Stena Line – Fleet

Dublin – Holyhead

Stena Adventurer

Built 2003
Hyundai Heavy Industries, Ulsan, South Korea

Size

43,532gt
210.8M x 29.3M x 6.3M

Capacity

Passengers: 1,500
Berths: 364

Engines
Speed

4 x MAN (25,925)
22kts

Route

Dublin-Holyhead

The Stena Adventurer entered service in March 2003 on the Dublin Holyhead route with room for up to 1,500 day passengers. Styled as the Seapacer class by Stena, her and her sister (Stena Britannica 2003), came from the same yard that built the 11 Stena Searunners in the 1970s and both had over 3,517 lane meters on four decks when built. When introduced, she brought a much needed 20% increase to freight space to meet demand for, in peculiar, the night departure from Holyhead.

The Adventurer took over an Irish Sea service started by the Stena Challenger (Now Marine Atlantics Leif Ericson) and further developed by the chartered Stena Forwarder (2001/25,000gt), (Now Baja Ferries California Star). New double deck loading ramps were also constructed in both Holyhead and Dublin to speed up turn arounds. The Stena Adventurer was refitted in 2009 at a cost of over £3 Million to bring the vessel up to the latest Stena Line concept including a major rebranding of the exterior signage as the first vessel in the Stena Line Fleet to receive the new look Stena Line Branding along with a revamp to interior spaces including the creation of a new Stena Plus lounge.

Stena Nordica

Built 2000
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Shimonoseki, Japan
Size 10,549 grt
169.8M x 24M x 6M
Capacity Passengers 405
Berths: 222
1,949 lane meters
Engines
Speed
2 x Wärtsilä 18V38 and 2 x Wärtsilä 12V38
25.7kts
Route Dublin – Holyhead

Originally built for the Irish Sea central corridor services from Dublin for P&O, the European Ambassador entered service as P&O Irish Sea’s flag ship in 2001. She reopened direct Dublin – Cherbourg weekend sailings, with a call to Rosslare outbound in the winter. In 2004, she transferred to Stena Line with P&O’s Fleetwood – Larne and Dublin – Mostyn vessels. The European Ambassador sailed for Scandinavia and was renamed the Stena Nordica. She entered service between Karlskrona-Gdynia where she increased capacity significantly. After a major refit including the fitting of new ramps to speed up loading and unloading, the ship entered service under the Swedish flag in May 2004. She returned to Dublin as a relief ship in January 2008, when she arrived from Fishguard and Rosslare, where she had conducted berthing trials.

After trials in Dublin she then sailed to Holyhead to take up the roster covering the Stena Seatrader’s refit. She then covered the Stena Europe’s refit and returned to the Baltic in February. On the ‘Seatrader’s’ return, the Stena Nordica was scheduled to cover the Stena Europe’s two week refit, sailing between Fishguard and Rosslare from 28 January until 11 February, before returning to the Baltic. In October 2008 it was announced that the Stena Nordica would be returning to the Irish Sea replacing the Stena Seatrader and to increase capacity between Dublin and Holyhead. In March 2009 the Stena Nordica received a £2 Million refit which improved passenger areas and brought the vessel into line with the rest if the Irish sea fleet.

Dun Laoghaire – Holyhead

HSS -Stena Explorer

Built 1996
Aker Finnyards, Ruma, Finland
Size 19,638gt
128.6M x 40M x 4.6M
Capacity Passengers: 1,500
Cars: 375
Or 50 Lorries / 100 Cars
Engines
Speed
2 x LM 2500 & 2 LM 1600
Gas Turbines (78,000kW)
40kts
Route Dun Laoghaire – Holyhead

Originally ordered as one of three HSS 1500 craft the HSS Stena Explorer and its two sister ships the HSS Stena Voyager and HSS Stena Discovery were at the time of their launch the worlds largest catamarans, with a capacity for 1,500 passengers and 375 Cars or 50 Lorries, these were impressive vessels.
The Stena Explorer is the only HSS currently in service with Stena and is restricted to seasonal operations on the Irish sea. The Stena Explorer began service on the Irish Sea in April 1996 and has maintained the Dun Laoghaire link since then. It has been used to cover the HSS Stena Voyager on the Belfast route during refit periods.
In 2010 The Stena Exporer began a seasonal operation as the high cost of fuel has made the vessel very expensive to operate and this has been the designs downfall. A reduction in service speed has reduced the cost of each crossing but the Stena Explorer now sails on only one return crossing when in service, when originally launched the service offered five return crossings a day.

Rosslare – Fishguard

Stena Europe

Built 1981
Gotaverken-Arendal, Gothenburg
Size 24,828gt
149M x 26M x 6.1M
Capacity Passengers 1,400
Berths: 456
Cars 520
Engines
Speed
4xWärtsilä (15,360kW)
18 kts
Route Rosslare – Fishguard

The Stena Europe operates the Rosslare – Fishguard route. Originally ordered by Sessan Line, the Stena Europe was completed as Kronprinsessan Victoria but taken-over by Stena Line and following a short spell on her designed route between Gothenburg and Frederikshavn was fitted with extra cabins and placed on the Gothenburg-Kiel link in 1982, continuing until a move to Frederikshavn-Oslo services as Stena Saga between 1989 and 1994. Next came a spell as Stena Europe from Harwich to the Hook of Holland for Stena’s Dutch subsidiary until a switch as Lion Europe to Lion Ferry’s Baltic service from Karlskrona, Sweden to Gdynia, Poland.

The name Stena Europe was restored when Stena scrapped Lion Ferry branding in 1998 and in 2002, after removal of extra cabins from the 1980s to increase vehicle space, she changed places with Koningin Beatrix (1986/31,189gt), now Stena Baltica (currently laid up), and took over the Rosslare-Fishguard route.

Since its introduction the Stena Europe has been benefited from some major interior improvements, the most recent interior upgrade was completed in May / June 2010 which brought about a revamped Stena Plus area and also improvements to the C-View bar, Barista Coffee bar, a Lounge on Deck 7 and the introduction of Pet Cam. In 2011 the Stena Europe was off service twice, once for overhaul in January and again in April for the replacement of an engine in Falmouth. In 2011 Stena introduced a “Take the Salt Air” challenge on the top deck, fours laps’ equal one kilometre for the passengers willing to brave the Irish sea weather. The Stena Europe went for annual refit in late January 2012 and returned to service on Feb 3rd 2012.

Belfast – Birkenhead

Stena Lagan

Built 2005
Cantiere Navale Visentini, Donada, Italy
Size 26,500gt
186.46M x 25.6M x 6.63M
Capacity Passengers: 980
Berths: 170
Lane Meters: 2275
Engines
Speed
2 x MAN B&W 9L 48/60B
24kts
Route Belfast – Birkenhead

Built in July 2005 as the Lagan Viking she entered service with Norse Merchant Ferries later that month. She soon after transfer to Norfolkline when they acquired Norse Merchant Ferries.
In July 2010 Norfolkline was acquired by DFDS and the vessel was renamed Lagan Seaways during her refit that August. Later that same year, DFDS sold its Northern Irish operations to Stena Line this included the Belfast – Birkenhead route and the chartered Mersey Seaways. The vessel chartered from Epic Shipping was renamed Stena Lagan in 2011 and in early 2012 in expected to receive the full Stena Line branding including the white hull colour.

Stena Mersey

Built 2005
Cantiere Navale Visentini, Donada, Italy
Size 26,500gt
186.46M x 25.6M x 6.63M
Capacity Passengers: 980
Berths: 170
Lane Meters: 2275
Engines
Speed
2 x MAN B&W 9L 48/60B
24kts
Route Belfast – Birkenhead

The Mersey Seaways was launched in December 2005 as the Mersey Viking; She entered service with Norse Merchant Ferries later that month. Within a few months of operation with Norse Merchant Ferries, the company was acquired by Norfolkline. The Mersey Viking received Norfolkline lettering on her red hull but retained her Norse Merchant Ferries funnel for many years.
In July 2010 Norfolkline was acquired by DFDS, with the vessel being renamed Mersey Seaways during her refit in August 2010. Later that same year, DFDS sold its Northern Irish operations to Stena Line which included the Belfast – Birkenhead route and the chartered Mersey Seaways.
In 2011 the vessel was renamed the Stena Mersey and in early 2012 is due to receive the full Stena Line branding including the white hull colour.

Belfast – Cairnryan

Stena Superfast VII

Built 2001 (Rebuilt Remantowa 2011)
Howaltswerke Deutsche Werft AG
Kiel, Germany
Size 30,285gt
203.90M x 25M x 6.6M
Capacity Passengers: 717 (1,200 in 2011)
Berths: 653 (0 in 2011)
Lane Meters: 1,891
661 Cars or 110 lorries
Engines
Speed
4 x Wartsila Sulzer 12ZAV40S
28.9 kts
Route Belfast – Cairnryan

The Superfast VII was originally ordered along with three other vessels by Superfast from HDW in Kiel for use on a service from Rostock to Hanko. It was sold to Tallink in 2005 and was operating on the Helsinki – Rostock service until August 2011. The Superfast VII was chartered by Stena Line in 2011 and arrived in Gdansk for conversion to a day ferry which involved removing all cabin accommodation from Decks 7 & 8, the installation of passenger facilities including restaurants, bars, Café and lounge areas. Also the vehicle deck height on Deck 5 was increased to 5.2 m to accommodate high cube trailers, which are much higher than a regular articulated trailer.

Stena Superfast VIII

Built 2001 (Rebuilt Remantowa 2011)
Howaltswerke Deutsche Werft AG
Kiel, Germany
Size 30,285gt
203.90M x 25M x 6.6M
Capacity Passengers: 717 (1,200 in 2011)
Berths: 653 (0 in 2011)
Lane Meters: 1,891
661 Cars or 110 lorries
Engines
Speed
4 x Wartsila Sulzer 12ZAV40S
28.9 kts
Route Belfast – Cairnryan

The Superfast VIII was originally ordered along with three other vessels by Superfast from HDW in Kiel for use on a service from Rostock to Hanko. It was sold to Tallink in 2005 and was operating on the Helsinki – Rostock service until August 2011. The Superfast VIII was chartered by Stena Line in 2011 and arrived in Gdansk for conversion to a day ferry which involved removing all cabin accommodation from Decks 7 & 8, the installation of passenger facilities including restaurants, bars, Café and lounge areas. Also the vehicle deck height on Deck 5 was increased to 5.2 m to accommodate high cube trailers, which are much higher than a regular articulated trailer.

Stena Line Freight – Belfast – Heysham

Stena Hibernia

Built 1996
Miho Shipyard, Shimizu, Chine
Size 13,017 gt
142.5M x 23.5M x 5.4M
Capacity Passengers: 12
Berths: 12
Trailers: 114
Engines
Speed
2 x Sulzer 82AL40S
18kts
Route Belfast – Heysham

Launched in 1996 at the Miho shipyard in China as the Maersk Importer, the ship first started in November 1996 on the Scheveningen – Felixstowe route for Norfolk Line. In November 2006 it was switched to Vlaardingen – Felixstowe and then in March 2009 was moved to Belfast – Heysham. In July 2010 Norfolk Line was sold to DFDS Seaways and the Maersk Importer became the Hibernia Seaways. In December 2010 DFDS sold their Irish Sea business to Stena Line and in July 2011 the ship was renamed Stena Hibernia.

Stena Scotia

Built 1996
Miho Shipyard, Shimizu, Chine
Size 13,017 gt
142.5M x 23.5M x 5.4M
Capacity Passengers: 12
Berths: 12
Trailers: 114
Engines
Speed
2 x Sulzer 82AL40S
18kts
Route Belfast – Heysham

Launched in 1996 at the Miho shipyard in China as the Maersk Exporter, the ship first started in July 1996 on the Scheveningen – Felixstowe route for Norfolk Line. In November 2006 it was switched to Vlaardingen – Felixstowe and then in March 2009 was moved to Belfast – Heysham. In July 2010 Norfolk Line was sold to DFDS Seaways and the Maersk Exporter became the Scotia Seaways. In December 2010 DFDS sold their Irish Sea business to Stena Line and in July 2011 the ship was renamed Stena Scotia.

Thanks to Ian Dockrell for additional information in this piece