The shipping group DFDS has launched the Optima Seaways on the Paldiski-Kapellskär line, thus increasing the passenger transport capacity of the line. The ship Liverpool Seaways, which previously operated the route, was diverted to the company's Lithuania-Sweden route.
According to Peeter Ojasaar, the head of the Estonian unit of DFDS, the Paldiski-Kapellskär line plays an important role in passenger service in addition to cargo transportation. “Last year a record number of passengers traveled on this route, which shows that our schedule is suitable for Estonians living and working in Scandinavia, who prefer to depart late and arrive early. By changing vessels, we will be better able to serve individual passengers as the vessel will accommodate more passenger cars, ”explained Peeter Ojasaar, adding that this is one step in the upcoming changes to the route.
The Optima Seaways, a ro-pax ro-pax ship departing from Kapaldskär, North Paldiski, has spacious cabins, a buffet restaurant, a shop and two bars. The vessel can accommodate 324 passengers and 2200 linear meters of cargo units and 400 linear meters of private vehicles. The new ship is more environmentally friendly than before, emitting significantly less carbon dioxide into the air and completely scrubbing the exhaust gas with a scrubber mounted on the vessel.
The route can only be traveled by vehicle, by purchasing a seat in the lounge, cabin or booking your own cabin. There are a total of seven departures a week in each direction.
Liverpool Seaways, formerly serving the Paldiski-Kapellskär route, has been operating on the Klaipeda-Karlshamn route since the beginning of the year.
DFDS is the largest shipping and logistics company in the Nordic countries, operating 55 vessels on 25 routes in both the West and North Sea. The Estonian subsidiary of DFDS is a member of the DFDS group and also serves the Paldiski-Hanko line in addition to the Paldiski-Kapellskär line.