The cornerstone of the new cruise ship terminal in Tallinn Estonia was ceremonially laid on April 30, 2020. It was put in place by Peeter Nogu (Port Tallinn’s Chief Infrastructure Officer) and by Margus Poim (YIT Eesti’s Member of the Management Board).
Peeter Nogu commented that the current emergency situation (due to the Coronavirus pandemic) forced the builder to review the project's construction processes to ensure the security and safety of employees. However, the changes didn't affect the initial construction schedule. Additionally, the cruise season's postponing enabled the builder to move forward with the works more rapidly and they would "soon see the cruise terminal building to rise.”
According to Margus Poim, all the cruise terminal building's foundations had been cast and the installation of its frame posts had begun.
In January 2020, Port Tallinn signed an agreement with YIT Eesti AS for the building of a new cruise ship terminal in Tallinn Old City Harbour. The value of the contract for the construction is EUR 13.7 million. The terminal is scheduled for completion in July 2021.
The environmentally friendly and multifunctional cruise terminal is being constructed in Old City Harbour in the vicinity of the 2 existing cruise quays. Along the seafront and from the roof level of the terminal to the end of the pier, a walking promenade with green areas will be built.
The technical design of the building is based on a study supported by the European Union (EU) funding for the Green Cruise Port project implemented under the Interreg Baltic Sea Program.
It explored how to implement ecological, sustainable, and energy-efficient solutions in the new building that would suit the climate and allow the building to be operated outside the cruise season as well.