AS Tallink Grupp Statistics for August 2023

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In August 2023 AS Tallink Grupp transported

576,455 passengers, which is a 4.4% decrease compared to August 2022.

The number of cargo units decreased by 26.0% to 26,281 units and the number of passenger vehicles by 2.6% to 86,794 units year-on-year.

FINLAND – SWEDEN (Helsinki-Stockholm and Turku-Stockholm)

The cruise ferry GALAXY I stopped operating on the Turku-Stockholm route in September 2022 due to a charter contract.

ESTONIA – FINLAND (Shuttle services of MYSTAR and MEGASTAR)

The cruise ferry SILJA EUROPA stopped operating on the Tallinn-Helsinki route in August 2022 due to a charter contract.

ESTONIA – SWEDEN (Tallinn-Stockholm and Paldiski-Kapellskär)

Tallink Grupp adds VICTORIA I to Tallinn-Helsinki route from 12 October 2023

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Tallink Grupp announced that it will bring back the popular cruise service to the Tallinn-Helsinki route and the company’s vessel VICTORIA I will start operating on the popular route between the two Nordic capitals from Thursday, 12 October 2023.

This means that the company is increasing its daily departures between the two capital cities again to pre-pandemic levels, offering 14 departures between Tallinn and Helsinki daily.

„Passenger numbers on the Tallinn-Helsinki route have shown steady growth and customer demand is there for the cruise product to return, so I am pleased that we are able to meet that demand.”

Paavo Nõgene, CEO of Tallink Grupp

Holland Norway Lines (1) – Early termination of charter agreement

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Announcement by Tallink Grupp: the charter agreement for the charter of company vessel Romantika signed between a subsidiary of AS Tallink Grupp, AS Tallink Latvija and Holland Norway Lines BV, has been terminated on 1 September 2023 before the charter agreement’s normal expiry date.

Holland Norway Lines (2) – Declared bankrupt

The court in Groningen declared Holland Norway Lines BV (HNL) bankrupt (4 September 2023). The bankruptcy was requested in consultation with trustee Hans Silvius and the management of HNL. Hans Silvius has been appointed as the curator.

The reason for proceeding with the bankruptcy application is that no potential candidate has come forward for the takeover of Holland Norway Lines since the company applied for a suspension of payments last week (35). The employees of HNL in both Norway and the

Netherlands have been informed by the management of HNL. Although at this point only Holland Norway Lines BV has filed for bankruptcy, it is expected that the subsidiaries in the group will file for bankruptcy within short, as there is no longer prospects for continued operations.

Attica Group: condolences, disbelief and in-depth investigation

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  • One crewmember of BLUE HORIZON was charged with homicide with possible intent, and two others with complicity, after the death of a passenger who was pushed into the sea earlier this week.
  • Launch of in-depth investigation, fully supported by Attica Board of Directors.
  • Resignation of CEO, Mr Spyridon Paschalis.
  • The duties of the CEO will be temporarily assumed by CFO, Mr Panagiotis Dikaios.


Source: the Greek website of Attica Group

Viking Line: Record summer for maritime travel

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  • Between June and August, nearly 1.8 million passengers sailed on Viking Line’s vessels.
  • Many departures during the summer holiday season were sold out well in advance (new trend).
  • Several reasons for the strong demand were local tourism, which was popular in both Finland and Sweden, and the recovery in international tourism in the Nordic region.
  • Viking Line’s passenger figures for the summer months increased most on the Tallinn route (+8.7%) (June-August 656,401 passengers).
  • The company had prepared for the summer holiday season by doubling capacity on its Tallinn departures during the peak of summer, and for six weeks three of the company’s vessels sailed across the Gulf of Finland: VIKING XPRS, VIKING CINDERELLA and GABRIELLA.
  • The cheap Swedish krona drew visitors to Stockholm.
  • +8.1% Turku-Stockholm (801,919 passengers June-August) partially driven by new vessel VIKING GLORY.
  • South Koreans a new passenger category: largest increase among international passengers this past summer. South Koreans take group trips and want to visit as many countries as possible on their trip.

All routes combined: 1,786,499 passengers, 227,064 cars

  • Turku–Mariehamn–Stockholm 801,919 passengers
  • Helsinki–Mariehamn–Stockholm 218,752 passengers
  • Helsinki–Tallinn 656,401 passengers
  • Stockholm–Mariehamn (no service June 30–August 6, 2023) 109,427 passengers

Increased traffic for Scandro Holdings’ DALEELA on the Greece – Cyprus line

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On September 1, 2023, Scandro Holdings’ Ro-Pax DALEELA completed her sailings from Piraeus to Cyprus (Limassol, Larnaca) for the summer season 2023.

According to the company’s data –this year- the passenger traffic increased by 45%.

The ship transported 12,000 passengers and 2,500 cars. She performed in total 44 sailings (28 from and to Limassol and 16 from and to Larnaca).

In 2022, the ship transported 7,412 passengers and 2,250 cars.

Anes Lines’ PROTEUS leave Sporades

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According to recent information Anes Lines ferry Proteus will probably replace SPORADES STAR on the Inter-Cyclades run.

The handy size vessel has stopped her sailings on the Agios Konstantinos – Sporades line last week, while there are strong rumors that she will be probably sold to Seajets.

PROTEUS was built in Greece in 1974.

Her carrying capacity is for 372 passengers and 110 cars, at a speed of 15 knots.

Photo: Anes Lines

HSC SUNNYDAY bought by Liberty Lines and to be renamed GABRIELE M

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The Sicily-based shipping company Liberty Lines has just purchased the HSC SUNNYDAY to be renamed GABRIELE M and set to be deployed most likely on the Strait of Messina.

The Morace family’s ferry company invested some EUR 2 million for buying, transferring and for the next refit works at the HSC Shipyard in Trapani.

The highspeed craft was active in the Caribbean Sea on the regular maritime link between the ports of Grand Bourg and Pointe a Pitre in Guadeloupe.

Photo: Colleen Martin