15 June 13

Port of Saaremaa becomes a cargo port

AS Port of Tallinn commercial direction head Ahto Ader told to a local newspaper the company is in negotiations over a contract with the first bigger client and expressed hope that cargo handling could be launched already in six months time. Ader said that the potential key client is a timber and wood processing company with very strong background that operates actively in Estonia and Finland and develops activities in Eastern Europe too.

Ader said that the port could handle 100,000 tonnes of goods a year but won’t reach that level in just one season. The port in the Küdema bay in Estonia’s largest island Saaremaa was opened for cruise ship traffic in the summer of 2006 but the cruise ship business has not been at the level it was initially hoped to be. The state-owned Port of Tallinn that manages the Saaremaa port has wanted to handle also cargo in the port for years but so far environmentalists and locals had blocked the plan.