PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

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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.

Tallink Grupp Invests In RoRo Tonnage

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Baltic SF VIII Ltd, a subsidiary of AS Tallink Grupp purchased ro-pax vessel SAILOR from Navirail OÜ.

The purchase of the ro-pax vessel will strengthen Tallink fleet’s cargo capacity, much needed after the pandemic. More operational flexibility between roro and ropax is needed, said Tallink CEO Paavo Nogene.

Ship has a capacity of 1,400 lane meter and 119 pax.

The transaction price is EUR 8.5 million.

The ship is going to sail under the Estonian flag. The vessel is scheduled to be handed over on 9 July 2020.

Tallink’s ROMANTIKA To Offer Direct Sailings From Riga To Saaremaa And Åland

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 In July, Tallink will operate two special return trips to new destinations directly from Riga, to Åland islands in Finland and Saaremaa island in Estonia.

The sailings will all be operated with ROMANTIKA, which normally operates on the Riga-Stockholm route.

In order to ensure that travellers have plenty of time in each of the destinations to see the sights, enjoy some cycling or to go hiking or fishing, the company has increased the time available to spend at the destinations, with 9 hours available for exploring Åland and 12 hours available for discovering Saaremaa.

Tickets for the Romantika July departures will be available from today, 19 June 2020 on the company’s website www.tallink.lv.

In addition to the special cruises, Tallink will also operate four return trips on the regular route of Riga-Stockhom-Riga for work-only travellers. These trips will depart from Riga on 8, 14, 22 and 28 July 2020.

Tallink Adds More Departures To Tallinn-Turku Route For Late July And Early August

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The new temporary Tallinn-Turku route launched for this summer, has turned out to be so popular that Tallink Grupp has decided to add 6 more departures to this route in late July and early August. BALTIC QUEEN will operate on this route and will operate for a further three weeks between the two cities. In total, 12 return trips will be operated on this route this summer, thus enabling holidaymakers to plan shorter or longer trips to either Estonia or Finland.

FERRY FINANCE

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Tallink Grupp Has Signed Loan Agreement With SA Kredex

AS Tallink Grupp and SA KredEx have signed a working capital loan agreement.

The total amount of the loan limit is EUR 100 million and the loan can be drawn in EUR 10-40 million tranches. The interest rate of the three-year maturity loan is 12-month Euribor +2%.

The loan is secured by mortgages on five vessels ranking after the existing creditors.

Tallink Grupp, May Statistics

In May 2020 AS Tallink Grupp transported 75,511 passengers, which is a 91.2% decrease compared to May 2019.

The number of cargo units decreased by 18.4% to 28,948 units and the number of passenger vehicles decreased by 75.1% to 23,446 units.

Tallink Grupp To Reroute ISABELLE To Operate On The Paldiski-Kapellskär Route

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ISABELLE is going to operate on the Paldiski-Kapellskär route from Sunday, 7 June until the end of August.

Currently REGAL STAR operates on the only route currently open between Estonia and Sweden, ensuring a vital transport link.

As demand for cargo capacity and also for passengers with vehicles has increased in recent weeks and in order to ensure that sufficient space is available for social distancing, the company has decided to add ISABELLE.

She will still predominantly transport cargo between the two countries, but will also take passengers with vehicles, who need to travel between the two countries for reasons other than tourism and leisure.

Collective Redundancies for Tallink Latvija AS Employees

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 Tallink Grupp’s subsidiary Tallink Latvija AS has notified the Latvian Employment Agency and the group’s Latvian crew members and shore personnel that it is commencing a collective redundancies process involving around 550 Latvian employees. The process involves both crew members of the group’s Latvian flagged vessels ISABELLE and ROMANTIKA as well as the company’s Latvian shore personnel.

Tallink’s Riga-Stockholm route vessels Isabelle and Romantika have been suspended at the Port of Riga since mid-March due to the ongoing state of emergency and the established travel restrictions and there is currently no information on when the operation of the route is likely to be restored.  As per maritime regulations, both vessels currently have the minimum required level of technical crew onboard, but all other onboard employees have been at home for the last month with reduced salaries, paid by the company.

Tallink Grupp

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Tallink Grupp stopped selling cruise tickets (return tickets) on the Tallinn-Stockholm route from 13 March until 1 May 2020. Since 13 March 2020 customers can only buy one-way tickets on this route. Cargo transportation will also continue on this route.

Tallink Grupp suspended operations of its Tallinn-Helsinki route vessel SILJA EUROPA from 17 March 2020 due to the measures adopted by the Estonian government regarding border control.

Tallink Grupp has temporarily suspended the operation of its Helsinki-Stockholm route vessels SILJA SERENADE and SILJA SYMPHONY.

Tallink Grupp made changes to the Tallinn-Helsinki route vessels schedule: STAR departures are cancelled until further notice. MEGA STAR and SEA WIND operate as on schedule.

On 17 March, Tallink Grupp in partnership with the Estonian Foreign Office has sent ROMANTIKA to Sassnitz, Germany to bring home Estonians and Latvians currently stuck in Europe due to closed borders. Germans were able to embark in Riga to get back home.

Tallink’s Vessel ROMANTIKA to be Renewed at Nauta Shipyard

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Tallink Grupp’s vessel ROMANTIKA has arrived in the Nauta Shipyard in Gdynia, Poland on 13 January for scheduled maintenance and planned renewal works. The vessel will stay in Nauta shipyard for nearly two weeks, returning to the Riga-Stockholm route on Saturday, 25 January.

During the scheduled docking, several key passenger areas will be renewed considerably and receive a complete overhaul according to the company’s refreshed brand.

The popular ship’s buffet restaurant will be refurbished according to the Grande Buffet concept. Similarily, the ship’s cafe will be renewed in accordance with the Coffee & Co. concept and the ship’s pub will be renovated in keeping with the Seapub concept.

ROMANTIKA will also be prepared for connecting the vessel with the high-voltage shore connection during its port stays in Stockholm.

FERRY SHIPPING

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Tallink Grupp has announced establishing a subsidiary in Singapore this week – Tallink Asia Pte Ltd – which is the group’s first subsidiary in Asia.  The purpose of founding a subsidiary in Singapore is to simplify the development and expansion of the group’s activities in Asia.