How does a load of logs travel to Hailuoto, how does milk get picked up from an island in Saimaa, how do people get to their cottages in Mossala? Operating working connections in our land spotted with thousands of lakes and islands requires ferries. Finferries’ vessels, in fact, carry about 4 million vehicles and 10 million passengers each year.
In a government general session on 15 October 2009, a decision was made to split Destia ferries into a separate company. The new company, named SuomenLauttaliikenneOy, FinlandsFärjetrafikAb in Swedish, started operating on 1 January 2010.
28.5.2012 Suomen Lauttaliikenne Oy purchased the entire stock of Arctia Archipelago Shipping. With the signing of the agreement Suomen Lauttaliikenne became the only organization owned by the State that is responsible for both ferry and commuter ferry traffic. Arctia Archipelago Shipping became a subsidiary of Suomen Lauttaliikenne and the name was changed to Finland Archipelago Shipping Ltd.
The shares of the corporation are still owned, directly and in full, by the State of Finland. The reason for forming a corporation was the State’s desire to develop and improve the ferry and commuter ferry operations.
Suomen Lauttaliikenne Oy uses the shorter trade name Finferries in its communications.
The corporation’s home is Turku, where the headquarters are located. The Sea of Finland ferry, commuter ferris and cable-ferry operation is supervised from Turku. The ferries of the Finnish lakes are controlled by the Savonlinna office.
Suomen Lauttaliikenne’s Managing Director is Mats Rosin. The company employs an average of 330 people.
Finferries manages the ferry services in Finland at over 40 ferry sites. The maintained connections range from minor, secluded strait crossings to demanding sea passages: the shortest ferry ride is in Kivimo in Houtskär, spanning 169 meters, and the longest is a 9.5 km route from Korppoo to Houtskar.
The vessels are also different. The difference between yellow ferry boats and yellow cable ferries is the cable running through: a cable ferry runs along a navigation cable and the ferry boat is freely navigable. The smaller commuter ferries again transport passangers and goods between the islands in the archipelago.
Welcome to a safe, responsible and precise ride with us!