US News Passenger shipping can live with Corona compulsory break

15:35  29 october  2020
15:35  29 october  2020 Source:   pressfrom.com

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The new Corona compulsory break in November does not come as a surprise for passenger shipping, it seems to be manageable for the majority of providers. As a survey by the German Press Agency of several large shipping companies revealed, October was extremely important and some hope that tourists will be able to come again in December.

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"The government had to do something, the measures are in order," said Heidrun Moderecker-Schott, managing director of the Blue-White Fleet, on Thursday in Waren an der Müritz. But it's a shame, because in November there were already a lot of group orders compared to previous years.

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Silke Hasse, spokeswoman for the Adler Reederei, which has its ships on the coast of Rügen and Usedom and to Poland, made a similar statement. "We wanted to have more ships sail this November than a year ago." Otherwise, November is one of the months with the lowest number of visitors. "Everything has been postponed a bit in 2020," said Moderecker-Schott. The hotels on Usedom were also heavily booked this November, explained Hasse, that had to do with the situation in the travel industry and the global corona restrictions. Trips to the chalk cliffs on Rügen are always in demand.

Adler has 27 ships, is based in Heringsdorf, among others, and employs around 350 people. "The summer of 2020 was very good," said Hasse. Adler only had 20 percent fewer passengers than in 2019. In view of the compulsory Corona break in spring, that is a good result. "We are checking whether we can use short-time working again," said Hasse.

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The blue and white fleet also wants to use this «instrument» for its 70 employees. "We were able to bring in a lot and are almost through with the season," said Markus Bethke, managing director of the White Fleet Müritz, which has the largest ship on the Müritz with the steamship "Europe".

With the large number of holidaymakers in the summer, several thousand of whom were in the Lake District for the first time, it was possible to compensate for some of the closings in March and the end of May. Bethke had higher costs for this. "Otherwise we took a ship to Plau for several hours, now we had to use two ships because of the hygiene and distance rules in order to be able to take almost the same number of guests with us."

The season traditionally ends on October 31 for the White Fleet in Schwerin. "We are very happy that it still worked out in October," said Sales Manager Andreas Rosin. Because only every second table was allowed to be occupied on board, the people of Schwerin also used additional ships. "The guests were very understanding," said Rosin. The White Fleet plans to start again there on April 1st.

Moderecker-Schott doesn't want to wait that long: "We hope to be able to go over Christmas and New Year's Eve." So far, despite the thousands of guests, there has not been a single case of infection in the company. The turn of the year is traditionally very busy on the lake district and the Baltic coast. To do this, hotels would also have to be allowed to reopen.

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