The Port of Tallinn opened on Saturday the new 9,34 million euro cruise ship quay, which allows the port to receive larger cruise ships than before.
“For the Port of Tallinn, the construction of the new quay was the largest single investment last year,” said Alan Kiil, the Board Member of AS Tallinna Sadam. “This investment will, on the one hand, satisfy the growing demand for Tallinn as a tourist destination and, on the other hand, help us meet the needs of cruise operators that want to use larger and larger vessels.”
With the new quay, the Port of Tallinn will be able to moor cruise ships up to 340 metres in length, up to 42 metres in width, and with the draft of up to 9 metres. The first vessel to moor at the new cruise ship quay is the 330-metre long Royal Princess, operated by Princess Cruises and bringing over 3,000 tourists to Tallinn.
The construction of the new quay next to the existing cruise ships quay in the Old City harbour started in May 2013. The total length of the quay built by the Estonian branch of BMGS is 421 metres; it is 20 metres wide, and the guaranteed depth at the quay wall is 11 metres. The cruise ship quay has also been outfitted with electricity supply, outdoor lighting, communications equipment and pipelines for supplying ships with utility water and removing waste water.
The volume of bottom dredging amounted to a total of 12,300 cubic metres, and over 200 steel piles 30–46 metres in length were installed in the seabed in the course of the construction. The total amount of concrete cast for the construction purposes was 6,600 cubic metres.
Press Release, May 19, 2014