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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 border guard. “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 shipping line.

 

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