New exciting passenger concept at Ports of Stockholm's Värtahamnen Port
Gotlandsbolaget and Destination Gotland will begin to operate services on the Stockholm – Mariehamn – Visby route from Ports of Stockholm's terminal at Värtahamnen Port with the vessel M/S Birka. The traffic start is planned to spring 2024.
Gotlandsbolaget and Destination Gotland are loyal customers of Ports of Stockholm's southernmost port, The Port of Nynäsham, where they operate Swedish Transport Agency-procured sailings to and from Gotland. Now the same companies will operate an entirely new route Stockholm – Mariehamn – Visby with the vessel M/S Birka, which was previously at the Birka ferry terminal in Stockholm. The vessel's new home will be the Värtahamnen Port pier. This augments Ports of Stockholm's position as one of the world's largest passenger ports.
“We are incredibly pleased to be able to welcome Gotlandsbolaget and Destination Gotland's M/S Birka to the new state-of-the-art, efficient ferry terminal at Värtahamnen Port. The proximity to the city and entirely new city district that is emerging adjacent to the terminal makes this a perfect combination. This is more evidence that Ports of Stockholm is one of the world's largest passenger ports,” states Johan Wallén, Chief Commercial Officer at Ports of Stockholm.
Services are planned to start in spring 2024. These will offer cruises with Tax-Free shopping and will run between Stockholm, Mariehamn and Visby, with a varying seasonal timetable.
“It will be very exciting to be part of launching these new services. We look forward to having a home port in the heart of Stockholm and also moving in to the new functional and modern ferry terminal at the Vartahamnen Port,” says Marcus Risberg, CEO Destination Gotland.
Ports of Stockholm is one of the world's largest passenger ports, with more than 16 million passengers passing through in a normal year. The ferry passengers alone generate annual revenue of several million Euros and the ferry passenger services create a total of 24 000 jobs in the Stockholm region.
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