The Estonian terminal operator HHLA TK Estonia is recevving a new call from Finnish ferry company Eckerö Line, connecting it with Vuosaari in Finland.
The multi-function terminal, a fully owned subsidiary of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), is looking to strengthen its position as a roll-on roll-off hub (ro-ro) hub in the Baltic region.
Twice daily, the RoPax ferry Finbo Cargo enters the port of Muuga, which is about 20 km east of the Estonian capital, Tallinn. On the Finnish side, Vuosaari – located in the east of Helsinki – is served.
The focus of the new ferry connection is on truck and trailer traffic, though passengers with cars will also be transported. The Finbo Cargo has a transport capacity of nearly 2,000 lane metres for trucks, trailers and passenger cars.
Eckerö Line already operates a ferry between the Estonian and Finnish capitals Tallinn and Helsinki and the increasing flow of goods has led to the expansion of services.
It is hoped that the new service will help to unbundle freight and passenger traffic and to relieve urban centres of truck traffic.
Vladimir Popov, CEO of HHLA TK Estonia, said: “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 strong growth potential, the terminal operator added, while the Rail Baltica railway connection from Estonia to the European rail network will have a positive impact on the development of trailer traffic.
Taru Keronen, managing director of Eckerö Line, stated: “We are now introducing a completely new solution to the route, which will accelerate the shift to Vuosaari for heavy traffic and create a new alternative for cargo and car travel.”