Terminal operator HHLA TK Estonia in Muuga, a fully owned subsidiary of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), is strengthening its position as a Baltic ro-ro port
Terminal operator HHLA TK Estonia in Muuga (also known as Noviy Tallinn), a fully-owned subsidiary of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), is strengthening its position as a Baltic ro-ro operator.
Finnish ferry company Eckerö Line recently began connecting Muuga over HHLA TK Estonia with Vuosaari in Finland.
There are two sailings per day in each direction with the ropax ferry FINBO CARGO. The focus of the new ferry connection is truck and trailer traffic, although passengers with cars will also be transported. The vessel has almost 2,000 lane metres for trucks, trailers and passenger cars.
Eckerö Line already operates a ferry service between Tallinn and Helsinki. As a result of the increasing flow of goods between Estonia and Finland, it is offering the new service to unbundle freight and passenger traffic, and to relieve urban centres in both Helsinki and Tallinn of truck traffic.
The new ferry connection is the second ro-ro service, after Tallink. to connect Muuga with Finland. Vladimir Popov, CEO of HHLA TK Estonia, sees even further potential: “Muuga continues to develop into a multimodal ro-ro hub and is an important component of HHLA’s network strategy.”
Truck traffic via Muuga to Belarus, Ukraine and Western Europe has excellent growth potential. he added. In future, the Rail Baltica railway connection from Estonia to the European rail network could have a positive impact on the development of trailer traffic.
Taru Keronen, Managing Director of Eckerö Line, said: “We see great potential in the route and want to be involved in its development. Our cargo figures have been growing well in recent years, and more and more passengers are taking their cars when travelling to Estonia.
"The new service will accelerate the shift to Vuosaari for heavy traffic and create a new alternative for cargo and car travel.”