Stena Line of Sweden has permanently shut down its passenger- and ferry service between Oslo and Fredrikshavn in Denmark, after more the 40 years of operation. All employees on board plus Stena’s roughly 30 staff members in Oslo are losing their jobs.
“We calculated that we’d miss the high season this summer (because of Corona virus concerns), and can’t afford to wait and hope for next summer,” stated Stena’s chief executive Niclas Mårtensson, in explaining the shutdown that was sparked by the Corona crisis. “It’s with a heavy heart that we decided to shut down the route.”
The vessel used on the route, the Stena Saga, has been tied up in Gothenburg, Sweden since last weekend. “It’s a difficult time for Stena Line, and that forces us to make difficult decisions,” Mårtensson said.
The daily route between Oslo and Fredrikshavn carrying cars, trucks and passengers had been running since 1979 and was a popular means of taking a car to Denmark and driving farther into Europe.