• 2020 September 18 09:47

    Tallink Grupp’s vessel Baltic Queen arrives in Riga for the first time

    Tallink Grupp’s vessel Baltic Queen arrives in Riga for the first time 17.09.2020 (Photographer Lauma Kalniņa)Tallink Grupp says its vessel Baltic Queen, which operated on the Tallinn-Stockholm route prior to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in March 2020, last night set sail from Helsinki on its first trip to Riga, Latvia. The vessel has started to operate on Tallink Grupp’s temporary Helsinki-Riga route, which the company launched this summer as a result of travel restrictions leading to cancellation of many of the company’s regular routes.

    From late June to mid-September the route, which quickly proved popular among the Finnish customers during this summer’s holiday season, was operated by the company’s vessel Silja Serenade. Unfortunately, as the coronavirus situation started to worsen again from mid-August onwards and countries around the Baltic sea once again gave their citizens and residents advice not to travel, the passenger numbers on the route plummeted and the company was forced to replace the vessel with the more cost-effective Baltic Queen on this route.

    Tallink Grupp’s vessel Baltic Queen, which operated on the Tallinn-Stockholm route prior to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in March 2020, last night set sail from Helsinki on its first trip to Riga, Latvia. The vessel has started to operate on Tallink Grupp’s temporary Helsinki-Riga route, which the company launched this summer as a result of travel restrictions leading to cancellation of many of the company’s regular routes.

    From late June to mid-September the route, which quickly proved popular among the Finnish customers during this summer’s holiday season, was operated by the company’s vessel Silja Serenade. Unfortunately, as the coronavirus situation started to worsen again from mid-August onwards and countries around the Baltic sea once again gave their citizens and residents advice not to travel, the passenger numbers on the route plummeted and the company was forced to replace the vessel with the more cost-effective Baltic Queen on this route.

    Baltic Queen, completed in 2009 and one of the newest cruise vessels in Tallink Grupp’s fleet, will operate on the Helsinki-Riga route with two weekly departures from Helsinki to Riga on Wednesdays and Fridays.  

    According to maritime traditions, the CEO of the Freeport of Riga, Mr Ansis Zeltiņš this morning handed over the commemorative plaque on the occasion of Baltic Queen’s first visit to the Port of Riga to the ship’s captain Risto Pihlakas.

    „The Helsinki-Riga temporary route launched this summer, quickly became a new favourite among our many temporary routes this summer and we hope that it will continue to attract customers also in the autumn, despite the challenges still presented by the virus situation,“ Piret Mürk-Dubout, Management Board member of Tallink Grupp, said.

    „Our customers continue to tell us in our customer surveys that many of them would still like to have opportunities for travelling close to home even this autumn, where they feel safe and looked after. Our aim is to continue to provide these travel options in the safest, most caring and professional way, giving people opportunities to enjoy a break on the sea, excellent food experiences and high quality entertainment even in these challenging times,“ Mürk-Dubout added.

    „On our part, we continue to take every possible measure under the sun to guarantee everyone’s safety on board, ranging from limited capacity, distance-keeping measures, ferquent cleaning and sanitising, temperature-checking of crew members, medical personnel on board and much much more,“ Mürk-Dubout concluded.

    AS Tallink Grupp is one of the leading providers of passenger transport and cargo transport services in the northern part of the Baltic Sea region. The company owns 15 vessels and operates several ferry routes under the brand names of Tallink and Silja Line. AS Tallink Grupp employs around 6,000 people in Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Latvia, Russia and Germany. In 2019, Tallink Grupp provided services to 9.8 million travellers and transported approximately 380,000 freight units of goods. The shares of Tallink Grupp are listed on the Tallinn Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Helsinki Stock Exchange.

    Tallink Grupp’s vessel Baltic Queen arrives in Riga for the first time 17.09.2020 (Photographer Lauma Kalniņa)




2020 October 29

18:31 Wan Hai Lines to launch Straits – Bangladesh Express Service
18:09 Lloyd’s Register launches dedicated Maritime Decarbonisation Hub
17:56 Bill on corporatization of FSUE Rosmorport submitted to RF Government
17:56 Hapag-Lloyd announces winter surcharge to and from St. Petersburg and Ust-Luga
17:30 Rosmorport’s Azov-Black Sea Basin Branch purchased 5 tugboats
17:05 Wärtsilä to collaborate with Anemoi Marine Technologies in future sales of Rotor Sail solutions
16:59 Romania’s border authorities using EMSA RPAS for coast guard surveillance
16:35 Jon Fredrik Baksaas appointed DNV GL’s Chair of the Board
16:17 Nordion Energi moves closer to the aim of 100% green energy by joining the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance
16:01 Port of Los Angeles streamlines online permit process
15:28 MABUX released Bunker Weekly Outlook
15:22 Bunker prices are slightly down in the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
15:20 CMA CGM announces Peak Season Surcharge from China to Russia
15:01 Partnership agreement between leading Hamburg Port Authority and Tanger Med Port Authority
14:36 Port Kolomna takes delivery of multibucket dredger of Project 3409
14:11 MAN compressor technology for largest FPSO vessel offshore Brazil
13:53 Novatek to launch LNG terminal in Rostock (Germany) in 2023
13:30 Rosatom looks into using barges for LNG delivery to Arctic regions
13:11 IMEC and ITF opens big quarantine and testing facility in Manila
12:52 RS grants GASA to GTT’s Mark III Technology
12:29 Rosatom expects reactor plants RITM-200 to be efficient for container carriers and oil tankers
12:10 GTT entrusted by Zvezda with the tank design of ten ARC7 ice-breaking LNG сarriers
11:48 USC forecasts complete transition of shipping industry to electric propulsion in 20-25 years
11:30 Rijkswaterstaat has awarded the enlargement of the Twente canals to a consortium of Van Oord - Hakkers - Beens
11:09 DSV Panalpina acquires Prime Cargo
10:50 Novatek to put into operation 30,000-cbm gas carrier under Cryogas-Vysotsk project in 2022
10:37 Volvo Penta IMO III marine generator sets help power five electric ferries in Norway
10:09 International Association of Dredging Companies signs major strategic collaboration agreement with FIDIC
09:51 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, Oct 29
09:46 Three LNG-powered product tankers for shipment of stable gas condensate from Ust-Luga to be delivered in 2022-23
09:24 Oil prices show slight increase
09:20 Vestdavit wins contract to supply six French Navy vessels
09:12 Baltic Dry Index as of October 28

2020 October 28

18:15 Sri Lanka's East Container Terminal inaugurates for operations
17:51 Tallink Grupp makes temporary changes to Tallinn-Helsinki route schedule from 29 October 2020
17:30 Key element of Russia’s collider facility NICA transshipped in Bronka
17:06 GONDAN delivers new fishing stern trawler to Prestfjord AS
16:39 Rosmorrechflot resumes work on programme for encouraging LNG-powered shipping
16:13 Cavotec launches next generation MoorMaster
16:05 CNL awarded Transport Canada contract to research clean energy technologies to decarbonize marine sector
15:48 Profit attributable to NOVATEK shareholders amounted to RUB 24.1 billion in 9M’2020
15:25 Petersburg Oil Terminal increased shipments of oil products by 18% in 9M'2020
15:03 World’s first LPG-retrofit announced
14:56 SCF time charters three icebreaking LNG carriers to the Arctic LNG 2 project
14:22 FSUE Rosmorport to adjust design documentation for dredging at LNG terminal in Bechevinskaya bay
14:03 LNG-fueled PCTC“SAKURA LEADER” accredited as the world's first digital smart ship
13:37 Blue Wave terminal in Azov port increased its throughput by 13% in 9M’2020
13:11 Cooperation agreement signed between Fincantieri and the Cochin Shipyard
12:35 LNG bunkering vessel Optimus built by Damen arrived in Shanghai for start-up procedures and sea trials
12:04 CMA CGM announces PSS for cargo from Pakistan to North Europe
11:42 Global Ports to launch tank container repairs service at Yanino
11:23 MPA launches RFP for new LNG bunker supplier licence
11:01 4th “LNG Fleet, LNG Bunkering and Alternatives” conference kicked off
10:50 CMIT receives largest container vessel in Vietnam’s history
10:15 “All Ferries of Russia. Baltic Sea” webinar scheduled for 6 November 2020
10:10 Total charters four new LNG-powered vessels
10:01 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, Oct 28
09:59 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Europe
09:46 Bunker market sees mixed price movements in the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:28 Oil prices start decreasing