Swedish-Polish ribbon cut when Finnlines inaugurated its new line in Malmö

Malmö, 28 May 2024

In April this year, Malmö got another connection to the Continent when Finnlines' Finnfellow entered service between Sweden and Poland. Today, May 28, the shipping company's new line was celebrated with an official inauguration on board the ship. The inauguration ribbon in Swedish-Polish colours was cut by Finnlines' management and the Mayor of Malmö Municipality Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh (S).

Freight and passenger shipping company Finnlines is now operating two connections from Malmö to continental Europe. Finnlines' freight and passenger ship Finnfellow has been calling Travemünde in Germany for a few years, but on April 10, 2024, it set a new course for Swinoujscie in Poland. Since then, the vessel has operated the route daily and on May 28, 2024, an inauguration was held where, among others, Finnlines' CEO Tom Pippingsköld, Finnlines' Line Manager Antonio Raimo, Finnlines' Head of Passenger Services Marco Palmu and the Mayor of Malmö Municipality Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh (S) participated.

“First of all, I would like to thank everyone who came to celebrate with us. With our new direct connection to Poland, we have opened up for new opportunities in trade and tourism. We are proud to secure an important trade route between Malmö and West Pomerania in Poland and at the same time contribute to a pleasant travel environment for both business and leisure travellers,” says Tom Pippingsköld, President and CEO of Finnlines.

“Malmö is Sweden's bridge to the rest of the world. With Finnlines' new maritime connection across the Baltic Sea to Poland, our city's position is further strengthened,” says Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh (S), Mayor of Malmö Municipality.

Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP), which operates the port of Malmö, and Euro Terminal, which operates the port of Swinoujscie, are also pleased with the new route.

“Finnlines is a long-standing and very important partner to the port, and we are pleased that the co-operation has now been deepened. With a new route between Malmö and Swinoujscie, a large and growing market is opened up, which also creates opportunities for other activities in the port area and for the development of intermodal transport in the port,” says Barbara Scheel Agersnap, CEO, Copenhagen Malmö Port.

Katarzyna Bulawa, CEO of Euro Terminal, adds, “New connection is a respond to a market demand. Inauguration of a new route will strengthen position of Swinoujscie port as a main gateway connecting Poland and Sweden. We strongly believe that new service will enable optimization of transport and provide added benefits for the business and visitors. We are pleased to move this service forward together with Finnlines and look forward for further development.”

From left: Marco Palmu, Finnlines' Head of Passenger Services, Luciano Astudillo, Chief of Staff at the Mayor's Office in Malmö, Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, Mayor of Malmö Municipality, Tom Pippingsköld, Finnlines' President and CEO, Jesper Axelsson, Captain M/S Finnfellow, Pia Södergren, Purser M/S Finnfellow, Barbara Scheel Agersnap, Copenhagen Malmö Port's CEO, Antonio Raimo, Finnlines' Line Manager.   Photo: Finnlines.

In addition to Finnlines' daily connection to Swinoujscie, the shipping company also operates three freight-passenger vessels between Malmö and Travemünde every day. These ships, all painted in typical Finnlines colours of white and navy blue, can be seen sailing under the Öresund Bridge to and from the shipping company's terminal in Norra hamnen.

Finnfellow, which operates between Malmö and Swinoujscie, has over 180 cabins and a capacity for 440 passengers and over 3,000 lane meters. On board there is a buffet restaurant, a pirate-themed children's play area, a duty-free shop and a Finnish sauna.

Daily schedule:

Malmö 10:15
Swinoujscie 21:30

Swinoujscie 19:00
Malmö 06:30

M/S Finnfellow, ship data:
Ship type: freight-passenger ship (ro-pax)
Built: 2000
Flag: Swedish
Length: 188.3 m
DWT: 7,267
GT: 33,724
Lane metres: 3,099
Max number of passengers: 440

About Finnlines Plc
Finnlines is a leading shipping operator of freight and passenger services in the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the Bay of Biscay. The company is a part of the Grimaldi Group, one of the world's largest operators of ro-ro vessels and the largest operator of the Motorways of the Sea in Europe for both passengers and freight. This affiliation enables Finnlines to offer liner services to and from any destination in the Mediterranean, West Africa, North and South America as well as Asia and Australia.

Finnlines Plc press release