Estonian shipping company Tallink Grupp reported a record number of passengers in 2017.
During the twelve-month period, the group transported over 9.75 million passengers, a 3.2% increase compared to 9.45 million seen in 2016.
Additionally, the total number of cargo units rose by 11% to 364,296 in 2017 from 328,190 in 2016.
The group also reported higher passenger and cargo unit numbers in the fourth quarter of 2017, with a total of 2.3 million passengers and 97,345 cargo units transported on all Tallink’s routes.
Commenting on the statistics, Veiko Haavapuu, AS Tallink Grupp’s Finance Director, said: “The steady increase in passenger and cargo unit numbers both in the fourth quarter and throughout 2017 has resulted in another record year for Tallink Grupp.”
“Nearly all our routes showed an increase in passenger numbers in 2017, with the Estonia-Sweden route achieving new passenger records with more than one million passengers for the first time… Compared to 2016, the biggest increase in the number of passengers was achieved on our Latvia-Sweden route with 45.8% more passengers more travelling on this route in 2017. This is mainly due to two ships operating on the route in 2017 as compared to just one ship in 2016,” Haavapuu continued.
“In cargo transportation, all our routes showed a year-on-year increase compared to 2016 statistics. Similarly to passenger transport, we witnessed the biggest increase in the number of cargo units transported also on the Latvia-Sweden route, but the number of units transported on the Estonia-Finland route also saw a good increase with 11.6% compared to 2016,” Haavapuu explained.
Tallink Grupp currently owns fourteen vessels operating under the brands of Tallink and Silja Line on six different routes.