Gulf of Riga and Pärnu Bay fully frozen

The Estonian Maritime Administration said that the whole Gulf of Riga and Pänu Bay are covered with ice. From Irbe Strait to Ruhnu Island the ice is 10-15 cm thick, and from Ruhnu to Kihnu Island and further to Pärnu Port it is 25-50 centimeters thick, Martin Kaarjärv, head of the wintertime navigation service at the Maritime Administration, told BNS.
The multifunctional ship EVA-316 is currently breaking ice on the Gulf of Riga.
On the Gulf of Finland the ice-bound area is expected to move west if such cold continues and the thickness of ice steadily increases.
Kaarjärv said that if necessary, the icebreaker Tarmo would help ships from the ports of Paldiski Bay get to to Sillamäe Port. At present the Tarmo is east of Aksi Island waiting for a ship that needs help in arriving at Kunda to leave Muuga Port.
An additional icebreaker will be chartered into the Gulf of Finland in case of need, but at present, Kaarjärv said, the country could manage with its own resources.

Source: Estonian Review

Exports of mineral products and wood increased

According to Statistics Estonia, in November 2009 exports of goods from Estonia at current prices totalled 9.1 billion kroons and imports to Estonia amounted to 10.3 billion kroons. Compared to November 2008, total exports declined by 8% but exports of mineral products (incl. petroleum products) and of wood and products thereof increased.

In November the total exports of goods from Estonia decreased 8% (0.8 billion kroons) and the total imports 21% (2.7 billion kroons) compared to the same month of 2008. The decrease in both exports and imports slowed down because the comparative base in November 2008 was lower than in the preceding months mainly caused by the worldwide economic and financial crisis. The trade deficit of Estonia amounted to 1.2 billion kroons (3 billion kroons in November 2008).

In November 2009, in exports the biggest share was held by mineral products (18% of total exports). Exports of mineral products increased 46% or 0.5 billion kroons compared to November 2008. Exports of goods related to wood (incl. wood and products thereof, paper, furniture) also increased. The main countries of destination for wood and products thereof were Finland, Sweden and Denmark.

In imports to Estonia the biggest share was held by two commodity sections, mineral products and machinery and equipment. Both commodity sections accounted for a fifth of the total imports of Estonia. Compared to November 2008, the biggest decrease was mentioned in the arrivals of machinery and equipment (by 0.9 billion kroons). Imports of plastic and rubber products and of wood and products thereof slightly increased.

In November, the main countries of destination from Estonia were Finland (19% of the total exports), Sweden (12%) and Russia (10%). Exports to Sweden and Russia declined the most (both by 0.3 billion kroons).

The main countries from where goods were imported to Estonia in November 2009 were Finland (15% of the total imports), Lithuania (14%) and Latvia (12%). Imports of goods from Russia declined significantly (by 0.7 billion kroons). But imports from Lithuania increased by 0.4 billion kroons.

Compared to October 2009, exports of goods from Estonia increased 1% and imports 5%.

Estonia’s foreign trade, January–November, 2008–2009
Month Exports, mEEK Imports, mEEK Balance, mEEK
2008 2009 %   2008 2009 % 2008 2009
January 10 154 7 267 -28 13 725 8 798 -36 -3 571 -1 531
February 10 677 7 818 -27 13 641 8 719 -36 -2 964 -901
March 10 647 8 347 -22 14 145 9 735 -31 -3 498 -1 388
April 12 332 7 740 -37 15 916 9 284 -42 -3 584 -1 544
May 11 549 8 166 -29 14 507 8 465 -42 -2 958 -299
June 10 862 9 557 -12 14 140 9 903 -30 -3 278 -346
July 10 969 8 243 -25 15 047 9 451 -37 -4 078 -1 208
August 11 142 8 126 -27 13 420 9 299 -31 -2 278 -1 173
September 12 300 9 441 -23 15 195 10 136 -33 -2 895 -695
October 13 249 8 955 -32 15 656 9 755 -38 -2 407 -800
November 9 897 9 061 -8 12 929 10 265 -21 -3 032 -1 204
Total 123 778 92 721 -25 158 321 103 810 -34 -34 543 -11 089

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