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Tuesday, March 17, 2020 

Ferry company Stena Line says that as a result of a drastic decline in passenger bookings, in response to the Coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak, it has suspended some passenger services, and announced 950 job redundancies in Sweden.

The Gothenburg-headquartered operator says that travel restrictions imposed by several countries have caused a drastic decline in passenger bookings, with services between Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Germany, and Latvia virtually ceased.

Stena Line has completely stopped operating its Oslo - Frederikshavn route until further notice. At present, it is estimated that passenger operations will not recover before the peak season in summer. Stena Line is therefore forced to take drastic measures to adapt the reduce costs of the new business situation and to secure the continuity of their freight business. In addition, following increased border controls imposed by the Latvian authorities, no passengers can be carried on services to that country.

For the time being, the restrictions do not affect freight, so the Latvian freight routes Nynäshamn-Ventspils and Travemünde-Liepaja will continue.

The redundancies will affect shipboard as well as shore-based personnel employed by Stena Line AB, on nine Swedish flagged vessels, as well as positions in sister companies Stena Line Travel Group and Retail & Food Services.     

Niclas Mårtensson, CEO Stena Line said: “Due to the current situation we are facing, we have no choice but to adjust our operations and our costs to limit the drop in demand and secure the continuity of our freight operations.”

The company is evaluating its overall operations in all regions due to the sharp decline in travel bookings and does not rule out further reductions or series of changes to its timetables and/or the route network.

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