Stena Line permanently closes Trelleborg-Sassnitz route
Stena Line announced its plans related to permanently close the Trelleborg-Sassnitz ferry route. The company and the German Works Council have now reached agreement, and the route will be permanently closed.
"With a heavy heart we have now made the decision to close the ferry route between Trelleborg and Sassnitz, one of the oldest ferry lines in Europe. Above all, it is sad for the employees who are affected, but also for the people on Rügen, where the traditional Kings Line meant a lot," stated Niclas Mårtensson, CEO of Stena Line.
The F/S Sassnitz ferry, which used to serve the route earlier, is currently located in Uddevalla Port, Sweden. The vessel is to be shipped to Stena RoRo and either sold or chartered.
Stena Line is continuing to operate two ferry routes between Sweden and Germany via RoPax. Trelleborg-Rostock operates 40 departures a week with the two vessels Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Skåne. Gothenburg-Kiel operates 14 departures weekly with the two vessels Stena Scandinavica and Stena Germanica.
Stena Line is one of the leading ferry companies in Northern Europe, with 38 vessels and 19 routes. Stena Line is an important part of the European logistics network, developing new intermodal freight solutions through a combination of rail , road and sea transport. With its extensive passenger operations Stena Line also plays an important role for tourism in Europe.
The situation in the past few weeks has put a lot of strain on all sides. The longstanding difficult economic situation due to the lack of freight traffic combined with the loss of a large number of passenger bookings as part of the corona pandemic left us with no other choice in order to secure our business in the long term. So it is all the more important for us to look ahead and work to make Stena Line come out of the crisis more effectively,” says Ron Gerlach, Trade Director and Managing Director Stena Line Germany.
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