Finnlines adds Rostock call Rostock - Gdynia - Helsinki
Finnlines announced including Rostock in its route network operated by Star-class ro-pax vessels. On 2 December 2009, the ships currently plying the route from Travemünde via Gdynia to Helsinki will also call at the German port of Rostock. The intention is to operate a regular liner service with two ships, thus connecting all three ports with three weekly sailings. The Star-class ro-pax ferries will continue their daily sailings from Travemünde to Helsinki where they arrive in 27 hours. As a result of the new service from Rostock, the transit time to Gdynia will shortern considerably to 13 hours. From Gdynia it takes the ships a mere 19 hours to sail to Helsinki. The new service will enable Finnlines to offer three ports on the Southern Baltic Sea as a gateway for transports to or from Finland: Travemünde as a port for Western Europe, Benelux and western Germany; Rostock for the south-eastern part of Germany and Southern and South-Eastern Europe; and Gdynia for goods flows to and from Poland and Eastern Europe. Consequently, Finnlines' logistics sector customers can optimise their cargo flows to and from Finland by choosing the most suitable port. Passengers will now also have an opportunity to choose the shortest route for their Finland trip and save time and petrol costs. Thanks to the departure from Rostock, a 'short trip' from Germany to Gdynia near Gdansk will shortern considerably and will last only 13 hours.