From Tuesday, 16 March 2021, Confido will open a new coronavirus testing location at Terminal D, Port of Tallinn and will thus make it easier for passengers to obtain the necessary negative COVID test certificates, required for travelling to Finland since the end of February.
Marcus Risberg (left picture), Managing Director for Swedish subsidiary Tallink Silja AB leaves Tallink Grupp to take up a new position as CEO of Destination Gotland.
Mr Risberg will replace Christer Bruzelius, who retires after 9 successful years.
Tallink Grupp announced that Mr Ats Joorits (right picture) will take up the position from 15 March 2021.
At the same time, shipping companies are required to keep two morning and two evening departures on the routes.
Modern Batteries Meet Veteran Ferry
Batteries have been installed on WASA EXPRESS (1981, ex TRAVEMÜNDE, SALLY STAR…). In a black out they can supply energy to the most important pumps on board. This means that WASA EXPRESS now can sail with only one generator, instead of two.
Wasa Express is probably the first passenger ferry in the world where such a back-up solution for critical pumps has been installed. The solution designed by the innovation company eMarine Engineering Nordic Ab means that Wasa Express saves 25 tonnes of fuel (approx. 80 tonnes of CO2) per month.
Tallink CEO: Tallink Alone Can Not Subsidize Estonian Export
Entrepreneurs are blaming Tallink for a sudden hike in export prices and have said they deal a blow to industries across Estonia. Tallink Group CEO Paavo Nõgene said the price increase is temporary and due to travel restrictions as the shipping line has to stay afloat.
The pandemic-related financial problems of shipping companies may lead to the sale of ferries and the permanent deterioration of Finland’s maritime connections.
Viking Line’s CEO Jan Hanses talks about overcapacity in the Baltic and Viking Line’s attempt to sell ferries (with interest from the Med).
Government communications receive harsh criticism from Tallink’s CEO Margus Schults. “The messy communication about the restrictions has been going on the whole summer. People do not dare to travel, even if it would be allowed and safe.”
On September 11, Tallink’s VICTORIA I was connected to shore power in Tallinn Old City Harbour for the first ever shore power charging in Estonia.
Shore power can be used by the Tallink vessels operating the Estonian-Swedish as well as Estonian-Finnish routes.
Tallink CEO: Finland Quarantine on Estonians Would Knock Out Tourist Sector
The coronavirus infection rate in Estonia increasing to a point where Finland would impose a quarantine requirement would be the worst possible scenario for Estonian tourism, CEO of Tallink Grupp Paavo Nõgene told ERR on Monday.
Tallink transported a total of 617,206 passengers in July. That is half of last year’s July, but more than double of June 2020.
The number of cargo units transported on all the company’s vessels in July 2020 decreased by 2.9% and amounted to 29,108 cargo units.
The greatest reductions in the number of cargo units transported have been on the Latvia-Sweden and Estonia-Sweden routes.
On the Estonia-Finland and Finland-Sweden routes cargo transportation, however, actually increased in July compared to July 2019, 2.4% and 7.1% respectively.
The total number of passenger vehicles transported in July this year also decreased: 118,167 vehicles (155,297 in July 2019).
Normal route operations, comparable at least to some extent to previous years, continued only on Tallinn-Helsinki, Muuga-Vuosaari, Paldiski-Kapellskär and Turku-Stockholm routes.
Tallinn-Stockholm and Helsinki-Stockholm routes were and currently still are suspended completely and the Riga-Stockholm route only operated four limited capacity special trips during the month.
At the same time, the company operated a number of new temporary routes and several additional special cruises during the month, which helped recover passenger numbers at least to some extent. New temporary routes such as Helsinki-Riga, Turku-Tallinn, Stockholm-Visby, a number of special cruises from Tallinn via Helsinki to Aland and one special cruise from Helsinki to Saaremaa, all proved popular with the customers and have enabled travellers around the Baltic sea to travel safely close to home this summer.