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Estonia's Tallink to end operation of Victoria I on Tallinn-Stockholm-Riga, Tallinn-Helsinki routes from January 1

BC, Riga , 01.12.2020.Print version
Listed Estonian shipper Tallink Grupp on Tuesday announced that it will suspend the operation of its vessel Victoria I on the Tallinn-Stockholm-Riga-Stockholm-Tallinn and the Tallinn-Helsinki routes route from Jan. 1, 2021, writes LETA/BNS.

The vessel has been operating on the two temporary routes since this fall, providing additional cargo capacity between Estonia and Sweden and the only maritime transport route between Stockholm and Riga on a temporary basis, Tallink said.

Since October, it has also provided weekend cruises on the Helsinki-Tallinn route without disembarking in Tallinn for the Finnish market.


The company’s decision comes as the operation of the vessel between Estonia, Sweden and Latvia has become financially unfeasible in the current pandemic situation and due to tightening travel restrictions once again in Estonia, Finland, Sweden and Latvia, making passenger numbers plummet.  


The company will contact any customers impacted by this decision at the first opportunity.


During the time when Victoria I is suspended from the Tallinn-Helsinki route, it will be possible to take a five-hour mini-cruise without disembarking onboard Megastar and Star every day and it will be possible to travel to Sweden on Tallink Grupp ferries from Estonia and Finland via the ports of Paldiski and Turku respectively. 

 

According to current plans, the vessel will return to the Tallinn-Helsinki route during weekends from Feb. 19, 2021. The company will notify of operations resuming on the routes between Tallinn and Stockholm and Riga and Stockholm at the first opportunity when such decisions are made.






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