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05 April 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 04:45 GMT+2

March 16, 2020

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First effect of coronavirus on employment in shipping European: Stena Line lays off 950 employees

The company does not rule out further staff reductions

The dreaded first news about the predictable harsh negative impact employment in the transport sector of the diffusion coronavirus infection in the European Union today comes from the Sweden. The navigation company Stena Line in Gothenburg, after communicated the suspension of its maritime links Denmark and Poland ( 16 March 2020), announced that it intends to cut as many as 950 jobs Sweden as a measure in response to the epidemic that - has company - has had a significant impact on the Stena Line's passenger business, a passenger business business that -- due to the travel restrictions imposed by several countries - recorded a drastic drop in bookings. The impact, the company said, was particularly negative in Scandinavia, with transport passengers to Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Germany and Latvia in the last few days have been almost entirely Stopped.

Remembering to have stopped the maritime service since Saturday Oslo-Frederikshavn and specifying that it is expected that the passenger transport will not be reactivated before the summer season, Stena Line explained that it had taken measures reduce costs in the light of the new scenario and in order to reduce to ensure the continuity of its business Freight.

The company has announced that the 950 redundancies in Stena Line Scandinavia will cover both seafarers embarked on nine Swedish flag both ground staff and branch workers Stena Line Travel Group and Retali & Food Services. In addition, company has informed that it does not exclude the possibility of reductions in staffing or changes to the schedule or network of their maritime services.

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