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Color Line

Color Line

Geographic Location

Country: Norway


Sector: Transportation / storage
Transportation and storage
50.10 - Sea and coastal passenger water transport
Number Employed: 3500

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 04-09-2020
Planned Job Reductions min: 300
Planned Job Reductions max: 300
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 01-10-2020
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2020

Additional Information

Color Line, the largest cruise ferry line operator to and from Norway, is reducing its staff by around 300 full-time positions in order to cut costs in response to COVID-19. The restructuring is part of an effort to reduce the company's costs by 250 million NOK (€23,5 million as at 11 September 2020) by the beginning of 2021. Color Line has been hit hard by travel restrictions and disease control measures related to the pandemic, and temporarily laid off 2,000 of its 3,500 employees in March 2020.  As of August 2020, the temporary lay-offs still affected around 300 workers, and an additional 100 were notified on 26 August 2020. However, permanent dismissals are unavoidable. 

The restructuring is estimated to cost around 50 million NOK (€4,7 million), and will affect employees both on the ferries and on land. The company states that the restructuring will use voluntary job reduction measures as far as possible, and that the process will be conducted in accordance with collective agreements and include deliberations with union representatives. Representative of Norwegian Seafarers Union stated that many are worried and that the news are hard on the employees, but that the union also acknowledges that it is likely necessary for the survival of the company.