TS Laevad ("TS Ships") is an Estonian ferry company which operates two routes between the Estonian mainland and the islands of Hiiumaa and Muhu in the Baltic Sea. (Muhu is connected by a causeway to Estonia's largest island, Saaremaa).[1]

TS Laevad OÜ
IndustryMaritime transportation
Founded19 June 2014
Headquarters,
Area served
West Estonian archipelago
ParentPort of Tallinn
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

The company is a fully owned subsidiary of the Port of Tallinn, which is in turn majority-owned by the Estonian state.[2] The state subsidises the ferry routes with a sum of over €20 million per annum.[3]

The company operates five ferries, of which four (Leiger, Piret, Tiiu and Tõll) were new-builds delivered in 2016/17. These four ferries each has a capacity of 700 passengers and 150 cars. Regula is a smaller vessel, built in 1971, which is used as a reserve.[1] An additional sixth ferry is expected to be delivered in 2024.[4]

RoutesEdit

Two routes across the Väinameri are operated by TS Laevad.

Route Destination Crossing time Departures
RohukülaHeltermaa Hiiumaa 1 hr 15 mins 1½ hour interval
VirtsuKuivastu Muhu for Saaremaa 25 mins 35 min interval

HistoryEdit

TS Laevad replaced the previous operator, SLK, on 1 October 2016[5] after submitting a public procurement bid 64 million euros less than its predecessor.[6] It is contracted to operate the routes until 2026.[7]

As none of TS Laevad's new ferries were delivered in time for the start of the company's contract, three vessels from Vjatšeslav Leedo's Saaremaa Shipping Company (SLK) were chartered as an interim solution. The Sefine Shipyard in Turkey and the Remontowa shipyard in Poland paid TS Laevad a total of nearly €11 million in late fees.[8] All four new ferries were in service by the end of April 2017.[9]

In 2018, the company's ferries carried a total of 2.3 million passengers and 999,000 vehicles.[10]

In 2019 the ferry Tõll had batteries installed which were expected to reduce the vessel's diesel consumption by 20%. It thus became the first hybrid passenger vessel in Estonia.[11] In 2021 the European Commission committed to financing the full electrification of the ferry Piret, with diesel engines being used only in severe ice conditions.[12]

In July 2021 Tõll collided with the berth at Kuivastu Harbour causing damage to the berth, the ferry and some vehicles on board including that of Estonian president Kersti Kaljulaid.[13] The company stated that the collision was caused by a technical failure resulting in a loss of engine power as the ferry approached the berth.[14]

Ferries of TS LaevadEdit

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