March 11, 2021
- Total volumes in February 2021 were 4.5% above 2020.
- Volumes for routes calling the UK were up 4%.
- North Sea volumes were above 2020 driven by added capacity and continued stabilisation of trade between the UK and the EU, particularly for UK imports.
- Lower UK exports increased the number of empty trailers coming back to the EU.
- Volumes on the English Channel were likewise above 2020.
- Volumes on the new route between Ireland and France continued to be ahead of expectations.
- Baltic Sea volumes were above 2020 adjusted for the closure of the Paldiski-Hanko route. Mediterranean volumes were above 2020 in all main corridors.
- Total number of passengers in February 2021 was 92% below 2020.
- The decrease reflects a continued negative impact from travel restrictions related to Covid-19 on the two cruise ferry routes, of which Oslo-Frederikshavn-Copenhagen was suspended in February, and the Channel.
- In the Baltic Sea, passenger numbers were somewhat below 2020.