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New Fairways Designed and Marked in Coastal Waters of Hiiumaa

This spring two new fairways for small craft were marked with floating aids in the coastal waters of Hiiumaa, the second largest island in Estonia.

The Kassari fairway begins at Heinlaid islet and heads westward between small islets near the southern coast of Hiiumaa. The width of the fairway is 100 to 200 m (30 m at its narrowest point) and the minimum depth is 2 m.

The Vissulaid fairway near the north-eastern coast of Hiiumaa was designed to help skippers avoid an extensive shoaly sea area which would otherwise have to be passed on the side of the open sea. In the deeper eastern part the fairway is 100 m wide, while the narrower western part is 40 m wide. The minimum depth is 2.9 m. 

Floating aids to mark the new fairways have been installed already but corrections to paper charts will be published in the Notices to Mariners on 1 June, and on the same date in the appendix to Sailing Directions the coordinates with the corresponding GPX files will be made available. Already the floating aids marking the new fairways can be viewed with the Nutimeri (Smart Sea) web application, though, if under “Operational Layers” (the second button in the upper right-hand corner) “VA andmekihid” (“data layers”) is opened and “Laevatee” (“fairway”) and “Hooajalised ujuvmärgid” (“seasonal floating aids”) boxes are ticked.

Feedback can be sent to the Waterways Department of the Maritime Administration using the e-mail address lto@vta.ee.
 

A screenshot of the Kassari fairway in Nutimeri:

 

A screenshot of the Vissulaid fairway in Nutimeri: