Clipper Pennant is getting ready to provide relief cover as the Stena Scandinavica is off for a refit in Gdansk at the end of next week, Stena have had the Clipper Pennant sub chartered to a wind farm construction company in the area and one would assume it is doing berthing trials before it and the Ask take up the slack with the Stena Scandinavica away on holidays !
At the moment as things stand the Dieppe Seaways is heading for Dublin and the HSS Stena Explorer while confirmed for 2014 is unlikely to reappear after the summer season if they are going to the trouble of converting a Superfast to run alongside the Adventurer, the Dieppe will require a megabucks rebuild to bring it up to the Stena concept and make the on board configuration work for the route.
The Nordica is all but confirmed for Rosslare in 2015 as well, however the passenger capacity could prove quite limiting during the summer season and at peak travel times, for instance during peak periods when there are 700/800 passengers on board, only half will be able to travel, how many passenger would have been left behind this Christmas as the Oscar Wilde sailings were cancelled and the Europe sailed at near capacity ? However the Nordica could easily be rebuilt offer extra capacity bit this is unlikely to happen. More likely is a change is sailing frequency of bookings are good, they could always move to three return crossings per day, as mentioned many many years ago when the current then nearly new Stena Jutlandica was rumored to be heading to Rosslare.
The HSS900 Stena Carisma is coming nowhere near the Irish Sea and will be sold or scrapped, the same fate will await the Stena Explorer after the summer season as it will be due an expensive drydocking this December and they wont be wasting money, that is unless the price of fuel drops and the HSS sails full all summer long and makes a business case for itself, one thing is for certain is the HSS1500 is going to be the last fastcraft for Stena for a long long time (imagine where they would be if they hadn't taken the HSS route and invested the money in tradtional ferries.)
Of course if Stena RoRo get a good offer for the Dieppe Seaways then it will be chartered out and something else will occur for Dublin.
Stena Vision is currently undergoing an intensive session in drydock in Gdansk which is overrunning at it was expected to end on the 19th.
"Stena Vision will Dry Dock from Monday 3rd of February until 19th of February. Last departure will be 20:30 from Karlskrona 2nd of February and arrive in Gdynia at 09:00 3rd of February. First departure after docking will be 09:00 19th of February.
During this period Stena Baltica will sail on Stena Visions regular Schedule. In order to give you a better service we will also add some extra departures Monday and Friday morning."http://www.stenalinefreight.com/PublicMessaging/Message.mvc/ViewMessage/fe9995ef-89a9-4900-8513-d1e9789694d8