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At its today’s sitting, the Environment Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) will discuss whether the waves caused by high-speed catamarans are dangerous, and whether limiting the speed of ferries on Tallinn Bay would be justified.

According to Chairman of the Environment Committee Rainer Vakra, it is important to ascertain whose competence it is to assess whether the Viking Faster causes life-threatening waves and whether the ferry should travel slower in Tallinn Bay. “Today it seems that different parties lack common understanding on who should limit the speed of ferries, and on the basis of which research,” Vakra said.

Oceanologist Tarmo Soomere has claimed that Viking Line’s high-speed catamaran the Viking Faster causes life-threatening waves in Tallinn Bay. In Soomere’s opinion, the high-speed catamaran should reduce speed near the northern tip of Aegna Island and travel to the port slower.

Representatives of the Estonian Academy of Sciences, Viking Line, Tallink Group, the Estonian Shipowners’ Association, Harju County Government, the Maritime Administration, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and the Ministry of the Environment have been invited to the committee sitting.

The Viking Faster started to operate on the Tallinn–Helsinki route this spring. The ferry sails from April to October, and the travel time is 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Riigikogu Press Service
Eva Vahur
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