Stena Line has put a third vessel into operation on the Karlskrona-Gdynia route as a result of the dramatic increase in passenger and freight traffic, a company statement said. The new vessel, Finnarrow, has begun operating at the beginning of May, meaning an increase in the route’s capacity of around 60 per cent.
Finnarrow, the new vessel on Gdynia – Karlskrona route, made her first sailing Sunday, 6th of May, at 2 am. She has been chartered from Finnlines for 3 years, and operates under Swedish flag.
M/v Finnarrow is a ro-pax designed mainly to carry freight – the cargo capacity is impressive with 2400 lane meters (around 120 freight units). Also, responding to the needs of the market the vessel will be carrying passengers in cars, starting the 20th of May, 2007.
Thanks to the new ferry, number of scheduled sailings between Gdynia and Sweden has increased, as well as the route’s capacity. The company decision to put a third ferry on the route is a result of boost on volumes, observed since Poland joined the European Union. The number of passengers increased in 2006 by 14 per cent and the number of freight units by 19 per cent.
"The decision to increase tonnage is very welcome and in line with our strategic investment on the route. The volume of traffic on the route has increased dramatically in recent years and we have reached our ceiling in terms of capacity. We are now able to improve the service by having more departures for private passengers and freight customers," says Hans Hansson, acting Route Director, Karlskrona-Gdynia.