The past few years have been very good for ferry owners operating on routes between Poland and Scandinavia.
Last year traffic of all cargo types increased. Ferry owners are particularly
happy with the approximately 20-percent growth in the transportation of trucks.
Despite competition from low-cost airlines, passenger transportation rose as
well, by around 7 percent, coupled with a 12-percent increase of the number of
passenger cars carried on board.
Unity Line, which operates the line between
Świnoujście and Ystad, carried around 144,000 trucks on its ferries, a rise of
over 18 percent compared to 2005. Polska Żegluga Bałtycka (PŻB) took 33,600
trucks sets, nearly 23 percent more. The number of trucks carried on the single
ferry from Gdańsk to Nynäshamn near Stockholm grew from 9,600 to 11,600. With
its two ferries traveling between Gdynia and Karlskrona, Stena Line took 86,800
freight units (over 19 percent more than in 2005).
Świnoujście is the only Polish ferry terminal to accommodate trains. This
sector too reported an increase last year, from 16,000 to 20,000 carriages.
Passenger traffic increased last year as well. Around 763,000 people passed
through the Świnoujście terminal, 150,000 traveled between Gdańsk and Nynäshamn
and over 415,000 used Stena Lines ferries, an increase of 14 percent. More
passengers meant more passenger cars. In 2006, some 150,000 cars traveled
through the terminal in Świnoujście, 67,500 in Gdynia and 41,000 in Gdańsk.
Forecasts anticipate further dynamic development on the Baltic market, with
increased traffic between Central and Eastern European countries and