“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the shipping support that is normally paid, and is absolutely crucial for the Swedish shipping industry, has now been withdrawn when the vessels are not in traffic.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.