On account of the continuing decline in cargo resulting from the recession across Europe, the Scandlines shipping company is adapting its range of services to current market developments on the routes to and from Ventspils (Latvia) from January 2009.
From 3 January 2009 on the Nynäshamn-Ventspils service, Scandlines will be operating the ferry, “Ask”, which previously covered the Rostock-Ventspils route, in place of the RoPax vessel, the “Petersburg”. The departure frequency and crossing time will remain unchanged on this service, with only the timetable modified somewhat. The “Petersburg”, chartered from the shipping company, Reederei F. Laeisz, will be returned to its owners.
On the route between Rostock and Ventspils, which is dominated mainly by cargo traffic, Scandlines will also be reducing the number of departures from the present five to four departures as from January 2009. The RoPax vessels, “Urd” and “Fellow”, will serve this route in future.
"As we do not anticipate any recovery of the transport market before the end of 2009 or the beginning of 2010, we have had to adjust our tonnage to present market developments. If the market does recover, however, we will be in a position to readjust capacities and departure frequencies according to the needs of our customers at any time”, says Gerald Lefold, Line Manager for Sweden & the Baltic States.