As of May, the volume of travel on vessels run by Estonian shipping line Tallink has dropped by 91 percent on year, to 75,511 travellers. Freight volume dropped by 18 percent over the same period, and the number of passenger vehicles decreased by 75 percent, compared with 2019.
Due to travel restrictions, the operation of MS Silja Europa has been stopped between Estonia and Finland. Travel on Tallink's Tallinn-Helsinki route through the pandemic has been operated by MS Megastar, which mostly hauled freight during that time. MS Star restarted on May 14 on a reduced schedule. Freight haulage in total between the two countries has dropped by 28 percent.
Travel on the Tallinn-Stockholm route remains on hold, with MS Victoria I and MS Baltic Queen having stopped their operations. Tallink did transport 2,800 people on special trips between Tallinn and Stockholm during the pandemic, 67 percent less than the same period last year. Transport of freight between Estonia and Sweden has also dropped by 28 percent.
Travel between Finland and Sweden has also been discontinued since mid-March. Nonetheless, the company has transported 8,200 people in some capacity, during the pandemic, on that line - 67 percent less than last year.
Emergency service personnel, long-haul truck drivers and diplomatic staff were among those generally exempt from travel restrictions during the emergency situation which the Estonian government declared on March 12, and which ended May 17.
Travel between Latvia and Sweden on the MS Romantika and MS Isabelle has stopped as well. MS Romantika did take on two special trips, where freight and workers to Sweden were transported, but the line has endured a 98 percent drop compared with last year.
Editor: Kristjan Kallaste