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Viking Line adds additional departures on the Helsinki-Tallinn route
In response to customer demand, Viking Line is altering the timetables of VIKING XPRS to offer additional departures on its Helsinki-Tallinn route. Starting on 5 April, VIKING XPRS will make three trips per day on Fridays and Sundays.
Double trouble for Viking Line
Viking Line has suffered double problems on the route between Helsinki and Tallinn. All departures of the chartered "Viking FSTR" had to be cancelled on Aug 7, 2017, due to an engine failure which was discovered in Helsinki the previous evening which had to be serviced. The ferry operator decided to put the ship out of use for the day. In the run of the day, also the "Viking XPRS"'s passenger capacity was reduced due to the fact that a life-saving boom was out of order. A service provider had accidentally triggered the life-saving boom. About 100 passengers have moved to other shipping companies. The problems were expected to be resolved by Aug 9.
Ferry had to anchor off Tallinn due to storm overnight
The storm Oskari prevented the "Viking XPRS" which had sailed from Helsinki on Dec 1, 2013, at 8 a.m. to enter the port of Tallinn. The 870 passengers had to stay overnight aboard the ferry without a cabin in rough seas. he ship made repeated attempts to get into port, but had to quit because of the strong wind. The average wind speed in the harbor was 19,5 meters per second and it blew up to 22 m/s in squalls. The master did not want to risk the safety of passengers and decided to wait until the northern wind calmed down. Passengers who did not get cabins were accomodated in a conference room on board . The staff handed out blankets and cushions for the passengers and served coffee, tea and sandwiches. The captain gave his cabin for two moms with small children so they could sleep comfortably. The ship lifted anchor the next morning and finally docked at 6:37 a.m. TNews schreiben