The City of Turku, the Port of Turku Oy, Tallink Silja and Viking Line have begun to consider three alternatives for the location of the Turku passenger terminal. The original joint terminal project planned for Linnanauko is proving to be too expensive.
“This is a tough but necessary decision for the company to survive the corona crisis,” said Tallink Silja AB’s MD Marcus Risberg.
He urges the Swedish government to act quickly.
In addition to the negative effect of the missing voyages, due to the virus, the company has also been hit hard by the fact that the shipping support that is normally paid, and is absolutely crucial for the Swedish shipping industry, has now been withdrawn when the vessels are not in traffic.
“We have for a long time argued for the government that our business does not work without the maritime support during this extremely difficult time. We hope that the Government and Parliament understand the seriousness and speed of a temporary change in the law on maritime support so that we do can retain the remaining staff, says Marcus Risberg.
The three-year-old Tallink & Silja Line mobile app has already reached 600,000 downloads. The app is available worldwide and offers seven language versions.
Key features include booking a trip, mobile check-in, ship boarding and seeing the cruise program.
Several Baltic ferry companies are focusing on minimizing food waste at the buffet restaurants, a typical place where people tend to take too much.
Tallink Silja is looking at the entire food chain from the galley to the passengers. Smaller plates help a lot. However, different passenger profiles create different consumption patterns (example: 200 ice-hockey players versus 200 retired people).
Viking Line has set up signs at its buffet, where they invite people not to take more food than they can eat.
Putting smaller portions in the buffet also helped a lot. It helps the passengers to take the right sizes of portions.
Finnlines has been focusing on getting better at assessing the amount of needed food.
On the Helsinki-Travemünde route the company provides food coupons that allow the combination of a light breakfast and then a hearty lunch.