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BIRKA STOCKHOLM, seen here on one of her ‘long-cruises’ in Travemünde in summer 2017, has been laid-up in Mariehamn since 16 March 2020. As it now seems, she will not return to service anymore. Photo: Marko Stampehl

BIRKA STOCKHOLM, seen here on one of her ‘long-cruises’ in Travemünde in summer 2017, has been laid-up in Mariehamn since 16 March 2020. As it now seems, she will not return to service anymore. Photo: Marko Stampehl

Birka Cruises to close down business

CruiseIn a one-line press release, Rederi Ab Eckerö has today, 3 July 2020, announced that it closes down the business of its subsidiary Birka Cruises Ab. Empowerment negotiations in line with §11 MBL (co-determination law) have been initiated.

Caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Birka Cruises’ BIRKA STOCKHOLM, normally operating 22-hour cruises from Stockholm to Mariehamn, has been laid up in Mariehamn since 16 March. Already in mid-April, Rederi Ab Eckerö announced that it was making all but few seafarers of the BIRKA STOCKHOLM and the ECKERÖ as well as the shore staff in Sweden redundant. On 26 June, the ECKERÖ recommenced service on the route Grisslehamn-Eckerö with reduced capacity. 

© SHIPPAX / Marko Stampehl

Jul 03 2020


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