Container terminal infrastructure completed at Muuga Harbour

Thanks to an EU subsidy, the infrastructure for an additional container terminal of a yearly capacity of 350 000 TEU that cost nearly one million kroons (EUR 64 mln) to build has been completed in the eastern part of Estonia’s Muuga Harbour, controlled by the Port of Tallinn.
“Containers are the business of the future and it was high time for the Port of Tallinn to increase its competitiveness and create conditions for the expansion of container transport,” the press service of the port reported Erik Ringmaa, commercial director of AS Tallinna Sadam, as saying. Ringmaa said that also the timing supported the project and compared with the initial plans the price was nearly one sixth lower due to the fall in building prices.
At the moment talks are underway with several possible operators, including AS Muuga CT, which already operates a containers terminal at Muuga Port.
The development project was of 71 hectares, of which 27 hectares was prepared for the container terminal and 44 hectares for its reserve area. A wharf of 378 meters was built and an existing wharf was extended by one hundred meters.
At the end of 2006 the European Commission allocated 361 million kroons (EUR 23 mln) from the European Union’s Cohesion Fund, most of which was used for financing the container terminal extension and the reserve area. Work for the building of roads and technical networks for the new part of the port is continuing.

Source: Estonian Review

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