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Number of daily crossings from Helsinki to Germany growing
Shipping company Tallink Silja moved its Superfast vessels from the Port of Hanko to Helsinki's West Harbour at the turn of the new year. In the spring the competition for passengers will become fiercer, as Finnlines is launching a brand new ferry service with a passenger capacity of 500 on the Helsinki-Germany route in April-May.
Departures to Travemünde and Rostock will leave every night. The Tallink and Finnlines vessels can accommodate more than 1,000 passengers, and in the summer months even more.
Helsinki has become the number one passenger harbour, with services to Stockholm, Tallinn, Rostock, Travemünde, and Mariehamn. During the peak summer season, the daily number of departures to Tallinn is more than 40.
A couple of hundred trucks and trailers will be added to the Helsinki traffic daily, once the Superfast vessels start operating from the West Harbour.
Particularly in the summertime, hundreds of cars will head for the West Harbour through Helsinki's district of Ruoholahti.
The Finnlines vessels operating from the Hansa Terminal in the district of Sörnäinen are the only vessels taking passengers in Sörnäinen Harbour.
Once the new Finnlines service is launched in April-May, the truck traffic will increase also in Sörnäinen.
The new vessel will be faster than Finnlines's present ships operating between Finland and Germany. Currently, a crossing of the Baltic from Helsinki to Travemünde takes 36 hours, while in the summer it will take only 27 hours.
The new vessel will offer also some inexpensive cabins which are expected to interest especially German passengers. Even pets will be allowed into some cabins.
Tallink Silja and Finnlines both admit that the competition for cargo and passengers will become noticeably stiffer.
On the other hand, also the number of trips to Germany to buy used cars is expected to grow further, bearing in mind the high level of tax attached to cars bought in Finland.
Furthermore, the number of Russian passengers appears to keep growing from Finland to Sweden and Germany alike, according to Tallink Silja.