Ferry service between Rīga and Stockholm, halted in October 2005 when a Latvian shipping company declared bankruptcy, has resumed as of April 6.
The Estonian company Tallink began service between the two capital cities with trips on the M/S Fantaasia every other day from Rīga, according to the company’s Web site.
In May, the company is planning to introduce another ship, the M/S Regina Baltica, making daily voyages possible between Rīga and Stockholm for the first time ever.
Ferry service between Latvia and Sweden stopped last year when Rīgas Jūras līnija (Rīga Sea Line), operator of the ship Baltic Kristina, declared bankruptcy. The ferry, which Rīgas Jūras līnija had purchased from Tallink, now is owned by the Rīga Free Port.
Renewal of ferry service comes just in time for the World Ice Hockey Championships in May, when Rīga can expect many Swedish hockey fans coming to support their team. —Raitis Freimanis in Stockholm contributed to this report
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