NAANTALI-KAPELLSKÄR- NAANTALI (STOPOVER LÅNGNÄS)
Finnlines is a leading shipping operator of ro-ro and passenger services in the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. The Company is a part of the Grimaldi Group, one of the world’s largest operators of ro-ro vessels and the largest operator of the Motorways of the Sea in Europe for both passengers and freight.
Finnlines ferries are dedicated to the transport freight and passengers between Naantali, Kapellskär in Sweden and Långnäs, Åland Islands. There are 2 daily departures from Naantali.
The fast eight-hour voyage is operated with two ro-pax vessels, the Star class vessels MS Finnswan and MS Europalink. MS Finnswan boasts more than 4,200 lane metres, 554 passengers and 500 passenger cars; MS Europalink has an overall intake capacity for 4, 215 lane metres of rolling cargo and for 554 passengers.
Finnlines’ strategy is to systematically invest in the fleet in order to serve its customers better and to further increase the environmental performance of the fleet. Finnlines has invested over EUR 1 billion along the years and further investments worth approximately EUR 500 million will be made on Finnlines’ fleet in the coming years. All in all, Finnlines places great emphasis on safety and environmental matters.
The port of Naantali is a strategic choice for Finnlines. Both Naantali’s and Kapellskär’s locations are optimal in terms of freight traffic. The sea voyage is short, about eight hours. With its timetables Finnlines is able to offer efficient freight transport, between Finland and Sweden, of the type required by professional cargo transport.
The road network to the port of Naantali is also excellent: big trucks do not need to drive through crowded city centres as the cars can reach the highway straight from the harbour. The other advantage is the waterway that stays open all year round. Clear waterways are a must when the traffic is heavy and the ships must sail on time, round the clock, regardless of the weather or season.
“The port authority in Naantali fully understands the basis of Finnlines’ business, along with the timetables and quay needs and they have been very supportive to any investment which have been necessary for a sound and customer-oriented development of the service”, says Antonio Raimo, Line Manager, Finnlines Plc.
REDERI AB LILLGAARD
Rederi Ab Lillgaard is a privately owned company, is situated in Mariehamn on the Åland Island. M/S Fjärvägen has operated on Naantali-Långnäs road since 1994. They operate daily except Saturdays and Sundays. M/S FJÄRDVÄGEN is a Ro-Ro vessel (cargo). They transport yearle more than 130 000 tons cargo.