Estonian Maritime Administration

Valge 4, 11413 Tallinn, tel  6 205 500, faks 6 205 506
e-post: eva at vta dot ee
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New arrival of lake chart - S part of Võrtsjärv is out in print


New accurate sounding information has enabled to create the current chart which is produced at a scale 1:25 000 and is complemented with additional schemes of the River Väike Emajõgi produced at a scale 1: 7500 and the entrance to the River Õhne at a scale 1: 4000. It has two public fairways marked on it.

The chart (ref no 733, Tarvastu polder to Pikasilla) is accessible to ENC user and/or can be purchased as paper chart through authorised retailers. The list of them is available in our website under the title "Navigational charts".

Damage of the underwater part of MA survey vessel EVA-320


In the afternoon of July 11, 2014 a survey vessel EVA-320 conducting a survey in the shallow waters of Väinameri in close proximity of Langekari got damaged in the underwater part of the vessel. The bottom impact of the hull caused fuel tank damage. No spill of fuel oil into the sea occurred. At the time of ground contact the ship surveyed a dangerous area of navigation at the speed of 1.8 knots while moving from one survey lane to another. In the afternoon of July 11 the ship was back in the harbour at Haapsalu where fuel oil from the damaged tank was pumped out.
On July 11 after technical inspection for damage assessment, a single permit for the survey ship arrival at port of Hundipea for necessary repairs is being applied. Survey of poorly charted areas is high risk work for survey ships. Accuracy to detail and attentive attitude to work from surveyors and slow speed of the survey ship do not always help. On the other hand, if the unmarked rock, which caused the damage to the survey vessel would have remained undetected it could have caused an accident with much more serious consequences when hit by any other ship or yacht.

Hydrography - more than just nautical charts


We are celebrating the 9th World Hydrography Day (WHD – 2014) this Saturday, June 21. On this day at the initiative of the World Hydrographic Organization (IHO) and support of the United Nations we are focusing our attention to the values in the field of hydrography which create opportunities to safe use of waterways by means of hydrographic surveys, charting, description of water areas and notification of hazards.

On the regional basis there is a successful cooperation between the Baltic Sea countries in the field of hydrography. This cooperative effort is marked by a special issue of the IHR, which is published for the first time and dedicated solely for the Baltic Sea (BSHC). Compared to the rest of the world sounding data and information availability is well developed (see HELCOM, BSBDB, HIS), navigational information distribution is well coordinated (PRIMAR), electronic chart overlaps between countries are essentially eliminated, scales of navigational charts and data display as a result of consensual agreements between the countries are identical, there is good cooperation enabling the transition to new European Vertical Reference System, and the flawless cooperation in transmitting navigational warnings works well. To highlight Estonian activities we can learn about the hydrographic survey vessel “Jakob Prei” and a domestic-made hydrographical information system (HIS). The experience of operating the survey vessel is described in a more detailed way in two articles written by Peeter Väling (Head of Hydrography Division).

To raise the profile of hydrography a dedicated staff of the Maritime Administration (among others 13 hydrographic surveyors with three ships and one boat and 21 cartographic specialists), as well as other contributors like OÜ Meremõõdukeskus, OÜ Lotrell, AS Tallinna Sadam ja AS Terramare, and numerous navigational chart distributors are engaged in Estonia. A good example of joint annual co-operation is approximately 1,500 square kilometers of surveyed area and regularly updated navigational information (66 paper charts, 116 electronic charts, 4 chart atlases, and 4 navigational information referencies). During the re-independence period one third of Estonian navigable waters have been surveyed, about 20,000 paper charts and 10,000 chart atlases sold. Approximately 1100 ships worldwide use 35,000 electronic charts daily.

This year's slogan Hydrography - much more than nautical charts draws attention to the development where the main emphasis of the use of sounding information is transmitted from mere safety to navigation to other areas where contemporary accurate sounding information enables the development of environmental protection, marine and climate research, business and many other fields.

Happy Day of Hydrography!

IHR – (Läänemere erinumber ilmub septembris 2014)

18.06.2014 IMO provides another seal of approval for Estonia
30.10.2013 New Vessel Ready to Service Prangli Line
28.10.2013 New Book About the History of Estonian Lighthouses Published
11.09.2013 BSHC Annual Conference in Tallinn
31.07.2013 “Charts of Estonia: Väinameri From Suurupi Peninsula to Saaremaa” New Version Published

Hotline and navigational warnings

24 h emegency number +372 620 5665

Report deviations in the operation of aids to navigation, situations potentially hazardous to vessel traffic, or violations of maritime safety regulations, as well as pollution and security incidents:

phone: +372 620 5665
fax: +372 620 5766
e-mail: navinfo [at] vta dot ee

Local navigational warnings

NAVTEX warnings in the Baltic Sea

List of Lights (PDF) (updated monthly)

Report security incidents:

maritime dot security [at] vta dot ee