About the Harbour

ESTEVE AS provides stevedoring services at Paldiski South Harbor and Tallinn Old City Harbour. We offer our customers diverse and high-quality services with competitive prices 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Main services:

  • Loading/discharging of vessels
  • Loading/discharging of railway waggons, cars and containers
  • Storage of goods (in-door and out-door)

Support services provided:

  • Customs warehouse, customs terminal and customs agency services
  • Ship agency service
  • Weighting goods (trucks and railway wagons)
  • Controlling the level of radioactivity of goods

Primary goods groups:

  • Ro-Ro
  • Project and High & Heavy
  • Bulk cargoes
  • Containers

In providing its services, ESTEVE AS uses the following::

  • 23 ha of open storage sites and 15000 m2 of enclosed warehouses;
  • mobile cranes with hoisting power of up to 100 tons;
  • portal cranes with hoisting power of up to 40 tons;
  • forklift trucks with hoisting power of up to 25 tons;
  • other inventory, such as container loaders, front loaders, ro-ro traction units, etc.;
  • a well-trained and experienced team.

Port in numbers

Territory141.1 ha
Aquatory134.7 ha
Number of berths10
Total length of berths1.85 km
Max. depth15.7 m
Max. length of a vessel 250 m
Max. width of a vessel 45 m


Berth no.Length (m)Depth (m)
1 193 11.7
2 239 11.4
3 123 9.0
3a 107 9.0
4 163 8.5
5 152 8.5
6 225 8.7
7 249 15.7
8 160 12.7
9247 13.0


The surroundings of Paldiski have been used as a harbour since ancient times. The first permanent inhabitants came to the Pakri islands and the peninsula in the 13th century; according to legend, these were the prince of Sweden and his entourage. The advantages of Paldiski as a place of landing for large ships began in the 17th century when the Swedish fleet used it as a base for their fleet.
In the political situation after the Great Northern War it became important for Russia to operate a military base on the northern coast of the Baltic Sea. In searching for a suitable port, the Russian naval fleet sailed the whole coastal line and chose Paldiski as the location of their future port. Paldiski had three big advantages over other possible ports: it is virtually ice-free, very deep (important for large ships) and protected from storms by the Pakri islands. In 1718, Peter I established a naval base in Pakri bay. In 1762, the Rogerwiek municipality established by the base was named Baltiyskiy Port (i.e. Baltic Sea port), which gave the town its current name.

In the 19th century, the importance of Paldiski as a commercial port increased. Paldiski became the main harbour for Tallinn and St. Petersburg, especially in winter when sea freight was transported onwards by train. Considering the good weather conditions, the first railway track was opened in Estonia on 24 October 1870 on the route Paldiski-Tallinn-Narva-Gatchina. For a short period, the turnover was so big that Paldiski was the third largest cargo port in the Russia Empire. Until the October Revolution, Paldiski was a cargo port of national importance for the empire.

From the Soviet occupation in 1939 until 1992, Paldiski city and the South Harbour were part of the closed military base of the Soviet Union. The last Russian warship left Paldiski South Harbour in 1994 when Russian troops left Estonia.

Since 1994, Paldiski South Harbour has been part of the state owned AS Tallinna Sadam. Today Paldiski South Harbour is one of the most quickly developing harbours in Estonia.

Video: the story of Paldiski South Harbour 1933–2013