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Gotlandsbolaget bought laid up passenger ship
Gotlandsbolaget has bought the 'Birka Stockholm' from Rederiaktiebolaget Eckerö for approximately 38 million Euros. The vessel will be used in the traffic between Stockholm, Mariehamn and Visby to complement the Gotland traffic. The vessel served as a cruise ship between Stockholm and Mariehamn, an operation that was shut down during the pandemic. Now Gotlandsbolaget together with subsidiary Destination Gotland will use the ship to offer cruises. It will offer tax-free and operate Stockholm, Mariehamn and Visby with varying traffic patterns depending on the season.The plan is for the business to start in the spring of 2024, and the work to develop the organization and offer will begin immediately.
BIRKA STOCKHOLM to undergo major upgrade in Denmark
Birka Cruises’ BIRKA STOCKHOLM is to undergo a EUR 2.1 million upgrade at Denmark’s Fayard between 6-18 January 2019. Although some technical work will take place, the main focus of the refit will concentrate on the vessel’s main passenger deck, Deck 5.
Man who fell over board feared dead
Emergency services feared that a man who fell off the "Birka Stockholm" in the night of Mar 21, 2013, has died. The "Birka Stockholm" was travelling through Furusundsleden, which connects the archipelago to the Baltic sea, when a man toppled overboard. Emergency services were alerted to the accident just after midnight. They responded by sending several search and rescue teams while a helicopter took part in the search efforts. Less than three hours later, however, emergency services abandoned the search for the missing man.News schreiben