Irish Ferries Enthusiasts | Forum

Guest


Author Topic: Stena Line fleet movements  (Read 773404 times)

Steven

  • Member
  • *
  • Posts: 250
    • View Profile
    • NI Ferry Site
Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« Reply #2190 on: August 02, 2017, 07:24:33 PM »
The Stena Saga's route is now Stena's only real minicruise focussed-operation with relatively low freight demand. It is the only one which needs a proper, old fashioned cruise ferry so the Superfasts wouldn't really be suitable. Quite what would be is an interesting question - there aren't too many likely candidates around.

Ripe for life extension work!
Agree Paddy.

All indications are that VII and VIII will stay exactly where they are.  Though costly to run they have been successful vessels on the route, and the E-Flexers freight capacity would be wasted with North Channel freight volumes if anything declining rather than growing. Reverting them back to night boats would require significant investment as well.

In fleet news, Stena Mersey was out of service from Monday morning until her return last night for the overnight sailing to Birkenhead with a technical issue. 
« Last Edit: August 03, 2017, 12:47:46 AM by Steven »
Steve in Belfast (suburbia)

Webmaster of www.niferry.co.uk
Flickr: www.flickr.com/tarbyonline

ferryfan

  • Member
  • *
  • Posts: 0
    • View Profile
Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« Reply #2191 on: August 11, 2017, 10:59:20 AM »
The Stena Saga's route is now Stena's only real minicruise focussed-operation with relatively low freight demand. It is the only one which needs a proper, old fashioned cruise ferry so the Superfasts wouldn't really be suitable. Quite what would be is an interesting question - there aren't too many likely candidates around.

Ripe for life extension work!
Agree Paddy.



All indications are that VII and VIII will stay exactly where they are.  Though costly to run they have been successful vessels on the route, and the E-Flexers freight capacity would be wasted with North Channel freight volumes if anything declining rather than growing. Reverting them back to night boats would require significant investment as well.

In fleet news, Stena Mersey was out of service from Monday morning until her return last night for the overnight sailing to Birkenhead with a technical issue.


Some talk of Superfast VII and VIII for Gothenburg-Frederikshavn as replacements for Stena Dancia and Jutlandica.
« Last Edit: August 11, 2017, 11:32:20 AM by ferryfan »

PaddyL

  • Member
  • *
  • Posts: 0
    • View Profile
    • Email
Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« Reply #2192 on: August 11, 2017, 01:46:54 PM »


Some talk of Superfast VII and VIII for Gothenburg-Frederikshavn as replacements for Stena Dancia and Jutlandica.

Shippax is speculating about this.  I doubt this will happen.


seaman

  • Member
  • *
  • Posts: 0
    • View Profile
Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« Reply #2193 on: August 11, 2017, 10:39:28 PM »


Some talk of Superfast VII and VIII for Gothenburg-Frederikshavn as replacements for Stena Dancia and Jutlandica.

Shippax is speculating about this.  I doubt this will happen.

My thoughts are more like this, doubt it myself but:
If Fishguard is getting a double linkspan and Stena Europe is getting a life extension as well as the Danica, that could mean Fishguard might be getting one of the Superfasts and that Stena would transfer the Europe to replace Jutlandica on the Göteborg-Frederikshavn, which the Jutlandica would sail along with the Stena Nautica if they will move the Grenå route further south to Halmstad due to the need of dropping the port of Varberg, because Stena Line did announce on social media that they might be putting a second ferry on that route if they will move away from Varberg

Exciting times ahead though

Matt73

  • Member
  • *
  • Posts: 95
    • View Profile
    • Email
Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« Reply #2194 on: August 14, 2017, 06:22:23 PM »


Some talk of Superfast VII and VIII for Gothenburg-Frederikshavn as replacements for Stena Dancia and Jutlandica.

Shippax is speculating about this.  I doubt this will happen.

My thoughts are more like this, doubt it myself but:
If Fishguard is getting a double linkspan and Stena Europe is getting a life extension as well as the Danica, that could mean Fishguard might be getting one of the Superfasts and that Stena would transfer the Europe to replace Jutlandica on the Göteborg-Frederikshavn, which the Jutlandica would sail along with the Stena Nautica if they will move the Grenå route further south to Halmstad due to the need of dropping the port of Varberg, because Stena Line did announce on social media that they might be putting a second ferry on that route if they will move away from Varberg

Exciting times ahead though

I agree.

I too have seen the Shippax article and speculation about the Superfasts.

Whilst onboard the Scandiavica in April, I was told that the Danica is to have a considerable sum spent on her to see her in service until at the least 2022, so I can think we can rule out a move for her for the time being; the officers there think she will finish her time where she started back in the early 80s. Why spend the money otherwise?  In addition, she was built specifically for the Frederikshavn route and is popular.  When I was in Gothenburg, she looked in wonderful condition and could almost have been brand new.  They really take care of their ships. 

Similarly, the Europe has and, I believe is, to have further monies spent on her to extend her life.  You don't do that if you're about to replace the ship and the Superfasts are too large for the Rosslare service; this point has been discussed endessly on this forum.  I would have thought that she is now too small to return to the Frederikshavn route, but am happy to be corrected!  I will believe the double-deck linkspan at Fishguard when I see it and that would also require one to be added to the berth at Rosslare.  Is there any money in the bank to improve Rosslare?

Stena will only place the new ships where they know there is sufficient market demand to fill them. 

It will be interesting to see which ship(s) emerge(s) for the new/old Halmstad route. 

Do we think that they will exercise the options to build further ships in China?  Given how cheap they are, comparatively, and the dearth of decent ships on the charter market, wouldn't it be a safe bet to build all eight?  After all, who could have predicted the Brittany Ferries interest? 

Matt

giftgrub

  • Member
  • *
  • Posts: 1009
    • View Profile
    • Email
Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« Reply #2195 on: August 18, 2017, 09:23:28 PM »
Stena RoRo's Stena Egeria, yes a Visentini has arrived in Piraeus, no news yet on its future deployment but was previously on charter to Yantai shipping in service between Korea and China, was also the first Stena passenger vessel to be refurbished in China and was in need off a major refurb when carried out, previously was Hoa Sen.

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2719641
« Last Edit: August 18, 2017, 09:59:43 PM by giftgrub »

PaddyL

  • Member
  • *
  • Posts: 0
    • View Profile
    • Email
Re: Stena Line fleet movements
« Reply #2196 on: August 20, 2017, 12:25:30 PM »
Stena RoRo's Stena Egeria, yes a Visentini has arrived in Piraeus, no news yet on its future deployment but was previously on charter to Yantai shipping in service between Korea and China, was also the first Stena passenger vessel to be refurbished in China and was in need off a major refurb when carried out, previously was Hoa Sen.

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2719641

Report on Ferries! Facebook group suggested  Albania - Italy ahead for her.