Rederiaktiebolaget Eckero shut down its Swedish cruise subsidiary Birka Cruises last Friday.

Via a statement posted on its website, the Aland Islands-based company said in a single sentence that Birka was permanently discontinuing operations.

The move came as no surprise to followers of the Baltic cruise and ferry trades. Eckero, which is best known for its Baltic ropax operations, has been struggling in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, while Birka, acquired in 2007, had been struggling with profitability issues well before the Covid-19 outbreak.