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On Friday 30.08.2013, the Port of Tallinn and the Association of Entrepreneurs of Paldiski are organising a business seminar in Paldiski, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the takeover of the closed naval harbour from the Russian army and its transformation into a cargo harbour.

“When the harbour that used to be a part of the former submariners training base was taken over 20 years ago, the Port of Tallinn – at the time a state enterprise – obtained a facility that basically needed to be built from scratch,” said Ain Kaljurand, Chairman of the Management Board of Tallinna Sadam AS (http://www.portoftallinn.com/general-contact).

The first civil vessel loaded with gravel departed from Paldiski in January 1994, only a few months after the facility was taken over. “Today, we have a situation in which, on average, 1100 vessels per year visit Paldiski, and the South Harbour is the third largest cargo harbour in Estonia in terms of cargo volume, handling more than 4.5 million tonnes of goods per year,” said Kaljurand.

The harbour, which used to be a part of the former Soviet army submariners training base, has been transformed into a cargo harbour with ten piers, where mainly ro-ro goods, scrap metal, timber, gravel, peat, oil products, and vehicles for transit are handled.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the redesigning of the Paldiski South Harbour into a civil harbour, the Port of Tallinn and the Association of Entrepreneurs of Paldiski are organising a business seminar “Paldiski’s development potential as an entrepreneurial environment” on Friday, 30 August. The objective of the seminar is to look back at the developments of the past two decades, together with entrepreneurs active in local life, and assess the future opportunities of Paldiski as a port town in the current business environment.

At the development seminar, presentations will be given by Kaja Kallas, Chairman of the Economic Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu, Dirk Witteween, Managing Director at Transfennica Ltd, and economist Andres Arrak. Paldiski’s development opportunities are also weighed by Ahti Asmann, Chairman of the Management Board of Eesti Raudtee, Heiti Hääl, CEO of Alexela Logistics, Tõnis Vajakas from Eesti Energia’s Renewable Energy Business Unit, Sven Ratassepp, Chairman of the Management Board of the Association of Entrepreneurs of Paldiski, and Ain Kaljurand, the Chairman of the Management Board of Tallinna Sadam AS.