the Swedish Maritime's message to government is clear. The shipping industry is not going to be able to ensure the delivery of necessary goods, whether the government is acting.
"Right now, it's all about safe travel to and from the united states, by means of a number of high-speed, emergency operations," says Anders Hermansson, vice-president of the American Shipping industry.
the number of passengers carried on the ferries has had a major impact on the companies. On Monday announced by Stena Line that it is laying off 950 employees, of the termination of employment. Ferry service is dependent on passengers and freight could be combined", says Anders Hermansson.
" Our member companies are doing what they can in order to maintain the traffic. However, they can only do in a limited period of time. It is not possible to carry out förlusttrafik so for a long time.
He However, the vice-president of the American Shipping industry, to describe a sharp decline in passenger traffic as a result of the spread of the new coronavirus. Photo: the Swedish Maritime
American Shipping, would like to see the government to issue state guarantees on loans to enterprises involved with critical shipments, in the same manner as was done during the financial crisis of 2008. The trade association also wants the state to give more people the opportunity to stay at home with the so-called smittbärarpenning and maintain sjöfartsstödet of the personnel of the shipping companies will be forced to take vessels out of circulation.
as such measures would cost the central government is a difficult question to answer, according to Anders Hermansson.
" Guarantees, meaning there is no cost to the state, but it's all about the money to be paid back. Targeted interventions are needed in order to maintain the water transport. Without them you run the risk of the costs will be even higher, in the end, " he said.
Tomas Eneroth, met with representatives of the shipping industry, the trade unions and the relevant authorities during the course of Tuesday morning. He is in favour of the proposals of the Swedish Shipping industry.
"This is a great idea and we are going through," he said.
According to the minister the priority of the government freight, and the critical transport, which is done via the sea. So far, the traffic has worked fairly well, despite the fact that Denmark has closed its borders, " says Tomas Eneroth.
" It is not in the national interest to prevent the goods. All the countries are dependent on each other, in order to cope with the present. There is a dialogue between the two countries.Stena Line headquarters in Göteborg, sweden was called about 950 employees on termination of employment in the country. Photo credit: Bjorn Larsson Rosvall/TT
the Situation of the shipping lines that combine passenger and freight transport is a challenge, according to the minister. The government is now working to ensure the workforce in the short and in the long term, " he said.
" We are faced with a great challenge, a challenge to american shipping, and the whole of the transport sector. Now, we give top priority to the need for urgent action. However, it's all about making the right bets at the right time. It is important to keep the functioning of the transporter in the place where it all will be up and running again, " says Tomas Eneroth.
the vice-president of the American Shipping industry, was experiencing its meeting on Tuesday, which is helpful. He said that the representatives at the meeting agreed on the need to ensure the key transportation.
" however, it is widely misinterpreted. Sweden is a country, in effect, an island. We are not self-sufficient in either food or medicines, without the need for import and export.
the impact of any action the would adversely affect the staff of the Stena Line's too early to say, according to Anders Hermansson.
" We are in an extreme position. I believe that the majority of the companies feel that it is terribly annoying to have to lay off skilled staff, " he said.
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