Wasaline reports record-breaking passenger volumes

2024-01-13T12:54:10+00:00 January 13th, 2024|Marketing|

Passenger volumes of Baltic ferry operator Wasaline continue to grow.

In 2023, the shipping company transported 279,590 passengers between Vaasa, Finland and Umeå, Sweden, up 4.4% from the previous year.

Passenger vehicle numbers transported increased by 14.3% from 55,661 to 63,647 – a record for the shipping company that started operations in 2013.

The number of buses transported increased by 11.6% and the number of departures by 2.7% from 1,133 to 1,164 departures.

However, transported cargo unit numbers decreased by 5.9%, mainy due to the ending of traffic to and from Russia.

The volume of imported paper decreased due to lower demand. Overall Finnish exports remained around the same level in 2023.

Wasaline’s turnover also stayed the same, compared to 2022.

“We can clearly see how both our passengers and freight customers appreciate the ongoing efforts to minimise the environmental footprint of our operations.

“In 2023 we were able to further reduce the CO2 emissions of ‘Aurora Botnia’, the world’s most environmentally friendly ferry, by 23%,” claimed Peter Ståhlberg, Wasaline Managing Director.

Wasaline said that it expected the first two quarters of 2024 to be difficult for both passenger and freight services, due to the current economic downturn.

In January, the shipping company was closely monitoring the ice conditions in the Kvarken strait and was prepared to reduce the frequency of departures during the first quarter as necessary.

“Finally, I would like to thank all our loyal freight customers and passengers. I would also like to thank our personnel who are doing an outstanding job in keeping this route, which is vital to Finland’s security of supply, running flawlessly every day,” Ståhlberg concluded.