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Another vessel from StenaLine for the Karlskrona-Gdynia route

Another vessel from StenaLine for the Karlskrona-Gdynia route Stena Line has decided to put a third vessel into operation on the Karlskrona, Sweden, to Gdynia, Poland, route as a result of the dramatic increase in passenger and freight traffic. The new vessel, Finnarrow, began operating at the beginning of May, meaning an increase in capacity of around 60 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 for Karlskrona-Gdynia. The number of passengers increased in 2006 by 14 per cent, the number of cars by three per cent and the number of freight units by 19 per cent. The increased volumes for the first quarter this year were 15 per cent for passengers, 29 per cent for cars and 11 per cent for freight units. “There is sound financial growth in Poland and many other countries in Eastern Europe meaning that signs indicate that traffic between Sweden and Poland will continue to increase for private travel and freight business,” says Hans. The new vessel has been chartered from Finnlines for three years and will operate under the Swedish flag. “This is the first step in our strategic development plan for the Karlskrona-Gdynia route. In three years time we will have increased capacity further by putting new vessels on the route,” says Gunnar Blomdahl, CEO at Stena Line.
 
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