Tallink July 2020 Statistics Show Recovery

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Tallink transported a total of 617,206 passengers in July. That is half of last year’s July, but more than double of June 2020.

The number of cargo units transported on all the company’s vessels in July 2020 decreased by 2.9% and amounted to 29,108 cargo units.

The greatest reductions in the number of cargo units transported have been on the Latvia-Sweden and Estonia-Sweden routes.

On the Estonia-Finland and Finland-Sweden routes cargo transportation, however, actually increased in July compared to July 2019, 2.4% and 7.1% respectively.

The total number of passenger vehicles transported in July this year also decreased: 118,167 vehicles (155,297 in July 2019).

Normal route operations, comparable at least to some extent to previous years, continued only on Tallinn-Helsinki, Muuga-Vuosaari, Paldiski-Kapellskär and Turku-Stockholm routes.

Tallinn-Stockholm and Helsinki-Stockholm routes were and currently still are suspended completely and the Riga-Stockholm route only operated four limited capacity special trips during the month.

At the same time, the company operated a number of new temporary routes and several additional special cruises during the month, which helped recover passenger numbers at least to some extent. New temporary routes such as Helsinki-Riga, Turku-Tallinn, Stockholm-Visby, a number of special cruises from Tallinn via Helsinki to Aland and one special cruise from Helsinki to Saaremaa, all proved popular with the customers and have enabled travellers around the Baltic sea to travel safely close to home this summer.


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Port of Tallinn Opened the New Terminal D

On Friday 31 July, the Port of Tallinn opened the new building of its Terminal D; the largest sea gate of Estonia, which welcomes six million passengers a year.

The terminal received a makeover of EUR 18.5 million and now boasts a new state-of-the-art look. The total area of the building –featuring a number of environmentally friendly solutions– nearly doubled, having reached 14,000m2.

“The building offers travellers much larger waiting and seating areas, a playground for children has been added, and there is more space for cafés and shops,” said Valdo Kalm, the chairman of the board at the Port of Tallinn. “Our other priority in addition to passenger comfort was sustainability: for instance, the energy needs of the building are partially covered by solar electricity, and indoor climate is automatically regulated depending on the temperature outside.”

The reconstruction of Terminal D is co-financed by the European Union within the Connecting Europe Facility project TWIN-PORT 2 no. 2014-EU-TM-0087-M.

Port of Zeebrugge: Good Result in H1, Despite Pandemic

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H1, 2020, the total traffic in Zeebrugge grows with 14.5% compared to the same period last year. In total, 25.1 million tonnes of cargo was handled. The sectors that show the most growth are liquid bulk (LNG: +148%), container traffics (+14%) and the solid bulk (+32%).

Although the port of Zeebrugge stayed 100% operational during the COVID-19 crisis, roro (-23%) and passengers experienced a decrease during this semester.

The decrease in roro is mainly due to the dramatic drop in the handling of new cars.

The COVID-19 crisis has a significant impact on the passenger movements in the port of Zeebrugge. Last cruise ship was on March 11.  On P&O Ferries’ Zeebrugge – Hull route, the transport of passengers halted almost completely.


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New Images from the Ramp Installation on GOTHIA SEAWAYS

BELGIA SEAWAYS and GOTHIA SEAWAYS have both been sent to Remontowa for a ramp installation project.

Now the installation has been finalised on both vessels. The new ramps will function both as weathertight decks and as driving ramps between Decks 2 and 3, meaning that now all decks can be loaded via the normal aft ramp instead of via an external ramp for Deck 3.


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Sea Trials for Second Electric Norled Ferry

SOLAVÅGEN is the second in a series of four electric passenger/vehicle ferries, built at Remontowa Shipbuilding SA for Norled. The ferry began sea trials on August, 1.

These battery-powered ferries will be sailing in the area of Norwegian fjords and will serve the connection between Festøya – Solavågen and Mannheller – Fodnes. At the end of June this year the first ferry was handed over to the shipowner, which entered the Festøya-Solavågen line in mid-July.

Photo Remontowa: Piotr Rudzki; Agnieszka Latarska, Maciej Bielesz / Portalmorski.Pl

Tallink Grupp’s New Shuttle Mystar Steel Sections Prepared in Poland Set Sail for Rauma Shipyard

Steel sections built at the former Gdanska Shipyard for Tallink Grupp’s new shuttle vessel MyStar, which will become the vessel’s food storage area in the future, set sail on August 1 on the barge KIKKA, towed by tugboat METEOR, towards the builder RMC´s Rauma shipyard in Finland.