaten Hiiumaa-mainland ferry connection again

The ferry Leiger at the Port of Rohuküla on Tuesday morning. Feb. 27, 2018.
The ferry Leiger at the Port of Rohuküla on Tuesday morning. Feb. 27, 2018. Source: (Juhan Hepner/ERR)

Just days after ferry service was restored between the Port of Rohuküla on the Estonian mainland and the Port of Heltermaa on the island of Hiiumaa, low sea levels are once again threatening to disrupt ferry service on the route.

Based on changing sea levels, capacity restrictions may be placed on the two ferries serving the Rohuküla-Heltermaa route, ferry operator TS Laevad, a subsidiary of the Estonian state-owned Port of Tallinn, announced on its website on Tuesday.

Ferry traffic on the mainland-Hiiumaa route was first disrupted and then suspended altogether in late February before being restored and thereafter suspended again in early March due to continued low sea levels along the route. Ferry service resumed again on Friday.

TS Laevad had meanwhile temporarily operated an alternative connection between Heltermaa and Virtsu, the port which typically serves the route connecting the mainland to Saaremaa via the smaller island of Muhu.

Last Thursday, Estonia's fourth ice road of the season was opened between Triigi and Tärkma, directly connecting the islands of Saaremaa and Hiiumaa, however the ice road was ordered closed just two days later after cracks formed in the ice.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

Source: BNS, ERR

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