Estonia's Saaremaa exploring possibilities to resume traffic on Saaremaa-Latvia ship route

  • 2020-03-11
  • LETA/BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN – The possibility of relaunching ferry traffic between the Estonian island of Saaremaa and Latvia was discussed during a meeting in the Latvian port town of Liepaja at the beginning of this week, regional newspaper Saarte Haal reported. 

Saaremaa municipality mayor Madis Kallas said that since the key to success lies in finding an interested operator and a  suitable vessel, they are taking a broader view on the whole topic both when it comes to destinations and potential cooperation partners.

"The initiative by Saaremaa has attracted attention, and the wish for Monday's meeting came from Liepaja. The discussion was constructive, and the important thing to proceed from is that this is not just an idea, but a route between Saaremaa and Latvia has actually functioned quite recently," Kallas told Saarte Haal. 

Deputy municipality mayor Kristiina Maripuu said that both sides appointed contact persons who will continue seeing to further work of the subject. When it comes to the operator and the vessel, they have been looking also to Gotland, Sweden, and contact is necessary with Ventspils, Liepaja and also Gotland.

"It definitely makes sense to chart all potential options and establish contacts together," Maripuu said.

Estonia's Minister of Public Administration Jaak Aab told BNS in November 2019 that a scheduled meeting of the joint Estonia-Latvia intergovernmental committee in Riga agreed that the planning of a legal and financial framework for maritime transport between Saaremaa and Kurzeme will be launched in transnational cooperation.