Peipsi shipping line between Pskov (Russia) and Tartu Estonia) will not be launched this spring
Wednesday, April 21, 2004
Lake Peipsi issues in the press - abbreviated from Nils Niitra’s article in
Postimees newspaper April 16, 2004
The long-expected shipping line between Pskov (Russia) and Tartu (Estonia)
will not be launched this spring
This spring, the Finnish river vessel, transported to the Pärnu Port last
year by the businessman Rein Kilk, with an intention of purchasing it, will
not sail between Pskov and Tartu.
Today, Kilk admits that his seven-year-long enthusiasm has finally ended and
he has no intention to waste any more time pressing Russian officials. It is
clear that there will be no shipping line this year either.
The last expenditure made by the Estonian state and Rein Kilk for the
launching of the shipping line dates from the last year, when a floating
border station was opened in Praaga, at the mouth of the Emajõgi River.
Eero Mikenberg, the head of the Inland Waterways Development Foundation, who
is well informed about the activities of the Russian side, said that
currently, the main problem on the opposite shore of Lake Peipsi is the
restructuring of the Starozhinets port to be suitable for the customs and
“At the same time when the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister is accusing the
province administration in leaving things undone, the representatives of the
administration declare they cannot be doing anything as Moscow provides no
finances for the project,” said Mikenberg.
According to Rein Kilk, there is no-one personally behind the failure of one
of the next attempts of launching the shipping line, rather it is to do with
the administrative incapacity of Russian agencies.
Tartu Postimees could not get a comment from Dimitri Stakhov, the Vice
Governor of Pskov, regarding the difficulties in the launching of the