With the potential easing of lockdown restrictions and the re-emergence of non-essential travel, Swedish ferry company Stena Line has announced a set of safety measures.
Social distancing, fog machines, fresh sea air inside the ships and the recommended wearing of face coverings, were all seen as key to reassuring customers about the future of ferry travel as countries reopen their borders in the coming weeks, Stena said.
As people look forward to being able to travel again this summer, Stena Line has received an increase in passenger bookings. As a result, the company has been finalising extensive new safety measures to combat the spread of COVID-19:
- Easier social distancing – ferry travel is the only form of public transport where passengers can social distancing easily. Stena Line has undertaken risk assessments, which have capped the numbers of passengers on each crossing to guarantee adequate space.
- Fresh sea air is now being circulated into the air filtration systems on all ferries.
- New fog machines are being used to sanitise communal areas and cabins on the ferries and alongside the continuous cleaning routines being undertaken throughout the ships.
- From 15th June, face coverings were recommended for all passengers and crew on Stena Line vessels, and in terminals, on all Irish Sea and the North Sea routes, where social distancing is difficult to achieve, such as in stairwells, lifts and in corridors.
“Ferry travel is the only mode of transport where you can social distance, so it is no surprise that we are now seeing an increase in bookings, due to the expected reduction in lockdown restrictions.
“In advance of the return of international travel, we now feel the time is right to tell people about our new anti-COVID-19 measures and reassure them that ferries provide the safest mode of transport for travel passengers and freight drivers. The safety of our passengers and crew is always a top priority for Stena Line.” said Stena Line’s CEO, Niclas Mårtensson (pictured).
As part of Stena Line’s safety plan to prevent the spread of the Covid-19, an extensive risk assessment identified three key stages of the customer journey to focus on:
- During check-in at the t
- While on board the vessels.
- During embarkation and disembarkation.
“By providing the ability to social distance the whole journey, our big, bright and spacious ferries have plenty of fresh sea air, both inside and out, and offer the safest way to travel for people who want to take a break after the long lockdown,” Mårtensson added.