No shortage of paper products

The Corona pandemic has not affected the flow of goods from the major paper mills in the Gulf of Bothnia or our ability to ship them, according to WALLENIUS SOL’s Managing Director Ragnar Johansson.

“Despite the global turbulence linked to the covid-19 outbreak, WALLENIUS SOL’s operations will continue without major obstacles. Currently, there has been no effect on loads or our ability to meet our customers’ shipping needs.

Goods from the major paper mills in the Gulf of Bothnia are flowing as usual and at the time of writing all ports are still open. 

No changes have been announced by customers, so in principle it’s business as usual both in terms of goods from the Gulf of Bothnia down to the continent, and vice versa.

Our biggest concern right now is the risk of getting the contagion on board our ships, causing them to be kept in quarantine. Accordingly, in consultation with our crews, we have extended their onboard duty periods to reduce the risk of contagion in conjunction with crew changes.

Working alternative shifts

We have alternating attendance at our office in Gothenburg. Half of the workforce works from home while the other half is at the office, and they switch weekly. The purpose is to ensure operations and service to our customers and to try to help delay the spread of the disease through society as a whole. By alternating attendance in this way, there is no risk of the entire staff falling ill at the same time. We are also avoiding non-business-critical meetings at the office and suspending all business trips for the time being. 

New ships being built in China

In China, it will soon be time to cut steel, the first true step in the ship-building process for WALLENIUS SOL’s new ships. This phase was postponed two weeks because of the corona epidemic, but we now expect work to continue according to plan. 

Future developments are uncertain, and we will monitor the situation closely. Appropriate adjustments will be made as necessary based on prevailing circumstances. We will continue to do our best to meet our customers’ shipping requirements and protect the health of our employees.”

Ragnar Johansson, Managing Director

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