Latvija; Riga;
Location of affected unit(s)
Transportation / Storage
Land, Water And Air Transportation
Water Transport
50.1 - Sea and coastal passenger water transport

550 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
17 April 2020
Employment effect (start)
17 May 2020
Foreseen end date
17 May 2020


Tallink Latvija, the Tallink Grupp subsidiary notified the State Employment Agency that it is launching a collective redundancies process involving 550 staff members. The affected employees are mainly crew members of the group's Latvian-flagged vessels MS Isabelle and MS Romantika, which operate on the Riga-Stockholm route, as well as the shore personnel in Latvia.

Both ships have been docked at the Port of Riga since mid-March due to the COVID-19 emergency situation and established travel restrictions declared to limit the spread of the disease. Both vessels currently have the minimum required level of technical crew on board. All other onboard employees have been at home on reduced salaries paid by the company for the last month.

The CEO of Tallink Grupp told the media that it is clear that the Riga-Stockholm route won’t be restored overnight or even in a matter of a few months. It is likely that the route won’t be restored to its pre-crisis capacity even this year. The group, therefore, will not have the same amount of jobs to offer in Latvia in the near future.

According with the annual review of 2019, Tallink Latvia employed on average 638 employees.



Eurofound (2020), Tallink Latvia, Closure in Latvia, factsheet number 100345, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/100345.