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Wednesday, 12.03.2014, 20:45
Port of Tallinn intends to buy an icebreaker for 50 mln euros
"Buying an extra icebreaker is on the agenda since 2007 and the last three cold winters have confirmed the need for that – Estonia's only existing icebreaker Tarmo is close to depreciating and cannot satisfy the increasing demand," said AS Tallinna Sadam council chairman Neinar Seli.
Seli said that the company considers acquiring an icebreaker a business project, which will bring it direct and indirect benefits; also it intends to offer the services of the icebreaker to other Baltic Sea ports and find work for the ship for the whole year.
Seli said that calculations show that buying a used icebreaker is more reasonable as the prices of new icebreakers start from 100 million euros.
Estonia has just one icebreaker, Tarmo, that is 50 years old and every winter the state contracts other icebreakers from abroad to keep the ports open. Since 2006, Waterways Board multipurpose ships EVA 316 has helped out in the Pärnu Bay area.
Tallinna Sadam intends to take a loan to buy the new icebreaker.