Late delivery leaves ferry operator in the blackLocal News
- The tardy ferries and a triumphant LeedoLocal NewsCome fall, the Estonian taxpayer is faced with the next hefty additional bill due to rearrangements of mainland-islands ferry traffic. For a month now, the grapevine is confidently declaring that of the four new vessels only one will be completed on time - with luck. Therefore, at least for a while the state desires to buy operating service from the businessman Vjatšeslav Leedo.
- Fiasco coded into the very ferry procurement All four boats to be late!Economy
- State faced with payment of tens of millions to LeedoEconomy
- Polish shipyard goes too slow with our ferriesEconomy
- The political ferryboat traffic racketLocal NewsA year ago, a bribery scandal of historical proportions was meant to erupt in Estonia. Those closest to ferryboat businessman Vjatšeslav Leedo (63), one dealing with politicians for decades, were planning to go public with a local political heavyweight's demand that a record breaking €30m be paid for extending the operating contract.
- The minister-to-minister makings of a major bribery scandalEconomyThis past decade, many a economy minister has assumed the state overpaid businessman Vjatšeslav Leedo for arranging ferryboat traffic and that the state would do better providing the service itself. As cooperation with the entrepreneur failed, they ended up buying public vessels and have Port of Tallinn act as operator. Turns out, port managers accepted bribes buying the ships and all contracts are to be reviewed. Also, the search is on for a person politically liable.
- Estonian ferries face bright future in GermanyEconomy
- Editorial: silence – not always goldenOpinionThe folks ferried between mainland and Saaremaa feel worried: in summer, the queues are a bother as things stand but ship swap by Saaremaa Laevakompanii may stretch them longer still – yet, the main hero keeps mum. On the one hand, people are justified in expecting information regarding plans of a company providing public services. On the other, entrepreneurs have their business interests to consider. And as the move is allowed by contracts, who could find fault with the entrepreneur.
- Oldies appear to replace new ferriesLocal News
- Editorial: smudge over troubled waterOpinion
- Port of Tallinn sails to victory in ferry operator contestEconomy