Thursday, April 9, 2020

More Woe as Freight and Passenger Ferry Route Closes Permanently

Suspended Sailings Now See Service Shut Completely
Shipping News Feature

SWEDEN – GERMANY – After already controversially making redundancies during the crisis, ferry operator Stena Line has now permanently closed its route between Trelleborg in Sweden and Sassnitz in Germany. Services on the route had already been suspended from March 14.

The closure means that check-in areas and the border shop in Sassnitz are now permanently shut. Stena Line has initiated discussions with the worker´s council (Betriebsrat) in Germany. The ferry FS Sassnitz has been laid up in the Port of Mukran, Sassnitz, until further notice.

In recent years, approximately 300,000 annual passengers travelled via Sassnitz-Trelleborg, while freight volumes and train traffic on the route have declined. The company says due to the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, and following travel restrictions in Europe, Stena Line has experienced a large decline in travel bookings and freight volumes.

As a result of the significant reduction in revenue, the company states it has been forced to take tough decisions in order to cut costs and secure its vital supply lines of essential goods across Europe. Two Stena ferry routes between Sweden and Germany, which are primarily carrying freight, and with a reduced passenger capacity, are still in operation.

Stena Line is currently operating two ferry routes between Sweden and Germany, which are principally carrying freight, and with a reduced passenger capacity. Trelleborg- Rostock with two vessels, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Skåne, operates 40 departures per week. Gothenburg-Kiel with two more ships, Stena Scandinavica and Stena Germanica, operates 12 departures per week.

Photo: The Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in happier days.