Monday, January 19, 2009

Financial massacre at sea

2007 and 2008 have been two turbulent years for those companies operating ferry services from the continent to Norwegian ports. 13 of 28 services to 8 Norwegian ports have ended, three have been redirected and one more may close down the coming summer.

The companies have experienced less interest in the traditional “booze and meat” trips to Denmark and Sweden. The wealthy Norwegian travelers prefer other and more interesting destinations and means of transportation.

The services from Bergen to the UK, Iceland, Faeroe Islands, and Shetland have also ended due the slow market. The company Kystlink went bankrupt and their services to Langesund ended in October 2008.

Fjord Line applied to Kristiansand Harbour authority to have a summer route to Hirtshals. It has a policy that they want traffic all year around, and this service may stop coming summer, if Kristiansand Harbour Authority do not make exceptions from its policy.

Fjord Lines services were redirected from Hanstholm to Hirtshals in November 2008, as the port authority at Hirtshals could offer the company better conditions.

Here you find an updated list of services to Norwegian ports also showing the services that ended in 2007 and 2008

CopenhagenFredrikshavn
Hanstholm
  • Bergen (Fjord Line – redirected to Hirtshals November 2008)
  • Bergen (Smyril Line – ended operation December 2008)
  • Egersund (Fjord Line – redirected to Hirtshals November 2008)
  • Haugesund (Fjord Line – redirected to Hirtshals November 2008)
Hirtshals
  • Bergen (Color Line – ended operation December 2007)
  • Bergen (Fjord Line – redirected from Hanstholm November 2008)
  • Egersund (Fjord Line – redirected from Hanstholm November 2008)
  • Haugesund (Fjord Line – redirected from Hanstholm November 2008)
  • Kristiansand (Color Line)
  • Kristiansand (Fjord Line – may end operation Summer 2009)
  • Langesund (Kystlink – ended operation October 21st 2008)
  • Oslo (Color Line – ended operation May 6th 2008)
  • Stavanger (Color Line – ended operation December 2007)
  • Stavanger Fjord Line NEW November 2008
Kiel
  • Oslo (Color Line)
Lerwick
  • Bergen (Smyril Line – ended operation December 2008)
Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Bergen (DFDS Seaways – ended operation September 1st 2008)
  • Haugesund (DFDS Seaways – ended operation September 1st 2008)
  • Stavanger (DFDS Seaways – ended operation September 1st 2008)
Scrabster
  • Bergen (Smyril Line – ended operation December 2008)
Seyðisfjørður
  • Bergen (Smyril Line – ended operation December 2008)
Strømstad
  • Langesund (Kystlink – ended operation October 21st 2008)
  • Sandefjord (Color Line)
Tórshavn
  • Bergen (Smyril Line – ended operation December 2008)

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