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Re: Stena Line fleet movements Reply #1350 on: March 24, 2014, 07:39:28 PM
Stena Superfast VII left Harland and Wollf this afternoon and headed for Victoria Terminal 4, I assume to take up her normal schedule from the 19:30 departure onwards. Stena Hibernia has returned to the Birkenhead schedule a day early. European Highlander is still in drydock with what looks to be serious technical problems.  Its a very wet and blowy evening out there, letís hope there are no further delays.

Edit: Stena Superfast VII is just swinging of the Belfast berth now.
Steve in Belfast (suburbia)

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Re: Stena Line fleet movements Reply #1351 on: March 25, 2014, 12:40:38 AM
All sailings back to normal on Cairnryan routw from 19:30 according to Stena ferry check.  However SF VII appears to be taking on bunkers from Mersey Spirit at present, putting her behind what would be her normal schedule - she would normally be expected in Belfast in just over an hours time.
Steve in Belfast (suburbia)

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Re: Stena Line fleet movements Reply #1352 on: March 25, 2014, 03:31:59 PM
All sailings back to normal on Cairnryan routw from 19:30 according to Stena ferry check.  However SF VII appears to be taking on bunkers from Mersey Spirit at present, putting her behind what would be her normal schedule - she would normally be expected in Belfast in just over an hours time.

There appears to have been problems overnight as the ships have switched places on the schedule with VII appearing To miss a sailing.  Let's hope its just teething problems and not something requiring more time at H&W.
Steve in Belfast (suburbia)

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Re: Stena Line fleet movements Reply #1353 on: March 25, 2014, 06:35:10 PM
Some nice new images of the Superfast VII and VIII taken over the last few days now on Scott Mackey's Flickr site

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/with/13400530714/



Re: Stena Line fleet movements Reply #1354 on: March 26, 2014, 10:02:25 PM
The Celtic Horizon will transfer to Stena Line at the end of the month. She will be renamed Stena Horizon and will remain on her regular run.




Re: Stena Line fleet movements Reply #1355 on: March 30, 2014, 06:21:05 PM
I understand Celtic Horizon will become Stena Horizon tomorrow (has been posted to Ferries of Northern Europe group)

The website already has her renamed (with that dodgy pic still there!)

http://www.stenaline.ie/ferries/stena-horizon

Mind you, the original isn't much better



I expect it won't be too long before the funnel becomes red with a big red on 'S' now.
Steve in Belfast (suburbia)

NI Ferry Site

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Re: Stena Line fleet movements Reply #1356 on: March 30, 2014, 08:02:49 PM
I agree. The great thing about the Horizon's current livery is that not much needs to be done. Her current funnel is blue, with white strips near the top and bottom, which is perfect for Stena as all they need to do is paint the middle red and put the Stena logo on, as Steven said. Then with the hull, the bottom is already blue with white on top, so all they need to do is paint the Stena Line livery on the side, which they can do fairly easily and then rename the Celtic Horizon to Stena Horizon. It shouldn't take too long.
Martin



Re: Stena Line fleet movements Reply #1357 on: April 01, 2014, 08:17:39 PM
The Stena Egeria (formerly Hoa Sen) is nearing a relaunch from the Chinese shipyard in Jiangyin where is has been since last November. According to reports the Hoa Sen which was inspected before purchase was not in great condition technically (having been laid up for three years- no surprise) and has had some major work carried out while in dry dock, in total approx 140 tonnes of steel were replaced in the hull (not uncommon in Visentini's - Stena Feronia in Gdansk (Before accident in Belfast) and Norman Voyager on the Tyne have had this work done above the water line, a large portion of Egerias was below the waterline also) and a huge number of different jobs have been carried out during the refurbishment.

It will be interesting to see how successful the Chinese shipyard has been at this work as it is possibly the first european vessel to be rebuilt in China to this extent.

There has been no news yet of the destination of the Stena Egeria but the livery it is painted in when it leaves the shipyard will possibly be the first clues of Stena RoRo's intentions for the vessel. Given the amount of work carried out it could possibly be the newest looking vessel in the Stena RoRo fleet and ideal for a role with Stena Line.

Some images of the shipyard where the work was carried out, looks impressive

http://chengxi.cssc.net.cn/cms_chengxi_en/compay_mod_file/mode_3.php?cart=8&typeid=112
« Last Edit: April 01, 2014, 08:23:00 PM by giftgrub »



Re: Stena Line fleet movements Reply #1358 on: April 01, 2014, 10:01:44 PM
I would expect 'Egeria' is destined for the charter market, though you never know. Given the vessels flexibility, and ability to fit nicely in most ports, Visenitini's high capacity ect. Perhaps she might find work in New Zealand, or even South Korea.

There is also the possibility the group are examining the performance and competency of the Chinese yard, perhaps with future builds in mind. Stena have always been keen to get a bargain so to speak, have this be in Yugoslavia (Stena Londoner /, Seafrance Monet) , or South Korea (Stena Transporter - 1978 & Stena Adventurer - 2003). Stena wouldn't be alone though, Norfolk Line chose South Korea to build the 3 D's, but personally I think Stena led the way so to speak. I think P&O are the only group with a nearly all European built vessels, with the exception of the Ambassador class (European Highlander & Causeway, & Stena Nordica).

I don't know if its just me or does the 'Egeria' bring back memories of the Stena Forwarder (2002 ish).     



Re: Stena Line fleet movements Reply #1359 on: April 02, 2014, 12:00:22 AM
I would expect 'Egeria' is destined for the charter market, though you never know. Given the vessels flexibility, and ability to fit nicely in most ports, Visenitini's high capacity ect. Perhaps she might find work in New Zealand, or even South Korea.

There is also the possibility the group are examining the performance and competency of the Chinese yard, perhaps with future builds in mind. Stena have always been keen to get a bargain so to speak, have this be in Yugoslavia (Stena Londoner /, Seafrance Monet) , or South Korea (Stena Transporter - 1978 & Stena Adventurer - 2003). Stena wouldn't be alone though, Norfolk Line chose South Korea to build the 3 D's, but personally I think Stena led the way so to speak. I think P&O are the only group with a nearly all European built vessels, with the exception of the Ambassador class (European Highlander & Causeway, & Stena Nordica).

I don't know if its just me or does the 'Egeria' bring back memories of the Stena Forwarder (2002 ish).     
She is a sister of Forwarder (yard numbers 195 and 196), hence the resemblance.  Regarding deployment she could go anywhere.  If Nordica hadn't been already more or less confirmed as replacing Europe I would have said she could end up at Fishguard, but there are plenty of other options in the Stena Line network as well.  Then theres always the Stena ventures beyond north western Europe, and thats before you even consider the charter market or any new route plans or joint ventures that Stena may have on the horizon.

I wouldn't be surprised personally if the next order for new build passenger ropax's from Stena goes to China, given the lower costs than from a European yard.  I remember there where concerns about the quality of the interiors on the Korean built ships when they arrived so giving refit work to Chinese yards could be a good way of testing this out without committing to a new build.  The other shipping divisions have already used Chinese yards IIRC, and European yards are not only becoming more scarce but those that are left with significant capability to fulfil an order for ferries are getting filled with cruise ship orders.  Bear in mind also the Mercy ships project is also being carried out in China and managed by Stena RoRo with a design based on a Stena design so what you suggest is not inconceivable.  However, it appears to be a good time to buy on the used market at present so perhaps this will delay any new orders.  Given Stena's expertise in conversion of existing tonnage its not inconceivable that they could acquire sufficient used tonnage in order to remove the need for any new order - they don't need specialist designed tonnage like P&O do at Dover for example which widens their options significantly.

The changes being made to Egeria are indeed substantial, and go a long way to explaining why she has been in the yard so long.  I believe she had to travel to the yard under tow as she had no certification, and additionally was quarantined for a period due to their being some unwanted guests onboard.  Thankfully though she was saved as by the sounds of things she could easily have got to a stage that she was beyond saving.  I believe she was very corroded in addition to the hull still being damaged from her grounding. Given she was originally operated for Caronte and Tourist as 'Cartour', she's a long way from "home".
Steve in Belfast (suburbia)

NI Ferry Site

Flickr: www.flickr.com/tarbyonline



Re: Stena Line fleet movements Reply #1360 on: April 03, 2014, 02:20:17 AM
Posted this elsewhere in response to a query as to how many Visentini's Stena now have now Horizon is under their control, and thought I may as well post it here
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Ok, so I make it 11 ropax's including Celtic Horizon in total either owned or operated out of 24 (of the 27 ropax's listed on wikipedia, 3 [Eurocargo Salerno, Eurocargo Istanbul, and Eurocargo Valencia] are ro-ro freighters - unless the definition of a ropax now includes vessels with accommodation for just 12 passengers).

They are as follows

Stena RoRo owned

Stena Feronia (Stena)
Stena Egeria (Hoa Sen - currently undergoing major works in China)
Partenope (TTT Line)
Trincaria (TTT Line)
Norman Asturias (LD Lines)
Etretat (BF of course!)


Stena Line Operated

Stena Lagan (Belfast - Birkenhead)
Stena Mersey (Belfast - Birkenhead)
Celtic (soon to be Stena) Horizon (Rosslare to Cherbourg)
Stena Flavia (Travemunde - Ventspils)
Scottish Viking (Nynaeshamn - Ventspils)

http://www.stenaroro.com/offering/Pages/Fleetlist.aspx

http://www.stenalinefreight.com/ferr...s/shipgallery/

The other big owners appear to be Visentini themselves (through affiliated companies such as Levantini and Visemar) and Caronte & Tourist. If anyone knows of any other Stena Visentini ropax's please add to the list as its something I am currently researching for my website!


As some may have heard, Celtic Link's suppliers have been delisted by Stena.  There seems to have been a bit of a kick up in some areas about this but although harsh, its hardly good business for a company to have 2 different suppliers for all their supplies in one location!  Like many large companies purchasing is centralised in order to gain economies of scale, which is a lot of the rationale for the takeover in the first place.  However, I am sure I speak for all of us in wishing all those negatively affected by the takeover the best of luck for the future.

EDIT:  Forgot to add that the 2 Cairnryan ships switched bak to their normal positions on the schedule on Sunday.  Theres some great pics kicking around on Facebook etc of the sisters side by side in Lough Ryan Port.
« Last Edit: April 03, 2014, 02:25:38 AM by Steven »
Steve in Belfast (suburbia)

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Re: Stena Line fleet movements Reply #1361 on: April 03, 2014, 07:43:41 PM
More on the former Celtic link situation:

I am told that the crew are staying on the ship, and that the renaming is delayed.  Representatives from the flag state and classification society need to be present as well as all of the paperwork needing to be filed with the Irish Department of the Marine before she can be renamed.
Steve in Belfast (suburbia)

NI Ferry Site

Flickr: www.flickr.com/tarbyonline



Re: Stena Line fleet movements Reply #1362 on: April 03, 2014, 09:46:52 PM
More on the former Celtic link situation:

I am told that the crew are staying on the ship, and that the renaming is delayed.  Representatives from the flag state and classification society need to be present as well as all of the paperwork needing to be filed with the Irish Department of the Marine before she can be renamed.

All crew have been transfered to Northern Marine and operations are expected to continue as before.


http://www.shipsmonthly.com/features/view-from-the-bridge/877-captain-richard-collins


http://afloat.ie/port-news/ferry-news/item/24819-stena-line-start-direct-ferry-route-from-ireland-to-france



Re: Stena Line fleet movements Reply #1363 on: April 05, 2014, 10:40:30 PM
Scottish Viking has arrived in Gdansk (Remontowa).  Don't know whether this is for routine maintenance or something larger (possibly related to a presentation I recently came across).
Steve in Belfast (suburbia)

NI Ferry Site

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Re: Stena Line fleet movements Reply #1364 on: April 06, 2014, 06:22:39 PM
WE got the answer to a question some of us have wondered for a while following Stena Lagan's hull inspection a while back today - could the Superfasts fit into Larne?


The answer is (as some of us suspected) no!  An attempt was made today to  bring Superfast VIII into Larne for a routine underwater inspection.  It was known there would be little margin for error before this was attempted, and with winds gusting up to 40kts the attempt was called off after multiple approaches as it was going to be too risky!  I should add that the weather while chilly is quite pleasant up here today.

So what does this tell us then?  Well, Stena could never operate to Larne with their current tonnage which also rules Larne out as an alternative port.  Secondly, we now know that P&O would not be able to put similar sized ships onto their Larne services regardless of the infrastructure at the other end.  Stena Lagan was already over the official size limit so its no surprise that the Superfasts where just pushing the limit too far, even though it was thought to theoretically be just possible.
Steve in Belfast (suburbia)

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