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Maritime bridges connecting the Nordic countries to Continental Europe

Majority of the Swedish trade passes through the shipping industry.  Along with other lines Finnlines offers direct link from Sweden to Finland and to Germany.

As in Finland, also in Sweden shipping and sea transportation play a vital role in foreign trade. Over 90% of Swedish trade passes by sea. Sweden has one of the longest coastlines in Europe. In this sense, Sweden can almost be considered as an island. Annually more than 130 million tons of goods and over 30 million people run through Swedish ports.*

Finnlines provides three daily departures from Sweden to Germany as well as morning and evening departures from Sweden to Finland. The maritime connection between the ports of Malmö and Travemünde along with Kapellskär and Naantali support future economic growth and wealth in Southern and Eastern Sweden, Denmark and South-West Finland.

Service tailor-made for trucks
A substantial amount of all rolling freight transported by ship between Sweden and Finland is carried on the Finnlines’ Kapellskär–Långnäs–Naantali route. 

The service is operated with two ro-pax vessels, the Star class vessel MS Finnswan and the Clipper class vessel MS Finnfellow. MS Finnswan carries more than 4,200 lane metres, 554 passengers and 100 passenger cars; MS Finnfellow has an overall intake capacity of 2,918 lane metres of rolling cargo and 440 passengers.

These vessels serve the freight industry by providing a daily capacity of more than 650 cargo units, which would be sufficient to handle all of the truck and trailer traffic used for the crossing between Sweden and Finland. This means that, in that area the route is, by far, the most important maritime bridge for the security of supply. 

 “With close to 30 departures each week, Finnlines is the leading freight carrier with a market share of over 40% on this maritime bridge. The current Star class ro-pax vessel can take 554 passengers while also carrying a significant amount of cargo – up to about 100 passenger cars and over 200 trucks per voyage equalling the capacity of four cruise-passenger car ferries sailing daily between Turku and Stockholm”, says Antonio Raimo, Line Manager, Finnlines. 


High frequency traffic
Finnlines route between Malmö, Sweden and Travemünde, Germany offers 19 weekly departures in both directions. The average intake capacity is equal to more than 1,100 cargo units per day. 

“Our high frequency, cargo capacity and fast nine-hour voyage ensure the kind of efficiency required by professional cargo transportation and any intermodal solutions. With our tonnage we can serve our customers efficiently”, says Raimo.

The service is operated with three ro-pax vessels, MS Europalink, MS Finnpartner and MS Finntrader. The Star class ro-pax vessel MS Europalink has a capacity of 4,215 lane metres and 554 passengers, while the other two smaller vessels have a capacity of 3,050 lane metres and 280 passengers.

Strategic choice
The ports of Kapellskär and Naantali are a strategic choice for Finnlines. Both locations are optimal and most suitable for freight traffic. The sea voyage is time-efficient for the logistic industry, on average close to nine hours. “With our timetables we are able to offer a tailor-made freight transport service between Sweden and Finland to fully meet the needs of professional cargo traffic customers,” says Raimo.

The road network to the ports is also excellent: heavy trucks do not need to drive through congested city centres as the truck can reach the highway straight from the harbour, which also helps reducing the pollution in the residential areas of the city. Another advantage is the nearly year-round open waterways: an absolute necessity when the traffic is heavy and the ships must sail on time, round the clock, regardless of the weather or season.

Same features also for the port of Malmö, an important doorway to the whole of Sweden, Denmark and Norway: the surrounding road network is nowadays absolutely perfect and well developed along with Finnlines’ Malmö–Travemünde service, providing customers with the most competitive and efficient route for all freight industry commuting between Scandinavia and Continental Europe.

Transporting all sizes of cargo
All vessels on both routes are suitable for carrying different categories of special cargoes. Finnlines develops its processes and is capable of providing challenging transport services for any type of cargo (project cargo, high & heavy, IMDG etc.).

“We provide efficient, high-quality sea transport services with our modern fleet. Unlike other shipping companies, we are fully devoted to the freight industry and therefore we do provide all our customers with the possibility to transport any type of special cargoes. We make a huge difference on the market, and this is very appreciated by the customers”, says Raimo.

* Swedish Shipowners’ Association