Gotland ferry company points to “sabotage”

Gotlandsbåten’s main ship is still stuck in Greece

The head of the ferry company Gotlandsbåten, which is in its first season taking passengers to the popular Swedish island of Gotland, blames the failure of a ferry to appear on the line on “sabotage”.

The company’s main ship, the M/S Västervik, is stuck in Greece, forcing the firm to cancel bookings until further notice. Around 9,000 people are now struggling to find alternative travel plans, particularly for Sweden’s biggest political event, Almedalen, which starts on Sunday.

The vessel’s maiden trip between Västervik and Visby had been planned for June 16. But the boat, chartered from a Greek shipping company, is still awaiting final inspection in Greece. Gotlandsbåten has had to buy tickets from its competitor, Destination Gotland, to compensate customers.

“This is no more unusual than when the train runs off track between Stockholm and Uppsala,” Gotlandsbåten chief Pigge Werkelin told the newspaper Aftonbladet. “It’s also bad luck with the weather in Greece. But it’s also straight sabotage. Parts which should have been mounted on the boat have vanished.”

Werkelin has flown to Greece to find a solution to the problem.

The Local/sr

[photo by George Giannakis/Gotlandsbåten AB]

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