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 Finland - Saimaa Canal and Lakes

Saimaa Canal and Lakes

The Saimaa lake area, reached through the Saimaa Canal leased to Finland by Russia, is now open to foreign yachts. Using this canal requires passing through Russian waters, and for this reason all crew must have valid passports, not identity cards, and the Board of Management of the Canal must be notified of the boat's intentions to use the canal one week in advance. Arriving from along the coast of Finland, the departure inspection is carried out at the coastguard stations of either Santio or Haapasaari island. Alternatively, one may arrive directly from international waters, when the entry inspection is carried out at the customs quay in Nuijamaa.

All vessels are required to have a Russian pilot between the island of Vihrevoi and Brusnitnoe lock. Inspection by the Russian authorities is carried out at these locations. It is possible to visit the Russian city of Vyborg if one has obtained a visa in advance.

The Saimaa Canal Board of Management, which publishes a useful Instructions for Small Boat Traffic in the Saimaa Canal, should be contacted two weeks in advance of arrival. Their address is: Itäinen Kanavatie 2, Fin-53420 Lappeenranta. Tel. +358 5 458 5170, Fax. +358 204 48 3110, email: [email protected]. Information is also available at the Finnish Maritime Administration's website, http://www.fma.fi/ .

This canal stretches from Lappeenranta and Imatra in the south via Savonlinna to Varkaus, Kuopio and Joensuu in the north. The length of the canal from Lake Saimaa to the Gulf of Finland is approximately 75nm, with eight locks.

VHF ch 9 (Saimaa VTS) and ch 11 (locks)

See webpage For details of each lock.

Lappeenranta

* indicates port of entry

marketingi
marketingi says:
Feb 23, 2017 11:47 AM

30MILES project – small ports on the eastern Gulf of Finland are developing fast.

The 30MILES international cooperation project was established to develop small ports on the eastern Gulf of Finland, and six Finnish and six Estonian small ports are participating in it. The objective of the project is to harmonise the level of services, security and convenience of use of the ports. The outcome of the 30MILES project will be a ring of quality small ports every 30 miles apart around the Gulf of Finland.
The deadline for completion of the project is May 2018.

Further information: www.merikotka.fi/30miles

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jul 27, 2015 02:36 PM

Posted on behalf of Sven Hegelund, s/y Njord III
As you know, camping Gaz (butane) is not so easy to get in the Baltic. I am in Turku/Åbo in Finland and the harbourmaster of the yacht harbour on the North side of river Aura, managed to get some containers delivered to Turku from Helsinki and is planning to arrange for a small storage to be kept at the harbour or nearby for the benefit of guests at the yacht harbour.

AlWil
AlWil says:
Jun 14, 2015 03:06 PM

Clearance: when clearing out of Finland to a non-EU country, eg Russia, you must provide at least 4 copies of your crew list to be stamped. If then going from Russia eg to Estonia, get at least 5 copies stamped (4 for Russian border control, 1 for Estonian border control). Finland border control is relaxed about the regulation that after clearing out you must stay within a marked channel, but they emphasise that once in Russian waters you absolutely must stay within or just outside a marked channel.
Alan Wilson, Kiitaja (in 2011)

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