The departure of Tallink Silja’s ferry GALAXY (see this news here) from Turku could leave a gap of millions in the port’s income if it turns out to be permanent, estimates Turku Satama Oy CEO Erik Söderholm.
New Joint Terminal For Ship Traffic Opens Up Opportunities For Development Of The Turku Port Area
The Port of Turku will build a new joint terminal in the port area which both Viking Line and Tallink Silja undertake to use for regular liner traffic in accordance with their current schedules once the arrangements have been completed.
The joint terminal and its operations will be run by the Port of Turku.
The Finnish management of Port of Turku paid a visit to St Petersburg at the beginning of October. This happened within the framework of cooperation between PP SPb MF (Passenger Port St Petersburg Marine Façade) and Port of Turku. A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed in July. The aim is, amongst others, to improve the attractiveness of cruise and ferry tourism, and to create the most comfortable environment for passengers of cruise and ferry vessels, representatives of cruise and ferry lines and tour operators.
Moreover, the companies said they intend to develop a joint initiative on attracting operators of cruise lines and ferry lines in order to organize regular international ferry connection between the two ports.
The Finnish group included Sales Director Nirhamo Jaakko, Vice-Chairman of the Board Raaska Petja and Business Development Manager Anstead Paula.
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