The arms were officially granted on June 21, 1993.
The arms are partially canting, as the name means "black water". The anchor and fish refer to the fact that the town is an important harbour.
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Literature: Image taken from http://valitsus.ee/et/riigikantselei/riigi-ja-omavalitsuste-symbolid/ and Troels P. Roland