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Finnlines Launches New Ferry Routes
July 1, 2009 By Marek Grzybowski   
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100 million people will find themselves living in poverty this year due to job and pay cuts, and the number of people across the world without enough to eat will rise to 1.02 billion, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations predicts.

Finnlines, a Finnish shipping operator on the Baltic Sea and North Sea, June 1 launched a new ferry route linking Travemünde, a German port on the Bay of Lübeck, the Polish coastal city of Gdynia and Helsinki, Finland. The new route, along with a Helsinki-Travemünde-Gdynia connection, is operated by five new modern ro-pax passenger and cargo ferries. The first ship to depart on the new route was the Finnmaid ferry. These vessels are among the largest and newest of their kind in the world.

The ferries were built in 2006 and 2007. Each ferry is 218.8 meters long and 30.5 meters wide and can reach a cruising speed of 25 knots. There are 200 cabins of different sizes on every ferry, making for a comfortable journey for 500 passengers. The ferries also have stores, recreational facilities, including, naturally, a Finnish sauna, bars and restaurants. The vessels can take on board passenger cars, trucks, semi-trailers and buses. Travel time from Gdynia is 19 hours to Helsinki and 15 hours to Travemünde. The ferries call in at Gdynia three times a week-on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

The launch of the new connections was initiated by Italy's Grimaldi Group, the owner of Finnlines.
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