Eastern European Markets

October, the 21th 2010

Finnlines new weekly ro-ro service between the United Kingdom and Russia

In a further move designed both to knit Russia more closely into its fast-expanding European network and to boost wider cargo volumes, Finnlines is to launch a new weekly fix day service between United Kingdom and Russia by extending its existing connection Hull-Helsinki to St. Petersburg.

The decision follows the announcement of a string of additions to the company’s services in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea over recent months. In August, Finnlines extended its Bilbao-Antwerp-Helsinki service to St. Petersburg.

Later that month, the company turned its attention to the northern route, unveiling a series of enhancements aimed not just at boosting cargo movements between the Russian port and its Baltic counterparts but to open new opportunities for passenger traffic on the route between Lübeck-Sassnitz-Ventspils-St.Petersburg.

The new Line will employ Finnhawk, Birka Carrier and Birka Express. The service will depart from Hull Saturdays, Helsinki Wednesdays and will arrive at St. Petersburg on Thursday.

As Finnlines President and CEO Uwe Bakosch points out: “We have a young, fast and efficient fleet. Not only that, we have the vital benefit of synergies with the wider Grimaldi Group. These synergies not only help us to keep costs down but will allow us to offer an entire world of connections to our customers, linking our growing network of short-sea services in the Baltic and beyond.

For further information, please contact:
EVP, Fleet Management Håkan Modig,, tel. +358 50 565 5254
EVP, Liner Services Marketing and Sales Staffan Herlin, tel. +358 50 565 5257

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