Parnu Port goes for the big ones

  • 1999-07-08
TALLINN (BNS) - The port management company AS Parnu Sadam got permission from the Environment Ministry on July 1 to dredge the port's fairway and started the operation on July 5.

"After the work is completed the guaranteed depth of the fairway will be 6.3 meters, and in some places the channel could be up to 6.6 meters deep," Parnu Port board chairman Peeter Volkov said.

Volkov said that after dredging the Parnu River mouth, which would take from three to four months, the port could serve ocean-going ships, in addition to the present riverboat type of vessels.

"This will make it possible for us to widen our export, because after dredging we can have direct links with all European and North African ports, a fact of particular importance to timber exporters," Volkov said.

Parnu Port has estimated the cost of the dredging at 12 million kroons ($785,000) and the main contractor of the project will be AS Matcom.