Tallinn Port (EETLL)

Port Code EETLL City Tallinn
Port Name TALLINN Country/Region Estonia
Category Port City Route EUROPEAN BRANCH PORT
Nearby Main Port Inland Transport
Official Website Port Type Feeder Port

Introduction of Tallinn Port (EETLL)


The Port of Tallinn is located on the southern coast of the FINLAND bay port on the northern coast of Estonia, bordering on the northeast side of the Baltic Sea, and is of Estonia. The capital and largest port. It is the national industrial, commercial, cultural and transportation center. The main industries include machinery manufacturing, food, radio equipment, meters, agricultural machinery, and electronic products, among which the food industry accounts for one third of the total industrial output value. Communication technology and telephone are in a leading position in the country. Tallinn is the only tourist destination in Northern Europe that preserves the appearance and style of the Middle Ages. There are 13th and 14th century castles, churches and other places of interest. There are railways and roads leading to St. Petersburg and Moscow.

The Port of Tallinn has a continental climate in the northern temperate zone, with an average annual temperature of about 29°C and a minimum of -26°C. The general icing period is from February 1st to the end of March, and navigation is assisted by icebreakers. The annual average rainfall is about 600mm. The tidal range is small.  

The Tallinn port area mainly includes three harbor basins, with 19 berths, the coastline is about 3000m in length, the water depth is 10.5m, and there are special docks for bulk cargo and general cargo. Loading and unloading equipment includes various shore cranes, floating cranes, gantry cranes and hoists, among which the maximum lifting capacity of gantry cranes is 40 tons, the maximum lifting capacity of floating cranes is 100 tons, and there are warehouses, cargo sheds, cold storages and oil tanks, etc. . There is a grain wharf capable of berthing 100,000-dwt bulk carriers in MUGA Bay, about 5n mile east of the port. The water depth of the large ship anchorage reaches 22m. The main imported goods are coal, cotton, grain machinery and groceries, and the main export goods are wood, oil, meat and groceries. Local workers work 24 hours a day, including holidays.  

In order to meet the needs of the development of foreign trade and transportation, Tallinn Port will be built into a complex and become the hub port of Estonia. The Port of Tallinn complex consists of three ports, Siti, Copley and Muga, of which Muga Port can handle 150,000 dwt grain bulk carriers and 50,000 dwt oil tankers. The annual cargo handling capacity of the three ports can reach 10 million tons. Among them, the focus is on the expansion of Muga Port, including a container terminal capable of handling 50,000 TEU per year .

The Port of Tallinn is located at the northern end of the Baltic Sea and is the Port of Tallinn, where the capital of Estonia is located. Since leaving the former Soviet Union in the early 1990s, the port's cargo throughput has increased every year.

The total port cargo throughput in 2003 was 37.6 million tons, of which 23.8 million tons were liquefied bulk cargoes such as petroleum and liquefied gas. It is worth noting that the container throughput of Tallinn Port has increased rapidly. In 2003, it was 99,600 TEUs, a net increase of 11,700 TEUs over 2002. In its port development plan from 2004 to 2008, the transportation department of the Estonian government has allocated 340.6 million euros to invest in the construction of the infrastructure, equipment and transportation network of the Port of Tallinn. Including the construction of two new container terminal berths and dredging of the port’s channel, striving to increase the port’s annual container handling capacity from 120,000 TEUs to 250,000 TEUs by the end of 2004, and increasing the average annual cargo handling capacity to 46 million tons.

Port distribution of Port of Tallinn

The Port of Tallinn (Estonia: Tallinna Sadam ) is the largest port authority in Estonia. Considering freight and passenger transportation, it is one of the largest port companies in the Baltic Sea. The Port of Tallinn is a state-owned company that manages the five constituent ports (two of them are in Tallinn):

  • Old Town Port ( Vasadam ) -Estonia 's main passenger port; located in the center of Tallinn; one of the busiest passenger ports in the Baltic Sea
  • Muuga Harbour-located in Estonia’s largest cargo port, in Mardum, 13 kilometers northeast of Tallinn’s city centre
  • Paldiski South Harbour-The cargo port in Paldiski, 40 kilometers west of Tallinn.
  • Paljassaare Harbour (Paljassaare Harbour)-a small cargo port a few kilometers northwest of Paljassaare in the centre of Tallinn
  • Saaremaa harbour-the passenger port of Saaremaa, at Ninase

Old City Port / Vanasadam

The Old Town Port is one of the largest and busiest passenger ports in the Baltic region. It is also the largest passenger port in Tallinn and Estonia. Tallink, EckeroLine and Viking Line boats and ferries depart from Helsinki’s Old City port, as well as Tallink ships on the Tallinn Port-Stockholm route and St. Peterline ships on the Tallinn-St. Petersburg route.

Three passenger terminals provide passenger services:
  • Pier D-Tallink Boats and Ferries
  • Terminal A-Boarding of Eckero Line, Viking Line and St. Peter's Boats and Ferries
  • Terminal B-Disembarkation of EckeroLine, Viking Line and St. Peterline ships and ferries

As it is located in the center of Tallinn, the harbour can be easily accessed by passengers in the city center; it is an excellent berth for passengers and Ro-Ro ferries and cruise ships, as well as high-speed boats in summer. Round trip Tallinn-Helsinki, Tallinn-Stockholm and Tallinn Holy Route throughout the year. Petersburg was served.

In order to cope with the ever-increasing tourist flow of cruise ships, the Port of Tallinn is planning to build an additional terminal for cruise ships.

The development plan of the Port of Tallinn envisages the complete conversion of the old city port into a passenger port, so the cargo handling has gradually moved out of the old city port and moved to the Muga and Paldischen ports. As of today, the old city port terminal mainly handles Ro-Ro cargo (locomotives and rolling stock), and to a certain extent, handles bulk cargo.

The territorial development plan issued under cargo handling is closely related to urban environmental construction and real estate development.

Muuga Harbour

Mugaha Port is the largest cargo port in Estonia and specializes in handling transit cargo. It is the main cargo port of Tallinn Port, located 17 kilometers east of Tallinn. The volume of cargo handled accounts for about 80% of Tallinn’s total cargo volume, and about 70% is transit cargo passing through Estonia. Nearly 3/4 of the cargo loaded at Muuga Port includes crude oil and petroleum products, but the port also supplies dry bulk cargo (mainly fertilizer, grain and coal) and other types of cargo. Papaya Port is the deepest (up to 18 meters) and most modern port in the Baltic region. The extensive free zone in Muuga Harbour provides more flexible customs procedures for companies that provide transit and distribution services. Simplified customs procedures, easy transfer of ownership and value-added business activities in the area are aimed at promoting the development of distribution centers. Goods temporarily imported and processed from Estonia are not subject to import value-added tax. In terms of expanding land use, Papaya Port has the greatest development potential in the region. Read more about current development plans. Papaya Port has the greatest development potential in the region. Read more about current development plans. Papaya Port has the greatest development potential in the entire region. Read more about current development plans.


  • 6 liquid bulk terminals
  • 2 multi-function terminals (one of which is combined with a refrigerator)
  • Container terminal and ro-ro terminal
  • Dry bulk terminal
  • granary
  • Steel wharf
  • Coal terminal

Storage area:

  • Warehouse area: 151,000 square meters
  • Open area: 670 000 square meters
  • Cold storage warehouse area: 11 500 square meters
  • Fuel tank capacity: 1 550 150m3
  • Granary: 300,000 tons

Paldiski South Harbour

The Paldiski South Port, the second cargo port of Tallinn, 45 kilometers south of Tallinn, is located 45 kilometers west of Tallinn. The core activities of the seaport focus on handling Estonia's import and export cargo and transit cargo. Mainly ro-ro cargo, scrap metal, wood, peat and petroleum products. Development activities include the transfer of new cars to neighboring markets and the provision of pre-sales services. Due to the development potential of the port, the investment ratio of the port is significantly higher than that of Paldiski. Developments currently underway include the construction of a new terminal and the expansion of the car terminal area. Read more about the development plan. There is also an industrial park close to the port, which plots are ideal for companies whose operations are directly close to the port. read more.


  • Ferry Terminal
  • Oil terminal
  • 2 vehicle docks
  • Ro-Ro Pier
  • General cargo terminal
  • Timber pier
  • 2 metal terminals
  • Kimaru Pier
  • Peat wharf
  • Biodiesel terminal

Storage area:

  • Warehouse area: 15,000 square meters
  • Open storage area: 500,000 square meters
  • Oil tank capacity: 357,900 cubic meters

Paljassaare Harbour (Paljassaare Harbour)

Paljassaare Port is located on the Paljassaare peninsula in Tallinn, about 6 kilometers from the city centre. The port's processing capacity is about 3 million tons per year, far greater than its two older brothers-Papaya and Old City Port. Due to its geographic location, Paljassaare Bay is one of the most sheltered seaports in Estonia. Ships enter and exit the port through the canal (the canal is 800 meters in length, 90-150 meters in width, and 9.0 meters in depth). It is a cargo port that mainly specializes in handling mixed cargo, coal and oil products, as well as wood and perishables. The port is also used for cooking oil shipments from neighboring refineries.


  • Oil terminal
  • Cooking oil terminal
  • Timber pier
  • Coal terminal
  • General cargo terminal (including refrigerated terminal)
  • Dry bulk terminal

storage capacity:

  • Warehouse area of ​​16,000 square meters
  • Open storage area of ​​105,000 square meters
  • Oil tank volume 42,000 cubic meters
  • The cold storage area is 15,000 square meters

Saaremaa Harbour

Saarema Port has two piers for ships to be equipped with auxiliary boat docks and small manual floating berths.

The new port, 10 meters deep from the dock, can repair ships up to 200 meters long. The natural depth of the harbour location is sufficient to accommodate the largest cruise ships sailing in the Baltic Sea. Due to its strategic location on the northwest coast of the island, the Port of Saarema has the potential to host regional cruises and will also develop a conventional passenger line between Scandinavia and Saaremaa.

  • 2 docks: maximum depth of 10 meters
  • Wharf: 30 berths, up to 6 meters deep
  • Mooring with buoy
  • Drinking water and electricity supply on the pier
  • Border defense and customs orders
  • Long-Term Parking
  • Guard 24 hours
  • Open 24 hours
  • Sauna, shower and toilet
  • Coffee shop and snack bar
  • Bus stop (200 meters)
  • Wide range of tours
  • Communication ULL channel 14, call sign "Tamme radio"
  • Estonia Marine Map No. 515 and No. 624


  • Pilot
  • tug
  • Come on
  • Shuttle service
  • Garbage disposal
  • Travel Information

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Summary of EETLL

The Tallinn Passenger Port (Port Code: EETLL), or the Old City Harbor, is the main passenger harbor in Tallinn, Estonia. Regular lines serve routes to Helsinki (Finland), Stockholm (Sweden) and St. Petersburg (Russia). It is one of the five ports within the state-owned company Port of Tallinn. It is one of the biggest and busiest passenger harbours in the world and also the biggest passenger harbour in Estonia. The port operates three passenger terminals and the total length of its berths is 4.2 kilometres. Vessels with maximum length of 340 metres, 42 metres wide and draught of 10.7 m can enter the port. In 2019, the port served 10.64 million passengers.