The role of Estonian Navy in defence of Estonian islands and internal waters will grow
The Estonian Transport Administration forwards new information to all owners of small vessels pilot's and jet ski pilot's certificate to be aware of while being at sea.
As of January 1, 2023, four ships of Estonian Police and Border Guard Board: PVL-101 KINDRAL KURVITS, PVL-103 PIKKER, PVL-112 VALVE and PVL-203 RAJU will become part of Estonian Navy.
Status of aforementioned ships will be changed to „naval ship“, but they will continue carrying out previous assignments. Capabilities and tasks of the ships in respect to border guard duties at sea, oil spill response and search and rescue tasks will be retained.
More information can be found here: https://www.riigiteataja.ee/akt/120062022002.
Estonian Navy will receive limited authority to conduct law enforcement tasks on small islands and at sea to perform border guard duties and ensure maritime safety. Additionally, Estonian Navy will be tasked to carry out national supervision over small vessels, ships under 12 meters of length and jet skis in Estonian territorial waters.
It is important for inhabitants of small islands and boat masters to know that as of January 1, 2023, officials in Estonian Navy uniform are exercising public authority within the tasks given to them by the state. Tasks of Estonian Police and Border Guard Board will remain unchanged and the aim of the rearrangement is to utilize state resources more efficiently.