Insenerehituse AS Starts Dredging Rukki Channel As Soon As Weather Permits23.08.2018
The successful bidder Insenerehituse AS in the procurement for the Rukki kanal (Rukki Channel) maintenance dredging is ready to begin the work, but the current weather conditions do not allow divers to commence their activities that need to be carried out before dredging.
According to Kaidi Katus, head of the Hydrography and Aids to Navigation Division of the Maritime Administration, the situation is being monitored and as soon as weather conditions are assessed to be suitable divers can start working. “The divers will remove the biggest rocks and objects from the bottom of the channel, and then the maintenance dredging can begin,” she explained. “All these works will be carried out so that the ferry traffic between mainland Estonia and Hiiumaa Island will not be interrupted. In compliance with the permit for the special use of water issued all works shall be completed by 15 October this year.”
The purpose of the maintenance dredging of Rukki kanal is to achieve the minimum depth of 5.2 metres, which will ensure that ferries operating between the mainland and Hiiumaa can be used also in case of shallow water depth. The depths are given on the basis of the new height system EVRS, i.e. with reference to the Amsterdam Ordnance Datum.
On 3 August, a contract was signed by the MA and Insenerehituse AS, with a total cost of 650,000 euros (excl. VAT 130,000 euros), for the maintenance dredging of Rukki kanal.
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
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