Two ships on the Paldiski-Kapellskär route again
DFDS will return another ship to the Estonian-Swedish route
The shipping company DFDS will return another ship to the Paldiski-Kapellskär route from 18 April. The addition of an additional cargo and passenger ship will mean a higher number of departures in both directions with passenger-friendly departure and arrival times.
In addition to cargo, DFDS vessels also pick up car passengers, for whom additional departures offer more opportunities and flexibility. The cargo volume and number of passengers on DFDS's Paldiski-Kapellskär route have increased steadily in recent years. Bringing an additional ship back on the line will allow further increases in capacity.
"Despite difficult times in Europe and around the world, the movement of goods and people between the Baltics and Scandinavia has remained stable. It also gives us the courage to be moderately optimistic about the future. Thanks to the fact that DFDS's fleet in the Baltic Sea was supplemented at the beginning of the year with brand new vessels, we can return to our long-term strategy, ie operate the Paldiski-Kapellskär route again with two vessels, ”said Peeter Ojasaar, DFDS Estonia Manager.
“The time of the pandemic showed the potential of our Estonian-Swedish route. Last year, a record number of more than 120,000 people travelled with us. In addition to the growth in the volume of freight in recent years, more and more customers are also travelling to Sweden or Estonia by car. DFDS offers them the fastest sea route in this direction. The total length of the trip is only ten hours. Passengers by car can reach the desired destination in Sweden or Norway through Kapellskär harbor more easily and quickly, avoiding the heavy traffic in Stockholm, ”said Ojasaar.
"Overnight voyages with their moderately late departures and early arrivals have been very welcomed by both our freight and private customers, allowing us to spend a peaceful night on board and also enjoy on-board services," added the head of DFDS Estonia.
The additional departures will be served by the cargo and passenger ship Patria Seaways with a capacity of up to 260 passengers and 1,800 meters, which will complement the cargo and passenger ship Sirena Seaways with a capacity of up to 600 passengers and 2,000 meters.
DFDS is a European maritime transport and logistics company operating more than 20 routes. The company's ships carry more than 5 million passengers a year. In the Baltic Sea, DFDS now has 9 vessels in 4 directions: Paldiski-Kapellskär, Klaipeda-Kiel, Karlshamn-Klaipeda, Copenhagen-Klaipeda. The Estonian branch of DFDS belongs to the DFDS Group.
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