Eckerö Line

Eckerö Line is a Finnish shipping company owned by the Åland-based Rederiaktiebolaget Eckerö. Eckerö Line operates one ferry between Helsinki (Finland) and Tallinn (Estonia). Eckerö Line should not be confused with the similarly named Eckerö Linjen, also owned by Rederiaktiebolaget Eckerö, which operates ferry services between Berghamn in the Åland Islands and Grisslehamn in Sweden.

Eckerö Line Ab Oy
Osakeyhtiö
Founded1995
HeadquartersHelsinki, Finland
Area served
Baltic Sea
Key people
Taru Keronen (President and CEO)
ServicesPassenger transportation
Freight transportation
Websitewww.eckeroline.fi www.eckeroline.ee
Finlandia arriving in Tallinn 3 June 2013
Finlandia

History

In 1992 Rederiaktiebolaget Eckerö and Birka Line founded a jointly-owned subsidiary Eestin Linjat to operate MS Alandia on the fast-growing route between Helsinki and Tallinn. The name of the company was reportedly selected for practical reasons as it required the change of only a few letters to re-paint Eckerölinjen into Eestin Linjat (or vice versa). Similarly the livery of Eestin Linjat was very similar to that of Eckerö Linjen. However, due to the use of the word Eesti (Estonian for "Estonia") instead of the Finnish word Viro, the Finnish public presumed the new company was an Estonian one. This was made worse after the Estonia-disaster in 1994 when many people in Finland began associating Eestin Linjat with EstLine, owners of the ill-fated MS Estonia. As a result of this Eestin Linjat changed its name into Eckerö Line in 1995 (with the livery of the ships made identical to those of Eckerö Linjen). At the same time a second ship, MS Apollo (a sister ship the Alandia and Eckerö Linjen's Roslagen) was added to the route.

In 1998 Eckerö Line acquired its first (and only) genuine cruiseferry, MS Nordlandia which replaced both of the previous ships sailing on the route. The Nordlandia also brought with it a slight change in livery as the typeface used in the ship's hull was changed from a heavy serif into a light, italicized sans-serif. In May 2004 Eckerö Line purchased the freight/passenger ferry MS Translandia as a second ship for the Helsinki–Tallinn route in response to the high demand for freight capacity after Estonia joined the European Union.

Fleet

Current

Name Built Enterered service Tonnage Notes
Finlandia 2001 2012 36,100 GT

Past

Name Built In service Tonnage Notes
Apollo 1970 1995–99 14,990 GT Now Apollo with Labrador Marine
Nordlandia 1981 1998–2012 14,990 GT Now Isabella I with Trasmediterránea
Translandia 1976 2004–12 13,700 GT Broken up 2014

See also

External links

  • Eckerö Line official website
  • Eckerö Linjen official website
  • "Eckerölinjen". at "Fakta om Fartyg". (in Swedish)
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Birka Line

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Cruiseferry

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European route E67

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List of passenger ship companies

This list of passenger ship companies is of companies that own and operate passenger ships, including cruise ships, cargo-passenger ships, and ferries (for passengers and automobiles).

For the list of companies that own and operate freight ships (bulk carriers, car carriers, container ships, roll-on/roll-off (for freight), and tankers), see list of freight ship companies.

For shipping agencies, or companies that own and operate tugboats and fishing ships, see the category for shipping companies by country.

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MS Finlandia

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MS Finlandia (1967) – a ferry operated by Finland Steamship Company 1967–1975 and Finnlines 1975–1978.

MS Finlandia (1981) – a cruiseferry operated by Silja Line 1981–1990.

MS Finlandia (2003) – a ro-ro freighter operated by Finnlines 2003 onwards.

MS Finlandia (2001) – a cruiseferry operated by Eckerö Line 2012-

MS Finlandia (2001)

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MS Translandia

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MV Apollo

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Olau Line

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Rederiaktiebolaget Eckerö

Rederiaktiebolaget Eckerö is a Finnish holding company based at Mariehamn in the Åland Islands. The principal constituents of the group are:

Birka Cruises, a company operating Baltic cruises from Stockholm in Sweden.

Eckerö Line, a company operating car ferry services between Helsinki in Finland and Tallinn in Estonia.

Eckerö Linjen, a company operating car ferry services between Berghamn in the Åland Islands and Grisslehamn in Sweden.

Eckerö Shipping, a company providing freight shipment services between Finland and Sweden

Williams Buss, a company providing bus services in the Åland Islands.

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West Harbour, Helsinki

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It has two passenger terminals: West Terminal 1 (Finnish: Länsiterminaali 1, Swedish: Västra terminalen 1) and West Terminal 2, which opened in February 2017. West Terminal 1 is used mainly by passenger ships from Helsinki to Saint Petersburg. West Terminal 2 is specialised in fast scheduled traffic to Tallinn, Estonia. As of 2013, Tallink and Eckerö Line operate routes to Tallinn, and St. Peter Line to Saint Petersburg.

Building a new residential area for 15 thousand inhabitants in Jätkäsaari is currently underway, after the container traffic in West Harbour was moved to Vuosaari Harbour in 2008.

Immediately next to West Harbour, in the Munkkisaari quarter, there is the Helsinki shipyard in Hietalahti. However, it is not counted as part of the harbour area of Länsisatama.

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