MA Found a Contractor to Dredge Rukki Channel03.08.2018
The Estonian Maritime Administration declared the tender by Insenerehituse AS successful for the maintenance dredging of Rukki kanal (Rukki Channel) on the Rohuküla-Heltermaa fairway between mainland Estonia and Hiiumaa Island. O 3 August 2018, a contract was signed, with the total cost of 650,000 euros, plus VAT 130,000 euros.
The maintenance dredging will be undertaken to restore the depth that was achieved in the channel after the last dredging works, which according to the Baltic height system BHS-77 was 5.4 metres, but in accordance with the currently used common European height system is 5.2 metres (EH2000).
The dredging works are planned to begin on 22 August at the latest and conclude by 15 October 2018, compliant with the permit for the special use of water issued. The activities will be carried out during night hours in order to avoid hindrance to ferry traffic in the area.
Sõrve Lighthouse Opened for Visitors19.06.2018
On Saturday, 15 June 2018, Sõrve Lighthouse was officially opened for the public. This is the first lighthouse in Saaremaa Island, and the tenth in Estonia, to welcome visitors, who can enjoy the beautiful vistas of Saaremaa from 45 metres above the ground. Climbing the 248 stairs is worth it – in good weather one can even see the coast of Latvia. The 52-metre lighthouse was built in 1960 and the visibility of its light is 15 nautical miles.
The lighthouse was opened by Mr Andro Roosileht, Head of the non-profit undertaking Sõrve Lighthouse, and Mr Rene Arikas, Director General of the Estonian Maritime Administration. It can be visited throughout the season from 15 May to 15 September from 11-19; at other times visits can be booked. More information on the non-profit undertaking Sõrve Visitor Centre website.
Photos: Katriin Pellä
HELCOM AIS EWG Meeting in Tallinn14.06.2018
On 12-13 June 2018, the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission (HELCOM) Automatic Identification System (AIS) Expert Working Group met at the Estonian Maritime Administration VTS Centre in Tallinn. Experts from Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Russia, Latvia, Estonia and Norway participated, and the meeting was chaired by Mr Alar Siht from the MA.
At the meeting, the following topics were discussed:
- an overview of the decisions and documents of HELCOM meetings and conferences within the past year that have relevance to the activities and tasks of the AIS EWG;
- an overview of the developments and changes in the infrastructure of AIS networks in the countries that are Contracting Parties to the Helsinki Convention;
- management and development of HELCOM AIS.
The most important task of the Meeting was to prepare the new edition of HELCOM Recommendation 33/1 “Unified Interpretation in Relation to Access to and Use of HELCOM AIS”, reflecting the changes deriving from the fact that the HELCOM AIS server is now administered by the Norwegian Coastal Administration, and that on 25 May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation (DGPR) provisions became applicable in all EU states. This document will be forwarded to the HELCOM MARITIME WG conference in autumn to be approved.
HELCOM AIS EWG (Expert Working Group for Mutual Exchange and Deliveries of AIS Data) was established on the basis of the HELCOM Copenhagen Declaration in 2002. At the 2017 conference Mr Alar Siht from Estonia was elected Chair for the next two years.
Photo: Tarmo Ots
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