Stena Line sets sail for Finland for the first time

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From left to right: Thomas Andersson, CEO Stockholms Hamnar, Kristoffer Tamsons (M), Stockholm Region Traffic Advisor, Harry Bouveng (M), President of Nynäshamn Municipality, Johan Edelman, Commercial Director Baltic Sea North Stena Line

Posted on February 3, 2022 at 9:27 a.m. by

The Maritime Executive

[By: Stena Line]

On February 1, 2022, we saw the first ferry on Stena Line’s new Nynäshamn-Hanko route set sail for Finland. The ship Urd left the port of Nynäshamn/Stockholm Norvik after an inauguration ceremony with a small group of guests from business and politics. Starting with three departures per week, the Nynäshamn-Hanko route will soon switch to a daily schedule, when the Stena Gothica ferry joins its sister ship in early May.

“With the departure from Urd to Finland, we are filling a gap in the transport network. This new service is above all the result of customer dialogue and market demand. But bringing it to life also requires a bit of entrepreneurship, and it takes hard work, a dedicated team and a strong commitment to make a new route a success. The response so far has been very positive, which shows that we made the right decision,” says Johan Edelman, Commercial Director Baltic Sea North Stena Line.

The new route marks the next step in Stena Line’s ambition to expand and strengthen its position in the Baltic Sea. The new service will meet the growing demand from freight customers for seamless transport in the Baltic Sea and beyond. By extending the network to Finland, Stena Line further enhances and expands the most comprehensive, efficient and integrated ferry network in Northern Europe.

“This is a simple, transport-oriented configuration dedicated to establishing a pontoon bridge between central Sweden and southern Finland. Reliable vessels and flexible, researching staff solutions are the pillars of Nynäshamn-Hanko. We will take the memory of the inauguration with us when we return to our offices to work on developing the bond further and fulfilling our growth objectives,” says Johan Edelman.

The first ship on February 1 to the Finnish Hanko sails at night for a crossing time of 12 hours. Nynäshamn-Hanko is Stena Line’s first-ever route connecting Sweden with mainland Finland. A moment of pride for all participants:

“Stena Line’s commitment to introduce an alternative route from the port of Stockholm Norvik underlines the importance of the newly built port for the sustainable supply of goods to Sweden’s largest consumer area. The port has strong intermodal connections with the rest of Sweden by both road and rail and the location is closer to the channel than any other port on the Swedish east coast. It is a success that we can develop together with another new route, this time between Sweden and Finland,” said Fredrik Lindstål, Chairman of the Board of Stockholm Ports.

The Urd and Stena Gothica ships have a capacity of 1,600 linear meters and can accommodate 186 passengers each. Dedicated freight focus meets all the needs of Stena Line’s freight customers, whether traditional escorted and unaccompanied units, containers, special cargo or intermodal units arriving by rail .

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