JSC “Passenger Port of St. Petersburg” Marine Facade “intends to launch a ferry line that will connect the main ports of the Baltic Sea, the company’s commercial director Aleksei Panfilov told journalists on Wednesday.
It is expected that the ferry line will connect the passenger port of St. Petersburg, the ports of Helsinki, Stockholm and Tallinn. In the future, the Pionersky Sea Port (Kaliningrad region) will be added to them, where by the end of 2019 it is planned to build an international marine terminal.
According to the press service of the governor of St. Petersburg, within the framework of the project it is planned to purchase an ice-class ferry passenger ship for year-round navigation. The chairman of the Committee for the Development of Tourism of St. Petersburg, Andrei Mushkarev, told reporters that in the future, the number of ships operating on the line is planned to increase to five. “The cost of one vessel will be somewhere between 150-180 million euros,” he said.
As clarified by A. Panfilov, “Marine Facade” is ready to invest 600 million rubles of own funds in the purchase of a vessel capable of transporting private and commercial transport. “The vessel will be very likely foreign, not older than 5 years,” he added.
The operator of the line can be a company founded by St. Petersburg and the Kaliningrad region. “This is one of the options. But if it is not implemented, then we are ready to launch the line ourselves, “A.Panfilov specified.
According to the Governor of St. Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko, the authorities “are negotiating with the business, there are several interesting people.”
Currently, regular cruises on the routes “St. Petersburg – Helsinki – Tallinn – Stockholm – Helsinki – St. Petersburg” and “St. Petersburg – Helsinki – St. Petersburg” are carried out by Moby SPL.