Enterprise Estonia financed the project of the City of Narva with which Narva River gets the decent port and hereinafter the ships will get from the Gulf of Finland through Narva River to Lake Peipsi and Lake Pihkva. The project will cost 21.2 million kroons, of which 18 million kroons is covered by the grant of the European Regional Development Fund.
There are many yachts and small ships on the Baltic Sea. At the same time the Estonian rivers provide no opportunity to make a trip from the Gulf of Finland to the Estonian internal water bodies. Lake Peipsi and Lake Pihkva are very attractive for water tourism, currently Narva waterfall cuts the shipway from the Baltic Sea.
“If the shipway is open and the port of Narva River has been put in order, this is the big opportunity for the local governments near the lakes in Lääne and Ida- Virumaa, Jõgevamaa, Tartu and Põlvamaa to promote tourism entrepreneurship and gain profit from that, “ Monica Hankov, the Director of the Business Environment Division of Enterprise Estonia, said. “ The opening of the shipway increases the landings of yachts and small ships in small ports. The beautiful coasts of Lake Peipsi is the magnet for the ones interested in nature tourism, also the persons dealing with fishing and hunting are interested in the shipway”.
The project stipulates the creating of infrastructure for lifting the yachts and small ships from water and on inland for transport with trailer from the lower part of Narva River up to the upper part or Lake Peipsi. Also, the port of Narva River is developed which involves the acquisition of landing-stage, establishing of landing places and the maintenance of the total port area. As a result the port can be comfortably used by more passengers.
The project was supported from the regional competitiveness improvement programme of Enterprise Estonia financed by the European Regional Development Fund. The aim of the programme is to make the different Estonian regions more attractive for the entrepreneurs, investors, qualified labour and visitors.