Trans-Baltica Container Line, UK, has started a new Baltic Sea feeder service connecting Hamburg with the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad and the Port of Riga, Latvia.

The weekly service of the ice-strengthened 1A-class vessel Lappland has been scheduled to call at the sea commercial port in Kaliningrad and the Latvian capital Riga.

The vessel of 118.5m long and 18.2m wide, with and has more than 100 reefer connections.

The first departure of the Lappland from Hamburg was on 5 November.

The ship has a carrying capacity of 6,896t, a draught of 7.10m and a maximum service speed of 17kt.

Sea-borne container traffic with Russian Baltic Sea ports amounted to 389,000teu for the first half of the year 2009.