There has been a very strong development in freight on the Karlskrona-Gdynia route in recent years. Now, the operations are being further strengthened with more departures, which means increased capacity on the route to meet the strong demand.
2014 was yet another strong year, in which the freight volume increased by full 14 percent, compared to 2013, and the boom has continued this year.
"Despite a tough competitive situation, the development on Karlskrona-Gdynia has been very positive during recent years. We believe that this will continue and we are now expanding the operations with more attractive departure times. Our operations are very flexible and we can quickly adapt and adjust to the market demand. This gives us a great competitive advantage," Tony Michaelsen, Route Director, Region Baltic Sea, says.
In January this year, a return trip on Mondays was added to meet the demand for freight capacity on northbound services from Gdynia. And, in the middle of April, a further round trip was added on Fridays to meet the demand for southbound freight from Karlskrona.
"Freight is increasing in both directions and, at the end of last year, we saw a great need for additional capacity. Compared to last year, we have now expanded from 28 to 32 departures a week," Jacob Koch-Nielsen, Freight Manager, Scandinavia, says.
The route is currently served by three ferries, the Stena Vision, Stena Spirit and Stena Baltica. The four new departures are served by the Stena Baltica.