Ferry line start
Stockholm - Riga
During the fall, the Latvian shipping company, Riga Sea Line
(www.rigasealine.lv) , has acquired M/S Baltic Kristina and the vessel will operate the route Stockholm-Riga with three weekly calls in each port. She will leave the Freeport Terminal in Stockholm each Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, and Riga on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (every other week Saturday from Riga).
The vessel has been in dry dock in Riga throughout the autumn in order to be upgraded to current safety requirements for passenger vessels, and some of the public areas were also renovated. The M/S Baltic Kristina is a high ice class passenger and cargo ferry, with a capacity of 450 length meter cargo and 550 passengers.
The M/S Baltic Kristina is well-known to many Stockholmers after having operated Finland as Bore I, and run on Stockholm-Leningrad/Saint Petersburg and Riga under the name Ilich. In recent years the vessel has operated Estline¥s and Tallink¥s traffic between Stockholm and Tallinn, and also Kapellsk”r and Paldiski under its current name.
- We will commit to both Latvian tourists visiting Stockholm, and Swedish tourists going to Riga. Therefore, the time table has been adapted so that the vessel will spend every other weekend in Stockholm and the rest in Riga, says the shipping company¥s Managing Director, Egils Rozinskis.
- We are thrilled about the new ferry line binding two major cities in the Baltic region together. There is a need for this traffic now, as both cargo and passenger traffic is increasing in this region, says Christel Wiman, Managing Director, Ports of Stockholm. Passengers will also enjoy the fresh-looking and comfortable environment inside the renovated ship, she adds.
(Fonte: Ports of Stockholm)