New ferry line to connect Nordic with Russia

St Peter Line to connect Helsinki, Stockholm, Tallinn and St Petersburg in April

St Peter Line, a Cyprian shipping company that began operations in April last year and is due to operate services from Helsinki, Stockholm and St Petersburg from spring 2011, has now added Tallinn to its itinerary. The new St Petersburg-Stockholm-Tallinn-St Petersburg ferry will make its maiden voyage on April 3. A cooperation agreement between St Peter Line and the Port of Tallinn was signed at the end of last week. “Linking the two cities [of Tallinn and St Petersburg] with a regular ferry line has been our objective for a long time,” said Ain Kaljurand, Port of Tallinn’s chairman of the board. There are almost 5 million people living in St Petersburg. St Peter Line bought the vessel Pride of Bilbao from Irish Continental Group in December 2010 for €37.7 million with a view to launching the new route across the northern Baltic. The ship was built in 1986 and originally sailed between Stockholm and Helsinki for Viking Line. The renamed M/S Princess Anastasia will stop in Tallinn at noon every Sunday and depart at 18:00.
Baltic Business News
[pictured: Pride of Bilbao in 2003, photo by UkPaolo]