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Estonia celebrates World Maritime Day 2014 on September, 19th


Last week in September every year the International Maritime Organization (IMO) celebrates the World Maritime Day. This year the IMO HQ celebration is on the last Thursday, 25 September. World Maritime Day is used to focus attention on the importance of shipping safety and maritime security.
Each World Maritime Day has its own theme which is reflecting a highly relevant topic in the work of the Organization. The theme for 2014 is “IMO Conventions: effective implementation“.

Adopting conventions by the IMO is just the beginning of the standard legislative procedure which requires ratification or accession by member states before taking effect and becoming legally binding upon Governments. Thereafter the implementation of the requirements of the international convention will be obligatory for member states.

At present there are several international conventions not yet ratified by a number of member states, such as the Convention for the Control and Management of Ships Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004, the Nairobi Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007 and the Hong Kong Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Friendly Recycling of Ships, 2009.

The tradition of celebrating the Maritime Day was first held on March 17, 1978 a time honored tradition to mark 20 years of the date of the founding of the IMO Convention’s entry into force. At that time the organisation was known as the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization (IMCO) until renamed the IMO in 1982.

On September 19, 2014 Estonia celebrates the World Maritime Day with a professionally rewarding international maritime conference “Raging Sea“ focusing on issues relevant to maritime industry. Among prominent speakers of the international and national maritime community the conference will feature contributions by professional staff of the Estonian Maritime Administration.

Keel laying ceremony of the passenger ferry


On 3rd September 2014 at 13 hrs Kihnu passenger ferry KIHNU VIRVE keel laying ceremony will take place at the Riga production facility of the shipyard Baltic Workboats AS.
By now two sections of the passenger ferry have been completed and further work continues with various jobs of the other 14 sections. Works are on schedule for timely delivery next autumn. KIHNU VIRVE is the fifth ship built in the series of the national program of ferry link between small islands and the mainland and second one from this series.

On 8th August the steel hull of the ferry ORMSÖ, first passenger ferry in the series of this type was towed from Riga production facility to the shipyard in Nasva by the tug boat and thereafter moored to its berth in the morning of 9th August. On 15th August the superstructure made of aluminum was installed containing a passenger saloon, technical space and the wheelhouse.

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".

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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:

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