Viking Line’s CEO: “All Ships Are for Sale if the Price is Right”

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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.”

Sundbusserne Opens A New Route Between Toldboden (Copenhagen) and Helsingborg

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The new Sundbusserne route, which will have three daily departures from Copenhagen and Elsinore, respectively, starts on 17 July.

The route is intended as an extra experience when tourists choose to experience Copenhagen or Helsingborg during the holiday, but commuters are also welcome.

The route will be operated by the passenger-only LEA ELIZABETH, from Wednesdays to Sundays, during summer.

FERRY FINANCE

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Viking Line Has Reached An Agreement To Defer Loan Payments Worth 14.9m

Viking Line Abp has reached an agreement with Finnvera Abp and Finska Exportkredit Ab on a loan payment deferral for the period July 1, 2020 – February 1, 2021 totalling EUR 14.9 million.

Payments fall due by January 10, 2025 at the latest – in other words, at the time final payment is due. The deferred loan payments may be paid in advance, and the interest rate and maturity of the loan remain unchanged. The payment of dividends during the maturity of the loan is conditional upon payment of the loan payments for which a deferral has been granted.

This loan payment deferral strengthens Viking Lines Abp’s liquidity situation, which is satisfactory at present.

FERRY PORTS

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Port Of Turku To Get Automooring System For Viking Line Ships

Cavotec’s MoorMaster arrived in Turku in early July. The vacuum-based automooring system will be installed at Viking Line’s berth by the end of the year and will be used by both VIKING GRACE and VIKING GLORY.

Viking Line To Launch Cruise Service From Helsinki To Mariehamn

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Viking Line will place GABRIELLA in service for cruises from Helsinki to the Åland Islands three days a week beginning July 1.

Day trips to the popular summer town of Mariehamn will give passengers the chance to get to know Åland’s sights and attractions. Viking Line, which has its roots in the Åland archipelago, has daily service to Åland with six vessels. The range of routes available is now being expanded by offering Finnish residents an attractive and safe travel option to become familiar with the beautiful archipelago and this summer paradise in the middle of the Baltic Sea.

Viking Line Slowly Restarts Passenger Services

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As a result of the Finnish government’s decision on May 4, 2020 to gradually ease some of the restrictions related to the coronavirus, starting May 14 Viking Line will open up passenger service again for essential traffic (travel for work…)

Four of Viking Line’s seven vessels will continue their service between Finland and Sweden, the Åland Islands and Estonia. People will be able to continue travelling as usual between the Finnish mainland and Åland. The new regulations enter into effect on May 14, 2020.

Viking Line’s service until May 31, 2020:

  • Turku – Åland – Stockholm with VIKING GRACE and AMORELLA according to the following timetable.
  • Mariehamn – Kapellskär with ROSELLA on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday according to the following timetable.
  • Helsinki – Tallinn with GABRIELLA according to the following timetable.

Service between Helsinki and Stockholm will be suspended until at least May 31, 2020.

VIKING XPRS, which normally operates between Helsinki and Tallinn, will be out of service until at least May 31, 2020.