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Title: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on October 12, 2008, 04:54:51 PM
The Stena Nordica is to be withdrawn from the Karlskrona - Gdynia route on October 20th due to falling demand for freight caused by the global slowdown.
It is expected that after its own overhaul it will head for Rosslare to take up the Fishguard route to cover the Stena Europe while its in Belfast for refit.
The rumour is that the Stena Nordica may replace the Stena Caladonia at Belfast when the Stena Europe returns to Rosslare.
Word is that the Stena Europe is earmarked for replacment sometime in 2010.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Kieran on October 13, 2008, 05:03:30 PM
There has been talk of Stena Europe going for a while....

Willbe great to see the Nordica (P&O's Ex-European Ambassador) back on the Irish Sea...

Also, there is talk that Celtic Link are going to put the Diplomat on charter, but no word on where or if she will be replaced...
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on October 24, 2008, 12:18:20 AM
Further to above , Stena recently announced that The Stena Nordica will operate the Rosslare - Fishguard service from november 4th - 11th and will replace the Stena Seatrader on Dun Laoghrie - Holyhead service on november 12th
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: overboard on October 25, 2008, 05:56:13 PM
seems that Stena still belive Irish market situation,...  even economical news tell something else, nowadays....  
Anyway ships are so much easier move than market itself ;)
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on November 07, 2008, 06:10:30 PM
Stena have just anounced a new a new timetable for the Dun Laoghire - Holyhead service , hav'nt seen it yey but I believe its 4 sailings each way daily with conventional ferries and one round trip daily for the HSS including the summer months
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Kieran on November 08, 2008, 07:35:29 PM
The new timetable comes into effect on March 15th, Holyhead to Dublin departures will be at 0230, 0820 1350 and 2130 with returns at 0215 0820, 1600 and 2115. The HSS roundtrip is at 1025 from Holyhead and 1330 from Dun Laoghaire.

Nordica enters service on Tuesday.

EDIT: Was researching some information for the site and found some onboard pictures here (http://www.ferry-site.dk/9215505.htm).
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on November 20, 2008, 05:43:45 PM
There is a rumor that the Stena Nautica will replace the Stena Europe on the Rosslare - Frisguard service when the two newbuilds enter service.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on February 09, 2009, 03:26:13 PM
The Stena Nordica has returned to Dublin - Holyhead from refit cover on Rosslare - Fishguard and has been reflagged under the red ensign.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on February 10, 2009, 08:16:31 PM
Found this picture of the Stena Nordica loading at Rosslare.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on February 11, 2009, 04:04:54 PM
The Stena Transporter is to be withdrawn from the Harwich - Rotterdam service and will make its last sailing on 28th Febuary , it will then take up the Dublin - Holyhead service from 2nd - 14th March to provide refit cover for the Stena Adventurer.
On completeing cover for Stena Adventurer , the Stena Transporter will head to Rotterdam to be laid up until a decission is made on its future deployment.
The plan is that the Stena Nordica will cover the Stena Adventurer's timetable and the Stena Transporter will cover the Stena Nordica's timetable.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on February 23, 2009, 01:55:03 AM
As stated else where the Stena Voyager and Stena Caledonia are to be withdrawn from the Belfast - Stranrear service and replaced by two newbuild ro-pax ferries.
 Below the Stena Voyager leaving Stranrear for Belfast.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on February 23, 2009, 02:02:09 AM
And below the Stena Caledonia by Harry Cragall
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on February 23, 2009, 09:37:06 PM
If I'm not mistaken the Stena Caledonia is the last of the former Sealink ships still with Stena Line.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on February 23, 2009, 10:13:01 PM
Below an artists impression of one of the two new ro-pax vessels for Stena Lines Belfast - Cairnryan service , they will be identical sisters.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on March 12, 2009, 03:31:00 PM
The Stena Lynx III is due to depart Dublin port tonight at 2200 , dont know where its going but its due back at the end of the month , refit maybe?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on March 16, 2009, 01:45:32 AM
The Stena Adventurer has returned to Dublin from refit in a new livery for Stena Line.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on March 16, 2009, 03:16:31 PM
The Stena Transporter has departed Dublin for lay up in Rotterdam with no decision on its future currently , the Stena Nordica has resumed its normal operating timetable on Dublin - Holyhead
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on March 16, 2009, 03:32:18 PM
The Stena Transporter arriving in Rotterdam . Picture from www.shipspotting.com
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on March 16, 2009, 08:40:14 PM
Further to above the Stena Transporter has been given a slight reprieve and will cover the Stena Hollandica while it undergoes repairs from 21st - 25th march and will then cover the Stena Partner which will undergo engine repairs from 27th - 19th march.
Looking at the pictures below from www.shipspotting.com it is the Stena Partner that should be laid up.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on March 18, 2009, 02:49:37 PM
A new timatable has come into effect on the Dublin - Holyhead on march 15th , the HSS service will move forward slightly and the Stena Nordica will now operate two round trips per day instead of one.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on March 21, 2009, 09:23:23 AM
The Stena Lynx III is with A&P Falmouth for refit.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on March 26, 2009, 02:33:14 PM
The Stena Lynx III is due back from Falmouth on April 1st , and will be put back into storage in Dublin Port until it resumes the Rosslare - Fishguard service.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on April 28, 2009, 08:35:25 PM
The Stena Lynx III has arrived in Rosslare to resume the fast service to Fishguard.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Kieran on May 27, 2009, 10:50:42 PM
Rumor has it that the ships currently under construction for the Harwich - Rotterdam service will now go to Northern Irish services due to lost contracts and the economic downturn... No official announcement from Stena yet...
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on June 13, 2009, 04:24:11 PM
The Stena Transporter has been sold to Medeteranian operator Strade Blu
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Ferry Mad Matt on July 07, 2009, 03:57:51 PM
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The Stena Lynx III has arrived in Rosslare to resume the fast service to Fishguard.

I shall hopefully be on it at the end of August. I'll see what/if any alterations have been made and shall take pics 8-)
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on September 04, 2009, 05:06:06 PM
The former Stena Parisien is currently undergoing refit before entering service on the Belfast Stranrear service.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on September 15, 2009, 03:19:01 PM
The Stena Lynx III is due back in Dublin port tomorow having completed a shorter than usual season on the Rosslare - Fishguard service , roumour suggests that this ship will replace the soon to be mothballed HSS Stena Explorer on the Dun Laoghire - Holyhead service.
Photo is from www.shipspotting.com
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on September 20, 2009, 01:24:19 AM
The former SeaFrance Manet , is now the Stena Navigator and is nearing completion of its overhaul and refit at Dunkerque.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on October 01, 2009, 02:59:27 PM
The HSS Stena Discovery is now on the UK taking on fuel bunkers for its long run to Venasuiala.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Kieran on October 03, 2009, 10:25:12 AM
I posted this else where, but latest rumours doing the rounds are Explorer will had off at the end of the year and will be replaced with Carisma, Stena Britannica will join the Adventurer in Dublin, and the Nordica will move to Fishguard (but there are doubts about her capacity)...
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: trooblu on October 10, 2009, 09:37:53 AM
Has anyone any more news on the Discovery? IO've searched the net but cant find anything.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Kieran on October 10, 2009, 11:39:35 PM
She sailed to Holyhead to load fuel, and departed for (I think) Venezuela on the 1st (of October), however Stena haven't confirmed anything yet...
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on October 23, 2009, 05:25:32 PM
The Stena Nordica is having its passenger capacity increased during its current refit , a further indication that it is earmarked as the Stena Europe's replacment at Rosslare.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on November 06, 2009, 02:55:03 PM
The two newbuilds nearing completion have been allocated the names Stena Hollandica and Stena Britannica.
The Stena Hollandica is expected to be the first to enter service.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on November 06, 2009, 03:03:12 PM
Stena Line will not be providing refit cover for the Stena Europe in January , meaning there will be no service from Rosslare to Fishguard for two weeks in January.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on November 23, 2009, 01:03:49 AM
The Stena Navigator is reported to have had technical problems upon entry into service on the Belfast - Stranrear service.
The former Stena Line HSS discovery has arrived in Venezeula. Picture below from Noticiero Digital.com
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on January 05, 2010, 02:56:33 PM
Stena Explorer has departed for its refit , it is not known if the vessel will return to the Dun Laoghire service , Stena fastcraft services between the Republic and the UK are currently suspended.
Despite there being no passenger service on the Rosslare - Fishguard service while Stena Europe is away for refit and internal refurbishment , the Stena Seafarer has arrived at Rosslare to maintain the freight service , passengers who booked for the service during Stena Europe's refit are being accomadated on Irish Feries Oscar Wilde.
Below , Stena Seafarer from www.shipspotting.com
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: stena4256 on January 06, 2010, 05:23:02 PM
The Stena Europe is currently in dry dock in belfast, where she will remain until the 18th of January. Also the Ulysses is in Birkenhead undergoing her annual refit so the Isle Of Inishmoor has gone up to holly head to take over her route, therefore there is no service in Pembroke.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: speedbird on January 06, 2010, 06:20:45 PM
the Oscar Wilde is covering
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Kieran on January 07, 2010, 10:34:20 AM
Announcement was made this morning -

The Stena Lynx III will operate Holyhead - Dun Laoghaire March - June then Fishguard until September, then back to Holyhead. At Holyhead she will operate one return trip per day apart from April - June when she will operate two roundtrips. At Fishguard she will only operate one roundtrip.

The Stena Explorer will only operate July and August and only one roundtrip per day.

The Lynx will have a 2 million Euro refit to provide a new Barista bar/Coffee House, new Stena Plus, Met Grill and enhanced shopping/
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on January 14, 2010, 03:13:29 PM
The Stena Seafarer is expected in Belfast in late febuary to release the Stena Caledonia for refit.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: stena4256 on January 18, 2010, 04:32:28 PM
As of 18/01/10 the stena lynx is in Belfast


 
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 18, 2010, 08:35:58 PM
I would have thought the Stena Europe should be on the way back to Fishguard by the time this picture was taken ?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Stena Europe on January 18, 2010, 10:05:15 PM
The Stena Seafarer left Rosslare for Larne at 1830 this evening. It is hoped Stena Europe will take up the 1430 sailing ex Fishguard tomorrow afternoon.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on January 23, 2010, 11:21:36 PM
Preliminary results for the year ended 2009 show that Stena Line saw a 20 - 25 % reduction in freight volumes across all routes.
The company is also expected to return a pre-tax loss for the year ending 2009 , the company commented that its fuel costs have gone from being 10% of their operating costs to 30%.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 27, 2010, 10:22:20 PM
From BFEnthusiasts site from Seashore member

The possible fleet combinations are really getting very strange, the might just leave everything as is:

http://forums.bfenthusiasts.com/showthread.php?t=7819

On Wikipedia it mentions that the Stena Germanica and Stena Scandinavica cruise ferries are to move to the Poland route in 2010. I've not seen any announcements about this or can't find any info on here or other sites. Is this just a rumour?

It also mentions that Stena Baltica (ex-Konningen Beatrix) will be moving, to where it doesn't say. It also says that the Stena Europe is likely to be moving back to Scandinavia? What will replace the Europe?

I'd read that Stena Hollandica and Stena Britannica were due to move to Poland route when the new ships arrive at Harwich. They can't fit into Dublin, Stranrear or Fleetwood because they are so long, but would Hollandica fit into Fishguard and Rosslare?

Where are they going to get cruise ferries for the Gothenburg-Kiel route? Or had traffic dived on that route? Their competitors on similar north>south routes in that area (Color Line and DFDS) both have big cruise ferries with small car decks and lots of cabins. Bilbao going there?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: stena4256 on January 28, 2010, 05:46:35 PM
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From BFEnthusiasts site from Seashore member

The possible fleet combinations are really getting very strange, the might just leave everything as is:

http://forums.bfenthusiasts.com/showthread.php?t=7819

On Wikipedia it mentions that the Stena Germanica and Stena Scandinavica cruise ferries are to move to the Poland route in 2010. I've not seen any announcements about this or can't find any info on here or other sites. Is this just a rumour?

It also mentions that Stena Baltica (ex-Konningen Beatrix) will be moving, to where it doesn't say. It also says that the Stena Europe is likely to be moving back to Scandinavia? What will replace the Europe?

I'd read that Stena Hollandica and Stena Britannica were due to move to Poland route when the new ships arrive at Harwich. They can't fit into Dublin, Stranrear or Fleetwood because they are so long, but would Hollandica fit into Fishguard and Rosslare?

Where are they going to get cruise ferries for the Gothenburg-Kiel route? Or had traffic dived on that route? Their competitors on similar north>south routes in that area (Color Line and DFDS) both have big cruise ferries with small car decks and lots of cabins. Bilbao going there?


Im not to sure that the Stena Europe will be leaving after all.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Kieran on January 29, 2010, 06:57:30 PM
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On Wikipedia it mentions that the Stena Germanica and Stena Scandinavica cruise ferries are to move to the Poland route in 2010. I've not seen any announcements about this or can't find any info on here or other sites. Is this just a rumour?

Never base anything on what you see on Wiki.

Stena always keep things very quiet, but will issue a press release soon I would imagine. Just remember all we have at the moment are rumours...
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: scomacsf8 on February 02, 2010, 09:45:59 PM
The STENA CALEDONIA is due to go off for refit on 22nd February until 11th March. She will refit at Harland and Wolff and during the period in dry dock she will also have her Stena Plus lounge extended to enable waiter service and a proper menu to be offered as on her fleet mates. I gather the Stena Plus is to be extended further forward of where it currently is on the starboard side of the ship midships. I assume this will take up the part of the Barista Lounge behind the bar along the starboard funnel casing.

Harland and Wolff are refitting 5 Stena Line Irish sea vessels this winter - STENA EUROPE (completed), STENA LYNX III (currently), STENA LEADER (currently and due back into service sometime this weekend) when I assume the STENA PIONEER will take her place in the Belfast Dry Dock for 2 weeks until the CALEDONIA's turn.

Work is also well underway on the construction of Stena's new Loch Ryan Port, adjacent to the A77 about 1 mile north of Cairnryan with evidence of the site having being cleared for building.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on February 12, 2010, 01:33:59 AM
Stena Line have recieved aproval for its relocation from Stranraer to Loch Ryan , the company also signaled its intention to replace Stena Voyager , Stena Caledonia and Stena Navigator with two new high speed conventional ferries once the new terminal is operational.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: scomacsf8 on February 19, 2010, 07:34:22 PM
It appears the STENA CALEDONIA's refit has been delayed by a week and she should enter dry dock on Monday 1st March not this coming Monday 22nd February as originally planned.
It would seem the delay in completing the STENA LEADER's refit (she was back in service a week late) has had a knock-on effect with the STENA PIONEER which is currently in the dry dock and, thus, meaning the STENA SEAFARER cannot be released from Fleetwood to Stranraer to cover for the STENA CALEDONIA until the PIONEER is back.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on February 22, 2010, 01:08:22 AM
The Stena Lynx III suffered damage when it collided with terminal 2 at Holyhead , no word yet how badly the ship has been damaged or if its entry into service on Dun Laoghaire - Holyhead on March 15th will be delayed, so far all that is known is that the majority of the damage to the Lynx is to the hull.
The collision also did extensive damage to the link span at the berth.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 22, 2010, 07:56:59 PM
Reports on Ferries of Northern Europe and Irish Sea Shipping that Stena Line have sold the Stena Navigator.

http://paulmasonthamesshipping.webs.com/marketreport21stfeb.htm

Possibly a sale and charter back until they get the newbuilds ready for the Belfast route ?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: scomacsf8 on March 06, 2010, 04:58:56 PM
Stena Caledonia is finally getting her refit which is due to commence tomorrow at Harland and Wolff. She was initially to go to dry dock on 22nd February but problems delayed both the Stena Leader and Stena Pioneer during their refits at Belfast, and, with the Stena Pioneer finally ready to re-commence service between Larne and Fleetwood the Caledonia can take her place in the dry dock. This afternoon, she is at the old Stena terminal in Belfast, presumably to allow Stena Navigator to berth at VT4.

During her refit the Stena Caledonia is expected to have her Stena Plus lounge expanded to allow table/waiter service along the lines of her fleetmates.

The Stena Navigator is due to be joined on the Stranraer service by the Stena Seafarer and the timetable operated will be as follows;

Stena Navigator;
0330 Stranraer - Belfast
0730 Belfast - Stranraer
1200 Stranraer - Belfast
on arrival and discharge at Belfast she will proceed to the old Stena terminal until
2230 Belfast - Stranraer

Stena Seafarer
0500 Belfast - Stranraer
0930 Stranraer - Belfast
on arrival and discharge at Belfast she will vacate the berth for the Stena Navigator's 1500 arrival until
1920 Belfast - Stranraer
2359 Stranraer - Belfast

During layover at the old Belfast terminal, Stena Navigator will be receiving additional maintenance and finishing off of some jobs that were not done prior to her entering service in November, including painting car decks.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 24, 2010, 06:10:48 PM
From Stena Line.co.uk

http://www.stenaline.co.uk/ferry/media/news/news-100319-refits/

Leading ferry company Stena Line is giving its Irish Sea fleet a makeover to the tune of over Ł9 million.

At a time when travel companies across the globe are implementing cutbacks, Stena Line is spending millions on the refit and refurbishment of ships across its five Irish Sea routes.
The Stena Caledonia, which operates on the Stranraer-Belfast route, is currently in dry dock at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast undergoing a Ł1 million refit. It’s the last of eight ships which have been given makeovers in the past three months.

Stena Line’s Irish Sea Area Director, Michael McGrath, believes that the investment reflects the ferry company’s ongoing commitment to improving its fleet and services.

“At Stena Line we are continually investing in our product to exceed customer expectations and give them a pleasurable and comfortable travelling experience,” he said.

“We’ve never been a company to rest on its laurels and this investment in our Irish Sea fleet reflects a desire to continually improve in terms of quality and service reliability.”

“The credit crunch has resulted in more people considering holidays within the British Isles, which is good news for the ferry industry. Therefore it is vitally important that when new customers travel with us we show them how much ferry travel has developed over the years and how pleasurable an experience it can be compared to flying,” the Area Director added.

Highlights of Stena Line’s makeover programme include a Ł2M refit and refurbishment of the Stena Nordica superferry, which sails between Holyhead and Dublin Port, Ł2.1M on the Stena Europe superferry, which operates between Fishguard and Rosslare, and Ł2M on the Stena Lynx III fastcraft, which sails between Holyhead and Dun Laoghaire.

[ends]

MEDIA ENQUIRIES: For further information, please contact Nigel Tilson, Stena Line’s UK Communications Manager, on 028 90 884036 or Fiona Brown of Duffy Rafferty Communications on 028 90 730880
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 25, 2010, 10:54:04 PM
Stena Caledonia returns to service on the Irish sea within the next few hours, sporting a totally new look. If you want to have a look then visit this gentlemans Flickr account to see some great pictures of the all new 2010 Stena Caledonia.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on May 23, 2010, 10:33:06 PM
Stena Line has reached an agreement on a 5 year charter deal with Marine Atlantic in Canada for the charter of Stena Traveller and Stena Trader , both ships will be heavily modified before entering service with Marine Atlantic. They will be replaced by temporary tonnage until 2 newbuilds are delivered next year for the Killingholme - Hook Of Holland service.
The new Stena Hollandica has entered service displacing the former Stena Hollindica which is on its way to a Polish shipyard (belived to be Remontawa) for an extensive refit before replacing either Stena Germanica or Stena Scandinavica , which will in turn replace Stena Baltica on Polish routes.
Below from www.shipspotting.com are Stena traveller , Stena Trader , two Stena Hollindica's passing each other in Holland , Stena Baltica , Stena Germanica and Stena Scandinavica.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Kieran on May 23, 2010, 10:50:33 PM
Was I seeing things, or are they shortening them before delivery?!?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on May 23, 2010, 10:57:13 PM
Yes astonishingly both Stena Traveller and Stena Trader are to be shortened while having their passenger capacity increased at the same time , I imagine both ships will look quite different when they emegre from the yard.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on May 23, 2010, 11:13:05 PM
Here is the link with the images of how the ships will look when they enter service with Marine Atlantic.
http://www.marineatlantic.ca/en/fleet/conceptdrawings.pdf

It seems that they will be shortened by 12.5 meters
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on June 02, 2010, 09:17:35 PM
The yet to be renamed Stena Hollandica has arrived at Remontowa yard in Gdansk for an extensive rebuild , new superstructure will be added as the ships passenger space is extended , A high number of cabins will be added and new public areas created , all existing cabins and public spaces will be refurbished and rearranged.
New docking ramps and new loading equipment will also be added as the car/freight area's will be rearranged to suit its new route.
Below from www.Remontowa.pl the Stena Hollandica arriving at Remontowa , Gdansk.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on June 04, 2010, 05:51:35 PM
It is expected that the former Stena Hollandica will become Stena Germanica , the current Stena Germanica will then be renamed and will replace either Finnarrow or Stena Baltica on Gdynia - Karlskrona service , it is not yet known which of the Polish tonnage will be replaced first.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on June 11, 2010, 05:44:10 PM
Stena Lines fast-craft service between Fishguard & Rosslare resumes on Saturday
the 10th of July with 11.30hrs departure from Fishguard, returning from Rosslare
@ 15.00hrs. The vessel is currently in Dun Laoghaire at a lay-by berth and is
due in Fishguard on Monday the 28th of June.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IrishSeaShips/message/27754

Hopefully the reliability issues will be resolved by the time it goes back on the route.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on July 04, 2010, 11:53:44 PM
Further to above , when displaced by the former Stena Hollandica , Stena Germanica will become Stena Vision and replace Finnarrow on the Karlskrona - Gydnia service , it will be followed by the Stena Scandinavica which will become Stena Spirit and replace Stena Baltica.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on August 02, 2010, 07:55:44 PM
Stena Germanica II nearing completion in Poland, AIS is switched on and also the AIS for the new Stena Britanica is switched on in the shipyard in Wismar.

Pics below of the Germanica II

http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/showallphotos.aspx?mmsi=245340000#top_photo

http://www.faktaomfartyg.se/stena_germanica_III_2001_b_1.htm

Its amazing what some fresh paint and a new logo can do for a ship.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on August 03, 2010, 10:32:14 PM
More information from Stena on the rebuilds for Sweden here

http://www.hotellfartyg.se/#/en
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on August 22, 2010, 12:55:57 AM
The Stena Trader will be withdrawn for transfer to Marine Atlantic at the end of september with the Stena Traveller following at the end of November.
Grimaldi's Corragio will take over the service from Killingholme - Hook of Holland until the new Stena Transit arrives in October , Finnarrow which will be displaced by the Stena Germanica III will take over from Stena Traveller until the new Stena Transporter arrives in Febuary 2011.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on August 22, 2010, 08:40:32 PM
The "New" Stena Germanica has arrived in Gothenburg, Sweden prior to entry into service. Looks like an impressive refit and rebuild was done in Poland.

http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/showallphotos.aspx?mmsi=266331000

More Pictures here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/stenaline/4909970066/
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on September 01, 2010, 05:53:44 AM
As above , The new Stena Germanica has entered service.
Below from www.shipspotting.com , both Stena Germanica's at Kiel
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on September 09, 2010, 03:27:19 PM
The Stena Lynx III has arrived in Dun Laoghaire having finished its summer operation on Rosslare - Fishguard , the Lynx will take up the Dun Laoghaire - Holyhead service on 14th September and the HSS Stena Explorer will again be mothballed for the winter months.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on September 16, 2010, 03:34:28 PM
The former Stena Germanica has arrived at Remontowa for refurbishment and will become Stena Vision before entering service on Karlskrona - Gydnia service.
The new Stena Britannica will enter service on Harwich - Hook of Holland service on 9th October with the former Stena Britannica (soon to be Stena Scandinavica) heading to Remontowa the same day.
The Stena Carrier which has been made surplus on the Kiel - Gothenburg service by the arrival of the new Stena Germanica (ex Stena Hollandica) has entered service on the Harwich - Rotterdam service displacing Stena Transfer , it is not yet known where Stena Transfer will be deployed next.
Below from www.shipspotting.com The former Stena Germanica (soon to be Stena Vision) the Stena Britannica (soon to be Stena Scandinavica) the Stena Carrier and the now redundant Stena Transfer.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on September 21, 2010, 05:57:01 PM
All new Stena Britannica currently undergoing sea trials in the Wismar area due to arrive on the Harwich route in early October.

Stena Vision still showing as berthed in Gothenburg at the moment.

Will Stena Transfer head to the Irish Sea for the Fleetwood operations ?

http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/showallphotos.aspx?mmsi=235080274
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on October 06, 2010, 10:56:24 PM
All new Stena Britannica has arrived in Rotterdam in preparation for starting service on Saturday. The original Stena Britannica has been renamed Britannica.

Pictures of the current vessel on this site

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/5057577028/in/set-72157625108299550/

New Ship in Harwich undergoing berthing trials from Marine Traffic.com

and from
http://harwichhavenshipsandyachts.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=2042#2042



Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: scomacsf8 on October 07, 2010, 03:46:40 PM
Quote
All new Stena Britannica currently undergoing sea trials in the Wismar area due to arrive on the Harwich route in early October.

Stena Vision still showing as berthed in Gothenburg at the moment.

Will Stena Transfer head to the Irish Sea for the Fleetwood operations ?

http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/showallphotos.aspx?mmsi=235080274

The Stena Partner and Stena Transfer are, apparently, to be sold for scrap and would be too large for Fleetwood anyway.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on October 08, 2010, 06:31:23 PM
The Stena Trader has left the Killingholme - Hook of Holland service and has been replaced by Coraggio which is on charter from Grimaldi until late 2011 , Stena Trader will head to drydock to be shortened and modified for its long term charter to Marine Atlantic.
The Stena Seafarer was switched to the Belfast - Stranraer service to cover for Stena Navigator which was forced to drydock early due to ongoing technical problems with the vessel .
There has been a rumor circulating that Stena Europe may transfer to Belfast to replace Stena Navigator early should the Stena Europe be released from the Rosslare - Fishguard service in the near future.
Below from www.shipspotting.com , Coraggio , Stena Trader and Stena Seafarer , and from www.faktaomfartyg.se , Stena Navigator.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: scomacsf8 on October 08, 2010, 07:25:40 PM
There is virtually no way the Stena Europe would come to Belfast - the double deck linkspans at both Belfast and Stranraer are in no way suitable for the ship. Problems with the Stena Navigator should be sorted now and she will, according to Stena, remain in service with the Stena Caledonia and HSS Stena Voyager until autumn 2011 when the new port is opened at Loch Ryan and two newer larger and faster conventional ferries enter service.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on October 21, 2010, 03:32:22 PM
Stena Caledonia is temporarily being used as a stern loader only after failure of the hydrolic rams in its bow door , given the age of the vessel replacment parts are no longer available so the existing rams have been removed and sent for reconditioning , it is not known how long the bow door will be out of use.

Below , the Stena Caledonia from www.shipspotting.com
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 02, 2010, 08:32:12 PM
The Stena Vision has left Gothenburg after a major refit to begin service on the Karlskrona-Gydinia route.

Picture and details from this site:

http://www.landgangen.se/forumsmf10/index.php?topic=17504.90
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on November 17, 2010, 10:23:27 PM
The former Stena Britannica was damaged by an accidental fire while undergoing its transformation into the new Stena Scandinavica at Remontowa , the repairs will add another 4 weeks to the overhaul time.

Below from www.shipspotting.com , the former Stena Britannica.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on December 06, 2010, 03:57:52 PM
As noted elsewhere Stena Line has aquired the Belfast - Heysham and Belfast - Birkenhead services from DFDS Seaways , the 3 ports are included in the sale.
Vessels transfering from DFDS are Scotia Seaways and Hibernia Seaways , chartered Lagan Seaways and Mersey Seaways also transfer to Stena Line who intends to purchase them from their leassors.
Stena Line have also announced the closure of the Larne - Fleetwood service , the 3 vessels on that service , Stena Seafarer , Stena Pioneer and Stena Leader are all expected to be sold after the closure of the route , however Stena Seafarer is expected to cover for the refit of Stena Europe before disposal.
As mentioned above Stena Europe will head for refit in early febuary , after running on 3 engines for the best part of a year , a new engine block for Stena Europe is currently being machined for installation during refit.

Below from www.shipspotting.com (at least 2 of these excellent photo's are taken by regular contributors to this site) , commings and goings at Stena Line , entering the fleet are Scotia Seaways , Maersk Importer (currently Hibernia Seaways) , Lagan Seaways and Mersey Viking (currently Mersey Seaways) and leaving the fleet are Stena Leader , Stena pioneer and Stena Seaways , and soon to be refitted Stena Europe
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on December 08, 2010, 08:59:39 PM
The Stena Trader is now known as the Blue Puttees and here are some pictures of the ship after its shortening and the addition of extra passenger accomodation.

Images Taken from

http://www.vesseltracker.com/de/ShipPhotos/658209-Stena-Trader-9331177.html

and

http://www.forum-schiff.de/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?p=49773#p49773

and for an explanation of the new name, some details on the Marine Atlantic site:

http://www.marine-atlantic.ca/en/fleet/index.shtml
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on December 11, 2010, 09:02:33 PM
Stena Explorer has arrived at Harland & Wolff for refit , once complete it is thought that it will cover for Stena Voyager while that ship goes for refit.

Below from www.shipspotting.com , the Stena Explorer
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: scomacsf8 on December 12, 2010, 02:35:16 PM
STENA EXPLORER will NOT cover for the STENA VOYAGER'S refit. STENA EXPLORER arrived at Harland and Wolff on Tuesday 7th December and is expected to be in drydock for around 2 weeks. It is unsure where she will go after her refit.

STENA VOYAGER will finish service for drydocking at Harland and Wolff on Tuesday 4th January and not return until
Friday 21st January, during this time a slightly revised schedule will operate on the Belfast-Stranraer route;

BELFAST-STRANRAER
0330, 0730, 1230, 1845, 2230

STRANRAER-BELFAST
0330, 0830, 1430, 1830, 2330

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on December 12, 2010, 08:42:21 PM
Quote
Stena Explorer will NOT cover for the Stena Voyager's refit. Stena Explorer arrived at Harland and Wolff on Tuesday 7th December and is expected to be in drydock for around 2 weeks. It is unsure where she will go after her refit.

Stena Voyager will be drydocked from 5th January, presumably for around 2 weeks also. There will be no cover provided for her on the Stranraer service.


That is very interesting that there will be no cover for fastcraft operationas at Belfast while Stena Voyager is overhauled.

There has been some speculation that Stena Explorer will join Stena Discovery in Central America but there has been no confirmation of this , however , if this turns out to be the case then it would spell the end of fastcraft operations at Rosslare as the Stena Lynx III would be unavailable to the route.
In this event all eyes will then be on Stena Voyager to see if she switches to Dun Laoghaire when HSS operations finish with the move from Stranraer.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: scomacsf8 on December 12, 2010, 08:48:26 PM
Stena are shifting away from fastcraft focus on the North Channel route in preparation for the move to the new Loch Ryan Port next year.

Load factors currently don't support the fastcraft operation at Rosslare, so I'd say the focus of the Lynx II would remain at Dun Laoghaire or Dublin depending on what happens with Dun Laoghaire Harbour!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on December 15, 2010, 04:13:54 PM
With the entry into service of Stena Vision on the Karlskrona - Gydinia service , chartered Finnarrow has switched to the Killingholme - Rotterdam service to release Stena Traveller for refit and shortening before transfer to Marine Atlantic

Below from www.shipspotting.com the Finnarrow departing Rotterdam
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on December 19, 2010, 11:14:55 PM
Stena Explorer has arrived back in Holyhead after its two week refit, possibly sporting some slightly revised Stena Line branding!.

Stena Leader has been withdrawn from the Larne-Fleetwood service, the remaining vessels on that service finish on the 24th December.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: scomacsf8 on December 20, 2010, 05:12:37 PM
I saw STENA EXPLORER towards the end of her refit in Belfast last week and her livery was as it has always been.

STENA LEADER has been laid up in Belfast, at Albert Quay (the old Stena Terminal) and is expected to be joined by STENA PIONEER on Friday. STENA SEAFARER will cover some refits in the new year (STENA EUROPE's in February and possibly some others), but it is unsure where she will spend the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

It is Stena Line's stated intention to send the Fleetwood vessels for scrap after February, by which time it is hoped full clearance will have been given for their takeover of DFDS Seaways' Belfast-Heysham and Birkenhead operations.

STENA CALEDONIA entered a 'wet' Belfast Drydock on Saturday 4th December to have the hydraulic rams replaced on her bow visor - a procedure that took only a few hours after a 9 week wait for parts! She is now operating fully as a drive-through ship once again.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on December 20, 2010, 10:31:31 PM
Stena Traveller in dry dock at Lloyd Werft, ready to be reduced in size and this as well:

Stena Traveller: 12/15/2010 - 31/01/2011

Shortening by 12.8 m
Increase in passenger capacity from 350 to 1,000 passengers
Enlargement of the structures for 31 crew cabins,
Construction of three lounges with reclining seats and Bar
additional 5 cabins for disabled
two additional MES-slides and two additional lifeboats
An additional lift and staircases
a bow door
an additional ramp
an additional suspension for passenger deck on deck 3
an additional bow thrusters

http://www.forum-schiff.de/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=3054
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: scomacsf8 on December 24, 2010, 03:51:30 PM
STENA PIONEER arrived in Belfast on Christmas Eve morning and laid up at the H&W ship repair quay with the STENA LEADER due to be joined by STENA SEAFARER at Stena's old terminal (Albert Quay) this afternoon...

Some photos of the STENA LEADER and STENA PIONEER in lay-up are at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: scomacsf8 on January 05, 2011, 05:19:52 PM
Details of sailings for 2011

DunLaoghaire - Holyhead;
STENA LYNX III will work the route from 01/04/11 until 26/05/11
STENA EXPLORER will work the route from 27/05/11 until mid-Sept at least (the timetable doesn't go any further than 13/09/11
Departures for both vessels will be once a day ex Holyhead at 1000, ex DunLaoghaire at 1315

Rosslare - Fishguard;
STENA EUROPE will operate until 05/02/11
STENA SEAFARER will operate from 06/02/11 until 16/02/11
STENA EUROPE will return on 17/02/11
STENA LYNX III will work the route from 01/07/11 until 04/09/11
Fastcraft departures will be ex Fishguard 1100 and ex Rosslare 1500

Dublin Port - Holyhead
STENA ADVENTURER and STENA NORDICA look to be as 2010

Belfast-Stranraer
All schedules as 2010 until the end of September when it is stated times will be subject to change due to relocation to the new Loch Ryan Port. STENA CALEDONIA is expected to overhaul from 1st March for approx 2 weeks, it is expected she will drydock at Harland and Wolff. Presumably STENA SEAFARER will cover for her absence, by which time more will have become clear regarding the Stena/DFDS deal and the future of the 3 Fleetwood ships.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: scomacsf8 on January 06, 2011, 05:49:41 PM
Stena Leader has joined Stena Pioneer (alongside) in long-term lay-up at the H&W Ship repair quay in Belfast.

Stena Seafarer is still fully crewed and in comission, berthed at Stena's old Belfast Terminal ready to cover for the overhaul of Stena Europe in February, possibly Stena Caledonia in March and maybe even at Dublin...

Some photos I took today in Belfast of the Stena Pioneer and Stena Leader laid up together and the Stena Seafarer at the old berth;
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 11, 2011, 06:06:15 PM
The Stena Europe's overhaul for 2011 has been changed according to ,
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IrishSeaShips/message/28600
The scheduled 2011 refit in Falmouth for Stena Line Stena Europe has been
changed to Harland and Wolff, Belfast from Sunday 6th of February for a period
of 6 to 8 days. The original plan was to replace no 4 Main engine but due to
delays in the building of the new engine block, this has been put back to a
later date.
mv.stena europe will return to harland and wolff
belfast for about five days in early april,to have a new engine block
installed.mv.stena seafarer to cover fishguard -rosslare route on both
occasions.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 26, 2011, 11:30:55 PM
The all new Stena Transporter has left Korea on its delivery voyage to Holland.

Yesterday the Stena Transporter by the Samsung shipyard in South Korea transferred to Stena Line. As of March 1 will be deployed on the Stena Transporter line Hoek van Holland - Killingholme.
The Stena Transporter departs on January 22 from South Korea. Expected to arrive on February 24 the ship in Hoek van Holland. First, the ship to the Damen shipyard in Schiedam go for the finishing touch. Later this year, a sister ship delivered.
The Stena Stena Transporter is of type Seabridger mkII and has a length of 212 meters, can carry 300 passengers and 4,050 meters of rolling stock. The ship has installed 21,600 kW and a gross tonnage of 31,000 measurement tons.
After ordering new ships for the route Hoek van Holland - Killingholme Stena Line has the old ships, the Stena Traveller (BY. 2008) and her sister ship the Stena Trader (BY. 2006), hired by Marine Atlantic. Before the ships are shortened and converted for service in Canada, see news item 's Stena RoRo vessels converted for Canada . The ships have been replaced by the chartered Coraggio (BY. 2007) and chartered Finnarrow (BY. 1996). The Finn Arrow will be replaced by the new Transporter. The Coraggio will then be replaced by the new sister ship of the Trader.
The first sailing of the Stena Transporter expected to take place on March 1 next from Hook of Holland at 21:00.

http://www.veerbootinfo.nl/2011/01/stena-transporter-overgedragen-aan-stena-line/
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: scomacsf8 on January 27, 2011, 11:38:07 AM
STENA LINE AND DFDS SITUATION UPDATE
I travelled on the Lagan Seaways and Mersey Seaways over the past days and the following letter was given to passengers explaining the current situation regarding the purchase by Stena Line;

Dear Customer,

Re: Stena Line Irish Sea Ferries Ltd. (SL ISF)

I write to update you about what is happening in the business since Stena Line UK Ltd completed its acquisition of DFDS Seaways Irish Sea Ferries Ltd (since renames Stena Line Irish Sea Ferries Ltd.) and the related operating ferry services on the Liverpool/Belfast and Heysham/Belfast routes (the "acquired business"), on the 1st December 2010. Although the acquisition of SL ISF by Stena Line has been completed and DFDS no longer owns SL ISF, we are awaiting formal approval from the UK and Irish competition authorities to integrate SL ISF into the wider Stena Line business.

Stena Line has given commitments to the Office of Fair Trading ("OFT") that the SL ISF business will not be integrated into the rest of the Stena Line route network for as long as the competition review process is ongoing in the UK. This means that SL ISF will continue to operate and compete as an independent ferry company until approval has been granted by the competition authorities, as Stena Line should be viewed as a competitor of SL ISF until that time.

The OFT has permitted Stena Line to take certain steps towards integration of the two businesses, in order to ensure the continued good management and smooth operation of SL ISF. In this respect over the coming weeks, SL ISF will transition to using the Stena Line brand. This means all vessels, signage, vehicles, uniforms, printing and stationery bearing a reference to DFDS will gradually be changed to show the Stena Line insignia. We hope this does not cause too much confusion whilst this transition is taking place and would stress that SL ISF nevertheless remains independent of Stena Line until approval has been granted by the competition authorities.

In addition, as part of the agreement reached between DFDS and Stena Line, DFDS and SL ISF continue to share a number of services for a transitional period until both parties have been able to introduce their own replacement arrangements. As an example DFDS will continue to provide Finance and Online booking services to SL ISF until further notice and conversely SL ISF will provide passenger and freight call centre services to DFDS>

In the meantime it is business as usual for our customers using the Liverpool-Belfast and Heysham-Belfast routes and therefore please continue to book online at www.dfdsseaways.com or telephone on 0871 230 0330 (UK) or 01 819 2999 (ROI)

We would like to thank all our customers for their continued support.

Yours sincerely
Diane Poole OBE
Passenger Services Director
Stena Line Irish Sea Ferries Ltd


I should also point out that all announcements onboard made reference to Stena Line Irish Sea Ferries and that much of the signage on the ships incuded both DFDS and Stena Line branding!



Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on January 27, 2011, 03:39:51 PM
Keeping the newly aquired buisness seperate until it is cleared with the OFT is standard practice within the Transport industry in general (and many other industries also) however I cant see any reason why the deal would be refered to the Monopoly's and Mergers Commission so Stena Line should be able to intergrate the former DFDS operation into its own operation before too long.
On a seperate issue , anyone who has booked to travel aboard the Stena Transporter and is not aware that there is a new vessel bearing that name is in for a pleasent surprise :)
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 30, 2011, 11:10:05 PM
As the Stena Europe heads for dry docking next weekend in Belfast, I was wondering will it receive the full Stena Line "Making Good Time" green wave branding that most of the Stena ships now have ? and there is a huge amount of space available to put it onto the Europe, also will the funnel be repainted as it is now clearly showing the old Lion Ferry yellow paint in quite a few places !

Amazing how the ship has been able to keep time over the last year while running on 75% of available engine power, as far as I know with the engines on the Europe they are either on or off, there is no throttling back to reduce speed, you just turn engines off to slow down and switch more on to speed up, the bridge team and engineers have had their work cut out to maintain the schedule.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: scomacsf8 on January 31, 2011, 03:28:35 PM
Stena Line have published revised schedules today for their Belfast-Stranraer route. These include the refit period for STENA CALEDONIA between 1st and 10th March (at H&W) when the STENA SEAFARER will operate in her place at;

ex Belfast - 0500 and 1920
ex Stranraer - 0030 and 0930

The HSS STENA VOYAGER will operate from 25th Feb. For most of the year, apart from July and August as well as Fridays and Sundays all year round, she will onlp work 1 round trip daily - ex Belfast 1145 and ex Stranraer 1955.

Information at -
http://www.stenaline.co.uk/ferry/routes/belfast-stranraer/timetable
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 02, 2011, 09:37:47 PM
The Britannica's AIS is now switched back on, still alongside the dock in Rementowa.

She is expected to enter service in late April as the Stena Scandinavica rejoining former running mate Stena Germanica (formerly Stena Hollandica) on the Gothenburg route.

Image of the vessel on fire taken from marinetraffic.com.
http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/showallphotos.aspx?mmsi=235547000
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 02, 2011, 10:08:00 PM
The Stena Traveller's conversion is nearly finished, now renamed Highlanders and will enter service for Marine Atlantic in Canada.

http://www.vesseltracker.com/de/ShipPhotos/692716-Stena-Traveller-9331189.html
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 07, 2011, 10:05:42 AM
Stena Europe due into H&W Belfast today, the refit running late due to bad weather at the weekend.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: scomacsf8 on February 07, 2011, 03:55:49 PM
... and here she is arriving at Belfast at lunchtime today, meeting Stena Navigator on her 1230 departure to Stranraer...

... and entering the dry dock in the company of laid up Fleetwood sisters, Stena Leader and Stena Pioneer with the Birkenhead ferry, Mersey Seaways in the background berthed at Victoria Terminal 2
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on February 08, 2011, 02:08:40 AM
That's an outstanding shot of Stena Europe and Stena Navigator passing each other , its one of those pictures you would think to be impossible to capture , well done DrScott1980.
Stena Line has aquired the former DFDS Seaways vessel Dublin Seaways for €24 million , it is thought to be for North Sea routes.
Below from www.shipspotting.com Stena Line's latest aquasition
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 08, 2011, 01:19:35 PM
Great picture of the Europe passing the Navigator. Hard to repeat that.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 09, 2011, 09:14:41 PM
The new Stena Transporter on its delivery voyage from Korea, was in Cape Town bunkering today.

Pictures from Shipspotting.com

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1251363
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on February 10, 2011, 06:28:16 PM
The UK's Office Of Fair Trading has refered Stena Line's aquasition of DFDS Seaways Irish Sea operations to the competition Commission, it seems they believe that Stena Line would have not closed its Larne - Fleetwood service had it not aquired the DFDS services  , see http://www.oft.gov.uk/news-and-updates/press/today?prid=774560 for further details.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: maehara on February 11, 2011, 11:09:17 AM
Quote
it seems they believe that Stena Line would have not closed its Larne - Fleetwood service had it not aquired the DFDS services
Perhaps not, but given what happened to the DFDS Dublin routes I think it's a safe bet the same fate was in store for the Belfast routes if Stena hadn't taken them on.

Assuming the Fleetwood service was the smaller operation, preferable that it went (in terms of jobs lost etc) than the Liverpool / Heysham routes, I would've thought.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: scomacsf8 on February 11, 2011, 02:41:28 PM
There can be little doubt that the Larne-Fleetwood route would have closed given the age of the ships and their deteriorating mechanical condition, the difficulties involved in navigating the narrow and shallow Wyre channel leading to the port of Fleetwood and that Stena had been unable to come up with a viable design for new-build vessels that would be suitable for the route...
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 11, 2011, 09:09:03 PM
The former Stena Traveller ready for service as Highlanders for Marine Atlantic. New construction clearly visible at the rear of the superstructure expanding passenger capacity from 350 to 1,000 passengers.

http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/showallphotos.aspx?mmsi=244513000
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: OLAU-fan on February 11, 2011, 09:34:53 PM
So strange, the new Stena Transporter in the old/former Stena-livery... :-?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on February 13, 2011, 08:27:23 PM
I myself was somewhat surprised by the OFT referal of the Stena/DFDS deal , I suppose I should not have been as I have seen this before in the Bus industry , the Competition Commission has a long history of displaying a complete lack of understanding of how the transport industry operates , the CC is more suited to dealing with large retailers and manufacturers , the fact that they believe that both the Stena Line operation and the DFDS operation would have carried on as they were is a clear indication of this.
While I am sorry to see DFDS leave the Irish sea , I believe that Stena Line taking on some of the routes was the best option possible in the current climate , and as others have said the writing has been on the wall for the Larne - Fleetwood service for some time now , I would hope that the CC does not hold up the intergration of the DFDS services into Stena Lines operation by too much as a lenghty delay could force Stena Line to reconsider its position leading to the loss of further ships and jobs on the Irish Sea.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 17, 2011, 05:52:09 PM
I see the Stena Europe has returned to the Rosslare route with no change to the exterior paintwork.

They might get around to updating the exterior graphics to "Making Good Time" when it goes back to H&W to have the engine replaced.


http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/5451316157/

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 21, 2011, 07:49:23 PM
Image of the Stena Europe after refit in H&W Belfast taken in Rosslare and posted on Marine Traffic.

http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/showallphotos.aspx?mmsi=235004539
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: scomacsf8 on February 28, 2011, 01:25:56 PM
STENA SEAFARER operated the 2230 ex Belfast and 0400 ex Stranraer Sunday evening/Monday morning as the STENA CALEDONIA's 1730 departure from Stranraer was held to operate at 2130, in order to enable Rugby Supporters to travel back from Murrayfield. HSS STENA VOYAGER returned to service (proper) on Friday with the 1145 ex Belfast and will operate two round trips daily until STENA CALEDONIA returns from refit, after which the HSS will sail most days at 1145 ex Belfast and 1955 ex Stranraer only.

STENA CALEDONIA will enter Harland and Wolff's Belfast Drydock early on Tuesday for a ten day refit which is expected to be her last overhaul at the yard where she was built 30 years ago. Her place will be taken by STENA SEAFARER on the Stranraer service on the following schedule;
1900 ex Belfast (except Sat when she operates at 2230)
2359 ex Stranraer
0430 ex Belfast
0930 ex Stranraer (except Sun when she operates at 0430)

STENA CALEDONIA resumes service with the 0330 ex Belfast on Friday 11th March.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 01, 2011, 06:05:05 PM
The Britannica has been moved into drydock in Rementowa to complete the overhaul delayed by the fire.

Image below from Vesseltracker

http://www.vesseltracker.com/en/ShipPhotos/710189-Britannica-9235517.html
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: ste898 on March 06, 2011, 08:59:41 PM
Where was the fire, was there a lot of damage?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 06, 2011, 11:00:38 PM
Picture in Post #99 of the Britannica on fire in the shipyard.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on March 07, 2011, 01:12:46 PM
As noted elsewhere Stena Line are to aquire Superfast VII and Superfast VIII from Tallink on a 3-4 year charter for its Belfast - Cairnryan service with delivery expected in October and entering service in November.
The new Stena Transporter has entered service on the Hoek Van Holland - Killingsholme service displacing the Finnarrow which is to be returned to Finnlines as its charter is at an end.
Below from www.shipspotting.com , the Superfast VII and Superfast VIII , the Finnarrow and the new Stena Transporter.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: scomacsf8 on March 08, 2011, 04:31:00 PM
and with all the focus on 'new' ships for the North Channel, the Stena Leader and Stena Pioneer continue to languish at Harland and Wolff while the Stena Seafarer covers for Stena Caledonia's refit.

Here's a photo of the three former Fleetwood sisters together at Belfast today

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 15, 2011, 05:55:36 PM
New Stena Line Commercial for UK and Irish market.

Don't think we will see those ships featured at the end on the Irish Sea anytime soon.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A__SzOX9QXQ&feature=player_embedded

http://www.youtube.com/user/Stenaline#p/u/2/3b2ttbzPCDY

Ironically I think quite a bit of the commercial was filmed on the HSS vessels, I might be wrong but it does look like the HSS.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: scomacsf8 on March 20, 2011, 12:37:54 PM
STENA NAVIGATOR operated the first in a series of Saturday afternoon Belfast Lough cruises yesterday in lieu of her 1330 sailing ex Belfast and 1730 sailing ex Stranraer which have been removed from the timetable on Saturdays until the peak season. She then worked a 1700 departure ex Belfast and 2200 from Stranraer while the STENA CALEDONIA operated her usual 2000 ex Belfast and 2359 ex Stranraer. HSS STENA VOYAGER does not operate at 1430 ex Stranraer and 1700 ex Belfast except on Fridays and Sundays at this time of year, so spends most of the day alongside at Stranraer following arrival on her 1145 ex Belfast until her 1955 return sailing.

As STENA NAVIGATOR was operating her evening round trip to Scotland, STENA SEAFARER was called in to work the 2230 ex Belfast and 0445 ex Stranraer this morning (Sunday).

SCOTIA SEAWAYS spent Saturday alonsgide at the ship repair quay at Harland and Wolff having Stena Line colours applied to her funnel. This means all four former DFDS/Norfolkline vessels now have full Stena Line funnels...

And, the new TV commercial was filmed onboard the HSS STENA VOYAGER while she was off service in Jan/Feb alongside at Belfast
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 20, 2011, 05:56:57 PM
The Britannica, now renamed Stena Scandinavica has been floated out of dry dock in Gdansk in the latest Stena Line Livery.

http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/showallphotos.aspx?mmsi=235547000#top_photo
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 27, 2011, 10:29:52 PM
The Stena Europe is going off service later this week for the engine replacement that they were unable to carry out during the refit in Belfast.

Wonder will they finish the exterior graphics with the blue wave and "making good time" branding this time ?

http://www.stenaline.ie/ferry/routes/rosslare-fishguard/timetable/

Please Note : Essential Maintenance of the Stena Europe 29 March to 7 April 2011
The last sailing ex Rosslare will be the 09.00 hrs on Tue 29 March and the Stena Europe will commence operation on Thurs 7 April with the 21.15 hrs sailing.

The last sailing ex Fishguard will be the 14.30 hrs on Tue 29 March and the Stena Europe will commence operation on Thurs 7 April with the 14.30 hrs sailing.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 29, 2011, 01:36:00 PM
Stena Seafarer is heading for Rosslare to provide cover while the Stena Europe goes to Falmouth for its mechanical work.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 30, 2011, 08:52:04 AM
Stena Europe has arrived in Falmouth for the engine replacement.

http://www.nmmc.co.uk/index.php?/justvisiting/webcams/falmouth_harbour_from_the_tower_out_to_sea
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: scomacsf8 on April 01, 2011, 02:30:47 PM
STENA ADVENTURER is expected to refit at Harland and Wolff around 8th June for 2 weeks, during which time it is believed NORMAN TRADER will be brought in to cover (this ship is currently enroute to Dublin and expected to cover P&O refits on the Liverpool-Dublin route from next week).

During the Adventurer's refit it is possible that HSS STENA EXPLORER will operate 2 daily round trips to cover, together with STENA NORDICA and NORMAN TRADER (TBC)
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: scomacsf8 on April 02, 2011, 05:00:01 PM
It would seem that arrangements for the location of STENA ADVENTURER's refit are still unconfirmed and it looks like she could be heading to Lairds at Birkenhead and not Harland and Wolff. I guess we'll have to wait and see.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on April 06, 2011, 10:26:10 AM
The Stena Europe has left Falmouth this morning and is on the way back to Fishguard, after getting its technical work carried out.

http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/showallphotos.aspx?mmsi=235004539
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on April 06, 2011, 11:31:33 PM
The Britannica has now been renamed Stena Scandinavica 4 on AIS and should be departing the Gdansk shipyard in the next few days prior to taking up service on the Gothenborg Kiel service alongside the Stena Germanica, allowing the current Stena Scandinavica to be refitted and then renamed Stena Spirit which will then replace the Stena Baltica on the Karlskrona Gdynia service.

Thus raising the question of where next for the Stena Baltica, will it be the Irish Sea replacing the Stena Europe on the Rosslare Fishguard route, the Dublin- Holyhead route replacing the Stena Nordica, replacing the hideous Stena Natica on the Grena - Varberg route !!!!! or maybe for sale to help offset some the millions Stena have spent this year.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on April 13, 2011, 05:16:13 PM
Stena Scandinavica 4 has left Gdansk and is on the way to Gothenburg.

It called to the port of Kiel and carried out berthing trials as well.

http://www.kn-online.de/lokales/kiel/227249-Neue-Stena-Faehre-im-Kieler-Hafen-gesichtet.html

New Stena ferry
sighted in the port of Kiel

Kiel - The next big ship in Kiel: put only a few hours on Wednesday morning, the new Stena Scandinavica IV "at the port. It was a successful test with a special meeting. A A A

 
 
The new "Stena Scandinavica IV" has passed its test launch in the port of Kiel. For nearly 90 minutes, the ferry was laid on the morning Schwedenkai. Shortly after 5 clock, the largest Ro-Pax ferry pushed the Baltic Sea to the berth. The ship arrived from the Polish Remontowa shipyard, where it had been obsolete since November and rebuilt.
New cabins were built and carried out a major overhaul. At the trial start in Kiel, the gangway ramps and tested. Also examined the German authorities, the certificates. All this took about 90 minutes. Shortly after 7 clock put the new ferry again and headed for Gothenburg.

A little later it came on the Kiel Fjord in front of Laboe to a rare encounter. The outgoing "Stena Scandinavica IV passed the next half-sister from Gothenburg Stena Germanica," which runs from September to the Kiel-Gothenburg route.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: swift on April 15, 2011, 07:36:11 PM
Wherever the STENA ADVENTURER goes for her refit, looks like she'll need a bit of 'panel beating.' I took this pic at Holyhead on 27th March :(
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: scomacsf8 on April 15, 2011, 08:22:54 PM
Looks like the Adventurer will be heading for refit at Cammel Laird, Birkenhead on 8th June for 12-14 days. Apparently, one of the main jobs is to complete the application of the new Stena Line livery including blue wave and 'Making Good Time'
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Kieran on April 17, 2011, 12:41:01 PM
Quote
Looks like the Adventurer will be heading for refit at Cammel Laird, Birkenhead on 8th June for 12-14 days. Apparently, one of the main jobs is to complete the application of the new Stena Line livery including blue wave and 'Making Good Time'

June? Odd time for a refit...
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: scomacsf8 on April 17, 2011, 05:23:34 PM
[/quote]

June? Odd time for a refit...
[/quote]

Yes, apparently this is to allow the paintwork to be completed in better weather which was the main reason this wasn't finished at Belfast in 2009...
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Fast Ferry Fan on April 17, 2011, 09:59:41 PM
[/quote]June? Odd time for a refit...
[/quote]
Not that odd I suppose if she needs cover and the Explorer is only operating til mid-September.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on April 17, 2011, 10:35:01 PM
The new Stena Scandinavica IV enters service on the 19th April, replacing the Stena Scandinavica on the route. Also in Gothenborg the HSS 900 Stena Carisma has received a fresh coat of paint and a different interpretation of the new Stena Line branding. If fuel prices were a lot cheaper the Irish Sea based HSS 1500's would probably have revamped in a similar way to this, instead they have apparently been listed for sale with a ship brokers:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IrishSeaShips/message/29225

http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/showallphotos.aspx?mmsi=266343000#top_photo

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: scomacsf8 on April 18, 2011, 12:37:33 PM
Quote
June? Odd time for a refit...
[/quote]
Not that odd I suppose if she needs cover and the Explorer is only operating til mid-September.[/quote]

STENA ADVENTURER will be covered by NORMAN TRADER during her refit and STENA EXPLORER will, apparently, operate 2 daily round trips for the 12-14 day period...
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Fast Ferry Fan on April 18, 2011, 11:30:39 PM
Quote
If fuel prices were a lot cheaper the Irish Sea based HSS 1500's would probably have revamped in a similar way to this, instead they have apparently been listed for sale with a ship brokers:

Couple of things strike me as strange.
1/ Explorer is listed as being built in 1997, when it entered service in 1996.  You'd think the details would have to be correct.
2/ Why did Stena bring back the Explorer earlier this year than last year, when it could equally well have reduced the season even more, before pulling it altogether? If it's going to use the Lynx next year and it used it last year, why use the Explorer at all this year?
3/ Whatever happened to the Discovery?  Did it ever begin a new life in South Amerca?  It's story isn't exactly great PR for a potential HSS1500 buyer.

It would be interesting to see the original business plan for the HSS1500s; it's original estimated lifespan, and passenger estimates compared to reality, albeit due to circumstances that might have been difficult to forsee at the time, eg low cost airlines, removal of duty free, much increased fuel prices etc.  Shame they didn't build a couple more HSS900s instead, which must be similar in size to the IF Swift.  Talking of which, is she holding her own these days?  Presumably doing more business now than ever before with such limited competition from a Stena fastcraft.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on April 19, 2011, 03:34:20 AM
The HSS has been a resounding success in terms of reliability , service , and comfort , in terms of life expectancy I think Stena originally talked about 35-45 years depending on circumstances.
Passenger numbers are in line with what Stena Line expected , however what has killed the HSS (in Stena Lines eyes anyway) is its fuel consumption , the HSS has turned out to be somewhat of a Concorde in so far as the ships have advanced maratime technology and contributed to extensive reasearch in aquadynamics , but as a commercial concern it is not a runner at todays fuel prices , when the HSS moved from the drawing boards to the model testing stage fuel was $12 a barrel , when the 1st HSS entered service fuel was $18 a barrel , today fuel is $118 a barrel and climbing.
A good comparison would be between Stena Explorer and Stena Europe , the Stena Europe burns 12 tons f fuel every 24 hours , if Stena Explorer were to operate Stena Europes timetable it would burn 96 tons of fuel every 24 hours.
Ulitmatly the HSS's will do well operating in any of the worlds remaining cheap fuel regions , but unless there is a dramatic shift downwards in fuel prices the HSS will become Europes Concorde of the seas.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: scomacsf8 on May 04, 2011, 02:40:47 PM
STENA EXPLORER operating as normal again today after being out of service since Sunday with generator problems...

From 9th to 22nd June she will work 2 return sailings daily to cover for the STENA ADVENTURER's refit at Cammell Laird, Birkenhead;

0855 ex Holyhead - 1125 ex Dun Laoghaire
1400 ex Holyhead - 1630 ex Dun Laoghaire

NORMAN TRADER will be employed to cover for STENA ADVENTURER but will not, it seems, be available for tourist traffic...
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Fast Ferry Fan on May 04, 2011, 09:33:51 PM
These times seem a bit silly to me, but presumably there are practical reasons.

The 8.55am duplicates the 8.20am from Holyhead.  The 4.30pm duplicates the 4pm from Dublin.  Then there are huge gaps.

It was a bit like in times gone by when the 1345 Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire duplicated the 1430 Holyhead to Dublin and the 2130 Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead duplicated the 2115 Dublin to Holyhead.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on May 05, 2011, 09:49:20 PM
According to reports on FONE, The former Dublin Seaways now renamed Stena Ferronia, has been charted to DFDS (who Stena bought the ship from) for use on Klaipeda - Karlshamn route alongside the Liverpool Seaways.

""The owner DFDS Seaways announced the launch of the ferry M / V Stena Feronia on
line Klaipeda - Karlshamn. Ferry will replace a smaller unit of m / v Lisco
Patria, which for years supported a ferry connection. Stena Feronia was focused
on the connection between Sweden and Lithuania due to strong demand in the feet
of cargo. Hand in hand with another ferry Liverpool Seaways (formerly in the
colors of the Norfolk line as Liverpool Viking) will handle the connection in
całotygodniowym distribution.

Stena Feronia was built in 1997, is 186 m long and reaches a top speed of 19
knots. Previously, the ferry sailed in the colors of the Norfolk line as the
"Dublin Viking" and DFDS as the "Dublin Seaways. Ferry has a long line of cargo
in 1940 I can carry 125 trailers and about 100 trucks and 50 passenger cars. It
has 72 passenger cabins with seating for 320 passengers.

COMMENT: She is now registered in Glasgow, suggesting Northern Marine are
managing agents..."

Image of the Stena Feronia from Vessel Tracker

Interesting video from Stena Ro Ro about the Stena Trader conversion available here:

http://www.stenaroro.com/activities/Pages/StenaTraderShortening.aspx

The Stena Danica has received a different version of the new Stena Line livery, the Curious George character has been included:

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Kieran on May 05, 2011, 10:07:29 PM
Quote
Interesting video from Stena Ro Ro about the Stena Trader conversion available here:

http://www.stenaroro.com/activities/Pages/StenaTraderShortening.aspx

That's really interesting (and well produced). I've never heard of a ship being shortened, fascinating to see how it was done. Good find!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: scomacsf8 on May 11, 2011, 01:34:45 PM
STENA SEAFARER, STENA LEADER and STENA PIONEER have been sold to Russian interests for use during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games which are being held in Sochi on the Black Sea.

It is unclear what they will be used for, perhaps not as ferries and this also means they are now likely to see their 40th Birthdays!

The first ship departs from Belfast on 25th May
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on May 11, 2011, 06:00:45 PM
Interesting picture of Stena's latest purchase on the Kiel canal taken from Shippax.se (on its way to enter service with DFDS)
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on May 23, 2011, 05:35:51 PM
The Stena Lynx III has arrived on the Mersey for its annual overhaul being carried out at Cammell Laird.

Image from:

http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/showallphotos.aspx?mmsi=309524000#top_photo
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on May 24, 2011, 05:53:45 PM
The Stena Jutlandica, a close relation to the Rosslare-Pembroke Isle of Inishmore has received its new paintjob and another variation on the Stena Line corporate branding.

http://www.landgangen.se/forumsmf10/index.php?topic=20457.15
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Andrew White on May 29, 2011, 04:13:09 PM
I see the Stena Fleetwood boats are still in Belfast, when are they due to leave for Russia, thought the first was due to leave on 25th May 2011, any  update.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: scomacsf8 on May 29, 2011, 04:33:48 PM
Quote
I see the Stena Fleetwood boats are still in Belfast, when are they due to leave for Russia, thought the first was due to leave on 25th May 2011, any  update.


Still waiting... not sure when they will actually go.
Maybe we'll wake up some morning and they'll be gone.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on June 01, 2011, 01:45:57 PM
The Stena Scandinavica soon to be Stena Spirit is currently being rebuilt in Gothenborg. Some great images detailing the rebuild available here:

http://www.landgangen.se/forumsmf10/index.php?topic=20285.0
http://www.landgangen.se/forumsmf10/index.php?topic=20497.0
http://www.landgangen.se/forumsmf10/index.php?topic=20568.0
http://www.landgangen.se/forumsmf10/index.php?topic=20675.0
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: scomacsf8 on June 03, 2011, 09:33:30 AM
STENA SEAFARER has now been renamed and is showing as ANT 1 on ais/marinetraffic...

All three vessels remain at Belfast for now, but have been handed over to new owners.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: shamrock712 on June 05, 2011, 12:29:36 PM
With the Spirit replacing the Stena Baltica presumably, is there any word yet what the future for the Baltica is?

After a recent sail rail from London-Rosslare via Fishguard, the super picture of the Felicity at the Fishguard ticket desk and the KB model at Rosslare  got me thinking what is the long term outlook for tonnage on the route.

Bearing in mind that presumably the Europe can't go on forever, in 5 years time for instance what would peoples opinion be on what vessel will be serving the route.

Are we likely to see a vessel of the calibre of the Felicity or KB ever come back to the route, or do the economics of the route mean Stena Europe sized vessels remaining indefinetly.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: scomacsf8 on June 05, 2011, 01:46:28 PM
Quote
STENA SEAFARER has now been renamed and is showing as ANT 1 on ais/marinetraffic...

All three vessels remain at Belfast for now, but have been handed over to new owners.

STENA LEADER is now ANNA MARINE
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: scomacsf8 on June 06, 2011, 04:39:14 PM
Quote
Quote
STENA SEAFARER has now been renamed and is showing as ANT 1 on ais/marinetraffic...

All three vessels remain at Belfast for now, but have been handed over to new owners.

STENA LEADER is now ANNA MARINE

Some photos of the STENA LEADER, STENA PIONEER and STENA SEAFARER at Belfast,
including a few showing the process of their name changing are available at

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


Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: scomacsf8 on June 07, 2011, 08:03:14 PM
It would seem STENA SEAFARER is now ANT 2 and not ANT 1 as previously thought. She has been reflagged to Moldova (a land locked country!)

Provisional reports suggest STENA PIONEER is ANT 1, but I have been unable to ascertain whether this is confirmed or not...
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Fast Ferry Fan on June 07, 2011, 10:11:08 PM
The Stena Express is back in Dun Laoghaire (once again spoiling the across to Howth).

Nice to travel on, but fed up of this docking point becoming a semi-permanent mooring point.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: scomacsf8 on June 10, 2011, 07:50:36 PM
confirmed;
STENA PIONEER is now ANT 1
STENA SEAFARER is now ANT 2
STENA LEADER is now ANNA MARINE

The vessels are Moldovan flagged, registered in Giurgiulesti.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Fast Ferry Fan on June 12, 2011, 11:48:31 AM
It's reminiscent of the Explorer's better times to hear its horn blast before departure from Dun Laoghaire around 11am and 4pm whilst the Adventurer is on refit.

Talk of its imminent sale would suggest the next time the Adventurer is on refit, it will not be the Explorer that will be providing alternative sailings.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Fast Ferry Fan on June 14, 2011, 10:32:56 PM
Quote
The Stena Express is back in Dun Laoghaire.

...and now it's gone again...
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: scomacsf8 on June 18, 2011, 08:42:34 PM
ANT 1 (ex STENA PIONEER) has left Belfast Lough (destination Sevastapol, Ukraine on 28/6/11 at 0900), followed by ANNA MARINE (ex STENA LEADER) (destination Sevastapol, Ukraine on 1/7/11 at 1200) and ANT 2 (ex STENA SEAFARER) is still currently in Bangor Bay, but is expected to move shortly (destination Sevastapol, Ukraine 30/6/11 at 0800)

And thus ends a 35 year long era...
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: scomacsf8 on June 19, 2011, 11:36:38 AM
Some final photos of the Fleetwood ships at Belfast and at anchor in Bangor Bay are available at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on June 22, 2011, 09:48:00 AM
The Stena Adventurer has finished its refit and repaint in Liverpool and is back in service again, another variation in the Stena Line livery with no blue wave or Making Good Time Branding.

Picture from marinetraffic.com
http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/showallphotos.aspx?imo=9235529

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on June 22, 2011, 09:56:02 AM
The HSS Stena Explorer will revert to one return crossing daily from June 23rd, as the Stena Adventurer is now back in service

http://www.stenaline.ie/ferry/latest-sailing-information/dun-laoghaire-holyhead

**SPECIAL NOTICE**
* SCHEDULE CHANGE*

From Thurs June 23rd 2011 the sailing schedule will revert back to one sailing daily, departing from Dun Laoghaire at 13:15hrs

Some great images of the Explorer on this site:
http://www.drimnagh-road.com/010511irishsea.htm

Also a review of the vessel and many pictures of the exterior and interior on these two links:

http://stenaexplorer.blogspot.com/p/voyage-report-11611.html

http://stenaexplorer.blogspot.com/



Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on June 22, 2011, 06:09:54 PM
Wind Turbines have been fitted to the Stena Jutlandica, details from
http://www.sjofartstidningen.se/nyheter/

As part of Stena Line's environmental efforts, the company has launched a unique pilot project. As the first passenger ferry in the world, Stena Jutlandica, ropaxfärjan serving the Gothenburg-Frederikshavn, equipped with two wind turbines in the bow as well as helping with energy security and reduce bunker consumption.
   The trend to provide energy saving measures are mostly to be found below the waterline, such as hull shape and improved propellers, but This is the first idea where new thinking is reflected above water. The solution is based on two turbines mounted on four feet high must be placed on the foredeck. They are vertical, making them more energy efficient than traditional horizontal windmills. They together generate about 23,000 kW per year which is enough to include running lights on Stena Jutlandica tires. The location also contributes to air resistance is reduced, saving between 80 and 90 tonnes of fuel per year, with today's bunker prices, this means around 800,000 dollars.
   - Stena Line is investing about one million dollars in this project and it will pay for itself in eight months, says Robert Akerlund, Director Technical & HR at Stena Line.
   Profit is not only economical but also means reduced emissions. Carbon dioxide is reduced by 269 tons per year and sulfur by 1.7 tons per year.
   - In our Energy Saving Programme, we operate approximately 200 environmental improvement projects and this is another very interesting project that we start in this context. Stena Line has a tradition of being at the forefront in the development of various types of new solutions, says Robert Akerlund.
   The wind turbines have been delivered by American Urban Green Energy. Published: 2011-06-22 14:04

Images from Stena Line http://www.flickr.com/photos/stenaline/
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Fast Ferry Fan on June 23, 2011, 08:21:05 PM
Any rumours as to what'll happen after 13 September on the Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead route?  Will the Lynx take over, or will Stena be conventional boat-only company after this time out of the Dublin area?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on June 27, 2011, 01:52:18 PM
The Stena Spirit is due to begin service on the Karlskrone - Gydinia route, replacing the Stena Baltica this week. It has left Gothenburg and is expected to begin service tonight (27/06/11).

This is the final step in Stena's fleet movements which started when the Stena Hollandica entered service last year. The final destination of the Stena Baltica is unknown at the moment, will it reappear on the Irish Sea or another route or be sold ?

Image from

http://www.landgangen.se/forumsmf10/index.php?topic=21008.0
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on July 07, 2011, 09:36:03 PM
Interesting video on the introduction of the new Stena Scandinavica and the change over here:

http://www.youtube.com/stenaline#p/u/14/4eMaiSUQx_w

Also the Stena Baltica has been drydocked and had a hull repaint in Landskrona, one wonders where it will end up next ? (picture from http://www.landgangen.se/forumsmf10/index.php?topic=21115.0)

Also the Stena Transit, the last new ship due on the north sea run is ready for sea trials in Korea (Picture from http://www.ferryvolution.com/2011/07/06/stena-transit-almost-ready-for-sea-trials/)


Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on August 07, 2011, 09:01:11 PM
The Stena Baltica has been listed for sale and is available to view on this brokers site:

http://www.mondialbroker.com/boat.taf?B=294881&K=SRC

seems like it won't be coming back to the Irish Sea or replacing the Stena Nautica on the Varberg - Grena route.

Also available for sale on this site:

Stena Navigator

http://www.mondialbroker.com/detail.taf?B=287639&K=BPS

Stena Caledonia

http://www.mondialbroker.com/detail.taf?B=287638&K=BPS

which are due to be replaced in November by the Superfast VII and VIII which are due in Gdansk later this month to begin the conversion for the Stena Line north channel service.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on August 18, 2011, 11:32:05 PM
Video on the lengthening of the previous Stena Hollandica now the New Stena Germanica on the Stena RoRo site

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

Click on video for fullscreen
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Bravo007 on August 21, 2011, 10:03:13 AM
Stena Nordica was transferred to the route that links Holyhead with Dublin in 2008. Her current port of registry is London, UK.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on August 21, 2011, 06:47:12 PM
The Stena Baltica has been moved from Landskrona to lay up in  the port of Lysekil, north of Gothenborg the vessel is available for charter or sale.

http://bohuslaningen.se/nyheter/lysekil/1.1331569-pampig-hyresgast-en-valkommen-syn-i-hamnen
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on August 23, 2011, 06:08:19 PM
The Stena Danica has had an engine replaced over the last weekend, I imagine a process similar to the Stena Europe's engine replacement earlier this year.

More images available here:

http://www.landgangen.se/forumsmf10/index.php?topic=21631.0
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on August 29, 2011, 10:10:11 PM
The Stena Superfast VIII in Gdansk with the Superfast VII behind, undergoing conversion for service on the Irish North channel service starting in November.

http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/showallphotos.aspx?imo=9198953
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on August 31, 2011, 09:41:33 PM
Both Superfasts for the North Channel have now been renamed according to their ais, the pair are imaginatively titled Stena Superfast VII and Stena Superfast VIII.

Stena Superfast VIII alongside at the shipyard in Gdansk where the conversion for the North Channel service is being carried.

Image from http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/showallphotos.aspx?imo=9198953

A former Stena ship is heading for the breakers in Alang, India to be scrapped the Pride of Telemark (Sister ship to the current Stena Danica) the former Stena Jutlandica, Stena Empereur, Pride of Provence which has been laid up in Farsund for a few years has been sold to breakers.

http://www.varden.no/nyheter/pride-of-telemark-pa-vei-til-india-1.6455557
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on September 01, 2011, 02:29:37 AM
seems such a shame to scrap that ship, was there some major problems with it that forced this decision as it was relatively young compared to some other ships on the sea
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on September 01, 2011, 03:27:47 AM
The Pride of Telemark was inspected on behalf of Fastnet Line when they were still going through the ship selection proccess (Julia emerged as the successful canditate of that proccess) when surveyed the ship was found to be in very poor condition mechanically and her passenger facilities were at best life expired , a lot of money was going to be needed to bring the ship back to a reasonable condition, and this is all before it partially sank twice , it seems though that the low asking price for the ship has fallen below its scrap value and is now heading for the breakers , a pitty really as it was a fine ship during its Stena Line years.
Below from www.shipspotting.com , the Pride of Telemark on the first occassion where it began to take on water , there are better pictures of the ship submerged up to its bow superstructure but I have been unable to find them again.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on September 01, 2011, 05:56:27 AM
point most definitely made, i knew she had some issues once through colliding with the harbour but do you have more details on her partial sinking incidents?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on September 01, 2011, 11:10:17 AM
More Images of the Telemark in a spot of bother here:

http://www.ferry-site.dk/7907257.htm

and here

http://www.bfenthusiasts.com/forums/showthread.php?p=54899

some very recent images of the vessel here:

http://www.farsunds-avis.no/artikkel.asp?Artid=80939

and details of the accident here:

http://www.dma.dk/SiteCollectionDocuments/OKE/List-marine-accident-reports-per-year/pride-of-telemark-uk.pdf

and the sales sheet from the broker:

http://photo.mondialbroker.net/brokers/5997/_docs/237655_963636.pdf
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on September 01, 2011, 05:47:33 PM
such a shame to see it scrapped, its a rather nice ship
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on September 02, 2011, 10:16:31 PM
Indeed it is a pity to see the ship being broken up , here she is in her prime as Stena Jutlandica from www.shipspotting.com
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on September 03, 2011, 11:41:22 AM
i think she's a fantastic looking ship, i do wish they still made ships that looked like that today alas its just not the style any more really
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on September 03, 2011, 11:17:36 PM
Some more information and images of the Pride of Telemark available here:

http://www.doverferryphotos.co.uk/pastandpresent/prov.htm

Stena have released more information regarding the new Belfast - Cairnryan route starting in November, details at this address:

http://www.stenaline.co.uk/ferry/belfast-cairnryan/

Some interesting additions to the usual Irish Sea services, including a Taste Restaurant, Nordic Spa and Pod Lounge, looks quite interesting.

and the Stena Baltica remains laid up in Lysekil, Sweden. Some new images posted online:
http://www.landgangen.se/forumsmf10/index.php?topic=21610.0

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on September 04, 2011, 07:42:27 PM
The Stena Lynx III has completed the summer schedule on the Rosslare - Fishguard route marketed as the Stena Express.

http://www.stenaline.ie/ferry/latest-sailing-information/rosslare-fishguard

The Stena Express Fast Ferry service will cease on this route on Sunday 04th September 2011.

http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/showallphotos.aspx?imo=9129328

One wonders will it return in 2012 or was that the final fast craft season for the Lynx III.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on September 07, 2011, 05:55:54 PM
Artists impression of the new Stena Superfast twins has been released:

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Irish Sea on September 07, 2011, 06:50:11 PM
The Stena Lynx III arrived in Dun Laoghaire today for winter lay up. One wonders when or if she will see further service.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Sam71 on September 09, 2011, 10:42:44 PM
Any more word if Stena are planning any send-offs for the Voyager or Calie? Maybe a round the lough farewell or such like?

Also, any more detail on the modifications the Superfasts are getting in Poland? Looking forward to seeing them arrive...
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on September 09, 2011, 11:36:29 PM
i think the best theyll get these days is a few flags and a z list celebrity somewhere in the locality sadly, its all about business, i think the killian should have got a good send off instead of that it just didnt come back one day which seems to be the way most ships seem to go
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on September 20, 2011, 01:30:17 PM
According to Shippax the Stena Lynx III has been sold to operators in South Korea. It is also reported on FONE that it is to be renamed Sun Flower 2 ! and has possibly been sold to the same operator that bought the Stena Lynx now HSC Mandarin.

One thing is for certain, it won't be returning to the Rosslare- Fishguard route next season.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: maehara on September 20, 2011, 01:49:45 PM
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Any more word if Stena are planning any send-offs for the Voyager or Calie? Maybe a round the lough farewell or such like?
Navigator's sort-of getting a send-off:
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Stena Navigator Belfast Lough Cruise - the finale!
Enjoy a fun afternoon onboard the Stena Navigator on her last Belfast Lough cruise.
10 September, 13:30 - 17:00

(Don't have a high enough post-count to post a link to that, annoyingly...)

Quite tempted, Navigator would be my favourite of the three.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Fast Ferry Fan on September 20, 2011, 08:29:34 PM
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According to Shippax the Stena Lynx III has been sold to operators in South Korea. It is also reported on FONE that it is to be renamed Sun Flower 2 ! and has possibly been sold to the same operator that bought the Stena Lynx now HSC Mandarin.

One thing is for certain, it won't be returning to the Rosslare- Fishguard route next season.

Was it that badly used in the summer?  Only a couple of seasons ago it ran April to end of September, twice a day.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on September 25, 2011, 04:35:37 PM
Stena Line hae released more information on the new Stena Superfast service opening in November, available on this link:

http://www.stenalinefreight.com/ferry/press/pressreleaser/uk-roi-shipping-intelligence-september-2011/~/media/Shipping%20Intelligence%20September%202011.ashx

Stena Line Artists Impression of the new vessels livery below:

Also animated video on the new Superfast experience, showing what it will be like:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYICLWtwZc0&feature=player_profilepage


No further update on the Lynx III at the moment, maybe it will be staying on the Irish Sea after all ?



Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on September 27, 2011, 11:46:55 AM
Stena Line have now integrated the Belfast  - Liverpool service into the full Stena Line operation. It is now possible to book the service direct with Stena Line. Since the takeover of the DFDS service it was necessary to book through a separate website. This has now ended.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on September 29, 2011, 07:49:20 PM
The Stena Lynx III currently alongside in Dun Laoghaire harbour has had the Stena Line branding removed from the exterior of the vessel, as previously mentioned, it has been rumoured that the Lynx has been sold for service in Korea.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on October 02, 2011, 10:33:17 PM
It has been confirmed that the Stena Lynx III has been sold to Korean interests, thus ending the fastcraft Stena Express service on the Rosslare - Fishguard route for the 2012 season.

Attached links of the vessel in service on the route.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzCF6bKyGew&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEOVvORueiU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HqIEjOsy7k&feature=related
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Fast Ferry Fan on October 03, 2011, 08:53:28 AM
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It has been confirmed that the Stena Lynx III has been sold to Korean interests

...and it's only 18 months since they spent €2m on her in preparation for the Dun Laoghaire service.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on October 03, 2011, 12:39:03 PM
This is not really surprising as Stena Line has made no secret of the fact that it wants out of the fast ferry market altogether , with both Stena Voyager and Stena Explorer for sale there is now a question mark hanging over the future of Stena Carisma also.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on October 08, 2011, 12:23:23 AM
The HSS Stena Explorer will return to service on the Dun Laoghaire - Holyhead route next April according to the Stena Line.co.uk facebook site.

http://www.facebook.com/StenaLineUK?sk=wall

Also Stena will shortly have three ro pax vessels available for further charter or redeployment within the route network.

The Stena North Sea owned Stena Feronia (former Dublin Seaways) is due to be replaced by the Regina Seaways on the Karlshamn - Klaipeda route.

The Stena Ro Ro owned Norman Asturias (former Baltic Amber) is to be replaced by Celtic Links Norman Voyager on the Montoir-de-Bretagne and Gijon route.

The chartered Corragio is to be replaced by the all new Stena Transit when it finally arrives in the UK from its builders in Korea, its currently on its delivery voyage and on charter as well carrying far eastern products to Europe.

With these three vessels possibly becoming available and the Stena Caledonia and Stena Navigator (also featured in this months Ships Monthly) also available in November, what are the chances of the Stena Europe refit being covered by a passenger carrying vessel this year ?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on October 08, 2011, 12:59:33 AM
When will the stena europe be going for its refit do you know?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: DublinPeter on October 09, 2011, 10:42:38 PM
HSS is due back in service on Dun Laoghaire - Holyhead on April 1st 2012 running through until September 12th.  Should be available on the booking engine shortly.  Plan is for single sailing each day with same times as this year (although this is open to change) and potential for a second sailing in High season (July/August) on the busiest days (Thurs-Sat).

Lynx iii is still at Dun Laoghaire with all its Stena branding removed and will head off to Korea later this week (probably Friday or Saturday).

Pete
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on October 10, 2011, 12:23:31 AM
why have they changed their mind? apparently they were dead set to remove the hss and get it sold on
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on October 10, 2011, 01:17:08 PM
The HSS was always expected to run on the Dun Laoghaire service for 2012 and this has not changed. The rumours were that the Explorer was to be replaced by the Voyager, this is now unlikely to happen as all information is that the Explorer continues in service from April-Sept.

If however someone wanted to buy both HSS 1500 vessels in the next few months and the associated gangways and docking systems then this would change, the chance of that happening though is very remote.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Irish Sea on October 10, 2011, 04:37:15 PM
The Stena Lynx III has been renamed Sunflower2 and re-registered to Korea, according to her AIS information.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Fast Ferry Fan on October 10, 2011, 08:53:51 PM
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Lynx iii is still at Dun Laoghaire with all its Stena branding removed and will head off to Korea later this week (probably Friday or Saturday).

How do you get a fast craft from Ireland to Korea, whilst avoiding the high seas that normally results in cancelation?  Or do they piggy-back on something else?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Kieran on October 10, 2011, 09:01:51 PM
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Lynx iii is still at Dun Laoghaire with all its Stena branding removed and will head off to Korea later this week (probably Friday or Saturday).

How do you get a fast craft from Ireland to Korea, whilst avoiding the high seas that normally results in cancelation?  Or do they piggy-back on something else?
They just sail -  Jonathan Swift sailed from Fremantle to Dublin, and HSC Fjord Cat currently holds the Blue Riband (and has since 1998).
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on October 10, 2011, 10:28:47 PM
The Lynx III was built in Hobart, Tasmania in 1996 as Incat 040 and was sailed to Europe from there, the trip to Korea will be relatively simple. They will not have passengers so the wave height restrictions will not be as severe (no need to worry about passenger comfort) obviously they can also sail around any major weather events or just head to a port.

The Stena Transit is currently sailing from Korea to Harwich before starting service on the UK-Holland route replacing the Corragio. The likely route is through the Med through the Suez canal and onwards to Korea, which given the length of the trip will certainly give the engines a workout they haven't had for years.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on October 11, 2011, 12:24:09 AM
Corragio is likely to be returned to Grimaldi when Stena Transit enters service.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Fast Ferry Fan on October 11, 2011, 08:35:53 PM
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HSS is due back in service on Dun Laoghaire - Holyhead on April 1st 2012 running through until September 12th.  Should be available on the booking engine shortly.

Explorer is up already for booking 1 April to Sept 11.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: DublinPeter on October 11, 2011, 11:16:54 PM
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HSS is due back in service on Dun Laoghaire - Holyhead on April 1st 2012 running through until September 12th.  Should be available on the booking engine shortly.

Explorer is up already for booking 1 April to Sept 11.


Ah very good - Im off to a wedding at Easter so will be back on board Explorer then.  Amazingly, it looks like she will live to fight yet another day.  More farewells than Status Quo :)
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on October 12, 2011, 02:02:01 AM
Good to see Stena Explorer penciled in to operate again next year , I know Stena Line along with every other ferry operator has been looking very closely at fuel prices , even Ryanair's Micheal O Leary is on the record recently saying that the era of cheap travel is comming to an end , with fuel price increases of up to 30% predicted over the comming 6-8 months it will be interesting to see what this does to both air and sea fares and weather the hikes will benifit or further damage an already overburdened ferry industry.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on October 14, 2011, 09:05:29 AM
Stena Line has confirmed sale of former Fishguard-Rosslare route high speed
vessel STENA LYNX III to South Korean operator Dae-A-Gosok Ferry. The 81
metre Incat, now at Dun Laoghaire being prepared for a delivery voyage later
in the month, has been switched to South Korean registry and re-named
SUNFLOWER 2.



Stena Line has no plans to replace the catamaran which has provided a
seasonal service from Fishguard since 1999. All traffic through 2012 will be
handled by 1981-built conventional ferry STENA EUROPE which has been on the
route since 2002 and previously served Stena in Scandinavia as
KRONPRINSESSAN VICTORIA, STENA SAGA and LION EUROPE, as well as a three year
stint between Harwich and Hoek van Holland after first becoming STENA EUROPE
in 1994.

From Shippax.se
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on October 15, 2011, 12:36:56 PM
The Stena Navigator is not having a good time in its final months of service on the Irish Sea North Channel

Stena's ferry from Stranraer to Belfast was left drifting off the Mull of Galloway after losing power in both its engines.

The Stena Navigator had 70 passengers and 47 crew on board. The operation to assist them was coordinated by Clyde coastguard.

Tugs were called and the ferry was eventually able to restart one engine.

It arrived in Belfast Lough at 23:47 on Friday, where the tugs helped as it was tied safely to the ferry pier.

The crew of the Stena Navigator alerted the Clyde Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) at Greenock after they were left drifting four nautical miles (7.4km) west of Corsewall Point light, at the northern end of the The Rhinns, Mull of Galloway.

Svitzer tugs Norton Cross and Willowgarth went to the ferry's assistance.

But the Stena Navigator was eventually able to complete its journey on half power.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-15320687

With the Stena Caledonia also having technical issues, the Superfast's cannot arrive soon enough.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Sam71 on October 15, 2011, 04:07:06 PM
Coming over the M3 bridge today, the Cally was coming astern towards the old river terminal at Corry Road. Looked like the Navigator was berthed down at Victoria, but not on the conventional ro-ro berth...there seems to be a lot of civil work going on at the berth to acomodate the new ships. I know they will berth bow in, but I've heard there are concerns about swinging them on departure...

Any word on when we'll see the new ships arrive? 1st November is the starting date I think, but I assume there will be a few days of berthing trials etc...
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on October 15, 2011, 06:21:37 PM
Stena Baltica is reportedly to be sold to Jadrolinija in Croatia.
Below from www.shipspotting.com Stena Baltica at Landskrona Sweden.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on October 15, 2011, 10:01:10 PM
it really is a beautiful monster of a ship, wonder what route she'll take up now
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on October 20, 2011, 06:05:46 PM
The Stena Superfast VII has moved to the dry dock in Gdansk and is being prepared for the repainting and application of the Stena Line livery and branding.

The Stena Superfast VIII remains alongside the fitting out berth.

The Sunflower2 (ex Stena Lynx III) remains in Dun Laoghaire.

Conygar the development company behind the propsed redevelopment of Fishguard harbour have submitted their planning application.

http://www.conygar.com/News/FishguardPlanningApplication/44

19 October 2011

THE CONYGAR INVESTMENT COMPANY PLC
FISHGUARD WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT PLANNING APPLICATION


The Conygar Investment Company PLC (“Conygar”), in conjunction with Stena Line Ports
Limited (“Stena Line”), is pleased to announce that it is submitting this week a planning
application to Pembrokeshire County Council for a mixed-use marina development at
Goodwick, Fishguard in West Wales.

The main elements of the scheme include a 450 berth marina with workshops, stores and
ancillary facilities; 253 new residential apartments incorporating extensive landscaped
gardens and a 19 acre platform for the potential expansion of the existing Stena Line port.
The scheme would also create a new, publicly-accessible promenade and waterfront, together
with visitor parking.

Both Conygar and Stena Line believe that this exciting regeneration scheme will be a major
boost to the economy of the area, creating an exciting visitor destination together with much
needed employment opportunities. The granting of a planning consent will allow for a reconfiguration
and expansion of the port facilities to deliver further economic and commercial
benefits and reaffirm the Stena Line commitment to ensuring Fishguard remains a thriving
port. The end value of the development is expected to be in excess of Ł100 million.
The Crown Estate, owners of the sea bed, and Pembrokeshire County Council who own much
of the surrounding harbour area, have welcomed the proposals and Neil Jacobson, Head of
Coastal Operations, said:

“The proposed redevelopment would bring considerable long-term economic benefit to the
area and we are pleased that this exciting proposal has been submitted to the County Council
for consideration.”

Robert Ware, Chief Executive of Conygar, commented:

“We are delighted to be working closely with Stena Line and extremely pleased by the
support shown by both The Crown Estate and Pembrokeshire County Council. This exciting
proposal will transform the area and bring significant benefits to the town and region as a
whole. Clearly we expect a complex scheme of this nature to receive considerable scrutiny
and the forthcoming planning process will undoubtedly result in a comprehensive assessment
of the proposals, but we are hopeful the scheme will receive the backing we believe it
deserves.”

Michael McGrath, Stena Line Area Director, Irish Sea commented:

“We look forward to working with all the relevant parties concerned to move these projects
forward which are critical to our business and the local economy.”

Councillor John Davies, Leader of Pembrokeshire County Council said:

“The operation of Fishguard Harbour is central to the economy of the whole of the north of
Pembrokeshire. There is no doubt that development is needed in order to secure the future of
the ferryport and to provide and sustain jobs for the area. We look forward to receiving the
proposals from Conygar and Stena. It is heartening that in these difficult financial times,
major companies of this sort have sufficient confidence in Pembrokeshire to come forward
with this sort of investment.”


Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on October 22, 2011, 09:58:21 AM
Sunflower2 has left Dun Laoghaire and the Irish Sea and is on its way to Korea.

The Superfast VII has moved back to the fitting out berth in Gdansk.

and Stena have a competition to win a trip on the new Superfast service, you can enter here:

http://www.stenaline-edeals.co.uk/superfast-vt/superfast-vt-competition.asp
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on October 23, 2011, 08:34:55 PM
The Stena Superfast VIII has now moved to the drydock in Gdansk.

The Superfast VII has now been repainted and looks very impressive in its "Making Good Time" branding.

http://photos.marinetraffic.com/ais/showphoto.aspx?photoid=620432&size=full

The Superfast VII is due to arrive at the new port at Cairnryan on Nov 4th and the VIII due to arrive on Nov 10th.

The Sunflower2 (Stena Lynx III) was photographed by Gordon Hislip in Dun Laoghaire on Oct 8th as it was being prepared for its trip to Korea, with all Stena Line branding removed.

Image of the Lynx III below has been taken from http://www.ferrypubs.co.uk/news_irish-sea.asp

Some more images also available here:

http://www.sealink-holyhead.com/stena/ships/lynxiii/home.html

more information on the departure of the vessel here:

http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/ferry-news/item/17174-farewell-as-stena-line%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98lynx%E2%80%99-fast-ferry-sets-sail-for-south-korea

Irish Sea fast-ferry Stena Lynx III (1996/4,113grt) which has been laid-up in Dun Laoghaire Harbour since last month has been sold to interests in South Korea. Renamed Sunflower 2 and flying the flag of the Far-Eastern nation, she departed yesterday afternoon on a delivery voyage expected to take around twenty-five days, writes Jehan Ashmore.


Article continued on above link
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Sam71 on October 24, 2011, 12:14:58 AM
Superfast VII looks superb...can't wait to see her in the flesh. How long did it take to paint her into the Stena livery?

Also, I see the stern ramp is still in situ...from what I have heard, the new ships will berth bow in at Belfast, stern in at Loch Ryan...so the linkspan at Loch Ryan will need to 'reach' over the stern ramp quite a way to bridge to the upper deck.

Might try to get a non-lander in before Christmas...
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on October 26, 2011, 05:57:47 PM
The Sunflower2 (Ex Stena Lynx III) has made it to Corunna, Spain, I would assume for bunkering and crew rest. (Image from marinetraffic.com)

The Corragio has had its Stena Line funnel markings removed and is expected to be handed back to Grimaldi as soon as the Stena Transit arrives.(images from shipspotting.com)


Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on October 27, 2011, 09:48:52 PM
The next edition (Autumn 2011) of Ferry & Cruise Review - due to subscribers in November,  will contain a review of quite a few Stena Line vessels by Justin Merrigan. Should be good reading as Justin lives in Tasmania and has been back to sample the Irish Sea ships from a fresh perspective.

www.ferrypubs.co.uk

The AUTUMN edition (F&CR 90) is now at the printers and should be with UK subscribers during the first week of November. It will include the following Special articles:
Red Funnel 150 - Keith Adams traces the 150 years of the Isle of Wight's oldest operator.
Balearia - Richard Seville on the trail of the Spanish company's newest and most impressive ferries.
Europe Revisted - Tasmanian based Justin Merrigan's impressions on his recent visit to Europe including the Stena Caledonia, Stena Europe, Stena Adventurer, Stena Britannica, Ulysees, Oscar Wilde and Pont-Aven.

Also some great photos of the Stena Line Belfast based ships  on Scott Mackey's Flickr site, lots of great images of the Caledonia, Navigator and Voyager as they enter the final months service on the Irish sea.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Stewart on October 29, 2011, 10:36:59 AM
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The Corragio has had its Stena Line funnel markings removed and is expected to be handed back to Grimaldi as soon as the Stena Transit arrives.

At Hoek Van Holland last night I saw that the Coraggio has had all the Stena branding removed, with Grimaldi markings reapplied to the hull and funnel. No photo sorry - only noticed out of the window of the Stena Britannica which was covered in spray at the time (of which I now have quite a few pictures!)
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on October 31, 2011, 05:39:33 PM
Stena Superfast previews now on youtube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1II9Q9JSYBs&feature=channel_video_title

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aef-BKwpkq4&feature=relmfu

interesting viewing

Two more images from Gdansk

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on October 31, 2011, 06:39:54 PM
whats the story with the base of the vessel being white? is that some sort of primer or protective coating or something?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on October 31, 2011, 07:09:01 PM
Would assume its a primer before the anti fouling paint is applied as they have painted over that area dark red in the first shot.

The Stena Transit has just entered the English Channel from the Celtic Sea on the final leg of its delivery voyage from Korea.

Flag: Netherlands
Ship Type: Passenger
Status: Underway
Speed/Course: 16.6 kn / 62[ch730]
Length x Breadth: 212 m X 27 m
Draught: 5.5 m
Destination: HOEK VAN HOLLAND
ETA: 2011-11-01 22:00 (UTC)
Received (314): 0h 37min ago

It will replace the Corragio on the UK - Holland service.

The Sunflower2 remains in Coruna, Spain, next stop Malta according to ais information.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on October 31, 2011, 07:40:49 PM
A chance to save money on your next ferry crossing with Stena Line, just complete the survey link and get money off your next crossing:

http://www.stenaline-edeals.co.uk/taste-survey/facebook.asp
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 01, 2011, 03:07:27 PM
Some great images of the Stena Superfasts in Gdansk here:

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.307973325896214.96310.100000506486027&type=3
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 03, 2011, 06:04:27 PM
More Images of the Stena Superfasts have been released by Stena Line on their Facebook Site:

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.301307666565839.89343.148421815187759&type=1

I really cannot see these ships being handed back in a few years after they have spent all this money on the refurbishment.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 03, 2011, 06:11:48 PM
The Coraggio has been returned to full Grimaldi Lines livery and the Stena Transit has arrived in Holland.

Image of Stena Transit from vesseltracker.com

Image of Coraggio from Shipspotting.com
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 04, 2011, 04:41:55 PM
The Stena Navigator has been sold to Balearia of Spain. It is to be replaced by the Superfasts when they enter service.

Reported on Shippax.se

Both Superfasts remain in Gdansk for the moment.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: DublinPeter on November 05, 2011, 10:59:25 AM
Sunflower2, or Stena Lynx iii as it used to be is still in Corunna at the northern tip of Spain.  Departed Dun Laoghaire 15 days ago and sailed very slowly through the Irish sea, often less than 10 knots.  Crossed the tricky bay of Biscay en route to Malta for supplies and called in at Corunna.  Was due in Malta on October 26th but never left Corunna port. 

Weather was a bit ropey as she went through the bay of Biscay - maybe she sustained some damage?  Or perhaps her mechanical issues came back (bad timing if they did!).

DP
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Irish Sea on November 05, 2011, 09:33:10 PM
The Sunflower 2 suffered a major engine failure during her passage through the Bay of Biscay. She is undertaking repairs in the Port of La Coruna, prior to continuing her delivery voyage to Korea.

The pictures attached show her coming into La Coruna, in what looks like still a heavy swell. (Pictures from Shipspotting.com)
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on November 05, 2011, 09:51:57 PM
any idea of the nature of the failure, i know the new owners feeling, i bought a renault 19 convertible in england many moons back and soon as i was coming of the ferry to ireland the head gasket blew catastrophically
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: DublinPeter on November 06, 2011, 09:26:31 PM
Quote
The Sunflower 2 suffered a major engine failure during her passage through the Bay of Biscay. She is undertaking repairs in the Port of La Coruna, prior to continuing her delivery voyage to Korea.

The pictures attached show her coming into La Coruna, in what looks like still a heavy swell. (Pictures from Shipspotting.com)

Looks like it would be very little fun being on board judging by those shots! I had a suspicion that all was not mechanically right when it took her 8 hours to get to Rosslare from Dun Laoghaire and was chugging along the coast of Wicklow at 4-6 knots.  Hopefully she will be fixed up and on her way shortly.

DP
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 07, 2011, 01:30:40 PM
The Stena Transit enters service today on the UK- Holland service, replacing the Coraggio.

Image from Shipspotting.com
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 07, 2011, 05:37:55 PM
More information on the new Loch Ryan port and Stena Superfast service now on youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWSBEImVy2w&feature=channel_video_title
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 08, 2011, 05:50:24 PM
Sunflower2 is on the way to Malta at 17 Knots, looks like they still have some engine issues.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: gezdub on November 09, 2011, 01:07:45 PM
Gdansk Pilot log shows Superfast  VII to be on the move today, Wednesday 9th, at 15.00 local time..
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: maehara on November 09, 2011, 03:07:46 PM
Superfast VII is on her way to Cairnryan, ETA 12 November.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 09, 2011, 05:23:29 PM
Images of the Stena Superfast VII leaving Gdansk today. Pictures courtesy of Stena Line.

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.304369886259617.90009.148421815187759&type=1
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 09, 2011, 08:00:36 PM
Sunflower2 has reached Gibraltar and is currently at anchor.

Flag: Korea
Ship Type: High Speed Craft
Status: Anchored/Moored
Speed/Course: 0 kn / 134[ch730]
Length x Breadth: 80 m X 40 m
Draught: 3.1 m
Destination: GIBRALTAR
ETA: 2011-11-09 09:30 (UTC)
Received (80): 0h 1min ago

Some more images of the vessel in Coruna here:

http://www.fotosdebarcos.org/viewtopic.php?t=29324

Some great images of the Stena Transit bunkering in Gibraltar enroute from Korea to Holland here:

http://www.fotosdebarcos.org/viewtopic.php?t=29438

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: maehara on November 11, 2011, 04:39:45 PM
Have to say that following Superfast VII's progress on AIS is surprisingly addictive.  Off Stornoway now, due in Cairnryan in the morning.

Anyone know when Superfast VIII is due to start moving?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: gezdub on November 12, 2011, 02:28:43 PM
Still no mention of Superfast VIII moving yet, on Gdansk pilot log.. will keep you posted..anyone get any pics of her sister's arrival in Cairnryan yet?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Sam71 on November 13, 2011, 12:33:42 AM
On Facebook now...

https://www.facebook.com/StenaLineUK

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: maehara on November 13, 2011, 12:58:18 PM
A few other nice shots of her at Loch Ryan Port on Flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Andrew White on November 13, 2011, 01:48:01 PM
Anyone know when the Stena Superfast VIII will be on the move??
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Sam71 on November 13, 2011, 04:27:40 PM
Can't help thinking that these two ships and the new port are really going to hurt the P&O operation. Stena now have massive capacity, and I'm sure the launch PR will grab the publics attention. Even seeing the two ships will tempt customers, as they will be mighty impressive in the flesh. They should be weather resilient, so reliable, and it will be interesting to see what freight contracts Stena can steal from P&O...
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 13, 2011, 06:26:10 PM
The Stena Superfast VII arrived at the new Cairnryan port on Saturday morning Nov 12th.

Images from Stena Line UK Facebook site.

Videos of the Superfast in Loch Ryan here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dCtdD9ja3o

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=Ei6jvSnzwjg


The Sunflower2 remains in Gibraltar next destination showing as Malta.
Flag: Korea
Ship Type: High Speed Craft
Status: Anchored/Moored
Speed/Course: 0 kn / 54[ch730]
Length x Breadth: 80 m X 40 m
Draught: 3.1 m
Destination: MALTA
ETA: 2011-11-17 09:30 (UTC)
Received (80): 0h 1min ago

and the Coraggio left Holland this evening heading to Italy, its charter with Stena Line now complete.

Flag: Italy
Ship Type: Passenger
Status: Underway
Speed/Course: 17.9 kn / 263[ch730]
Length x Breadth: 199 m X 26 m
Draught: 5.3 m
Destination: MARINA DI CARRARA
ETA: 2011-11-19 07:00 (UTC)
Received (64): 0h 1min ago
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 14, 2011, 08:25:12 PM
The final countdown is now on for the biggest change in ferry operations on the North Channel for Stena Line. If you want to sail on the Stena Caledonia, Stena Navigator or HSS Voyager this is the last week you can do it.

www.ferrypubs.co.uk report the following Stena Line fleet information for the North Channel operations this week.

STENA LINE
13 November 2011

"The Stena Superfast VII at the new Loch Ryan port on 12 November. Photo taken from the Stena Caledonia by Scott Mackey.

The Stena Navigator will be withdrawn following her 0730 sailing ex Belfast on 16th November. Following destoring, she will vacate the berth for the Stena Caledonia's 1630 arrival and proceed light ship to Albert Quay Belfast. Stena crews will deliver her to an as yet unknown destination in Spain.

The HSS Stena Voyager will lay up at VT4 Belfast following her 1955 sailing on Sunday 20th. She will be de-stored and handed over to Northern Marine Management (NMM) remaining alongside there indefinitely. NMM is the Stena-owned ship management company.

The Stena Caledonia will probably complete service with the 1730 ex Stranraer on Sunday 20th. She will arrive VT4 at 2030 and then proceed to Albert Quay where she will be handed over to NMM and laid up. "

Also the latest issue of "Ferry and Cruise review" has a very interesting article from Justin Merrigan on the Irish Sea ferries, he sailed on the Stena Europe, Stena Adventurer, Stena Caledonia along with the Ulysses, Oscar Wilde, Pont Aven and the all new Stena Britannica (not Irish Sea obviously)

The also have some interesting new books coming out, including a new edition of Stena Line : The Fleet by Nick Widdows. Should be worth ordering.

http://www.ferrypubs.co.uk/product.asp?strParents=&CAT_ID=&P_ID=535
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 14, 2011, 11:18:25 PM
The Stena Feronia is in the Gdansk shipyard undergoing refurbishment and repairs to its hull.

It was purchased by Stena Line North Sea from DFDS as Dublin Seaways and then chartered back to DFDS as the Stena Feronia.

That charter period has now ended.

One wonders will it return to the Irish Sea at some stage.

Images from marinetraffic.com
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on November 14, 2011, 11:21:37 PM
was there a particular incident that caused damage to its hull or is it just general wear and tear?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 14, 2011, 11:36:48 PM
Honestly, no idea, but looking at the dents in the hull plating in the photos, I would imagine that some repair works were necessary.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 16, 2011, 08:51:48 AM
The Stena Superfast VIII is scheduled to depart Gdansk at 12.00 today, to begin service from the Loch Ryan port on Monday.

The Stena Navigator has departed Belfast for its final sailing for Stena Line this morning.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 16, 2011, 03:47:16 PM
The Stena Superfast VIII has left Gdansk and is expected into Cairnryan on Saturday 19/11 at 9am according to the ais.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 18, 2011, 01:02:22 PM
The Sunflower2 has arrived in Malta, on what is turning out to be quite a trip to Korea.

The Stena Superfast VIII is in Scottish waters and will arrive in Cairnyan tomorrow Saturday at 6am.

New Superfast video now on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=eEAgwd9Kkmw

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on November 18, 2011, 08:46:12 PM
I heard a rumour (originating from a Stena line staff member) that the Britannica is being considered for the Rosslare Fishguard route, apparently there was some kind of recon trip involving some stena staff from rosslare and fishguard recently to experience the britannica, inspect it etc, has anyone heard anything about this? before this rumour i was under the impression stena had decided to keep the europe here
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: maehara on November 19, 2011, 10:16:07 AM
AIS now showing Superfast VII in Belfast - made the trip over this morning, presumably to make room for her sister at Cairnryan.

Stena / Daily Mirror doing Ł5 non-landing cruises on the new ships with coupons. Tempting.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Matt73 on November 19, 2011, 04:54:48 PM
Never say never with Stena, but I find that unbelievable. Britannica was designed for Harwich-Hook and would have far too many cabins for Rosslare-Fishguard. Then there is the small problem of the inadequate linkspan at Fishguard; the promised recent development plans will take years, if they ever happen.

Don't forget too that Britannica is chartered from Stena RoRo to Stena Line BV and now is the only time in a century when that route has had two identical ships operating on it and the loadings have been very good despite the economic situation. 

I think it's more likely that a ship like Stena Danica (Frederikshavn-Gothenburg) will find its way to Rosslare; it's a similar type of route and the ship of similar size to Stena Europe, which was also built for Frederikshan-Gothenburg route.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on November 19, 2011, 06:03:29 PM
thanks for your response matt, that does make a lot of sense indeed. I find it a little unbelievable too, what the stena guy said to me was that they had gone over to look at the britannica to see would it be more appropriate for freight as all the money in the rosslare crossing appears to be in freight, he indeed was one of the team that went over to inspect the ship although he confirmed nothing at all he did say that stena were considering it, but if you ask me i think the europe will remain here for at least another year. In other news the berth where the europe usually is underwent some work during the week, from what i can see its only the walkways and such that benefited from the work
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: shamrock712 on November 19, 2011, 06:17:10 PM
Just looking at the specs of the Britannica it would be a huge Christmas present for the region if it did arrive in Rosslare! Stena onboard crew at Rosslare are fantastic, but the Europe does feel like the poor relation when you see the investment gone into the Dublin Port and Belfast Stena fleets in recent times.

The point about freight traffic is interesting. Without being close to the route it's hard to say what level of increase this sector has seen. One thing that comes to mind is IF's for want of a better phrase 'tow on tow off' market where trailers are dropped at Pembroke, hauled on and off at Rosslare by IF with another driver waiting at Rosslare for the trailer. Can Stena play in this part of the market with the Europe. Can't say I've ever noticed Fishguard doing a major trade in this.

Out of interest what is the Britannica doing since the 2 new builds arrived?

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 20, 2011, 06:05:28 PM
Unfortunately,a ship the size of the Stena Britannica will not be seen in Rosslare anytime soon, the figures just do not add up for that level of investment.

The current Britannica is over 63,000 tonnes, has 5,500 lanemeters, 540 cabins and capacity for 1,200 passengers, the current Stena Europe is around 25,000 tonnes, has 1,300 lanemeters and capacity for 1,400 passengers, there would need to be double deck linkspans at both ports for freight traffic and both ports would have to be upgraded to take a ship of 240 meters length.

To give some idea of the Britannica's size, the Britannica can take the combined freight traffic by lanemeters of the Europe (1,300), Isle of Inishmore (2,000), Oscar Wilde (1,160) and Julia (700) and still have plenty of space to spare by about 400 lanemeters.

Once Stena recover from the last few years investment in new vessels and ports they may start to think about replacing the Europe, but I think it will be on the Rosslare route until the Fishguard harbour redevelopment takes place over the next few years.

In the meantime the Stena Superfast VII and VIII begin service in the morning:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0T_E11dymqc

There are some nice images of the Superfast VII's arrival into  Belfast here:

http://pstew.co.uk/shipphotos/shipphotos.html

Image below from http://pstew.co.uk/shipphotos/stenasuperfastviie.jpg

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Sam71 on November 21, 2011, 12:24:43 AM
AIS currently showing the Caledonia on her way into Loch Ryan...is this her last scheduled sailing, or will she do a return to Belfast? Guessing she'll lay up at Albert Quay with the Navigator...
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 21, 2011, 01:50:02 PM
The Stena Superfasts have entered service on the North Channel today and all services are running on time.

The HSS Stena Voyager completed its final sailing last night and will remain on the HSS berth VT4 in Belfast until Stena find someone to purchase the ship. The Stena Caledonia has been tied up alongside the Navigator on Albert Quay and will remain there until sold. The Navigiator is expected to depart in the next few days for its new career with Baleria.

Scott Mackey has posted some great images of the new vessels, available here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/sets/72157628080488909/
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Matt73 on November 21, 2011, 08:06:55 PM
Fantastic photos of the new superfasts, thanks. Am I to assume that the lack of traditional Stena names is due to them being chartered from Superfast?

Back to the Stena Britannica and Fishguard, Stena announced today that the Lynx will not be returning and that the Europe will be there for another year.  As to her potential replacement, it occurs to me that there are other Superfast class ships floating around which might suit Fishguard; Seafrance currently has one and, given that they are on the skids, maybe Stena will snap her up?   There would still need to be shore work and new linkspans though.

As an aside, I note that foot passengers on the Belfast and Rosslare routes get gangways. It's a pity Stena don't install some at Holyhead and Dublin!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Matt73 on November 21, 2011, 08:09:12 PM
How about Barfleur for Fishguard?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 21, 2011, 09:32:02 PM
Video report featuring the new Superfasts and the boats they are replacing:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-15792757

plus more great images here:

http://www.drimnagh-road.com/121111stranraer.htm

http://www.drimnagh-road.com/121111stranraer2.htm
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: cullyburn on November 21, 2011, 09:57:24 PM
Brilliant set of pics of the two new superfasts Scott.
The money spent on these ships probably means they are here to stay for more than a couple of years.
Looking forward to a crossing  --  or two soon.   
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Fast Ferry Fan on November 21, 2011, 11:35:04 PM
The Superfasts seem to ideally combine the speed of a fastferry with the reliability of a conventional ship.

I'd be interested to hear how long it takes between checking in a vehicle at the port and actually leaving the port at the other end.

With the imposition of a seasonal service for the Explorer, we recently had to travel on the Adventurer, arriving at Dublin port at 7.30am for the 8.20am sailing, finally leaving the Holyhead port complex at 1.30pm, making a 6 hour trip before driving on.  Took a ridiculously long time to check-in, load and unload.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 26, 2011, 02:43:03 PM
There are rumours that the sale of the Stena Navigator to Baleria has fallen through and that the vessel will be laid up on Albert Quay, Belfast alongside the Stena Caledonia.

Anyone wishing to purchase either vessel can see all the relevant details here:

http://www.mondialbroker.com/detail.taf?B=287639&K=BPS

http://www.mondialbroker.com/detail.taf?B=287638&K=BPS

Recent image here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/6384459697/in/photostream/

and Bruce Peter has posted some interesting images from the press launch of the new Cairnryan port and Stena Superfast service on his blog, available here:

http://www.brucepeter.blogspot.com/
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Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: cullyburn on November 27, 2011, 12:35:51 PM
Go away oddball, this has nothing to do with ferries or shipping! >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Andrew White on November 27, 2011, 05:17:00 PM
Anyone know what the technical problem is with then New Stena Superfast VII as from AIS she seems to be in the dry dock in Belfast.  As the Stena Superfast VIII is seem to be the only vessel working today.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 27, 2011, 05:36:43 PM
Apparently the Superfast VII had thruster issues last night and sustained some damage to a propeller while attempting to berth  in Belfast. I would imagine repairs are needed and that's why its alongside at Harland & Wolf
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Andrew White on November 27, 2011, 05:55:50 PM
Is there damage done to the V4 Terminal as from AIS the Stena Superfast VIII seems to be dock at the Liverpool Terminal.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Sam71 on November 27, 2011, 06:18:44 PM
Stena Facebook site saying that there was problems with VT4, which led to VT2 being used, and Superfast VII being checked for damage. None found and service to resume normal running later.

Be interesting to know what happened at the berth...
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 27, 2011, 06:51:33 PM
One of the mooring fenders was also damaged during the berthing, so possible need to check that out also.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 27, 2011, 11:15:20 PM
A former Stena Line vessel has been on the move in Venezuela, the HSS Discovery has been moved to Curacao, not looking its best at the moment.

http://koopvaardij.blogspot.com/2011/11/de-scheepvaart-te-curacao_26.html

Amazing that the vessel has never entered service for Ferrymar, apparently they did not buy the mooring system and passenger/vehicle gangway, one would have thought it was in Stena's interest for the Discovery to be successful and then they could have sold on the remaining HSS 1500 craft for further service.

Flag: Venezuela
Ship Type: High Speed Craft
Status: Anchored/Moored
Speed/Course: 0 kn / 38[ch730]
Length x Breadth: 120 m X 40 m
Draught: 4.8 m
Destination: CURACAO
ETA: 2011-11-24 14:00 (UTC)
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Andrew White on November 28, 2011, 05:54:51 PM
The doors on the second picture looks like to have fire damage on the Discovery, is this correct.  I think in Stena best interest is the they use the HSS Exployer as a sesonal ships Ireland - Wales and use the HSS Voyager to another location in England as they could use the linkspan from Stranraer, it is sad to see them go from service all together.  I think it is personally bad that Stena sell these ships now looking at the state of the Discovery.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 28, 2011, 08:00:21 PM
Not sure about the fire damage, but the back of the boat is very black, I think all exhausts are on top so its not from the engines. The vessel is rumoured to be heading for dry dock for maintenance and preparation to enter service, though without a docking system I can't see that happening.

Most recent image prior to above it looks just as bad:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sam601601/6316817138/sizes/l/in/photostream/

Compared to when it left Belfast for Venezula:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/belfastship/6090266876/


Some very bad weather expected on the Southern Corridor, the Stena Europe sailings for Nov 29 are cancelled.

Last updated: 28 November 2011 18:50:35

due to severe weather forecast the 0245 ex fishguard and the 0900 ex rosslare tomorrow tuesday 29th november have been cancelled . passengers for the 0900 will be accommodated on the 2100 today and
2100 tomorrow. please contact ferry check 053 9161505.

http://www.stenaline.ie/ferry/latest-sailing-information/rosslare-fishguard/
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on December 05, 2011, 06:01:52 PM
A more recent picture of the HSS Discovery having moved again to lay up in a place called Caracas Baai.

They didn't drydock the HSS or give it a clean.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on December 05, 2011, 06:08:05 PM
what an absolute waste
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Kieran on December 07, 2011, 09:13:39 PM
Quote
what an absolute waste

True, she's the exact same as Concorde, the idea is ahead of her time, but the technology (and engines in both cases) are dated....
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: DublinPeter on December 16, 2011, 12:25:15 AM
Sunflower2 (ex Stena Lynx iii) has reappeared on AIS and is currently anchored just off Taiwan in the China Sea so has nearly made it to South Korea.  Has been one hell of a voyage but glad to see her get there safe.

HSS Discovery is as mentioned above now located at Caracas Baai where some work is apparently being carried out on her "jets" while the promoters seek investors interested in getting her back into revenue earning service.  Doesn't look too good at the moment, but at least she has moved which is a start.

Despite being offered at "competitive" prices, there has been no firm interest in either HSS Stena Voyager or Explorer so far.  Voyager will remain laid up in VT4 Belfast and Explorer in Holyhead, save for a nice break at H&W in the Spring before she re-enters service on April 1st. 

All but 7 of Stena Lines Irish staff are being made redundant (39 out of 46 being let go) in the new year subject to the outcome of a labour court hearing.  Some of the shore staff have been told that they will be offered seasonal contracts for the April-September period in Dun Laoghaire in 2012 while there is also speculation that Ro Ro Services (who run Stenas Dublin Port operation) may be contracted to run the Dun Laoghaire operation for 2012.  Stenas contract with Dun Laoghaire runs until the end of this year with an option for a further year for 2013 or an extension until 2015.

Pete
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on December 21, 2011, 11:32:57 PM
Information concerning drydocking of the Stena Line Fleet for 2012 is now becoming available.

http://www.stenaline.ie/ferry/routes/dublin-holyhead/tickets-and-fares-2012/

The Stena Nordica is expected to refit between January 5th - January 19th.

http://www.stenaline.nl/ferry/overtocht/hoek-van-holland-harwich/dienstregeling/

The Stena Hollandica  between March 23rd - March 28th

The Stena Britannica between November 2nd - November 4th

No further information at the moment regarding drydocking & refits on the remaining Irish Sea fleet.

The Stena Feronia remains in Gdansk shipyard.

The Stena Baltica is still laid up in Lyeskil

The Stena Caledonia, Stena Navigator and HSS Voyager are laid up in Belfast at Albert Quay and VT4 (HSS)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/6384459697/in/photostream

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/6384451771/in/photostream


The HSS Explorer is laid up in Holyhead until resuming service in April.

And in books

The 2012 Ferry & Cruise Annual features an article on the Stena Caledonia written by Scott Mackey
http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/6537453971/in/photostream


www.ferrypubs.co.uk

The 2012 edition of our popular ferry and cruise annual will include,the new Finlaggan, Baltic Ro-Ro, P&Os Aurora and Oriana, Hurtigruten service, Liners of the past, Round Britain cruise and Saving the Manxman plus other Cruise and Ferry features. Photographs in colour and black & white. A4 size. 112 pages. Hardback. Now Published.

http://www.ferrypubs.co.uk/product.asp?strParents=&CAT_ID=114&P_ID=532

and the new Stena Line the Fleet has also been published.

The 2011 edition of Stena Line The Fleet produced by Nick Widdows will bring the companys fleet up-to-date with the many new ships that have been introduced since the last edition. Each ship illustrated with photograph and technical details, together with an overview of the companys history and development. Full colour. A5 style,48 pages. Now published.

http://www.ferrypubs.co.uk/product.asp?strParents=&CAT_ID=&P_ID=535

and Stena Line have been sending out Christmas Greetings this week.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on December 22, 2011, 08:06:29 PM
Sunflower2 the former Stena Lynx III has made it to Korea, it is currently in Busan, South Korea.

That was some delivery voyage !

Last Position Received
Area:
Latitude / Longitude: 35.08417[ch730] / 129.0048[ch730] (Map)
Currently in Port: BUSAN
Last Known Port: BUSAN

Flag: Korea
Ship Type: High Speed Craft
Status: Anchored/Moored
Speed/Course: 0 kn / 58[ch730]
Length x Breadth: 80 m X 40 m
Draught: 3.1 m
Destination: BUSAN
ETA: 2011-12-20 10:00 (UTC)
Received (3): 0h 0min ago
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on December 22, 2011, 08:29:42 PM
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what an absolute waste

True, she's the exact same as Concorde, the idea is ahead of her time, but the technology (and engines in both cases) are dated....

i still fail to see why concorde was scrapped, one major accident and in fairness an excellent record previous to that, sadly i think the high speed crafts will meet a similar fate, production being stopped, the vessels themselves ending up being owned by some dodgy military outfit, total shame...

Yeah that was an incredible voyage for the sunflower, how long did it take in the end? Is she running okay now, last time i checked she was only doing half her speed either to save fuel or as a result of some form of engine trouble
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 08, 2012, 01:45:34 PM
Stena Lines Irish Sea refits have started with the Stena Nordica refitting in Falmouth. Images from marinetraffic.

The rest of the fleet is expected to refit as follows:


Stena Europe is provisionally expected to refit from 23rd January at Belfast for 10-14 days approx
Stena Explorer is expected to refit at Harland and Wolff in February before starting her summer Holyhead-DunLaoghaire season on 1st April
Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey are expected to refit in February/March and should receive full Stena Line livery (no yard confirmed)

According to the booking website, cover will be provided for the Stena Europe this year as they are taking bookings for passengers during the refit period.

The Stena Caledonia, Navigator and Voyager remain laid up in Belfast Harbour.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 10, 2012, 05:50:37 PM
More info on the Stena Europes refit, there will be no vessel to cover the service.All sailings transferred to Irish Ferries.

http://www.stenalinefreight.com/ferry/press/pressreleaser/europe-refit-2012/~/media/Europe%20Refit%202012%20Final%20Draft.ashx

Stena Europe: Fishguard – Rosslare  route
Please be advised, that the Stena Europe operating on the Fishguard – Rosslare route is scheduled
to go to dry dock for her annual refit on Sunday 22nd January until Thursday 2nd February 2012.

The last sailing of the Europe from Fishguard will be the 14:30 on Sunday 22nd January and the first
sailing after the refit will be the 09:00 from Rosslare on Thursday 2nd February 2012.

Securing any form of cover for  limited charter periods is always challenging and we have
unfortunately been unable to obtain suitable tonnage for this short period of absence. We will of
course  be able to offer our customers capacity on our Holyhead - Dublin service where this
provides a practicable alternative. Additionally, we have secured a  space agreement with Irish
Ferries on their adjacent Pembroke – Rosslare route during this time of absence of the vessel.

A more detailed letter will be sent out to customers nearer the date of the Stena Europe refit with
information for temporarily routing your units via Pembroke at the following sailing times:
Departure Arrival     Departure Arrival
Rosslare 08.45 Pembroke 12.46 Pembroke 02.45 Rosslare 06.46
Rosslare 20.45 Pembroke  00.46 Pembroke 14.45 Rosslare 18.46

The benefits of the space charter arrangements we have made are that you will be able to book as
normal through Stena Line Freight with all terms and conditions with Stena applying even though
your units will be moving through Pembroke.

We do appreciate that this will affect the schedules
of some customers who rely upon the  Stena Europe  to fulfill their own commitments and we sincerely apologies for any inconvenience that may be caused as a consequence. We have worked hard to put in place an imaginative solution which enables you to continue shipping with us in the
normal way using the available capacity on the corridor throughout the period of absence of the
Stena Europe and to protect space for our customers, with full back-up through our Dublin service
for those that may require it.

Further information will follow shortly but we should add that Stena Line staff will be present in
Pembroke Port whilst the Stena Europe is on refit and we have ensured that the process will be
simple, straightforward and efficient.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on January 10, 2012, 09:06:06 PM
any idea what will be carried out on the refit? just regular stuff or is there something larger scale
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 11, 2012, 06:19:17 PM
For the Stena Europe, I would imagine it just the usual annual overhaul and renewal of safety certificates etc. There is no news to suggest any major expenditure to rival the last few years, with the refurbished Stena +, lounges, Barista, engine replacement etc.

The Stena Feronia has left the shipyard in Gdansk and is now alongside the quay at the entrance to Gdansk harbour. The Stena Nautica was refitted recently and has returned to service in the new look Stena Line livery, no photos available yet.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 17, 2012, 10:37:05 PM
The Stena Feronia which has been in Gdasnk for the last weeks is going to provide cover for the Stena Vision which is going for annual overhaul from the 23rd Jan - 6th Feb.

Details here:

Please be advised, that the Stena Vision operating on the Karlskrona - Gdynia route is scheduled to go to dry dock for her annual refit on Monday 23rd January until Monday 6th February 2012.



Our ship M/S Stena Vision will be docking for regular refit between the 23rd of January and the 6th of February 2012. At Stena Line Freight we have a strong commitment to the market and our customers and we have been working intensively to find a solution that allows us to continue to offer our regular frequency and capacity during this period.

We are therefore very pleased to inform you that M/S Stena Feronia will be deployed on the route during the docking period of M/S Stena Vision. See schedule below.

Obviously Stena Feronia offer a different set of facilities on board compared to Stena Vision, however we will do our outmost to maintain the service level your drivers are used
to.

http://www.stenalinefreight.com/ferry/press/pressreleaser/vision-refit-2012/~/media/Feronia.ashx


The Stena Nordica which is in Falmouth for its refit is due to return to service on Jan 19th.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 19, 2012, 02:22:01 PM
The Stena Nordica is still in Falmouth Harbour, looks like it won't return to service this evening.

http://www.nmmc.co.uk/index.php?/justvisiting/webcams/falmouth_harbour_from_the_tower_out_to_sea

You can see the Stena funnel behind and to the right of the RFA Argus in the webcam image.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 22, 2012, 08:01:18 PM
The Stena Europe has left Rosslare heading North for refit in H&W Belfast.

The tanker Aberdeen is still in the refit dry dock at H&W so if its Belfast the Europe will have to dry dock in the big drydock under the two giant cranes.

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Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 24, 2012, 09:00:35 AM
The Stena Europe currently in Belfast for annual overhaul/refit is pictured alongside the ship repair quay at H&W as the Aberdeen still occupies the dry dock.

Image from marinetraffic.com

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 25, 2012, 06:20:13 PM
Some further images of the Stena Europe in Belfast now on Scott Mackeys Flickr Site:

Link Here:

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

The Europe is still berthed at the ship repair quay as the Aberdeen still occupies the drydock.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 25, 2012, 10:00:42 PM
The Aberdeen has finally departed from the Belfast dry dock this evening, one would expect the Europe to enter dry dock asap, as its due back in service from Rosslare on Feb 2nd @ 09.00 ex Rosslare, giving H&W less than 7 days to carry out all remaining refit duties and clean the hull, paint and touch up and do what ever else is necessary.

The Europe will probably not receive the Stena Blue wave "Making Good Time" branding given the time allowed to carry out the work.

Also the Stena Feronia which replaced the Stena Vision in Gydinia on Monday was held at port for a number of safety defects. Ironic given that it was in the Gdansk shipyard for the at least 6 weeks before returning to service.The Feronia's sister ship the Liverpool Seaways was also stopped at Karlshamn, with similar issues.

http://www.svd.se/nyheter/inrikes/brister-stoppade-farja-i-karlskrona_6791783.svd
Deficiencies stopped ferry in Karlskrona
January 23, 2012 at 23:19, Updated: January 24, 2012 at 00:02

Transportation Board has stopped the vessel Stena Feronia from leaving the dock in Karlskrona Gdynia Poland as a destination. According to TV 4 News Karlskrona inspectors discovered serious security flaws that allowed assessing the vessel unsafe for passenger service. Among other things, the gaps evacuation and fire safety.

http://www.kuriren.nu/nyheter/default.aspx?articleid=6268570

KARLSHAMN One of the Danish DFDS ferries, Liverpool Seaways, which operates between Karlshamn and Klaipeda in Lithuania was stopped last Wednesday before driving away from Karlshamn then Transport Agency inspectors found serious deficiencies.

Among other things, fire doors were not closed, blocked exits and ladders for the lifeboats for short. Neither followed the rules for dangerous goods. Total found 25 errors on board, reported Swedish Radio Bleking

The Stena Feronia is expected to return to the Irish Sea in Feb to cover the refits of the Belfast - Liverpool Stena Mersey and Stena Lagan which are expected to receive the full Stena Line hull branding (as opposed to Stena Freight Blue Hull) and possibly a minor refit of the Stena Adventurer, while there is a vessel available to cover.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 27, 2012, 11:17:41 PM
The Stena Europe moved into the dry dock from the Ship Repair Quay at Harland & Wolff Belfast today. The vessel is still scheduled to return to service on Thursday Feb 2nd. If it is to return on time, the Europe will be departing Belfast on Wednesday evening.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 01, 2012, 06:00:27 PM
Looks like the Stena Europe is going to be a bit late returning to service, it is now scheduled to return to service on the 14.30 ex Fishguard tomorrow afternoon rather than the 09.00 Ex Rosslare originally timetabled.

This delay is most likely due to the tanker Aberdeens late departure from the drydock in H&W.

It is still in the drydock in Belfast at the moment.

http://www.stenaline.ie/ferry/latest-sailing-information/fishguard-rosslare/

***The Stena Europe is currently in drydock, and will resume service with the 1430hrs sailing from Fishguard on Thursday 2nd February. All passengers with reservations will be accepted on the sailings from Pembroke Dock to Rosslare.

There will be some articles on the Stena Caledonia and the new port at Cairnryan along with a review of the Stena Transporter in the Winter Issue of Ferry & Cruise review which is published this week.

http://www.ferrypubs.co.uk/news.asp?

Ferry & Cruise Review - Latest Edition

Ferry & Cruise Review (issue 91) is now published. Articles in this issue include St Peter Line - Sailing to Russia, Three Ships - Tallink's Galaxy Class Trio, Stena Transporter - New North Sea Freighterand Island Living - John Hendy looks at the problems experienced by residences of three of Britain's off shore communities in the light of the problems with the Ben-my-Chree serving the Isle of Man

http://www.ferrypubs.co.uk/product.asp?strParents=&CAT_ID=101&P_ID=403

Ferry & Cruise Review - Latest Edition

Island Life, Sailing to Russia with St Peter Line, Tallink, New North Sea Freighters for Stena Line, Farewell to the Stena Caledonia and Stena's New Irish Sea Port.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 02, 2012, 08:54:19 AM
The Stena Europe departed from Belfast over night and is heading at speed for Fishguard 19.6kts, due to resume service with this afternoons 14.30 ex Fishguard sailing.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 05, 2012, 09:16:48 PM
The Stena Vision has completed its annual overhaul and is due to return to service tonight Feb 5th.

This will release the Stena Feronia currently sailing the Gydnia route which is then expected to return to the Irish Sea to cover for the refits and repainting of the Stena Lagan and Mersey, which are expected to receive the full Stena branding.

Stena Vision image from.
http://www.landgangen.se/forumsmf10/index.php?topic=23086.0

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 06, 2012, 01:33:15 PM
The Stena Navigator is on its way to Spain according to the AIS.

Looks like Stena found a buyer.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on February 06, 2012, 04:27:36 PM
thats good, i was hoping to see it back in service asap, i cant believe they scrapped its sister ship, it was very young to be scrapped, did it have some major problems?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 06, 2012, 07:43:37 PM
Not too sure about the reasons for the Seafrance Renoir's fate, but the fact that Seafrance collapsed around the same time it reached the beach in India, may give an indication of the issues that the ships fate was closely linked with the company.

There is a very good tribute to the ferry in the "Ferry & Cruise Ship Annual 2010, written by John Hendy and featuring some really good photos. Also the Dover Ferry Photos have plenty of info:

http://www.ferrypubs.co.uk/product.asp?strParents=&CAT_ID=114&P_ID=432
http://www.doverferryphotos.co.uk/pastandpresent/cote.htm


The Stena Feronia has been diverted to Gothenburg to provide cover for the Stena Germanica which has gone technical with a rudder issue. The Feronia is scheduled to provide cover until Feb 13th.

For more information
http://www.stenalinefreight.com/ferry/press/pressreleaser/germanica-drydock-2012/

Please be advised that Stena Germanica will be in dry dock until 13.02.2012. From Tuesday 07.02.2012 we will have Stena Feronia as a replacement vessel and we will keep daily departures from Kiel and Gothenburg. Please note that there will be no departures from Gothenburg on Saturday, February 4th, and from Kiel on Monday, February 6th.

The Germanica is in Odense shipyard being repaired at the moment.

Images from

http://www.landgangen.se/forumsmf10/index.php?topic=23141.0
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Andrew White on February 08, 2012, 08:13:29 PM
No word were the Stena Mersey or Stena Lagan will be going off service for there refit and paint job.  Think they will look nicer in stena livery.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on February 09, 2012, 05:43:55 AM
Indeed , I am looking forward to seeing those two ships in full Stena livery , I suspect they will look well.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 09, 2012, 06:03:20 PM
New Stena Line Innovation promotional video now on Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bI-IUe7bWJc&feature=plcp&context=C39fad43UDOEgsToPDskJezJ56A9t79ZtqGtjjesmN

Interesting video.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 13, 2012, 06:02:39 PM
The Stena Germanica has returned to service with its rudder replaced. The Stena Feronia is now on the way to the Irish Sea to provide cover for the refit and repainting of the Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey.

The Stena Feronia is showing an ETA into Birkenhead of 22.30 on the 16/02.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 17, 2012, 01:41:04 PM
Stena Line have confirmed that the Belfast - Birkenhead route dry dockings will commence on Feb 20th.

The 2012 dry dock programme for the vessels Stena Mersey and Stena Lagan, operating on the Belfast – Liverpool route, is scheduled to commence on Monday 20th February 2012 and continue until the 20th March 2012. Stena Mersey will be the first of the two vessels to go for refit and will complete her last sailing from Liverpool at 22:30 on Sunday 19th February 2012.

http://www.stenalinefreight.com/ferry/press/pressreleaser/drydock-programme-belfast-2012/~/media/2012%20Belfast-Liverpool%20Dry%20Dock%20Programme.ashx

The Stena Navigator has left Belfast on the way to Santander, Spain.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: scomacsf8 on February 19, 2012, 08:41:45 PM
[size=12]Some information on refits for STENA LAGAN and STENA MERSEY;[/size]

ShipPax Information - Stena's big spend on Irish Sea pair, Shipping publications consulting consultation statistics

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Stena's big spend on Irish Sea pair


Birkenhead-Belfast route twins STENA LAGAN and STENA MERSEY will receive major internal refurbishment during annual overhauls by Harland and Wolff, Belfast, and are also set to return to service with Stena Line's all white ro-pax vessel livery. At present STENA LAGAN has had a blue hull since time on the run under DFDS operation from summer 2010, while STENA MERSEY has been red-painted throughout service as MERSEY VIKING, MERSEY SEAWAYS and under the present name since last year.

First to stand down next Monday (February 20) is STENA MERSEY, to be followed two weeks later by STENA LAGAN, with both 480 passenger/2,275lanem. ships, completed by Visentini in 2005, set to have Stena Plus Lounges with Wi Fi facilities installed together with alterations to restaurant arrangements as well as external repainting.

Although there was no stand-in vessel for Fishguard -Rosslare during STENA EUROPE'S recent Harland and Wolff dry docking, Stena are maintaining a two ship Birkenhead service bringing in STENA FERONIA, an earlier Visentini
product which sailed on the route from completion in 1997 until a move to Birkenhead-Dublin sailings as DUBLIN VIKING in 2002, continuing until the route closed early in 2010. STENA FERONIA, bought from DFDS by Stena North
Sea late in 2010, saw Baltic service last year and recently stood-in for STENA GERMANICA between Gothenburg and Kiel.

(c) ShipPax / Russell Plummer


link: http://www.shippax.se/members/news/newsarticle.asp?id=4553


[size=12]STENA CALEDONIA has been moved to a different lay up location within Belfast Harbour. On Friday morning, under command of Capt John Ferguson, she left Albert Quay and tied up at the former outfit quay at Harland and Wolff in Musgrave Channel. This is the almost exact location where she was launched as St David on 25/9/80 - the final ship launched from H&W's Musgrave Yard and the last passenger vessel built at Belfast.

Photos and a short video at http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey[/size]
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 21, 2012, 09:11:55 AM
The Stena Navigator has arrived in Santander, Spain and has entered dry dock.

Images of its arrival here:

http://spanishshipping.blogspot.com/2012/02/stena-navigator-maria-de-maeztu-doblete.html?spref=fb
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on February 21, 2012, 12:34:45 PM
has this been sold to balearia? I think it has but i was really hoping it wouldnt be a st the livery is just depressing on balearia ships
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 21, 2012, 06:22:40 PM
Yes, the Stena Navigator has been sold to Baleria for service on one of their Spanish routes.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on February 21, 2012, 08:11:17 PM
beautiful ship, i had always planned to take a trip on her, sadly never got around to it
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on February 27, 2012, 03:10:19 AM
Stena Danica technical prolems
(http://www.gp.se/image_processor/1.870710.1330106654!/image/3456940046.jpg_gen/derivatives/full/3456940046.jpg?maxWidth=650)

Taken from shipwrecklog.com

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The 155 meter long, 2950 dwt ferry Stena Danica became disabled at Gothenburg, Sweden.  The ferry suffered a power blackout while approaching the quay in the harbour.   To avoid alliding with the quay, the Stena Danica dropped its anchors.  Three tugs arrived and assisted the ferry to its berth.   No reports of injuries, damage or pollution being released.  The vessel cancelled the following scheduled voyage.  This is the second reported power failure on the vessel in the last seven days.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on February 27, 2012, 04:40:06 PM
Thats odd , Stena Dancia had new engines fitted recently , would imagine that the ship would have few if any mechanical problems after an expensive job like that.
Having said that Fastnet Line's MV Julia did blow two clutches within 8 weeks of a major overhaul so it goes to show that you can have gremlins in the engine room no matter how good your maintenance is.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 29, 2012, 06:01:42 PM
The Stena Mersey is currently getting a lot of white paint applied in H&W Belfast.

Images here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/6794874880/in/photostream

The Stena Explorer has the AIS switched back on, and is due to refit in Belfast after the Stena Lagan.

The Stena Baltica is now on the Stena Ro Ro site available for charter. Looks in good shape from the pictures.(probably taken after the last refit, not since laid up though)

http://www.stenaroro.com/offering/Pages/Stena-Baltica.aspx
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 07, 2012, 06:06:05 PM
Images of the former Stena Navigator being repainted in Santander are here:

http://spanishshipping.blogspot.com/2012/03/stena-navigator-cambio-de-colores.html
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on March 07, 2012, 09:07:19 PM
i always hated that livery but it doesnt actually work too badly on the old navigator
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 11, 2012, 06:56:25 PM
The Stena Mersey is still in drydock in H&W Belfast and has had the full Stena Line Blue Wave branding applied along with the route information on the ferry hull. It is expected to leave drydock and return to service on Wednesday.

The Stena Feronia is being repaired at the ship repair quay at H&W with the damaged steel cut out of the hull and being prepared for the replacement panels to be welded.

Lots of images of the Stena Feronia on the Flickr Site of Smac.ni here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/sets/72157629131379980/

Images of the damage caused in the accident:

http://www.u.tv/Galleries/Gallery.aspx?guid=192e278d-497a-4304-af43-7ec63502b5e3

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1512726

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1512739


The Stena Lagan and HSS Stena Explorer are both expected to have completed refits before the end of March. With Explorer due to resume service on April 1st I wonder will it be next into drydock at H&W. As the Stena Mersey will be approx 10 days late returning to service will they delay the Stena Lagan refit to allow the Explorer refit in time.

Image of the Stena Mersey from Neothyris on seatheships.org

http://www.seatheships.org.uk/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/62534/title/stena-mersey/cat/509
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: DublinPeter on March 12, 2012, 12:28:00 PM
Good shot and good links giftgrub, thanks as always for the updates.

I think you might be right and that Explorer may be next into H&W.  Remember that her return has been brought forward another 2 days to March 30th so ideally will need to be out of drydock by the 29th at the latest before heading back to Holyhead to pick up her new crew and supplies ready to leave for Dun Laoghaire at 10am on the 30th.

The 1030 Belfast-Liverpool sailings are now cancelled until March 27th which would appear to back this up.


Pete
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 12, 2012, 07:29:43 PM
The former Stena Navigator has been renamed Daniya, images of the ship in Santander here:

http://spanishshipping.blogspot.com/2012/03/stena-navigator-renombrado-daniya.html

Stena have chartered the Clipper Pennant from Seatruck to provide cover for the damaged Stena Feronia which was covering the Stena Mersey on the Belfast - Liverpool service.

The Clipper Pennant is a freighter with space for 12 passengers, so a freight only service on this vessel.

http://www.ferry-site.dk/ferry.php?id=9372688&lang=en

On board video tour of the Stena Feronia on this link (just scroll to the bottom of the page):

http://www.stenaroro.com/offering/Pages/Stena-Feronia.aspx

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 13, 2012, 02:10:08 PM
Images of the Pride Of Telemark (ex Stena Jutlandica) being scrapped in India, a sister ship to the Stena Danica.

Images from http://www.midshipcentury.com/

for more images go to www.midshipcentury.com and scroll down the page.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 15, 2012, 07:37:47 PM
The Stena Mersey returned to service today, looking very impressive in its new Stena Line colous. The Stena Lagan has taken its place in the H&W Belfast drydock, which means the Stena Explorer will probably not drydock before returning to service on the Dun Laoghaire - Holyhead service.

Plenty of images of the ship here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/sets/72157625811784069/

The Stena Danica has entered drydock in Gothenburg and is due to return to service on the 26th March. She has not been replaced on the Gothenburg-Fredrickshaven route.

http://www.stenalinefreight.com/ferry/press/pressreleaser/drydock-stena-danica-march-2012/~/media/Dry%20Dock%20Danica%20%20March%202012.ashx
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 22, 2012, 05:51:36 PM
Some interesting images of the Stena Lagan getting the new Stena Logo's applied in H&W Belfast on the this site: dated March 22nd.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 26, 2012, 01:46:37 PM
The HSS Stena Explorer has arrived in Dun Laoghaire today, due to begin service this weekend.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 27, 2012, 08:26:38 PM
The former Stena Navigator, now renamed Daniya has been floated out of drydock in Santander, with all external repainting complete. Image below is one of many available here:

http://spanishshipping.blogspot.com/2012/03/daniya-flote.html

The Stena Danica has returned to service after its recent refit.

The Stena Lagan is expected to return to service this Thursday after its overhaul.

Stena have released some more promotional videos on their youtube channel with some interesting images of some of the Irish channel fleet:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yruZlnpIyeM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRUv4zpDJn4&feature=youtu.be

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68fkUIUp8es&feature=youtu.be

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ffUdroXCMQ&feature=youtu.be

The HSS Stena Explorer service from Dun Laoghaire returns this Friday March 30th, until Sept 11th 2012 with the vessel scheduled to depart Holyhead at 10.00 am arriving into Dun Laoghaire at 12.00 and  on the return departing Dun Laoghaire at 13.15 for arrival into Holyhead at 15.15.

http://www.stenaline.ie/ferry/routes/dun-laoghaire-holyhead/timetable
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on April 02, 2012, 08:00:00 PM
The Stena Lagan has returned to service in its new Stena Line branding and combined with the Stena Mersey, they show what a lick of paint and some TLC can do for a vessel. They look very impressive all painted up.

Images here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/sets/72157625811741177/
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on April 03, 2012, 03:48:30 AM
it has to be said presenting a good front really adds to a compnies credibility, not that stena need it at all but if you look at the diplomat it was like a floating patch work quilt however now with the celtic horizon the company seems quite credible, its a brand and its out there, julia was never even given that chance, the thing looked like a bag of shite, in fairness the funnell should have been left white because just a simple thing alone like the rub on arm transfer that fastnet threw on the funnel just made everything look worse, its scary to think that the st colum, st patrick I, poseidon express ended its days looking far superior and a lot newer than poor julia did, that ship looked like it was begging for alang while in irish ownership, i guarantee no matter what her duties are from now on she'll look better than she did on our waters. to even embark on a business venture it should appear as if the owners at least have some faith but they were too busy lining their pockets and left the julia looking like some sort of salvaged ship that was to make do for a year or so while they milked any profits to buy a second home or another m5 bmw, yet again irish folk ruined a potential money maker in favour of their own selfish gain, incidentally if anyone knows where any of these con men live you should prob vandalize their cars and their property at every given opportunity and if you see these wealthy fu-ks in public you should harass them because the only reason the entire country is the way it is is because we accept that we have already been fu-ked and never do anything about what happened, there are lots of rich people who have more money than they ever needed and theyre delighted cos there is never any repercussions from their gross misconduct
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on April 03, 2012, 08:19:50 AM
Gone a bit off topic with that statement Larry !
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on April 04, 2012, 06:10:49 PM
The Stena Europe has undertaken a relaxing evening cruise along the South Coast of Wexford this evening !!!, due to the high winds the Europe is not expected to dock in Rosslare until after 22.00.

The ship left Fishguard as usual at around 02.30 in the morning and failed to berth in Rosslare at 07.00 in the morning due to the high winds. It has spent the day sheltering off Hook Head.

The Isle of Inishmore had similar issues but was able to berth at around 18.00 hrs. The Oscar Wilde was also delayed and berthed successfully at 21.00 hrs.

The Stena Europe is now expected to arrive in Rosslare at 23.00 hrs tonight, the passengers will remember the crossing for a long time.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on April 11, 2012, 11:48:58 PM
Some very interesting images of the Stena Superfasts in Loch Ryan are available on Bruce Peters blog, a sample below:

http://brucepeter.blogspot.com/2012/03/loch-ryan-in-spring.html

Also the Stena Danica looks very good after its refit in Gothenburg, picture from Landgangen.

http://www.landgangen.se/forumsmf10/index.php?topic=23844.msg0#new

The Stena Saga apparently suffered an engine room fire over the Easter weekend, but no major damage to report.

Video of the Sage with lots of smoke coming from below the funnel at the top of the this page:

http://www.tv2.no/nyheter/innenriks/-svart-roeyk-velta-ut-av-stena-saga-3750347.html


The cruise-ferry Stena Saga, which runs between Oslo and Fredrikshavn in Denmark, was hit by what’s been described as a minor explosion in its engine room Saturday evening, reported Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). The blast sparked a fire that set off fire alarms, but it was quickly contained.
Alarmed residents south of Drřbak called emergency services when they saw smoke billowing from the ship and noted that it was off course in the sound leading into the inner Oslo Fjord.
A Stena Line spokesman confirmed that the explosion created a lot of smoke but claimed it was contained by the vessel’s sprinkling system in the engine room. The vessel drifted for a brief period but was able to continue sailing towards Oslo, where it arrived around 30 minutes late.
There were 1,392 passengers and a crew of 180 on board but the Stena spokesman said no evacuation was necessary. The incident caused no major damage, he said, and the ship was cleared to sail back to Denmark Saturday night.

http://www.newsinenglish.no/2012/04/09/explosion-on-board-danish-ferry/

Also Stena Lines Irish Sea promo videos have reappeared on Youtube again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mODgaC7HH_k

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k05XHVj4ojc&feature=plcp&context=C4043bebVDvjVQa1PpcFO24qJzMemLV9hsNLitvAxN_oYkhmIXmqE%3D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyI5ed_AZCY&feature=plcp&context=C4489926VDvjVQa1PpcFO24qJzMemLVzpLXhTpyYziyLj9l55n4E8%3D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTRr8Q1e8G0&feature=plcp&context=C45a820aVDvjVQa1PpcFO24qJzMemLV5fCDBz_vfItfB7FDQ7XSek%3D
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on April 24, 2012, 06:12:52 PM
Reports today on the damage caused in the collision with the Stena Feronia.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-17825208

http://www.u.tv/News/Drunk-captain-caused-$2m-ferry-bill/809e5f80-f615-42b0-8efa-f448342d8999

Also great image of the Stena Europe off Hook Head during its long voyage from Fishguard on April 4th.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: loch garman on April 24, 2012, 09:50:30 PM
thats a great picture. You dont see that scene too often!!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: ccs on April 24, 2012, 09:55:42 PM
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thats a great picture. You dont see that scene too often!!

Fantastic photo. Taken from Dunmore East.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on April 24, 2012, 10:00:19 PM
The HSS 900 Stena Carisma was out for a pre season run today. Interesting track on Marine Traffic, as per image below.

The Stena Express service operated by the Carisma returns to the Gothenburg - Fredrikshaven route on May 13th 2012.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on April 26, 2012, 05:32:42 PM
Stena Line and Stena Ro Ro have purchased four Visentini vessels from the Meridian Fleet.

Included in the deal are the Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey operating out of Belfast and also the Norman Voyager and Watling Street.

The Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey will remain on the routes and Norman Voyager and Watling Street will remain on charter.

Confirmation of the two Irish Sea Vessels :

Stena Line has confirmed that it has now purchased the Stena Mersey and Stena Lagan, the two RoPax vessels that it acquired when the company purchased the Liverpool-Belfast route for ÂŁ45m last summer.  The ships had been operating the service on a charter basis and as part of Stena Line’s Irish Sea continual Irish Sea investment programme these vessels will now become part of the Stena Line fleet.
 
The ships recently underwent a significant ÂŁ4m refurbishment upgrade at the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast and as Stena Line’s Area Director (Irish Sea) Michael McGrath said, they will play an important part in helping to develop this important commercial link between both regions, he said: “When we purchased the route last summer we conducted a comprehensive review of the service and a key consideration was the status of the ships.  The vessels were an excellent fit for the route which is an important freight and passenger channel and purchasing the ships meant that we could commit significant resources into bring the Stena Mersey and Stena Lagan into the Stena Line family and give the ships our own unique look, feel and high quality service.  We have managed to achieve the integration with a high quality refit for both ships and I am confident that new and existing customers will see how Stena Line is taking the route to a new level of comfort and efficiency.”
 
The Stena Mersey and Stena Lagan were built at the Visentini shipyard in Italy in 2005 and can accommodate 980 passengers and provide 2 662 lane metres for freight and passenger vehicles.  Both ships are equipped with 121 Cabins (4 berths) and provide two daily sailings from Liverpool to Belfast.* 

http://www.sjofartstidningen.se/nyheter/

[size=12]Stena RoRo buys RoPax quartet [/size]

GOTHENBURG. Stena RoRo buys four RoPax ships from German HSH Bank for an undisclosed sum. They previously owned by a consortium based in the UK. The sister ships built in 2005-2008 in Italian Visentini shipyard. The vessels have a capacity of 800 passengers and 2,300 movie ether. Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey (both flagged in U.K.) has previously been chartered by Stena Line and operates in the Irish Sea on the line Birkenhead-Belfast while Norman Voyager (flagged in France) and Watling Street (U.K. flagged) is utchartrade to LD Lines up to 2013.
   - These acquisitions strengthen Stena RoRo further its position in RoPax charter market. In total, we now have twelve ships utchartrade to various companies around the world, says Per Westling, CEO Stena RoRo.
   Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey has been recently upgraded for EUR 1.8 million. Published: 2012-04-25 15:47

Stena also have a new commercial starring Dom Joly promoting the Car Cation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_bwP3MffmE&feature=plcp
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: scomacsf8 on April 26, 2012, 09:46:50 PM
Some photos taken onboard the newly purchased and refurbished STENA LAGAN and STENA MERSEY -

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/sets/72157625811741177/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/sets/72157625811784069/

Also a wide variety of ferries and shipping photos at;
http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on April 30, 2012, 06:00:05 PM
Some great Photos in that selection Scott.

Its seems that Stena are not finished spending money on ships, more rumours about Stena Line acquiring one or more of the SeaFrance fleet have surfaced today... (The Ex- Superfast vessel SeaFrance Moliere is not included in this sale as it is being sold by the banks and not the Liquidator)

http://www.ifw-net.com/freightpubs/ifw/index/now-stena-eyes-seafrance-ferries/20017956764.htm?source=ezine&utm_source=IFW+Daily+News+Bulletin&utm_campaign=cd1ecac543-IFW_30_4_124_30_2012&utm_medium=email#.T56KMn2Wmdo.email

Stena Line could be poised to make a late-hour bid for one or more of the three ferries operated by collapsed cross-Channel ferry firm SeaFrance, whose assets are now in the hands of the liquidator.
 
The ships in question are the Rodin, Berlioz and freighter Nord Pas de Calais.
 
The deadline for sealed bids is this Friday and a bankruptcy judge will announce his decision by the middle of next month. 
 
A Stena Line spokesperson told IFW: “Recent reports that we have expressed an interest in acquiring one or more of SeaFrance’s three ferries is just speculation.”
 
However, IFW was told by a source close to the sale process that representatives from Stena Line had inspected the vessels last week, after making initial inquiries about them some time ago.
 
But Stena’s late interest would not lead to the deadline being extended, the source said.
 
Eurotunnel said it was “as determined as ever” to buy the SeaFrance vessels, while DFDS told IFW it was still undecided whether to make a bid.

DFDS and its French partner, LD Lines, on Friday deployed a second vessel on their Dover-Calais route.

P&O Ferries said it would will not be pursuing its interest in the SeaFrance ships.
 
Stena’s main routes are between the UK and Ireland.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Matt73 on April 30, 2012, 08:34:44 PM
Thanks for that information.  Rodin or Berlioz (minus the cow catcher) for Fishguard?  Stena Europe's a bit long in the tooth these days. 

I wonder if Stena will approach the banks for the Moliere too?

All speculation of course...
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on May 01, 2012, 01:26:37 PM
Pure speculation, but if they were to purchase all 4 SeaFrance vessels, I would think the Berlioz and Rodin and the NPDC would all go to the Gothenburg - Fredrickshaven route, replacing all 4 existing vessels (Danica, Jutlandica, Carisma,Scanrail), allowing the the Stena Jutlandica to switch to Rosslare and the Moliere converted to Stena Superfast standard would replace the Nordica and possibly HSS Explorer.

That would leave the HSS Discovery, HSS Explorer, Stena Danica, Stena Baltica, HSS Carisma and Scanrail to be redeployed or sold.

However they may buy none of the vessels and nothing will happen.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Matt73 on May 01, 2012, 06:11:18 PM
Pure speculation, but I like your thinking! The existing Stena Jutlandica is, I think, similar in design to the Isle of Inishmore, so that's a nice fit for Fishguard. 

We'll soon know!

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on May 04, 2012, 11:55:47 PM
http://www.lloydsloadinglist.com/freight-directory/sea/now-stena-eyes-seafrance-ferries/20017956764.htm

No more speculation: Stena have submitted a bid for the three SeaFrance ships being sold by the Liquidator according to reports from France. Eurotunnel and LD Lines are the competition.

http://www.ferryships.fr/article-deux-repreneurs-pour-les-navires-de-seafrance-104536514.html
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on May 10, 2012, 11:20:35 PM
Some very strange goings on the Stena Superfast VII last night with reports of a woman and baby falling from the vessel as it was arriving in Belfast.

Not 100% accurate according to reports this evening.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-18022525
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-18027910
http://www.rte.ie/news/2012/0510/search-to-resume-for-missing-child.html
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on May 12, 2012, 06:58:37 PM
that all seems very odd, the woman was lucky to have survived the fall
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on May 15, 2012, 03:14:51 PM
Reports that the Stena Caledonia has been sold are apparently true, the Caledonia is expected to see further service in Indonesia, which will be one incredible delivery voyage for the Belfast built car ferry.

Northern Marine (Stena's ship management company) are apparently preparing the vessel for sea trails within the next few weeks to be carried out before the purchase is completed.

One would imagine they might remove the Stena branding before departure for the far east.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on May 15, 2012, 08:23:18 PM
i would think so, it seems everything tends to have branding removed before a change of hands
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on May 18, 2012, 09:34:40 AM
The Stena Spirit has been involved in a collision with a gantry crane in Gdynia, it seems to have been blown towards the crane by a strong gust of wind ! and knocked the crane over, some injuries to some port workers but luckily no one killed.

http://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/article14840931.ab

http://www.vg.no/nyheter/utenriks/artikkel.php?artid=10061581
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on May 26, 2012, 10:25:55 PM
The Stena Calendonia is scheduled for a sea trial on Sunday morning (27th May) at 10am til 12.00 as the final part of its acquisition by Indonesian shipping company, ADSP.

As previously mentioned,if the sale goes through, the delivery voyage will be a very long trip for the Belfast veteran.

Plenty of images of the vessel here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/sets/72157623456676798/

and some great new images of the Belfast shipping scene:

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

Also the Stena Carisma has resumed service on the Gothenburg  -Fredrickshaven route since May 13th.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on May 26, 2012, 10:44:27 PM
wow the charisma looks amazing... how long (at a guess) would you think the caledonias journey would be
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: DublinPeter on May 27, 2012, 10:37:31 PM
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wow the charisma looks amazing...

Well, if the stories are true and agreement is reached then we might just be seeing a lot more of Carisma much closer to home in the next year or two!

Good to see Caledonia on the move and fingers crossed the sale does go through, I dont think any of us thought that the two (Navigator and Caledonia particularly) would be heading on for further service.

Pete
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on May 28, 2012, 02:04:25 AM
charisma making a return?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on May 28, 2012, 11:40:34 AM
The Stena Carisma has often been mentioned as a possible replacement for the HSS Stena Explorer on the Dun Laoghaire - Holyhead route, obviously if that took place the linkspans at both ports would have to be modified to fit the HSS 900 as opposed to the HSS 1500 series.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on May 29, 2012, 12:42:07 AM
For Stena Charisma to move to the Irish sea would depend a lot on Stena being able to find buyers (or at least someone to charter) for the Stena Voyager and Stena Explorer , and given what happened to Stena Discovery and the fact that there are record numbers of fast craft laid up out of service across Europe (20 at last count) I cant see there being to many interested parties.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on May 30, 2012, 06:15:08 PM
Confirmation today that the Stena Caledonia has been sold to Indonesia

and

Stena have spent some money today:

http://www.stenaline.com/en/stena-line/corporate/media/press-releases/expanding-on-the-baltic-sea/

Stena Line is expanding on the Baltic Sea

Stena Line acquires five ferry routes between Sweden and Germany to Latvia. The three routes, Travemünde to Ventspils and Liepaja as well as the route Nynäshamn-Ventspils have been acquired from Scandlines GmbH. Moreover, Stena Line has acquired Scandlines GmbH's vessels and operation on the routes between Trelleborg to Sassnitz and Rostock, which makes Stena Line the sole owner. The acquisitions are part of Stena Line's strategy of expansion into growth markets.
"Through the acquisition of the routes from Germany and Sweden to the Baltic States, we are increasing our presence in the southern Baltic and expanding our offering for both freight and passengers. Our ambition is to continue developing the new operations in order to give our customers better service and capacity," says Gunnar Blomdahl, CEO for Stena Line.

The background to the acquisition is the strong growth in sea transports to and from the Baltic region, which is expected to show continued growth. Three vessels in total, of which two are chartered, operate the routes to the Baltic States.

"Through the new routes, we are supplementing our existing network and can offer transports to and from the Baltic States," says Gunnar Blomdahl.

Apart from the purchase of the three routes between Germany and the Baltic States, Stena Line is also acquiring the vessel “Sassnitz” and the operations on the routes from Trelleborg to Rostock and Sassnitz. These routes have previous been run jointly with Scandlines GmbH, via Stena Line's subsidiary Scandlines AB, under the Scandlines Hansa brand. Stena Line will now be the sole owner of the routes, which are currently operated by four ferries. The Trelleborg routes as well as the new routes to Latvia will operate under the Stena Line brand.

In total, the transaction concerns about 300 employees in Germany and the Baltic States. The staff that are employed with Scandlines in Germany, Lithuania, Denmark and Latvia and who work on the specified routes will be offered new positions with Stena Lines.

The deal is on the assumption of approval from the German competition authorities.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: DublinPeter on June 01, 2012, 12:22:24 AM
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For Stena Charisma to move to the Irish sea would depend a lot on Stena being able to find buyers (or at least someone to charter) for the Stena Voyager and Stena Explorer , and given what happened to Stena Discovery and the fact that there are record numbers of fast craft laid up out of service across Europe (20 at last count) I cant see there being to many interested parties.


Economics of HSS operation are very interesting at the moment.  Decent loads (numbers on the central corridor are up close on 10% so far this year) on a seasonal service with falling oil prices changes the game considerably.  I couldn't even pretend to predict Stenas thinking for next year on DL-Holyhead! There is an option on a 3rd year on the current contract and obviously Stena don't want to show too much growth on the route or the cost for any future contract would rise considerably! 

All of that though, does mean the sale of the Lynx at a knockdown price is even more confusing strategically!  Speaking of the Lynx III, anybody know what she is up to now as Orange1.  I know she is based in Busan, Korea but no idea if she is on a regular run or indeed in service at all.

Pete
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Fast Ferry Fan on June 03, 2012, 11:48:26 PM
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Economics of HSS operation are very interesting at the moment.  Decent loads (numbers on the central corridor are up close on 10% so far this year) on a seasonal service with falling oil prices changes the game considerably.  I couldn't even pretend to predict Stenas thinking for next year on DL-Holyhead! There is an option on a 3rd year on the current contract and obviously Stena don't want to show too much growth on the route or the cost for any future contract would rise considerably! 

All of that though, does mean the sale of the Lynx at a knockdown price is even more confusing strategically!  Speaking of the Lynx III, anybody know what she is up to now as Orange1.

As long as IF's Dublin Swift is running (and I can't see that ending given they were pretty quick to restore 2 return trips daily back when fuel prices were particularly high a couple of years ago), and as long as there's nothing like the Superfasts to replace the conventional ships on the central corridor, I would have though it would be commercial suicide to reduce Stena's fastferry service any further.

My understanding is that the Lynx III just wasn't reliable enough for the winter season and just not big enough for the summer season, so it had to go.  I also think Stena have an option on DL for another 2 years, not just next year.

Interesting that you say loadings are up 10%.  Is there a breakdown of this between UK and Irish originating business?  Between conventional and fastferry business? Between foot passenger and vehicle business?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: DublinPeter on June 05, 2012, 06:36:55 PM
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As long as IF's Dublin Swift is running (and I can't see that ending given they were pretty quick to restore 2 return trips daily back when fuel prices were particularly high a couple of years ago), and as long as there's nothing like the Superfasts to replace the conventional ships on the central corridor, I would have though it would be commercial suicide to reduce Stena's fastferry service any further.

My understanding is that the Lynx III just wasn't reliable enough for the winter season and just not big enough for the summer season, so it had to go.  I also think Stena have an option on DL for another 2 years, not just next year.

Interesting that you say loadings are up 10%.  Is there a breakdown of this between UK and Irish originating business?  Between conventional and fastferry business? Between foot passenger and vehicle business?


FastFerryFan, the current contract is an interestingly structured one.  It is a 2 year contract with an option for 2013 and a further option on 2014 if it looks like a longer term contract is viable.  From a business perspective the Harbour company would be anxious though to get some sort of firmer contract signed later this year/early next.

I agree totally that a Stena central corridor fastcraft is very likely to continue while Swift does (and believe me, IF are not going to take away the Swift anytime soon!). 

You are right to in your assertion about the Lynx III not being a suitable vessel, particularly in the busy times or the many choppy days! 

Options at this stage are either to continue with the HSS for 2013 (this is by far the most likely option so long as Explorer stays fit and well/not sold!) or to go for a smaller fastcraft by charter (plenty of them about!) like the P&O Express arrangement.  Final option is the use of HSS Carisma which is being re-examined again.  900 Capacity, good sea handling and for the brand it still "looks" like a HSS. 

Apparently the adjustments to the linkspans to accomodate the smaller HSS are pretty manageable and no more expensive than those required to make in particular St Michaels pier in Dun Laoghaire suitable for a larger Fastcraft.  Space and draft are no problem but linkspan is definitely an issue.  Docking a larger (but not HSS) fastcraft on the HSS dock (at DL or Holyhead) would require significant work with building a floating pontoon "attached" to the HSS linkspan or removing it altogether.

Personally I reckon we will probably see Explorer for another year given that fuel prices have eased considerably (down more than 30% from peak) and if a contract (2014-2017) can be negotiated then Stena and the Harbour will pay the cash jointly to adapt the HSS linkspans for Carisma.

On the passenger/car figures for this year, business from the UK is up so far this year and HSS is doing better than target I'm told.

Pete
 
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Fast Ferry Fan on June 06, 2012, 11:34:47 PM
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Personally I reckon we will probably see Explorer for another year given that fuel prices have eased considerably (down more than 30% from peak) and if a contract (2014-2017) can be negotiated then Stena and the Harbour will pay the cash jointly to adapt the HSS linkspans for Carisma.

I think you're probably spot on.  A mid size vessel is what will be required longer term.  Presumably it has to be weighed up quite carefully though whether the Carisma's current route can do without it.  It was far easier to test out the Lynx III in 2010 because it's not as if it was doing much else between March and May and September and December.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Rob on June 10, 2012, 08:40:52 PM
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You are right to in your assertion about the Lynx III not being a suitable vessel, particularly in the busy times or the many choppy days! 
 

I'm curious, why is the HSS 900 more suitable during choppy days? is it just size or some other feature unique to the HSS' design?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: DublinPeter on June 11, 2012, 02:46:17 PM
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You are right to in your assertion about the Lynx III not being a suitable vessel, particularly in the busy times or the many choppy days! 
 

I'm curious, why is the HSS 900 more suitable during choppy days? is it just size or some other feature unique to the HSS' design?


Good question Rob!  I had to get a marine engineer to explain this one to me.  First benefit that Carisma has is her size.  Generally the bigger the boat, the better she deals with the sea.  Not in every case though, there have been some dodgily designed large fastcraft in the past that have not handled any seas at all well!

Second is the design of the HSS with her weight distribution, stabilisation system and while at sea, her propulsion.  She is not massively bigger than IF Swift (only about 5 metres longer and a bit wider) but apparently the combination of all of the above serves her well. 

Someone with more marine technology (or physics!) knowledge than me would be able to explain further but apparently this is how the irish sea (current/recent past) fastcraft rate at sea:

1. HSS Explorer/Voyager
2. HSC Mannanan
3. HSC Express
4. HSC Jonathan Swift
5. HSC Lynx iii

Pete
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Sam71 on June 11, 2012, 10:42:41 PM
The HSS craft have a 'SWATH' hullform...Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull. This means that the hull is at it's thinnest at water level...if you look at the Voyager etc., you can see that each hull curves inwards as it falls to surface level. Underwater, the hulls become bulbous again, and this is where the necessary displacement is captured. Wave energy is most powerful at surface level, so minimising the cross-section at that point also minimises the impact of any waves. Not sure if I'm explaining it that well, but check http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SWATH for more detail.

With the HSS vessels, their simple bredth is also a big plus. The Voyager is almost 40m across (not sure about the Carisma), and that means she's much more stable in crosswind waves...two widely spaced hulls will roll much less than a single narrow hull.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: DublinPeter on June 12, 2012, 12:20:04 AM
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The HSS craft have a 'SWATH' hullform...Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull. This means that the hull is at it's thinnest at water level...if you look at the Voyager etc., you can see that each hull curves inwards as it falls to surface level. Underwater, the hulls become bulbous again, and this is where the necessary displacement is captured. Wave energy is most powerful at surface level, so minimising the cross-section at that point also minimises the impact of any waves. Not sure if I'm explaining it that well, but check http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SWATH for more detail.

With the HSS vessels, their simple bredth is also a big plus. The Voyager is almost 40m across (not sure about the Carisma), and that means she's much more stable in crosswind waves...two widely spaced hulls will roll much less than a single narrow hull.


Explained far better than I ever could, particularly the stuff about fascinating SWATH technologies - nice one Sam.  In terms of width and the difference it makes, the Lynx iii was 26m accross, Mannanan 26m accross, Swift is 24.5m accross and Carisma is quite a bit wider about 31m accross.  Every meter counts when you're trying to improve the ride on the Irish Sea.

Stabiliser systems seem to vary in quality and effectiveness a lot too.  I haven't been on any of the newer Incat or Austal cats but in theory at least their sea-handling skills are much improved.  I'm told that Norman Arrow (Kat Express) is particularly good - helped by the fact that it is nearly the size of the HSS!

Finally, never rule out the influence of a good crew too.  In fairness to the crews on the Irish Sea, there are some excellent sailors at work and they work very hard to make the voyage as comfortable as possible. 

Pete
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Rob on June 19, 2012, 08:56:13 PM
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You are right to in your assertion about the Lynx III not being a suitable vessel, particularly in the busy times or the many choppy days! 
 

I'm curious, why is the HSS 900 more suitable during choppy days? is it just size or some other feature unique to the HSS' design?


Good question Rob!  I had to get a marine engineer to explain this one to me.  First benefit that Carisma has is her size.  Generally the bigger the boat, the better she deals with the sea.  Not in every case though, there have been some dodgily designed large fastcraft in the past that have not handled any seas at all well!

Second is the design of the HSS with her weight distribution, stabilisation system and while at sea, her propulsion.  She is not massively bigger than IF Swift (only about 5 metres longer and a bit wider) but apparently the combination of all of the above serves her well. 

Someone with more marine technology (or physics!) knowledge than me would be able to explain further but apparently this is how the irish sea (current/recent past) fastcraft rate at sea:

1. HSS Explorer/Voyager
2. HSC Mannanan
3. HSC Express
4. HSC Jonathan Swift
5. HSC Lynx iii

Pete

Thanks Pete, and others, for the interesting replies.I've added a pic to illustrate the bulbous design as discussed.

 I've always been a fan of the HSS, having travelled mostly on the HSS Discovery. I can recall her trips being cancelled quite a few times due to heavy seas, and she's had one pretty big accident when she did go out in high seas and got damaged. As far as I can track the Discovery, she is now involved in a criminal investigation in Curacao, where the owner has filled her tanks with diesel to trade illegally. She looks pretty bad too, such a crying shame.

I have often wondered, would it even be possible to convert the HSS to conventional props? As she is so uneconomical to run? (just brainstorming).
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on June 21, 2012, 01:40:42 AM
Does anyone know which ships Stena aquired in the purchase of Scandlines? Was it just the Sassnitz or were there other ships involved?
I wonder will Stena now phase out the Scandlines brand in favor of its own Stena Line brand.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Matt73 on June 23, 2012, 07:56:25 PM
My understanding is that they purchased the all the vessels and routes.  They intend to rebrand the entire operation as Stena Line.  The Stena and Scandlines press release links are below.

http://www.stenaline.com/en/stena-line/corporate/media/press-releases/expanding-on-the-baltic-sea/

http://www.scandlines.com/en/press/press/pressreleases-2012
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Matt73 on June 23, 2012, 08:18:37 PM
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You are right to in your assertion about the Lynx III not being a suitable vessel, particularly in the busy times or the many choppy days! 
 

I'm curious, why is the HSS 900 more suitable during choppy days? is it just size or some other feature unique to the HSS' design?


Good question Rob!  I had to get a marine engineer to explain this one to me.  First benefit that Carisma has is her size.  Generally the bigger the boat, the better she deals with the sea.  Not in every case though, there have been some dodgily designed large fastcraft in the past that have not handled any seas at all well!

Second is the design of the HSS with her weight distribution, stabilisation system and while at sea, her propulsion.  She is not massively bigger than IF Swift (only about 5 metres longer and a bit wider) but apparently the combination of all of the above serves her well. 

Someone with more marine technology (or physics!) knowledge than me would be able to explain further but apparently this is how the irish sea (current/recent past) fastcraft rate at sea:

1. HSS Explorer/Voyager
2. HSC Mannanan
3. HSC Express
4. HSC Jonathan Swift
5. HSC Lynx iii

Pete

Thanks Pete, and others, for the interesting replies.I've added a pic to illustrate the bulbous design as discussed.

 I've always been a fan of the HSS, having travelled mostly on the HSS Discovery. I can recall her trips being cancelled quite a few times due to heavy seas, and she's had one pretty big accident when she did go out in high seas and got damaged. As far as I can track the Discovery, she is now involved in a criminal investigation in Curacao, where the owner has filled her tanks with diesel to trade illegally. She looks pretty bad too, such a crying shame.

I have often wondered, would it even be possible to convert the HSS to conventional props? As she is so uneconomical to run? (just brainstorming).


Thanks for all for these posts too, particulalry the pictures and technical information. 

The HSS look like superb craft.  I have never been on them, but feel they were always something of a vanity project, not unlike Concorde.

Something made out of fibre glass and aluminium riding across the Irish and North Seas doesn't make for a happy combination, as the photographs show.  It's interesting to remember that Stena originally envisaged that the Discovery could run Harwich-Hook without any conventional tonnage as back up. I think it lasted about a year before they realised their error and a very expensive one it turned out to be. 

When the HSS were introduced in 1996/7 the price of a barrel of oil was $60.  By the time they decided to phase them out, the price was $160.  Prices have fallen a little since, but I can't see a way they could ever be made to turn a profit.  Stena reduced their speed and increased the ticket prices and they still couldn't be made to pay.

Last summer, I had a conversation with one of the officers on Stena Hollandica, who had also worked on Stena Discovery, and he described all of this as "the great decade-long HSS experiment." He clearly loved being an officer on Stena Discovery and said it was an amazing vessel to navigate, but had been amazed how long the Discovery had actually lasted in service.  He was also unconvinced that saving three hours off the journey had been worth the investment.  Indeed, the new Britannica and Hollandica seem to have proved that the additional crossing time makes no difference to customers. 

I think these fast craft are great to supplement exisiting, reliable and conventional tonnage.  Alone they are a disaster requiring deep pockets and/or an oil tanker floating along behind.  It's no coincidence, I think, that the Discovery ended up in one of the few countries on the earth with any oil significant reserves left.

It will be interesting to see what the experience is with new Viking Line ship, Viking Grace, which will be powered by LNG engines.

Matt
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on June 23, 2012, 11:20:02 PM
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Does anyone know which ships Stena aquired in the purchase of Scandlines? Was it just the Sassnitz or were there other ships involved?
I wonder will Stena now phase out the Scandlines brand in favor of its own Stena Line brand.

This takeover is not as simple as it first appears as Stena already own a part of Scandlines called Scandlines AB, which is operated as part of Scandlines with Scandlines GMBH and they are taking full ownership of the Baltic Sea business.

The Sassnitz was the only vessel available for aquisition as the rest of the Scandlines fleet were chartered. Stena Line will take over the charter of the other vessels involved in service on the Baltic sea.

The vessels being moved to Stena are:

Sassnitz (bought)
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (charter)
Scotish Viking (charter)
Watling Street (already Stena owned)
URD (Charter)
ASK (Charter)

Stena already own the Scandlines Hansa vessels:

Skane
Trellborg
Aurora

The scandlines sweden website:

http://www.scandlines.se

Stena and Scandlines have yet to get confirmation from the competition authority for this deal.

Not 100% certain that Ask and Urd are a part of this deal, but no doubt all information will be revealed over the next few months.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on June 30, 2012, 08:02:54 PM
Stena have released an interesting video of the Stena Lagans refit, showing the work inside and out on the Belfast based ferry.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1yt0_cPUJM&list=UUL3m9y_-6dCeywLnN8te8qA&index=1&feature=plcp

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: smallboatowner on July 03, 2012, 07:03:08 PM
Just noticed that the former Stena Caledonia now renamed Port Link appears to have finally left Belfast after lay up en route for Gibralter then on to Indonesia. Currently at anchor off the east coast of NI which seems strange.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Alanmac6363 on July 04, 2012, 05:01:35 AM
After some interesting "sea trials" off the County Down cost, the vessel headed almost due south at speed [up to 13kns at one time] - it then slowed down to a leisurely 7.5 kns on its journey south to Gib.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Alanmac6363 on July 04, 2012, 05:34:43 AM
At around 04.00 Hrs [BST] the vessel again went "full ahead" and when I last looked at Marine traffic.com it was again at plus 13 kns [13.8].
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: scomacsf8 on July 04, 2012, 09:37:58 PM
Some photos of PORT LINK's final departure from Belfast are at http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: smallboatowner on July 07, 2012, 09:28:08 PM
She's made good progess, currently off Faro at 13.1 knots
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on July 10, 2012, 06:05:55 PM
Stena Line takeover of Scandlines services given the go ahead:

The German competition authority, Bundeskartellamt, has approved the deal between Stena Line and Scandlines Deutschland GmbH, which was presented on 30 May, for the acquisition of five ferry routes between Sweden and Germany to Latvia. The acquisition is part of Stena Line's strategy to expand into growth markets and it is expected to be completed by the end of August.

 

"The approval from the German competition authority, Bundeskartellamt, is an important step forward in this process. We are now making the acquisition and it is expected to be completed during August," says Gunnar Blomdahl, CEO for Stena Line.

 

The acquisition is based on the strong growth in sea transports to and from northern Europe and the Baltic States, growth which is expected to continue. The new routes to the Baltic States complement Stena Line's existing network and will strengthen its offering for both freight and passenger services. The acquisition is part of Stena Line's strategy to expand into growth markets and it is expected to be completed by the end of August. The five new routes will operate under the Stena Line brand.

 

About the transaction:

Stena Line is acquiring five ferry routes, operating between Sweden, Germany and Latvia, from Scandlines Deutschland GmbH. The acquisition will contribute to an increase in turnover for Stena Line of around 1 billion, to a total of about SEK 12.1 billions for 2013. The five routes are Travemünde to Ventspils and Liepaja, Nynäshamn-Ventspils as well as Trelleborg to Rostock and Sassnitz. Three ships in total operate the routes to the Baltic States, of which two are chartered and the ferry "Ask" is being bought by Stena Line. The Trelleborg routes were previously operated jointly with Scandlines GmbH, via Stena Line's subsidiary Scandlines AB, under the Scandlines Hansa brand. Stena Line will now be the sole owner of the routes, which are currently operated by four ferries in total. The acquisition also includes the ferry "Sassnitz"

Also the Port Link Ex Stena Caledonia has made it safely to Gibraltar but has been in a holding pattern, I assume waiting to be refueled.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Alanmac6363 on July 12, 2012, 10:59:51 PM
Port Link was today passed quite a few times by her old [Belfast/Stranaer] running partner Le Rif.

Isn't Marinetraffic.com marvelous? LOL
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Alanmac6363 on July 16, 2012, 05:41:26 AM
Now heading to Malta ???

Another question that I have is what size of a crew would she have to take her to Indonesia?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on July 16, 2012, 02:25:37 PM
Not many , 5 or 6 crew possibly.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: smallboatowner on July 17, 2012, 08:41:57 PM
Now refueled and under way - destination Area 4, Hong Kong
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: scomacsf8 on July 18, 2012, 06:31:22 PM
Destination is now Port Said, Egypt and the Suez Canal. She is now only about 1/4 of the way there...

(Hong Kong is actually past her ultimate destination of Indonesia).
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on July 22, 2012, 09:53:53 PM
New exterior and interior images of the Stena Europe are available to view on shipping website http://www.faktaomfartyg.nu/

http://www.faktaomfartyg.nu/extra_bilder/stena_europe_1981_omb_1.htm

http://www.faktaomfartyg.nu/extra_bilder/stena_europe_1981_omb_2.htm

http://www.faktaomfartyg.nu/extra_bilder/stena_europe_1981_omb_3.htm
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on July 23, 2012, 10:09:01 PM
The Port Link has reached Port Said, next on the voyage is the Suez Canal.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on August 06, 2012, 10:27:17 PM
The Stena Scotia (freight vessel) has entered dry dock at H&W Belfast, one assumes the vessel will receive some additional Stena branding during the overhaul period. The Clipper Pennant is providing cover during the refit period
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: smallboatowner on August 09, 2012, 12:35:34 PM
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The Port Link has reached Port Said, next on the voyage is the Suez Canal.


Still anchored there over 2 weeks later, wonder what the delay is?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Alanmac6363 on August 15, 2012, 03:11:32 AM
Crew?

Payment for fuel?

Or? How much does it cost to transit the Suez Canal?

Maybe interesting times ahead?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on August 17, 2012, 08:02:14 AM
Stena Hibernia is currently drydocking at H&W Belfast , there is expected to be a reshuffling of ships on Stena Line's UK - Holland services in the coming weeks.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on August 17, 2012, 08:11:10 AM
From EADT24 , http://www.eadt.co.uk/business/harwich_stena_line_charters_smaller_vessels_for_rotterdam_freight_service_1_1484923

Harwich: Stena Line charters smaller vessels for Rotterdam freight service

By Duncan Brodie
Thursday, August 16, 2012
5:23 PM

   
FERRY operator Stene Line is to introduce smaller vessels on its Harwich-Rotterdam freight route – but insists that there will be no reduction in service to customers.

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The replacement of the current vessels, the Stena Carrier and the Stena Freighter, follows a decision by rival CLdN, part of Cobelfret, to end its Ipswich-Rotterdam service due to low volumes amid the tough economic climate.

Stena has now chartered the two vessels used on the Ipswich route, the Capucine and the Severine, and will deploy them on its Harwich-Rotterdam route from the start of next month. It says that the new vessels, one built in 2011 and the other completed this year, will enable it to improve operational efficiency.

“The market conditions for the Rotterdam-Harwich route have been very tough during the past few years, mainly due to a very competitive environment on the North Sea and the financial instability and recession,” said Stena’s area director, Pim de Lange.

“This has led to a low capacity utilisation of our two current vessels and a consequential poor financial development for the route.”

“We need to improve efficiency and reduce our operational costs to be able to increase our competitiveness.


“With this solution we can accomplish that because we will have smaller and cheaper tonnage and, at the same time, we can carry the same volumes that we have today and deliver the same service to our customers,” he added.

The closure of CLdN’s Ipswich-Rotterdam route is thought to involve around 20 job losses.

CLdN has declined to comment on the closure but in a letter to customers earlier this month it said: “CLdN ro-ro SA regret to announce that under the prevailing circumstances, the board have decided to stop the service between Rotterdam and Ipswich.

“The last sailing is planned for Friday, August 17, 2012 – schedule to be confirmed. We would like to thank you for your help and support over the past years.”

The loss of the route is a setback for hauliers as the location of Ipswich offered many operators a shorter road journey compared with Harwich.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on August 17, 2012, 01:47:13 PM
The Stena Scotia currently in dry dock at H&W Belfast has been repainted and is getting the Stena Ro Ro logos applied to the hull. Images on Scott Mackeys Flickr site:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/7795269214/in/set-72157624983997347

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on August 17, 2012, 06:57:33 PM
With amazing timing, the current edition of Ferry and Cruise Review Summer 2012 contains a review of the Capucine and Severine and the Cobelfret Ipswich max service by Nick Widdows which Stena have just chartered to replace the Stena Carrier and Freighter as mentioned in the previous post.

From

http://www.ferrypubs.co.uk/news_north-sea.asp

Stena Line introduces two new vessels on Rotterdam-Harwich
16 August 2012
Pim de Lange, Stena Line area director for the business area North Sea, said: “The market conditions for the Rotterdam-Harwich route have been very tough during the past few years, mainly due to a very competitive environment on the North Sea and the financial instability and recession throughout Europe. “This has led to a low capacity utilisation of our two current vessels and a consequential poor financial development for the route.” The two new vessels for the route were built in 2011 and 2012 and have a deck capacity of 1,760 lane metres. “We need to improve efficiency and reduce our operational costs to be able to increase our competitiveness. With this solution we can accomplish that because we will have smaller and cheaper tonnage and, at the same time, we can carry the same volumes that we have today and deliver the same service to our customers”, Pim de Lange said.

and


Stena Line posts record H1 volumes to Holland
16 August 2012
The ferry operator increased overall number of passengers across the North Sea for the January-June period by 1.9 per cent and numbers of cars by 1.7 per cent. The numbers represent a total year-on-year increase of 4,000 passengers and 800 cars. The company achieved particularly strong results in the rail and sail ‘dutchflyer’ sector, where it increased numbers by 7 per cent. The Q2 results were stable, with 0.6 per cent growth in car numbers and a 0.7 drop in overall passenger numbers. Numbers of ‘dutchflyer’ passengers in the April-June period were particularly robust, with 11 per cent growth. Since February 2012 Stena Line has worked with rail operator Greater Anglia, which provides the train service from East Anglian stations to Harwich International. Lars Olsson, Stena Line’s general manager for travel on the North Sea, said: “Stena Line is very pleased to see efforts to sustain growth on the North Sea route to Holland paying off. We’re acutely aware of the difficult market conditions and have worked smartly to strengthen demand, despite the context of a slip into the UK’s first double-dip recession since the 1970s. “We invested more than Ł375 million in our new North Sea Superferries in 2010 so continued growth is of paramount importance. Stena Line expects the sea transport sector to remain volatile throughout 2012 so will redouble its efforts, notably around the 50th anniversary of the company’s founding, this September.” Stena Line operates twice-daily six-hour return crossings between Harwich and the Hook of Holland, with fares starting from Ł59 one-way for an adult and car. Fares for Stena Line’s dutchflyer rail and sail tickets start from Ł39 one-way, including Harwich-Hook of Holland crossing and onwards rail travel to any Dutch station.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on August 17, 2012, 07:15:00 PM
and then (taken from FONE)

New ships for Irish Sea Belfast-Heysham Service
Stena Line today confirmed its decision to develop the Belfast – Heysham route through the introduction of two replacement vessels. These two new vessels, launched in Germany this year, have been chartered from SeaTruck Ferries and registered in the Isle of Man and will be renamed Stena Performer and Stena Precision. It is planned that they will enter service on the Belfast – Heysham route around the 12th September 2012.
These vessels were built especially for Heysham port, providing ideal fit and draught and will give almost a 30% increase in deck lane metre capacity on the route. These two vessels will be technically managed by Northern Marine Management, part of the Stena Sphere of Companies, and crewed by Northern Marine Manning Services. The Stena Hibernia and Stena Scotia will be handed over to Stena RoRo and no decision has yet been taken on their future operation.
Irish Sea Area Director Michael McGrath said: “One year on from acquiring the Belfast-Heysham route, today’s announcement represent an important milestone in Stena Line’s development programme for this important freight link between Northern Ireland and mainland UK.

This means the Stena Scotia, Stena Hibernia, Stena Carrier and Stena Freighter are to be relocated within the Stena Fleet, which one would assume will involved the Scandlines operation and the recently acquired routes in the Baltic area.

I do wish just a little bit of investment would find its way onto the Southern Irish Sea routes with the Stena Nordica and Stena Europe in need of replacement on their respective routes.

The Seatruck vessels have also been reviewed in the current edition of Ferry and Cruise Review - Summer 2012.




Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on August 21, 2012, 09:17:41 AM
The Stena Hibernia has replaced the Stena Scotia in drydock at H&W Belfast. No news on their redeployment within the Stena Line network yet.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on August 22, 2012, 09:55:11 AM
The Stena Baltica had a short spin this morning just over one year since it was laid up and is back alongside the dock in Lysekil, Sweden.

Stena have announced that it is no longer available for sale or charter and is about to be reactivated for use within the Stena group. The announcement was made on the Facebook site of Stena Line in Norway.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on August 22, 2012, 11:37:45 AM
any idea where she is off to? id give anything to see her back in rosslare but that aint gonna happen
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on August 22, 2012, 09:28:24 PM
No idea where the Stena Baltica is going yet, but I am sure it won't be long before news is announced.

Images of the Stena Scotia (soon to depart the Irish Sea) post refit are now available and it does look really well with a fresh coat of paint.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/belfastship/7832664860/in/photostream

http://www.flickr.com/photos/belfastship/7832746674/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/belfastship/7832848152/in/photostream/

and from the ever reliable Scott Mackey:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/7839740488/in/photostream

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/7839738918/in/photostream

It is quite possible the Seatruck pair will be rebranded in a similar colour scheme before entering service to replace the Stena Scotia and Stena Hibernia.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on August 30, 2012, 07:26:08 PM
The Stena Baltica is due to depart from lay up in Lyeskil at the end of September and is due to proceed to drydock.

Its destination after this date is currently unknown but is reported to be a route within the exisiting Stena Line network.

http://www.lysekilsposten.se/cms/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=4416&cntnt01returnid=52

Image from the Lysekil Post Website

It has been turned around in its mooring position for lifeboat testing.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Matt73 on September 02, 2012, 05:37:10 PM
Great news that the old girl will remain on Stena duty for a while longer.  I still think that the 2005 refit ruined her look.

Love the new Stena freight livery on the Scotia.

Matt
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on September 03, 2012, 09:03:17 PM
The Stena Hibernia has completed its refit in H&W Belfast and looks very well in its new paintjob.

Some very nice images available here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/belfastship/7923600526/in/photostream

http://www.flickr.com/photos/belfastship/7923571880/in/photostream

http://www.flickr.com/photos/belfastship/7923589508/in/photostream

Now Stena have five vessels to redeploy within the fleet as the the Stena Scotia and Stena Hibernia are taking their newly painted hulls to another route (to be replaced by two new Seatruck vessels on charter), the Stena Freighter and Stena Carrier are off to a new route (have been repalced by the Capucine and Severine on charter from CDL) though both showing Portland as a destination at the moment and the Stena Baltica is to be reactivated soon.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on September 07, 2012, 01:10:02 PM
Seatruck Precision and Seatruck Performance in dry dock at H&W Belfast for application of new Stena Ro Ro branding
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on September 16, 2012, 09:29:54 PM
The new look Stena Precision and Stena Peformer have entered service on the Belfast - Heysham service replacing the Stena Scotia and Stena Hibernia.

The Scotia and Hibernia are laid up in Belfast awaiting redeployment within the group.

lots more images on Scott Mackeys Flickr site.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/sets/72157631496681230/
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Alanmac6363 on September 20, 2012, 04:44:32 AM
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Destination is now Port Said, Egypt and the Suez Canal. She is now only about 1/4 of the way there...

(Hong Kong is actually past her ultimate destination of Indonesia).

Now showing as steaming NNE east of Mumbai [Bombay].
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on September 24, 2012, 11:20:31 PM
The Capucine is now sporting the Stena Line colours on its funnel after its charter from Cldn (Cobelfret)

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: scomacsf8 on September 26, 2012, 02:54:20 PM
Port Link ex Stena Caledonia has now arrived off Colombo, Sri Lanka - possibly her final call before her ultimate destination of Jakarta. She left Belfast on Tuesday 3 July - 13 weeks ago!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on September 26, 2012, 11:15:30 PM
Never thought is would have taken them that long to get there, the crew must be totally shattered after that trip, would  imagine the Port Link is not looking too good now. I know they spent quite awhile at anchor before entering the Suez canal

Hopefully we will get some images after its been drydocked and repainted.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: smallboatowner on September 27, 2012, 08:44:02 AM
Under way again, destination Belawan, Sumatra, Indonesia
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on October 11, 2012, 08:41:22 PM
The Stena Hibernia has finished covering for the Stena Britannica's refit on Harwich-Hoek run and is currently laid up alongside the Stena Carrier in Portland, Dorset.

Stena currently have the Stena Scotia, Hibernia and Carrier laid up after the revamp of their freight operations on the Irish Sea and North Sea.

Stena Britannica image from www.facebook.com/StenaLineNederland
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on October 16, 2012, 05:54:57 PM
As already mentioned on the site the HSS Stena Explorer is to refit in Harland &Wolff Belfast this December before it reappears for the Christmas season on the Dun Laoghaire route.

The Explorer is due to enter dry dock on December 3rd and the refit is expected to take approx 12 days.

One wonders will some of the fixtures and fittings on the Stena Voyager be swapped to update the Explorers interior ? and will the Explorer be rebranded in the new Stena Brand Image ?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: tonycan on October 16, 2012, 08:19:55 PM
Any word on Stena Baltica?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Fast Ferry Fan on October 16, 2012, 10:54:18 PM
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As already mentioned on the site the HSS Stena Explorer is to refit in Harland &Wolff Belfast this December before it reappears for the Christmas season on the Dun Laoghaire route.

The Explorer is due to enter dry dock on December 3rd and the refit is expected to take approx 12 days.

One wonders will some of the fixtures and fittings on the Stena Voyager be swapped to update the Explorers interior ? and will the Explorer be rebranded in the new Stena Brand Image ?

I sometimes wonder what these refits really entail.  I recall going on the Explorer at the end of one season a couple of years ago and then again at the start of the next season, supposedly after a Ł1m+ refit.  Some seats by the coffee bar at the front were just as tatty as they had been before.  As a customer, that was the only thing I noticed that needed doing, and Ł1m+ later it hadn't been done.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on October 17, 2012, 06:12:37 PM
With regard to the refits it depends on where the money is being spent, sometimes they are mechanical and safety based, other times they are specific areas on the ships, like the Stena + areas or lounges, some areas that you would thing will be revamped are sometimes left alone. Hopefully they will get to put the Voyager interior into the Explorer and at least it will get some use.

As for the Stena Baltica it appears it will not be redeployed on the Scandlines routes and will not be returning to the Irish Sea, with the number of vessels Stena have laid up I think a fleet redeployment will see some ships heading outside the route network.

Vessel - Laid up

Stena Baltica - Sweden
Stena Hibernia - Dorset
Stena Scotia - Belfast
Stena Carrier - Dorset
Stena Voyager - Belfast

There are rumours that some of the above vessels are heading to Turkey, but at the moment i have no further news on this.

As for the Voyager, I hear scrap metal prices are quite good and i suppose it would provide a lot of parts for the Explorer and draw a line under the HSS Discovery debacle and prevent a repeat of same.

Image of the Hibernia and Carrier is Portland - Dorset.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on October 18, 2012, 05:19:31 PM
The Trelleborg has received its new Stena Line branding in Landskrona, Sweden. It is the first of the Scandlines vessels to be revamped.

image from landgangen

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Rob on October 19, 2012, 08:44:41 AM
Just to ask, is there any reason not to just switch the voyager with the explorer, as its also a younger vessel and they want its interior?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on October 19, 2012, 04:35:57 PM
The Trelleborg has gone back into service, but without a Stena prefix name, I assume that will follow at a later date.

Some images of its new colour scheme from landgangen.se

http://www.landgangen.se/forumsmf10/index.php?topic=25856.msg224619#msg224619

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on October 19, 2012, 04:40:36 PM
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Just to ask, is there any reason not to just switch the voyager with the explorer, as its also a younger vessel and they want its interior?

I would assume one major reason for keeping the Explorer over the Voyager is that it has not had as busy a career and has spent quite a bit of time laid up, while the Voyager was in use from delivery until last November. The Voyager has a more modern interior as it had a major refit not too long before the Superfasts were introduced and has the modern Stena interior.

Plenty of images to compare and contrast on Smac.ni's Flickr site:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/sets/72157623466755204/
Title: Southampton-Cherbourg
Post by: Matt73 on October 19, 2012, 10:34:05 PM
Could anybody remind me why it was that the Southampton-Cherbourg route was closed? I assume it was because they weren't making enough money.

Has anybody heard any rumours about Stena returning to the
western channel, especially since Brittany Ferries appear to be in difficulties?

Thanks.

Matt
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on October 23, 2012, 07:41:45 PM
From memory, I think the Southampton route was closed because it was not making any money for Stena at the time, combined with the Stena Normandy's charter to Stena Line ending. They decided to close the route, if it had been a money maker they could easily have extended the charter or got another vessel

I could be wrong about that. Some images of the routes vessel the Stena Normandy from Shipspotting.com.

There are no rumours that they are thinking of restarting the route to France at the moment, the competition out of Portsmouth with LD Lines/DFDS and Brittany Ferries would be quite intense and given the spend it would require is probably unlikely to happen.

http://www.faktaomfartyg.nu/prinsessan_birgitta_1982.htm

http://www.simplonpc.co.uk/StNicholas.html

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=42934
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: cullyburn on October 23, 2012, 09:00:01 PM
I note from www.faktaomfartyg.nu/prinsessan_birgitta_1982.htm that an old friend of mine, namely St Nicholas (Herwich-Hoek), Normandy (Rosslare / Cherbourg / Roscoff) has gone to the great harbour in the sky(Via Alang) :'( :'(
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Matt73 on October 25, 2012, 05:37:20 PM
Thanks for that information.  Sorry to hear she is no more, although she was no match for Koningin Beatrix during the Harwich-Hook days.  I think Sea Containers missed a big trick not ordering a sistership at the same time as SMZ.

Matt
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Rob on November 01, 2012, 07:46:07 PM
Ironically, I know this thread is called 'stena line fleet MOVEMENTS', but has anyone any updates on the HSS voyager?:P
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 01, 2012, 10:11:26 PM
The HSS Stena Voyager is expected to make its final voyage early in the new year, destination yet to be confirmed.

At this stage it is safe to assume it is unlikely to resume service with Stena Line and it will not be going to Venezuela to meet its sister vessel HSS Discovery.

After the refit of the HSS Stena Explorer in December it will have most of its interior fixtures and fittings, safety gear including Marine Evacuation System, most mechanical fittings removed and fitted to the Explorer or stored on board as the Explorer will be expected to remain in service for another season or two if not more.

The price of scrap metal is high, scrap Aluminium is worth a lot, the Voyager is worth more scrapped and stripped of parts than it is moored in Belfast harbour.

Unfortunately the circumstances outlined are probably going to mean that the first HSS to be scrapped will be the Voyager, a sad end to a great experiment which with hindsight the Stena management probably regret investing in.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 02, 2012, 09:00:37 AM
Having said all the above, both the Explorer and Voyager have appeared for sale.

http://www.mondialbroker.com/detail.taf?B=345421&K=BPS

http://photo.mondialbroker.net/brokers/5997/_docs/345421_291591.pdf
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: DublinPeter on November 02, 2012, 10:24:48 AM
Giftgrub,

The two HSS' have been offered for sale quite a few times in recent years. Stena would doubtless be delighted to get someone to buy them but given the fuel costs and the linkspan costs, it's quite unlikely.

In the meantime, I think the scenario you mentioned above about stripping out Voyager to upgrade Explorer will go ahead and even then, Voyager can be kept in skeletal form if a buyer does appear!

Pete
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Rob on November 02, 2012, 09:57:28 PM
for accuracy, the hss disocvery is not in venezula, but in the dutch island of Curacao (and has been for a while). I have done a quick check (I am Dutch) and it is still laid up there, as it is involved in a criminal investigation into its owner, who has transported illegal diesel in the ballast tanks. It will be relocated to another pier in the near future. It was also reported that the owner is still paying the harbour fees for now.  she looks like hell lol.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 03, 2012, 11:50:00 AM
Hi Rob, Thanks for the update, learn something new everyday.

Images of the Discovery laid up in Curacao below from

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:HSS_Discovery_in_Curacao.jpg

and

Shipspotting.com
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on November 05, 2012, 02:45:40 PM
on an unrelated note curacao is an absolutely beautiful island, a real paradise
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on November 05, 2012, 02:53:24 PM
how come normandy was scrapped? seems quite young, same age as the europe too, does this indicate that the end could be in sight for the europe too
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: DublinPeter on November 05, 2012, 03:58:19 PM
Great photos Giftgrub, haven't seen any shots of her since she moved.  She really does look rough though, I can't imagine that she is in good shape mechanically either.

Did she ever enter revenue earning service in Venezuela or did the lack of linkspans stop her before she started?  Rob, from what you can gather is she likely to work again or will the legal knots and lack of a company that can run her lead to her demise?  A sad way to end up.

Pete
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Rob on November 05, 2012, 08:39:40 PM
Pete,

As far as I know, the HSS discovery has never sailed commercially since its time under Stena Line. Of course it was the worst business decision ever to buy the ship without the ability to dock it, right?

After a few years doing nothing, she sailed to curaçao to attract capital for repairs. However, in addition, the 'owner' decided it was a good business proposition to smuggle 360.000 litres of diesel to the port in 9 tanks (probably the tanks used to get her to Venezuela from Belfast). Without having declared it, 240.000 litres disappeared, probably sold off. The ship has been laid up since pending the legal procedings against the owner.

Technically, I think I read somewhere that two of her jets are inoperative. This is also how she made it to curacao (only two functioning, see picture). Also attached another picture of her poor state. I think she won't be capable of much any more of this keeps up.

Sorry for the big first picture, no idea how to downscale it.

Also, what the heck happened to the HSS' rear?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: DublinPeter on November 05, 2012, 11:52:32 PM
Great pictures again Rob, thanks!

It's just really odd seeing her tied up at anywhere other than a HSS Linkspan.  I'm guessing the black mess on the rear is down to a neighbouring vessel while she was in Venezuela rather than a fire!

The story about the smuggled diesel really is incredible stuff but sadly seems to match in with her fortunes since she arrived there.  Interestingly, her AIS is functioning again and has her with a new arrival time in Caracao (I'm guessing at the main port rather than where she is now) of November 24th.  Yet another chapter to be written it seems!

Pete
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 06, 2012, 08:54:40 AM
There are more images of the Discovery on Page 19 of this thread. The black area at the stern has been caused by the onboard diesel generators exhausting underneath at the back of the vessel, not any fire damage.

some shaky camcorder footage of the vessel laid up here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSs6VPzlkwY
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 08, 2012, 06:10:44 PM
Confirmation that the Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey are to undergo further modifications to improve the onboard passenger experience has been posted on the Figura website.

http://www.figura.com/Figura/news.html

We are currently working on some projects for Stena Line. The Mersey and Lagan had a facelift in the forward area early this year and has been very succesful. We are now continuing with the mid area and are implementing a Barista and Living Room concept.

Stena Line took over the Scandlines ships on the Trelleborg route and we are implementing the Strena concepts on that route.

Hopefully they will handle this part of the refit better than the featured refit in the Undercover Boss programme !

Two impressive images from Marinetraffic.com
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: maehara on November 09, 2012, 09:45:04 AM
Have to say, those ships look far better in the Stena livery than they ever did in the old Norfolk Line colours...
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 10, 2012, 01:45:06 PM
Yes, amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do to the look of a  ferry.

As December approaches its time to consider the forthcoming refits for the Stena Line Irish Sea fleet.

As already mentioned the HSS Stena Explorer is in first on December 3rd for a two week refit prior to resuming service for the Christmas season on the Dun Laoghaire - Holyhead route.

Stena Europe will normally refit in January - Nothing Confirmed.
Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey - Nothing Confirmed
Stena Superfast VIII & VII are expected to refit in February.(VIII first and the VII following)
Stena Adventurer & Stena Nordica - Nothing Confirmed

Given that Stena have 3 freight vessels laid up, it is possible that the Stena Scotia, Stena Hibernia or Stena Carrier could provide cover for the refit period allowing one of the passenger vessels to provide cover on the routes that need passenger capacity.

For Example - Substitute freight vessel for either the Lagan or Mersey and allow one of them to cover the Superfasts, Europe and Nordica/Adventurer refits or substitute Nordica and allow it to cover the Superfasts, Europe refits. All depends on bookings for the respective routes but would be interesting to see the Lagan/Mersey on the Rosslare route for a few weeks.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Matt73 on November 10, 2012, 11:03:05 PM
"Hopefully they will handle this part of the refit better than the featured refit in the Undercover Boss programme !"

Couldn't agree more!  I suspect a refurbished crew area will also be part of this refit. If you recall, Gunnar Blomdahl was pretty appalled they had spent all the money on the passenger areas and the crew quarters looked like a slum!

Matt
Title: Stena Hollandica/Britannica/Koninigin Beatrix
Post by: Matt73 on November 10, 2012, 11:12:02 PM
Obscure question of the week:

Does anyone know of, or have, any pictures/videos of the current Stena Hollandica/Britannica doing the 180 degree turn off the Harwich International berth, please?

If you go on youtube there are some great videos of the Hollandica turning off the berth at the Hook of Holland, but I haven't found any similar ones at Harwich. I suspect it's because it is very difficult to photograph/film unless you are at Shotley, on the other side of the river Stour. 

Similarly, any of Koningin Beatrix would be great.  I tried to take one years ago, but my zoom lens wasn't good enough to take a picture from Ha'penny pier.

Thanks.

Matt
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 11, 2012, 09:02:28 PM
The Stena Hibernia is in the Baltic and according to marine traffic comencing service on Helsingborg - Travemunde, I assume it has been chartered as Stena do not operate on this route.

Could be charted to this shipping company:

http://www.sollines.se/

Very nice image of the Stena Baltica at lay up in Lysekil, Sweden on the link below:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/hjakse/8085340704/
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 15, 2012, 08:23:26 PM
The accident report in relation to the Stena Feronias collison with the Union Moon has been published. It can be downloaded from here:

http://www.maib.gov.uk/publications/investigation_reports/2012/stena_feronia_and_union_moon.cfm

Interesting reading...
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Robert 24 on November 16, 2012, 07:51:05 PM
The Stena Precision and Stena Performer Will be Join The Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey on The Birkenhead - Belfast in January
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 18, 2012, 12:55:54 PM
The Stena Precision and Stena Performer are NOT being transferred to the Belfast - Birkenhead route, they will be remaining in service on their current route from Belfast - Heysham.

In the event of them being unable to birth in Heysham due to bad weather they can of course divert to Birkenhead but will not be joining the Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey on the Birkenhead route.

One change for the Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey that will happen in the future is that once the Stena Voyager has been removed from Belfast, the HSS berth will be dismantled and Stena will create a new ferry berth alongside the Superfast berth at VT4.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Rob on November 18, 2012, 04:34:47 PM
Giftgrub, do you have an idea as to when voyager will leave belfast? Is she able to power herself to whatever new destination?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: DublinPeter on November 30, 2012, 02:13:21 PM
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Giftgrub, do you have an idea as to when voyager will leave belfast? Is she able to power herself to whatever new destination?


Weird how we lost a few days of posts so lets take up where we left off!

HSS Explorer is awake again in Holyhead and has been running up her engines in prep for a trip to Belfast for refit over the weekend.  Will almost certainly be the last chance to see her and Voyager together before the latter heads off and Explorer heads back to Holyhead before resuming service on the Dun Laoghaire run (1030 ex Holyhead, 1330 ex DL) on December 20th.  She works until January 5th and then returns to the run on Friday March 22nd until September 10th. 

Some changes too on the Nordica schedule for the new year.  The old 4pm sailing from Dublin Port is now advanced to 1510 and the 2130 from Holyhead is now 2030.  The morning departure from Holyhead is now 0855 rather than 0820.

Pete
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Rob on November 30, 2012, 05:05:00 PM
You know I thought I was going crazy as I thought I saw more posts and then there were less haha. We all say voyager will head off soon but is there any proof or are we just speculating? I don't understand why not even a sjeik from Dubai wants to buy it!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Fast Ferry Fan on November 30, 2012, 08:20:43 PM
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Some changes too on the Nordica schedule for the new year.  The old 4pm sailing from Dublin Port is now advanced to 1510 and the 2130 from Holyhead is now 2030.  The morning departure from Holyhead is now 0855 rather than 0820.

The Nordica has been on tis route since 2008; can't believe it has taken this long to make these changes.  The 9.30pm departure was far too late for any family with its 00.45 arrival time and the 8.20am with a 45 minute minimum arrival time far too early.

In another 4 years, they'll be allowing foot passengers too!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Matt73 on December 01, 2012, 08:18:48 PM
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Some changes too on the Nordica schedule for the new year.  The old 4pm sailing from Dublin Port is now advanced to 1510 and the 2130 from Holyhead is now 2030.  The morning departure from Holyhead is now 0855 rather than 0820.

The Nordica has been on tis route since 2008; can't believe it has taken this long to make these changes.  The 9.30pm departure was far too late for any family with its 00.45 arrival time and the 8.20am with a 45 minute minimum arrival time far too early.

In another 4 years, they'll be allowing foot passengers too!


Aside from the lack of gangways (inexplicable in my view) why don't they allow foot passengers?

Matt
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Alanmac6363 on December 03, 2012, 05:14:01 AM
HSS Explorer is awake again in Holyhead and has been running up her engines in prep for a trip to Belfast for refit over the weekend.  Will almost certainly be the last chance to see her and Voyager together before the latter heads off and Explorer heads back to Holyhead before resuming service on the Dun Laoghaire run (1030 ex Holyhead, 1330 ex DL) on December 20th.

Noted leaving Holyhead at 04:15 this morning.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on December 03, 2012, 01:50:50 PM
A few good images of the Explorer in Belfast this morning.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/8241254476/in/photostream
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Warren on December 03, 2012, 02:03:19 PM
Great images :)

Does anybody know when the explorer will leave Belfast again?

Wonder why Stena decided on another refit for her when the voyager is lying there idle and is laid out better for passengers than the explorer.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Rob on December 03, 2012, 08:26:34 PM
nice pictures indeed. Hopefully we will see some of her in the actual dock too, always imposing to see it out of the water. As to the voyager;I didn't understand it either but one plausible reason could be that explorer is simply in a much better state technically.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Alanmac6363 on December 04, 2012, 04:59:24 AM
Here's a thought. . . .

Explorer took around four and a half hours to reach Belfast from Holyhead.

I wonder is there a business case for Voyager to operate out and back journeys from Belfast to Holyhead with one crew, maybe every other day?

After all, the linkspans are in place in both Belfast and Holyhead.

Your thoughts please.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: maehara on December 04, 2012, 08:22:35 AM
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I wonder is there a business case for Voyager to operate out and back journeys from Belfast to Holyhead with one crew, maybe every other day?
Would be an expensive ticket, I would've thought.  Would also compete with Stena's own Liverpool run - which has a much better dropping-off point for anyone travelling to England.  The road in from Holyhead's a decent one, but it's still a long trek through North Wales to get anywhere (unless you're holidaying in the area)...
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on December 04, 2012, 09:01:46 AM
The Stena Explorer is in Belfast for a mechanical overhaul and replacement of some safety systems including the Marine Evacuation System, Renewal of safety certificates etc. They are not changing any of the internal fixtures and fittings. They will be giving it some repainting where necessary and sending it back to Holyhead within the next 12/14 days.

The Stena Voyager, having been laid up in a dormant state for the last 12 months is not returning to service and will never see commercial service again, it has donated some parts for the Explorer including the Marine Evacuation System. As mentioned on another forum, the Voyager is likely to be scrapped by Stena and turned back into Aluminium.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Warren on December 04, 2012, 04:32:44 PM
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Here's a thought. . . .

Explorer took around four and a half hours to reach Belfast from Holyhead.

I wonder is there a business case for Voyager to operate out and back journeys from Belfast to Holyhead with one crew, maybe every other day?

After all, the linkspans are in place in both Belfast and Holyhead.

Your thoughts please.

Stena Lagan/Mersey completes their journeys to Belfast/Birknhead in 8 hours by travelling on average about 20/21 knots.

If Stena were to bring the Voyager to the liverpool service at full speed, thats only 4 hours..

IMO it would be nice to see the voyager return for seasonal services like Explorer and P&O express.

P&O express done the larne/cairnryan in 1 hour port to port. Wonder if Stena made a loss this year because of it.

I just miss the HSS  :)
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on December 04, 2012, 09:06:44 PM
Nothing to do with the Irish Sea, but here is how they painted the Trelleborg.  One of the ferries from the Scandlines fleet which was recently given a fresh coat of paint and the Stena Line branding.

[media width=600]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcK4uRoo0uk[/media]
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: shipsofmann on December 04, 2012, 09:09:38 PM
"As mentioned on another forum, the Voyager is likely to be scrapped by Stena and turned back into Aluminium."

And not a moment too soon. The sooner both of these incredibly awful vessels are recycled into aluminium, the better. :)
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Rob on December 05, 2012, 08:05:26 PM
so you're saying you prefer any other bulky monohull ferry to the HSS' catamaran figure? Interesting how tastes differ :). apart from its obvious flaws this 'awful' ferry took me across the north channel in less than fours in stead of more than 8, and I'm glad of it. Personally I find it a shame it is being scrapped. At the very least it would make for a nice museum like they have in New York. :D
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: shipsofmann on December 05, 2012, 09:51:07 PM
The HSS concept was an evolutionary dead end, a bit like passenger/car ferry hovercraft. The ships themselves were tacky and had had every milligram of the maritime experience squeezed out of them - terrible outside deck space and the interior was like a floating burger bar. They had the ambience of a downmarket Burger King. Stena Line are a fine shipping company and their more recent vessels are very good indeed, particularly the Superfasts and the Stena Lagan and Mersey. But they dropped a clanger with the HSS concept and the sooner they are turned into baked bean cans on the shelves of Tesco the better.
AJS
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: ste898 on December 05, 2012, 10:00:10 PM
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"As mentioned on another forum, the Voyager is likely to be scrapped by Stena and turned back into Aluminium."

And not a moment too soon. The sooner both of these incredibly awful vessels are recycled into aluminium, the better. :)

What a load of bull

These were the best ships that sailed on the Irish sea routes and still ahead of their time

I for 1 will never go on the slow boats they have now as they have gone back 10 years in my eyes
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Matt73 on December 05, 2012, 11:20:21 PM
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The HSS concept was an evolutionary dead end, a bit like passenger/car ferry hovercraft. The ships themselves were tacky and had had every milligram of the maritime experience squeezed out of them - terrible outside deck space and the interior was like a floating burger bar. They had the ambience of a downmarket Burger King. Stena Line are a fine shipping company and their more recent vessels are very good indeed, particularly the Superfasts and the Stena Lagan and Mersey. But they dropped a clanger with the HSS concept and the sooner they are turned into baked bean cans on the shelves of Tesco the better.
AJS

Absolutely, I couldn't agree more!  I've posted before that they were the concord of the seas.  Like every fast craft before them, they were scuppered as soon as the cost of oil
rocketed. Then we had the Stena Discovery being damaged by a freak wave and a lorry falling out of it and to the bottom of the North Sea, with no conventional ships at the time to cover for its absence. As I recall, passengers were sent to Dover instead.  Unless and until you can get a propulsion system with vastly reduced fuel costs and a hull which is much more robust, these craft are just vanity projects.  I don't doubt for a moment the marvel of marine engineering the HSS represents, or the reduced journey time, but it's conventional tonnage all the way for me. 

I would also be interested to know whether Stena has in any way recouped the total value of the investment with the three HSS 1500 and the smaller 900.  I doubt it.

Your Burger King analogy is quite apt as it is a little known fact that Stena held the Burger King franchise in Sweden and, I think, other Scandinavian countries in the late 1980s.  It was disposed of around the same time as the ill-fated British Columbia Stena Line project at the time when James Sherwood forced Stena to pay over the odds for Sealink British Ferries in 1990. 

Matt
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: maehara on December 06, 2012, 01:51:55 PM
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so you're saying you prefer any other bulky monohull ferry to the HSS' catamaran figure? Interesting how tastes differ :).
Of all the catamarans to ply the Irish Sea, the HSS is by far the least visually attractive - all those angles and straight lines do it no favours at all.  And, as others have said, it never really felt like a boat when you were on board.

Bring back the SeaCats... :)
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: tonycan on December 06, 2012, 04:27:47 PM
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.  It was disposed of around the same time as the ill-fated British Columbia Stena Line project at the time when James Sherwood forced Stena to pay over the odds for Sealink British Ferries in 1990. 

Matt

Stena had a British Columbia Project? I would like to hear more about that .... As it happens, through work, I am getting a tour of the current BC Ferries operations centre and drydock on Saturday morning.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Fast Ferry Fan on December 06, 2012, 09:25:00 PM
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Of all the catamarans to ply the Irish Sea, the HSS is by far the least visually attractive - all those angles and straight lines do it no favours at all.  And, as others have said, it never really felt like a boat when you were on board.

Bring back the SeaCats... :)

The angles and lines are just a function of the time it was built in the same way that the angles and lines on other modes of transport (cars / trains / buses) have been smoothed out.

As regards it not feeling like a boat - that's why it was so good; fast journey, quick to load and quick to unload.  If I wanted to take all day getting there and saunter about on the deck, I'd book a cruise holiday.  The only scenario I can think of where I might take the opposite view is if were driving a lorry all day, when a longer ferry journey would give more time for resting.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Matt73 on December 06, 2012, 10:04:59 PM
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.  It was disposed of around the same time as the ill-fated British Columbia Stena Line project at the time when James Sherwood forced Stena to pay over the odds for Sealink British Ferries in 1990. 

Matt

Stena had a British Columbia Project? I would like to hear more about that .... As it happens, through work, I am getting a tour of the current BC Ferries operations centre and drydock on Saturday morning.

Yes they did. In 1988, they acquired a majority share in the British Columbia Steamship company's Seattle-Victoria ferry line service from the BC government.  They ran two ferries, the Princess Margherite and the Vancouver Island Princess.  They refurbished both vessels, which dated from the 1940s I think, but never made any money on them, which they blamed on high operating costs etc.  For example, they had casinos on board and were forced to use them only when the ships were in international waters; this didn't make them terribly profitable.  They also reduced the passenger numbers to about 800.

Long story short, they tried to sell the ships, but there were clauses in the original sale contract, in addition to the BC Govt owning a minority stake, which prevented this from happening.  It caused a terrible to-do at the time I think.  See the link below for the full detail. 

http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&File_Id=7478

It was a short-lived affair and I think Stena pulled out in 1991 having lost a lot of money.  This was at a time when the early 1990s recession was starting to bite and they realised they had paid over the odds for Sealink British Ferries, having splurged on investment in new ships for various routes, including Dover-Calais, for Sealink Stena Line. 

This led to Stena Line AB, which was then listed on the Swedish stock market, being technically insolvent for most of the 1990s. They had to issue a series of debentures and share issues in Sweden, which would have dragged down any other company.  They were fortunate that Stena Line was part of the wider Stena group which is linked to the deep pockets of the Olsson family.  This was one of the reasons why Dan Sten Olsson took the company private again 2000, where it has remained ever since.  In addition, Stena AB, the parent company has diversified considerably since then.  If you look at the latest Annual Report, Stena Line only contributes 30% of the "Stena Sphere" and Stena Ro/Ro, which builds and charters all of the ferries, is a mere 1%.

Hope little history is helpful and enjoy the trip on Saturday!

Matt
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on December 07, 2012, 12:45:20 AM
Regardless of your opinion on the Stena HSS project, feast your eyes on the images of the HSS Stena Explorer in dry dock at H&W Belfast.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/8250879472/in/photostream/

Amazing how clean the hulls are, after more than two years since its last drydocking.

A big thank you to Scott Mackey for posting these images, his Flickr site contains plenty of fantastic images.

Having done some research into the fuel consumption of the HSS, this could well be the Explorers last time in dry dock before it joins the Voyager at the recycling yard before being made in drinks cans, Stena Metall will be busy.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: tonycan on December 07, 2012, 04:25:34 PM
Thanks Matt73 for the info and link. Very interesting.

BTW great pics of HSS.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: ste898 on December 08, 2012, 09:18:29 PM
Unbelievable that sten would scrap those as they are totally state of the art as opposed to the clapped out old superfasts
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: maehara on December 10, 2012, 10:06:16 AM
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Unbelievable that sten would scrap those as they are totally state of the art as opposed to the clapped out old superfasts
"Clapped out old"?  The Superfasts are four years younger than the Voyager (Voyager launched 1996, Superfast VII & VIII both launched 2000).  Considerably nicer on board, too, IMO.

Neither of which would matter if the HSS ships weren't so thirsty, admittedly.  Not so state-of-the-art on that front.  :)
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Rob on December 10, 2012, 08:34:14 PM
True. Wouldnt putting some other form of "engine" in the hss" be an option? Smaller turbines, conventional engines for example? I have wondered sometimes how removable the turbines would be.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Sam71 on December 11, 2012, 07:31:59 PM
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True. Wouldnt putting some other form of "engine" in the hss" be an option? Smaller turbines, conventional engines for example? I have wondered sometimes how removable the turbines would be.

Fair question...but I suspect it would be a major job to re-engineer the hulls to accept anything else. The engines will be mounted on some form of plinth or jig, which will be specific to them. The hullform is probably also optimised around the current engines. Then there is the plumbing (air intakes and exhausts) through the hull...all of this will need to be modified. Then a big issue would be weight and balance...a big diesel would probably be much heavier (not to mention physically larger) than the equivalent turbine, so the vessel would be inadequately trimmed. Also, a diesel would need a mighty big gearbox to provide the right shaft speed for the pumpjets.
The HSS will have been designed specifically around the propulsion package that was installed. So to fit another form of propulsion would at very least 'de-optimise' the vessel. And then it has to be cost-justified...probably a difficult sell!

The HSS is a fabulous piece of engineering...I have been on it when the captain announed we were travelling at 60 knots! And smooth as silk. It really did have a place with oil at $30 / barrel, but sadly, it's out of step with todays world. We should be thankful we were one of three routes to enjoy the HSS1500. Saying that, there's still nothing to beat the feel of salt air in your face, on the open deck of an 'old-fashioned' ship, and feeling the vibration of a marine diesel in your feet. We should be glad we have the Superfasts now!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: DublinPeter on December 12, 2012, 04:09:06 PM
The HSS is ugly/beautiful debate is always a good one :)

She's on her way back to Holyhead now, should be back in a couple of hours. Mechanically all is good, she's doing nearly 40 knots down the coast of Northern Ireland at the moment! I'm still amazed (and delighted) that she lives to fight another year in 2013.

Pete
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Warren on December 12, 2012, 05:33:05 PM
Just over 40 knots now..

Pity she only goes 25 knots service speed.. Miss the days she was at 40 knot service speed.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on December 12, 2012, 05:51:30 PM
Great to see they can still work the engines every now and again.

Some great images of the Explorer leaving Belfast on the ever reliable Scott Mackey flickr site.

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

Also some reports on FONE that the Stena Nordica will be providing refit cover for the Stena Europe and the Stena Superfast VII & VIII in January/ February 2013, one assumes the Stena Scotia will cover for the Nordica on Dublin - Holyhead if this is correct.

And also on Stena's Facebook site it was mentioned that the cabins are to be refurbished on the next overhaul/refit, which would be interesting.
from Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/StenaLineUKIE
"thanks for your feedback, which we will take into account during our refit of the Stena Europe cabins in January."
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Warren on December 12, 2012, 06:01:01 PM
Excellent pics... Probably the last time they'll both be seen together..

Is there any insiders of Stena on this forum? Wonder if there is any debate at all about the Voyager returning to service from Belfast.

Im no business know it all but Stena must have lost money this year on the service with the superfasts to P&O when they had theyre express on..

If only the Voyager came back for a seasonal service.. Now that the port in Loch Ryan is 8 miles north from Cairnryan, Im sure she could complete the journey in 1 hour.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on December 12, 2012, 06:17:19 PM
Unfortunately it looks like the next trip for the HSS Voyager is to the scrap yard where is will be turned in to raw aluminium with the VT4 HSS berth converted for the Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey.

The cost of running the HSS at full speed is horrendous and the Superfasts are much more efficient than the HSS.

To give you some idea, in the book Stena Line - The Story of a Ferry company the bunkering for the HSS in one 24 hr period is 480 tonnes, as far as I know the cost of a round trip for the Superfast is 10 tonnes of fuel, thats a total of 6 round trips a day for the two Superfasts, total fuel used 60 tonnes a saving of 420 tonnes of fuel in a 24 hr period.

Obviously running the HSS at a slower speed saves a lot of fuel but the Superfasts are not going to be leaving anytime soon.


http://www.breakwater.se/product_info.php?products_id=263
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Warren on December 12, 2012, 06:28:40 PM
Good point.

Weird to see the way Holyhead gets another season but the Belfast route hasnt been considered.

I was speaking to a crew member on the Navigator on one of the ships last days and in todays climate it costs StenaŁ10,000-Ł15,000 in fuel for one round trip compared to Ł2,000 for the conventional ferries.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on December 14, 2012, 07:25:42 PM
With the January refit season fast approaching, it is going to be the Stena Nordica providing cover for the Stena Europe and Stena Superfasts VII & VIII, however the Stena Scotia is unlikely to provide cover for the Stena Nordica as it does not have any passenger capacity, it is rumoured that one of the Birkenhead vessels will cover for the Nordica on the Dublin - Holyhead route with another vessel to be chartered to cover the Stena Lagan or Mersey.

The Stena Scotia and Stena Hibernia have also been listed for sale despite only recently getting the new Stena branding.

http://www.mondialbroker.com/detail.taf?B=349400&K=BPS

Another fact from reading the new book Stena Line - The story of a ferry company, in 1992 the two top performing routes in the Stena Route network were Gothenburg - Fredrickshavn and Rosslare - Fishguard !!

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Matt73 on December 15, 2012, 06:13:12 PM
Is the book you refer to available for sale anywhere?

Thanks

Matt
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on December 16, 2012, 06:52:46 PM
The book Stena Line - The Story of a ferry company is available from a Swedish website in English text.

http://www.breakwater.se/product_info.php?products_id=263

I was unable to buy it direct from their website, but emailed them and they arranged for me to pay them directly and they dispatched the book on a Monday, I got it on the following Friday. It cost €53 delivered which is expensive but it is a 400+ page book with lots of information.

It was published primarily for in house use to celebrate their 50th anniversary but is available for purchase in either Swedish or English, just make sure you order the English version.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on December 16, 2012, 07:22:11 PM
It is mentioned on FONE that the Stena Lagan will be providing cover for the Stena Nordica during the refit season on the Dublin - Holyhead route, and the Finnarrow will be chartered to cover for the Stena Lagan on Belfast - Birkenhead.

The Finnarrow is a vessel well known to Stena Line as it was previously chartered for the Karlskrona - Gydnia and Harwich - Hoek routes.

It will be interesting to see how the Stena Lagan performs on the Dublin - Holyhead route as it is stern loading only and Stena have quite a few of these Visentini built vessels in their fleet !!

[media width=600]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d86n1uluY5o[/media]
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on December 18, 2012, 11:24:37 PM
Originally posted on FONE is this very interesting interview with a Stena Line manager in relation to the Harwich operation.

http://www.eadt.co.uk/business/insight/harwich_stena_line_remains_buoyant_amid_choppy_waters_1_1744803

FERRY firms everywhere are facing the challenges of high fuel costs, a recession-fuelled slowdown, and new environmental requirements............ (click above link to read more)

[media width=600]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUFTHx9Ow3E[/media]
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 03, 2013, 06:08:01 PM
Could the Stena Baltica  be heading in this direction soon.

http://www.stenasealine.com/

The Stena Spirit is heading for dry dock soon and will not be replaced on the Karlskrona route to the Stena Vision will cover that route on its own.

http://www.stenalinefreight.com/ferry/press/pressreleaser/dry-docking-stena-spirit-2013/~/media/Spirit%20Shipyard%202013.ashx

The Sassinitz is currently being rebranded to Stena Line from Scandlines - a work in progress image below

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 04, 2013, 09:17:12 AM
Stena Line have changed around the refit cover schedule for Jan- Feb on the Irish Sea.

The Finnarrow will now replace the Stena Nordica on the Dublin - Holyhead route allowing the Nordica to cover for the Stena Europe and Stena Superfast VII & VIII refits/overhauls. The Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey will remain on the Belfast - Birkenhead routes.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on January 04, 2013, 09:33:14 AM
So whats going to cover for the Stena Adventurer when she goes to drydock in April?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Matt73 on January 04, 2013, 01:42:46 PM
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The book Stena Line - The Story of a ferry company is available from a Swedish website in English text.

http://www.breakwater.se/product_info.php?products_id=263

I was unable to buy it direct from their website, but emailed them and they arranged for me to pay them directly and they dispatched the book on a Monday, I got it on the following Friday. It cost €53 delivered which is expensive but it is a 400+ page book with lots of information.

It was published primarily for in house use to celebrate their 50th anniversary but is available for purchase in either Swedish or English, just make sure you order the English version.


By a comedy of errors, I have ended up with two copies of this book, having ordered a completely different one!

It is in mint condition and still in the jiffy bag.

If anybody would like to buy it off me, please message me privately.

Thanks

Matt
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Fast Ferry Fan on January 04, 2013, 05:56:04 PM
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So whats going to cover for the Stena Adventurer when she goes to drydock in April?

Usually the HSS does an extra sailing.  I'm sure it's been deliberately scheduled for when the HSS is operating again.  When in April is it off schedule?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Rob on January 04, 2013, 07:22:02 PM
Speaking of HSS, any movement for the Voyager yet?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on January 04, 2013, 07:57:44 PM
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So whats going to cover for the Stena Adventurer when she goes to drydock in April?

Usually the HSS does an extra sailing.  I'm sure it's been deliberately scheduled for when the HSS is operating again.  When in April is it off schedule?

Not too sure, but heard it's going to Falmouth and they will be doing a major passenger area refit.
Ok the HSS may take the passengers but what about the freight, they chartered in a ship the last time she went to drydock.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on January 06, 2013, 09:27:44 AM
Thinking back, I think it was the European Endeavor that they chartered in last time but P&O are using her themselves at the moment.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on January 10, 2013, 05:58:42 PM
Hello, just joined IF last week and I wanted to take this opportunity to write my first post on the first thread I saw on this forum.

Both the Stena Carrier and Stena Freighter have been chartered to Transfennica to operate between Zeebrugge-Bilbao and because of a joint agreement with P&O, they will be using the P&O berths at Zeebrugge. It's great to see them chartered out so quickly.

As for the Central Corridor, it was the Norman Trader (sister to Endeavour) that covered the Holyhead-Dublin route, when the Stena Adventurer was away.
Personally, I can see Stena doing the following:
1) leaving just the Nordica and Explorer operating and any extra capacity will be shuttled by Irish Ferries (similar to what happened at Pembroke/Fishguard-Rosslare)
2) They use the Finnarrow again
3) They use the Norman Trader again
4) They charter a spare Seatruck vessel which uses either their own berths or the other Irish Ferries berth.

1 or 2 are probably the most likely.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on January 10, 2013, 06:46:33 PM
Yeah it was the Norman Trader that replaced the Adventurer, I remember it now, thanks for that :)
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 10, 2013, 11:40:45 PM
Stena Line have chartered the Clipper Pennant from Seatruck, for two years, will we see it placed on the Dublin - Holyhead route ???
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on January 11, 2013, 10:20:26 AM
Where did you hear about that? I don't know where she'll go, unless Stena need extra capacity on the Irish Sea or maybe the Baltic and North Seas. Although why they can't use the Stena Scotia I don't know.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 11, 2013, 02:17:23 PM
http://www.stenaroro.com/offering/Pages/Clipper-Pennant.aspx

Currently laid up in Birkenhead, but is on the Stena Ro Ro site.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Alanmac6363 on January 13, 2013, 11:32:12 PM
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It is mentioned on FONE that the Stena Lagan will be providing cover for the Stena Nordica during the refit season on the Dublin - Holyhead route, and the Finnarrow will be chartered to cover for the Stena Lagan on Belfast - Birkenhead.

The Finnarrow is a vessel well known to Stena Line as it was previously chartered for the Karlskrona - Gydnia and Harwich - Hoek routes.

It will be interesting to see how the Stena Lagan performs on the Dublin - Holyhead route as it is stern loading only and Stena have quite a few of these Visentini built vessels in their fleet !!

The Finnarrow is now underway to Holyhead.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 14, 2013, 10:18:29 AM
Yes, The Finnarrow has left Travemunde with destination Holyhead via Nok.

She will arrive on Wednesday morning at 10.00 and take up service on Friday at 2030 ex Holyhead - 24 hours later than planned. Stena Europe will now not arrive at Belfast for refit until Sunday morning 20th Jan, also 24 hours later than planned.

Wonder will the Stena Europe or Nordica receive the "Making Good Time" Branding and Blue Wave the rest of the Stena fleet have got ?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on January 14, 2013, 05:30:57 PM
So the Finnarrow is covering the Nordica and then after she comes back from a refit she'll be covering the Europe then the Superfasts?

I wonder what's going to happen to the Stena Scotia,  Stena Hibernia and the Clipper Pennant over the next few months.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on January 14, 2013, 05:31:56 PM
Note: Nordica covering Europe & Superfasts.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on January 17, 2013, 08:02:56 PM
Finnarrow has arrived on the Central Corridor now.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 17, 2013, 08:53:13 PM
Image of the Finnarrow, not looking to pretty arriving at Holyhead yesterday (16th Jan).

The Finnarrow will take up the Stena Nordica schedule with the 20.30 sailing from Holyhead on Friday, the Stena Nordica will then head to Fishguard and replace the Stena Europe on Saturdays 14.30 crossing to Rosslare.

The Europe is expected in Belfast on Sunday morning and will share the drydock at H&W Belfast with the P&O Express, assuming there are no surprises when out of the water the Stena Europe is in Belfast for essential maintenance to be carried out and the usual exterior paint work renewal.

The Stena Europe is expected back in service on Thursday 31st January on the 14.30 ex Fishguard.

One interesting option for anyone travelling on the Stena Nordica is the option of reserving one of the private lounges available on board the Nordica, something that Stena might add at some stage to some more vessels.

Once the Nordica is finished in Rosslare it will then head to the North Channel and replace the Stena Superfast VIII from February 1st and the Stena Superfast VII from the 14th Feb.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on January 17, 2013, 10:29:02 PM
When does the Nordica herself go for a refit?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on January 18, 2013, 05:52:35 PM
Not a very good start for the Finnarrow, she couldn't alongside Holyhead today due to the weather. The Ulysses & Adventurer came and went and she was still waiting outside. I bet there were some angry passengers on that ship.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on January 18, 2013, 06:04:47 PM
She seems to have berthed in Holyhead now.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on January 18, 2013, 07:50:45 PM
Last I heard she was trying again at 4pm this afternoon.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: DublinPeter on January 18, 2013, 09:26:51 PM
I might be losing my mind on this one but as far as I knew, Finnarow wasn't due to take up duty until tonight at 8.30pm (having run empty from Dublin yesterday after berthing trials).  So she was going around in circles today (while others were on berth) yep, but without passengers. 

Was berthed last night (once the others had left) and came back on to the berth this afternoon in advance of her 8.30 departure tonight.  On her way now at 19 knots.

Pete
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: HSS on January 18, 2013, 11:51:37 PM
Not just you losing your mind, i thought the same??
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on January 19, 2013, 11:50:01 AM
Ooops very sorry everyone. It appears I was given the wrong information. :-[
You would think in his position he would know better >:(
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on January 21, 2013, 04:11:07 PM
LOL! Well the Finnarrow has now taken over from the Stena Nordica, with the latter vessel in Rosslare. Is the Nordica scheduled a refit this year or do Stena alternate the refits between her and the Adventurer every year (i.e. 1 year Adventurer; next year Nordica)?

Also does anyone know where the Clipper Pennant is going? I honestly can't think of a suitable Stena Line route for her, let alone sustain her for 2 years.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 22, 2013, 05:19:20 PM
There are some really impressive images of the Stena Europe in drydock in Belfast now available for viewing on Scott Mackeys flickr site:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/8405062863/in/photostream

Plenty Interior Images of the Europe

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/8406059104/in/photostream/

For a vessel that has had a very busy 12 months, the Europe looks in good condition

Also some mages of the Finnarrow arriving in Dublin

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/8405025223/in/photostream/

I would think the Clipper Pennant could be heading for use on the North Sea with Stena Line, possibly an additional route between Holland and the UK ?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Niall on January 22, 2013, 11:09:13 PM
Stena Nordica will stay on the Dublin-Holyhead run beyond 2014. As for Stena Europe she'll remain at Fishguard until end of next year. Stena will then have to decide what to replace her with or close down the route.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Fast Ferry Fan on January 22, 2013, 11:33:15 PM
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As for Stena Europe she'll remain at Fishguard until end of next year. Stena will then have to decide what to replace her with or close down the route.

Why?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 23, 2013, 09:21:42 AM
Stena Baltica has been sold to SNAV Italy according to reports on FONE and Shippax

http://www.torremare.net/marittimi/3043ms.htm

Also I would doubt very much that closure is an option for Rosslare - Fishguard, some wise investment in a good quality vessel will bring about a significant uplift in the route, for example the investment on the North Channel operation has brought about a 60% increase in freight traffic and 9% increase in passengers in just 12 months, that involved two new ferries and one new port, for Rosslare they require one new vessel, one new linkspan in Fishguard and one in Rosslare (if they go double deck loading).
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on January 23, 2013, 10:11:53 AM
Well the question is, what would be a good vessel for the route? Many have said that the Baltica would be the best one for the route, but if she's been sold to SNAV (which is good, if it's true), then obviously Stena will have to look for another alternative vessel- maybe one of their new Baltic ships or if Finnlines don't want her, the Finnarrow.

Another idea has just popped into my head: would the Isle of Innisfree be a good vessel for the route? I'm sure there is a clause in the agreement which says Stena can't operate an ICG vessel against an ICG route.

As for the Clipper Pennant, that's possible and the route that springs to mind is Harwich-Europoort, as the vessels are of a similar size. But then I think, why remove 2 big vessels, replace them with 2 smaller vessels because the traffic has declined, then place a 3rd small vessel on the route, so I don't think it's likely.

However, the other option is that she operates somewhere on the Irish Sea, perhaps providing additional capacity between Liverpool/Heysham-Belfast or travelling to the Baltic to operate there.

Time will tell I suppose.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Niall on January 23, 2013, 11:45:18 AM
I think Stena will want to repplace Stena Danica on the Kattegat as she is the oldest ship on the route. However if she was to come to Fishguard she may need significant modifications. It all depends on what Stena want to do with configuring the berth at Fishguard for future needs. They possibly want to have a two tier linkspan and new foot passenger gangway.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on January 23, 2013, 01:48:35 PM
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Another idea has just popped into my head: would the Isle of Innisfree be a good vessel for the route? I'm sure there is a clause in the agreement which says Stena can't operate an ICG vessel against an ICG route.


I think it could be possible. Whatever ship is on the Rosslare / Fishguard run, it is going to carry passengers as the two ships have operated out of Rosslare for years. So why wouldn't ICG take advantage of that and charter the Innisfree to Stena then ICG have a guaranteed income for the ship.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Niall on January 23, 2013, 02:10:02 PM
I think they'll probaly keep Inishmore at Rosslare as she has good frieght capacity. IF would need to look at getting foot passenger gangways operational in both ports. Inisfree will probably go to the baltic.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 23, 2013, 06:26:10 PM
The Baltica was never ideal for the Rosslare route however it was available and had been upgraded since its last stint on the route to double deck loading and increased bow thruster power, however the Baltica will not be returning the Irish Sea now.

The Stena Europe and  Stena Danica are both of a similar age and the Danica is unlikely to move to the Irish Sea. There is possibly going to be a fleet realignment within the enlarged Stena Line Fleet as there are rumours that one of the Karlskrona ships could swap with one of the Kiel vessels, though there was no cover for the Stena Spirit dry dock this year, which for a route expanding and supposed to be very busy is quite strange.

So despite spending billions in recent years there is still a lot of work to do for Stena.

The obvious answer would be to order a sister vessel to the Stena Adventurer which at the time cost around 60 million, they must be kicking themselves they didn't order more of the "Stena Seapacer" class at the time.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Niall on January 23, 2013, 07:09:55 PM
Stena are rather short of new ships, and it would be at least 2015 before a sister to Finneagle could be built in Japan. I think a replacemtn for Stena Danica will be more of a priority for Stena right now.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on January 23, 2013, 08:39:16 PM
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I think they'll probaly keep Inishmore at Rosslare as she has good frieght capacity.

The Inishmore is too big for the run she is on, she sails around half empty most of the time, but I think they will keep her in Rosslare.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Matt73 on January 23, 2013, 11:23:25 PM
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Stena are rather short of new ships, and it would be at least 2015 before a sister to Finneagle could be built in Japan. I think a replacemtn for Stena Danica will be more of a priority for Stena right now.

Stena have never had a problem ordering new ships when they are needed, or finding imaginative solutions like the Superfasts.   Remember when everybody was saying that there was nothing for Holyhead to match the Ulysees ten years ago and then they they built the Adventurer? I certainly agree that they should have built another two in that series, but hindsight is a wonderful thing.

Anything for Fishguard would have to be new and would need substantial shore work on both sides of the St George's channel.

The Danica is a year younger than the Europe and what an old tub the latter looks in the H&W drydock.  A relic from another era.  Moving the Danica's sistership to British waters as the Empereur was a disaster, so I can't see that happening.

To reboot Fishguard, they need a brand new ship, or one which is considerably younger than the Europe. 

I'm amazed that it is the poor relation of the Irish Sea fleet, but then I discovered that it was the least profitable of the old Sealink Irish Sea routes, according to James Sherwood's very interesting, and highly readable, memoirs.  Admittedly, he was writing from the perspective of when he sold Sealink to Stena at a premium in 1990, but I wonder whether that still pertains today?  Does anybody know? 

Matt



Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on January 23, 2013, 11:52:45 PM
Well in my university dissertation about the British Ferry Industry, I discussed the competition within the Southern Corridor and using figures from the DFT and Ferry Publications, I found out the following:
In 2004, Swansea took 4% of the freight market, Fishguard 36% and Pembroke 60%. The situtation hadn't changed significantly by 2010, although Fishguard had took more passengers than Pembroke (419,000 vs 325,000).

However, as we all know it's freight that is now the real money maker for ferry companies, so Pembroke is in a stronger position.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Fast Ferry Fan on January 23, 2013, 11:57:59 PM
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To reboot Fishguard, they need a brand new ship, or one which is considerably younger than the Europe. 

I'm amazed that it is the poor relation of the Irish Sea fleet, but then I discovered that it was the least profitable of the old Sealink Irish Sea routes, according to James Sherwood's very interesting, and highly readable, memoirs.

Surely it's not that surprising seeing as the central and northern routes go directly into the 2 largest cities?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 24, 2013, 10:14:36 AM
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Anything for Fishguard would have to be new and would need substantial shore work on both sides of the St George's channel.

To reboot Fishguard, they need a brand new ship, or one which is considerably younger than the Europe. 

I'm amazed that it is the poor relation of the Irish Sea fleet, but then I discovered that it was the least profitable of the old Sealink Irish Sea routes, according to James Sherwood's very interesting, and highly readable, memoirs.  Admittedly, he was writing from the perspective of when he sold Sealink to Stena at a premium in 1990, but I wonder whether that still pertains today?  Does anybody know? 

Matt




After Stena took over Sealink the Rosslare - Fishguard route in 1992 was the second most profitable route in the network, only the Fredrickshavn route performed better.

One of the Visentini vessels would be an ideal replacement for the Europe, with a revamped passenger area like the Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey (who are getting further interior upgrades at the moment), plenty of freight capacity, plenty of cabins, no extra work needed for Rosslare, new linkspan in Fishguard. Only negative no drive though capability, however longer turn around time can be negated by higher speed and better fuel economy.

The glory days of the Felicity are long gone, but a fresh modern vessel with plenty of room and deck space would be a great replacement. The Europe still has its positives, plenty of outside deck space, a great Stena+, great crew, plenty of passenger capacity but it is getting on in years.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Niall on January 24, 2013, 10:52:18 AM
Only drawback with the Viscentini vessels is that they are stern loaders. But correct me if I'm wrong on that one.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on January 24, 2013, 12:00:17 PM
No they generally are. But the Contentin would a be a good ship, as she is a drive through Ro-Pax.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 24, 2013, 01:53:47 PM
All Visentini are stern loading but for two round trips a day, more than possible to operate the route.

Contentin would have to be rebuilt for a passenger service, but it was designed with this in mind, and available for sale.

http://www.mondialbroker.com/detail.taf?B=346630&K=BPS
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Niall on January 24, 2013, 03:13:41 PM
Who is likely to buy Contentin?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 24, 2013, 07:35:17 PM
One of these four ?

DFDS / LD Lines
Stena RoRo
Irish Ferries
Eurotunnel
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Niall on January 24, 2013, 07:37:09 PM
I'd say Eurotunnel are the likely buyers. MFL could then sell NPC to TEF.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 24, 2013, 08:59:22 PM
Interesting Stena Group Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLQYkBfxxAU

[media width=600]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLQYkBfxxAU[/media]

Also the repainting of the former Scandlines fleet continues with the adoption of the Stena Line branding being applied across the fleet:

The Trelleborg has been rebranded, the Sassnitz has adopted the funnel colours and the Skane has been totally rebranded, image from drydock in Poland (work in progress).
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 26, 2013, 11:15:39 PM
Interesting report from 2012 on the performance of the Stena Group in 2011.

http://www.stena.com/Documents/Stena%20AB_2011_ENG_del1_slutlig.pdf

More reports here:

http://www.stena.com/en/sphere/About-stena/Pages/Annual-Report.aspx

Also the Stena Baltica is expected to leave Lysekil, Sweden for Italy in the next few days where it will be renamed SNAV Adriatico and commence service for SNAV in late April.

http://www.napolitoday.it/economia/snav-adriatico-nuovo-cruise-ferry-tratta-ancona-spalato.html
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on January 27, 2013, 10:04:31 AM
That's good, I'm glad the Baltica has got a new future now.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on January 27, 2013, 10:39:28 AM
Hey just a thought, I know Stena are planning to replace the old HSS berth with a new Liverpool berth at VT4, but are they also planning to build a new berth for the Heysham ships as well?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Matt73 on January 27, 2013, 05:52:12 PM


After Stena took over Sealink the Rosslare - Fishguard route in 1992 was the second most profitable route in the network, only the Fredrickshavn route performed better.

One of the Visentini vessels would be an ideal replacement for the Europe, with a revamped passenger area like the Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey (who are getting further interior upgrades at the moment), plenty of freight capacity, plenty of cabins, no extra work needed for Rosslare, new linkspan in Fishguard. Only negative no drive though capability, however longer turn around time can be negated by higher speed and better fuel economy.

The glory days of the Felicity are long gone, but a fresh modern vessel with plenty of room and deck space would be a great replacement. The Europe still has its positives, plenty of outside deck space, a great Stena+, great crew, plenty of passenger capacity but it is getting on in years.[/quote]

Thanks for that. Most interesting.  I'm sure the Visentini ships could be easily converted to drive through.  If they were designed like Stena Ro/Ro ships, it would be relatively easy to achieve.

It's a super route and the crews are amongst the friendly I have ever encountered.

Matt
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 27, 2013, 08:19:36 PM
Looks like the Stena Adventurer could be heading for a quick overhaul/refit after the Superfasts have been done, its still on the booking engine, but there are no premium tickets available for Holyhead - Dublin for early March (they are available Dublin - Holyhead) but doubt they have sold out of Premium Tickets for early March.

Would make sense to get the Adventurer done while they have the Finnarrow on the Irish sea to cover, maybe the Adventurer will get the blue wave applied this time around.

Image from shipspotting.com
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 27, 2013, 08:25:59 PM
One of the final images of the Stena Baltica laid up in Lysekil, Sweden.

It is expected to leave Lysekil at the end of the week.

http://www.lysekilsposten.se/
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 29, 2013, 07:45:35 PM
There are some very interesting photos of the chartered Finnarrow on the newly revamped Sealink- Holyhead site.

http://www.sealink-holyhead.net/#!finnarrow/cthu

Image below from Marine Traffic from the same photgrapher.

The Stena Nordica has had a hard time on the Rosslare - Fishguard route with several crossings cancelled due to bad weather on the Irish sea over the last few days.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 29, 2013, 07:55:37 PM
The subject of Cold Ironing has been mentioned a few times in relation to car ferries, here in this video from Stena Line is what it actually is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RA9xjX7HmuY

[media width=600]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RA9xjX7HmuY[/media]
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on January 29, 2013, 08:16:55 PM
Plugging into shore power is still a long way off, probably even longer for ferries. The relative short times that they are in port would just make things too much of a work up to make it viable. Also it would need to be a very good power supply as even most shipyards cannot supply ships with the power they need so they just supply them with the cooling water so that the ships generators are used when the ships are in drydock.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: tonycan on January 29, 2013, 08:37:41 PM
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Who is likely to buy Contentin?

Looks like Contentin is off the market according to the BF forum,Planned to up her rotations to Spain and introducing a new Portsmouth-LeHarve service with Normandie Express.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 29, 2013, 10:00:27 PM
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Plugging into shore power is still a long way off, probably even longer for ferries. The relative short times that they are in port would just make things too much of a work up to make it viable. Also it would need to be a very good power supply as even most shipyards cannot supply ships with the power they need so they just supply them with the cooling water so that the ships generators are used when the ships are in drydock.

That video is showing the shore power system installed for the Stena Britannica and Stena Hollandica for the Harwich - Hoek route, its already a reality for those vessels and ports.

http://www.worldcargonews.com/htm/w20120729.344233.htm

Stena Line has officially opened two Cavotec alternative maritime power (AMP) systems at its terminal in Hoek van Holland, near Rotterdam
The result of close cooperation between Cavotec and partners Stena Line, ABB, the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure, these are the first shore power ("cold ironing") systems for sea-going vessels introduced at the Port of Rotterdam. They form an important element in the port’s stated aim of becoming the most sustainable port in the world.

Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment, Melanie Schultz van Haegen, inaugurated the AMP systems at a ceremony attended by representatives from the primary partners in the project including Stena Line, ABB, and the Port of Rotterdam, along with other officials, dignitaries and business leaders.

“These projects demonstrate what ports can achieve when we pool engineering expertise to develop innovative, integrated solutions," said Sietse Nap, managing director of Cavotec Netherlands. "We work with a number of trusted partners to develop AMP systems and other technologies for the ports sector and elsewhere.”

Cavotec’s involvement in the project included the supply of two shore-to-ship interface cable management systems to ensure the safe and quick connection of shoreside electrical supply to four Stena Line ferries. Radio remote control units, also supplied by Cavotec, operate the AMP units, one of which is a cable dispenser system that connects electrical power to the STENA TRANSIT and STENA TRANSPORTER, the two freight ro-ros that sail between Hoek van Holland and Killinghome.

The other system is installed at Stena Line’s ro-pax ferry berth, which serves the STENA BRITANNICA and STENA HOLLANDICA on the Hoek van Holland to Harwich route. The centrepiece of this application is a telescopic crane that extends some 20m.

Cavotec has worked on a large number of AMP installations across northern Europe. In Sweden for example, the ports of Stockholm, Gothenburg, Karlskrona and the Ystad all use Cavotec AMP systems. The very first AMP system became operational at the Port of Gothenburg in 1984.

Also installed in Gothenburg for the Stena Scandinavica and Stena Germanica.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S99iCNBJYgc

[media width=600]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S99iCNBJYgc[/media]
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Sam71 on January 29, 2013, 10:39:52 PM
http://www05.abb.com/global/scot/scot266.nsf/veritydisplay/98cc210ba73992f0c12577920036b780/$file/10abb029_cmd_sts_v09.pdf

Found this link on the shore-ship power system. It talks about power transfers of between 2MW and 15MW. 2MW in itself is a reasonable draw from distribution network...you would be looking at a substantial five figure investment to get that sort of supply. At the other end of the spectrum, 15MW is going to cost serious money...potentially well into the six figures. I have no idea what the pay-back would be on that!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on January 30, 2013, 06:32:03 AM
Trust me. Shore power for the majority of ferries is a long way off. For those of you who are not technically minded, to switch from ship to shore power requires the ships to "black out" due to the interlocks on the switchboards. So once alongside, no doubt they would wait until all the passengers are off before they go through the change over procedure. Then when do you change back, before the passengers start to come on again, just before sailing? No one is going to black out a ship with passengers onboard so in reality with the short turn around times in port it is not going to happen to the majority of ferries any time soon.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 30, 2013, 06:00:12 PM
The Stena Europe will be leaving H&W Belfast this evening and its AIS is showing for arrival in Fishguard for 31 Jan @ 14.00
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: svafag on January 30, 2013, 11:36:06 PM
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Trust me. Shore power for the majority of ferries is a long way off. For those of you who are not technically minded, to switch from ship to shore power requires the ships to "black out" due to the interlocks on the switchboards. So once alongside, no doubt they would wait until all the passengers are off before they go through the change over procedure. Then when do you change back, before the passengers start to come on again, just before sailing? No one is going to black out a ship with passengers onboard so in reality with the short turn around times in port it is not going to happen to the majority of ferries any time soon.

Hi

As you say, Shore power for the Majority of ferries is a long way off. The biggest issue is the time spent in port. I live in Gothenburg, Sweden and work at one of the Gothenburg-Kiel ships as an Engine Officer. Here in Gothenburg all the Stena Ferries have "cold ironing" When They spent more than two hours in port. Every time we arrives here in Gothenburg we connect one high voltage cable to the ship. Onboard we have 60Hz 440V, the electricity grid ashore are 50Hz so we have to convert the frequency from 50 Hz to 60 Hz by converters ashore. Onboard the Ship we transform the current down to 440V The switchover from our Diesel Generators to shore power is not that big of a deal. The operation takes approximately 10 minutes upon arrival. The ship's power management system detects the shore power as an additional auxiliary engine when the shorepower is connected and then closes the breaker then start deloading the two Auxillary engines and open their breakers. So a Black-out never occurs. In Sweden the shore power consumed are tax free so there is a big saving compared to produce our own electricity consuming expensive Marine Gas Oil. The other big thing is the environmental issue. Here in Gothenburg there was no other option for the port and Stena because the ferries docks in the middle of the city. Another big thing is also the capacity in the port to provide "cold ironing" for the ships. In Gothenburg there are 3 "cold ironing" plants on each 3 MW. In Karlskrona there is an additional plant for the ships on the Polish route. At the moment port of Trelleborg is building one more "cold ironing" plant for the Skĺne & Mecklenburg Vorpommern.  Skĺne received its high voltage converter at the Remontowa shipyard 2 weeks ago. So at the moment in the Stena Fleet Carisma, Danica, Jutlandica, Germanica, Scandinavica, Spirit, Vision, Britannica, Hollandica, Transit, Transporter and Skĺne has the capabilty to connect to "cold ironing".
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on January 31, 2013, 04:36:36 PM
Hi, thanks for your explanation.
You say you transform the voltage onboard down to 440V, what is the supply voltage? I take it these transformer had to be fitted to ship to make the system work, do you know how much they cost?
Again I'm presuming your switchboards and power managements system must have been modified as I have never known a ship to have the main switchboard fed from the auxiliary engines and shore power at the same time, if fact there is usually an interlock to ensure it doesn't happen.
But all very interesting but I cannot see it becoming the norm during my lifetime.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 31, 2013, 08:54:08 PM
The repainting of the former Scandlines fleet continues, here are some pictures of the Skane in its new Stena Line livery and the Sassnitz in the process of being painted.

The Stena Europe has returned to service on the Rosslare - Fishguard route with the 14.30 sailing ex Fishguard which has released the Stena Nordica to head to Belfast where the Stena Superfast VIII is next into drydock at H&W Belfast. The Stena Nordica is expected to begin service on Saturday morning.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Sam71 on January 31, 2013, 09:56:09 PM
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For those of you who are not technically minded, to switch from ship to shore power requires the ships to "black out" due to the interlocks on the switchboards.

Not sure that is correct...synchronisation of two systems is not that difficult to achieve, particularly where one is an ac-DC-ac system. The control of the DC-ac element is fully electronic, so the waveform can be varied very accurately to match the ship's own supply. Similarly, when going back onto ship's power, a modern diesel genset can be frequency controlled very accurately...the only challenge is getting it loaded up quickly, but load banks can sort that out. And interlocks are only there to prevent you doing the procedural things wrongly...they don't dictate what is technically possible.

However, I still don't think a shore-ship link makes any financial sense.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on January 31, 2013, 10:01:46 PM
I'm liking the new Stena looks for the Scandlines vessels. Anyword on new Stena names?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on February 01, 2013, 08:23:26 AM
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For those of you who are not technically minded, to switch from ship to shore power requires the ships to "black out" due to the interlocks on the switchboards.

Not sure that is correct...synchronisation of two systems is not that difficult to achieve, particularly where one is an ac-DC-ac system. The control of the DC-ac element is fully electronic, so the waveform can be varied very accurately to match the ship's own supply. Similarly, when going back onto ship's power, a modern diesel genset can be frequency controlled very accurately...the only challenge is getting it loaded up quickly, but load banks can sort that out. And interlocks are only there to prevent you doing the procedural things wrongly...they don't dictate what is technically possible.

However, I still don't think a shore-ship link makes any financial sense.

You obviously didn't read my second reply on this subject where I commented on switchboards and power management systems been modified to except the shore connection. Like everything on ships, anything is possible it just costs a lot of money and then if it is financially viable to do it and what is pay back time.

As for blacking out during the change over from ship to shore power I would think it's only the ships that are set up for "cold ironing" that don't have to black out. At the moment the majority of ships are not set up for this so would have to black out for the change over.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: svafag on February 01, 2013, 09:02:31 AM
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Hi, thanks for your explanation.
You say you transform the voltage onboard down to 440V, what is the supply voltage? I take it these transformer had to be fitted to ship to make the system work, do you know how much they cost?
Again I'm presuming your switchboards and power managements system must have been modified as I have never known a ship to have the main switchboard fed from the auxiliary engines and shore power at the same time, if fact there is usually an interlock to ensure it doesn't happen.
But all very interesting but I cannot see it becoming the norm during my lifetime.

Hi

The High voltage ashore are 10,6 kV. When we were at remontowa and rebuild the ship for the new route we mounted a transformer onboard. Also the main switchboard had to be rebuild for the new breaker and the new added consumers. With todays  electronics it´s possible to have the switchboard fed from both the aux and cold ironing at the same time. The cost is probably high. But as I said before there were not an option not to mount it because the former Germanica/Scandinavica have had a shore connection since the early nineties.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 01, 2013, 01:22:45 PM
The Stena Nordica arrived in Belfast this morning, plenty of images of it undergoing berthing trials at Belfasts VT4 available here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/8434380463/in/photostream

Image below posted with permission from Scott Mackey.

The Stena Nordica, Stena Precision and Stena Mersey in Belfast
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on February 01, 2013, 03:23:41 PM
The stena fleet is a really nice looking fleet no doubt about it, i'd kill to know what would eventually replace the europe down here
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: FerryMan on February 01, 2013, 04:59:36 PM
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....really nice looking fleet...

Thats because none of them were build by Stena  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: FerryMan on February 01, 2013, 05:03:07 PM
Any dates when Adventurer is heading for dry dock?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on February 01, 2013, 05:21:27 PM
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Any dates when Adventurer is heading for dry dock?

Sometime in April, she is heading for Falmouth.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on February 01, 2013, 06:36:34 PM
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....really nice looking fleet...

Thats because none of them were build by Stena  ;D ;D

at least we're not dealing with any of these
(http://uglyships.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/03cnd-ferry2650.jpg)
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on February 01, 2013, 09:25:31 PM
Oh god the death traps... and sadly I am not kidding!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on February 02, 2013, 12:30:08 AM
Its only when you see some of the butchered monstrosities that operate in some parts of the world that you begin to realise just how good design , construction and maintenance standards are in most of the EU.
I have encountered some right death traps in my time.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on February 02, 2013, 09:54:38 AM
Well certainly that's the case in Northern Europe and most shipping lines in Southern Europe.
Stena Line really try their best to look after their vessels and bring them up to a standard, no matter what their age :).
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: pjamieson267 on February 03, 2013, 09:44:36 AM
Any updates on stena voyager?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Rob on February 03, 2013, 05:43:32 PM
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Any updates on stena voyager?

This indeed! I would've expected her to have been towed to some scrapping plant but she's still in place.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on February 03, 2013, 05:43:49 PM
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Well certainly that's the case in Northern Europe and most shipping lines in Southern Europe.
Stena Line really try their best to look after their vessels and bring them up to a standard, no matter what their age :).

Indeed Stena do a very good job on the upkeep of their ships , even their older tonnage , and they have certainly never been afraid to spend money on their ships.
I was very surprised when Undercover Boss found Stena Mersey to be a building site while in service , that is definatly not Stena Line's form and you could see the expressions on Gunnar Blomdahl's face that he was really not happy with what he was seeing , he looked angry enough to break cover and pull the ship out of service there and then.
Personally I have never encountered a dirty or sub-standard Stena Line vessel.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Sam71 on February 03, 2013, 06:00:14 PM
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Any updates on stena voyager?

The scrap/parts value of this vessel must be significant...the engines alone would be worth a pretty penny (unless Stena retain them as spares, but I can't see Explorer needing a full set). Makes you wonder why she hasn't moved...are they waiting because they expect a bidder?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Rob on February 03, 2013, 07:35:33 PM
maybe they just don't know what to do with it, if they were to scrap it, they'd have to tow it all the way. No use in going through the drydock procedures to get it recertified.

But then again You'd imagine they could' have scrapped her in any of the last 12 months but still haven't.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 03, 2013, 08:41:10 PM
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The Stena Voyager, having been laid up in a dormant state for the last 12 months is not returning to service and will never see commercial service again, it has donated some parts for the Explorer including the Marine Evacuation System. As mentioned on another forum, the Voyager is likely to be scrapped by Stena and turned back into Aluminium.

Above post from last December.

While Stena have yet to confirm their intentions for the Stena Voyager it is more than likely it will not remain in Belfast for much longer, the clean solution is still to scrap the vessel and sell on the turbines etc and it will finish that chapter in Stena Lines historry.

Also the rumoured need to redevelop the VT4 HSS berth for the Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey service may speed things up for the decision makers.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on February 03, 2013, 10:37:56 PM
Will Stena build 2 new RoRo berths at VT4, so they can move the Heysham vessels there as well?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: pjamieson267 on February 04, 2013, 04:24:21 PM
So Stena Voyager is going to scrap then? :(
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Niall on February 04, 2013, 05:00:20 PM
Stena Voyager will likely be recycled by Stena Metall in Gothenburg at end of 2014.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Rob on February 04, 2013, 05:58:22 PM
Why would they wait that long for voyager?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 04, 2013, 06:04:06 PM
No idea when it will be scrapped but it is likely that the Voyager will depart Belfast in the next few months and be scrapped later this year.

On a more positive note plenty of new images of the Stena Nordica in operation on the North Channel have been published on Scott Mackeys excellent Flickr Site.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/8438980488/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/sets/72157623457104848/

Image below of the vessel at Cairnryan from Marinetraffic, I think the first non Superfast to use the Cairnryan port.

Also some images of the Superfast VIII and Stena Voyager in Belfast

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/8445295332/in/photostream

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/8445297666/in/photostream

Also the Stena Baltica's AIS has changed, though no name on it yet.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 04, 2013, 09:41:39 PM
The Stena Baltica has been renamed and is now the SNAV ADRIATICO, registered in Cyprus and it's AIS has been updated.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Niall on February 04, 2013, 10:35:40 PM
Well Stena Explorer will be scrapped after 2014 once a decision has been made about replacing Stena Nordica which will be redeployed. You could be right about Stena Voyager. All I will say is that she'll be scrapped by Stena Metall.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: pjamieson267 on February 05, 2013, 05:02:06 PM
Is Stena Europe retired from Roselare - Fishguard next year? :(
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Niall on February 05, 2013, 05:40:54 PM
Nothing confirmed yet.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on February 05, 2013, 08:18:38 PM
There are no plans to replace Stena Europe at this time.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on February 05, 2013, 10:07:20 PM
its always one of those things that are discussed in the pubs here when the stena line guys are in
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: SEA on February 06, 2013, 06:56:19 AM
Good Morning
I am a regular reader of the Forum and have very much so enjoyed reading.
Does anyone know what happened the Stena Adventurer as it appears she never made it into Holyhead and is still outside ??
this was at 7 am this morning  sorry don't know how to place the screen shot
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Irish Sea on February 06, 2013, 09:01:20 AM
The Stena Adventurer couldn't dock last night due to the high winds in Holyhead, she was going to try again at 0630 and I believe she was successful around this time. From speaking with Captains of the Adventurer previously they have highlighted the fact that the Adventurer can struggle to berth in high winds as she does not have a stern thruster unit.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on February 06, 2013, 10:34:42 AM
I heard last week that the Adventurer was down to three engines so if that's still the case she will have problems berthing in high winds.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: SEA on February 06, 2013, 10:35:17 AM
Thanks very much for the info. Obviously Irish Ferries Ulysses has Stern Thrusters as she seems to be on time and  was not affected by the High winds last night
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on February 06, 2013, 11:02:37 AM
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Thanks very much for the info. Obviously Irish Ferries Ulysses has Stern Thrusters as she seems to be on time and  was not affected by the High winds last night

Ulysses has three bow thrusters, one stern thruster and becker rudders, she was built for maneuvering.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: pjamieson267 on February 06, 2013, 04:01:28 PM
When's the refit of Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey will be?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 06, 2013, 04:54:32 PM
Once the Stena Superfasts are finished refit at the end of February, next up the Stena Adventurer to refit at Harland and Wolff 3-19 March mostly routine work, no major upgrades planned.

On the Dublin - Holyhead route the Finnarrow is expected to maintain Nordica schedule while Nordica adopts Adventurer's timings. The HSS will not be activated to provide cover. The Stena Nordica is not scheduled to dry dock this year.

As for the Belfast - Birkenhead twins the Stena Lagan and Mersey won't be dry docked this year. Refurb work to complete the upgrade of their accommodation should be completed in the next 3 weeks. This includes the mid lounge where a new living room, barista coffee shop and play area are being provided. Cabins are all being upgraded and consist of standard and comfort class versions.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: pjamieson267 on February 06, 2013, 05:03:08 PM
So Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey won't be dry docking this year? :-X
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: FerryMan on February 06, 2013, 05:06:39 PM
Stena Adventurer needs to go to dry dock ASAP she is from what I hear limping around with an engine down for the last  few weeks. She was unable to dock in Holyhead last night until after 9am this morning, even the delayed 02.30 ex Dublin Finnarrow sailing was able to dock in Holyhead before the Stena Adventurer this morning.  She has been standing down allowing Ulysses to dock before her in heavy weather in Dublin while she has been getting assistance from a tug to dock.
We will see if she will be heading to dry dock before March.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on February 06, 2013, 05:27:32 PM
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next up the Stena Adventurer to refit at Harland and Wolff 3-19 March mostly routine work, no major upgrades planned.


I heard the Stena Adventurer was going to Falmouth and that they were spending a lot of money on passenger areas.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on February 06, 2013, 05:30:45 PM
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Stena Adventurer needs to go to dry dock ASAP she is from what I hear limping around with an engine down for the last  few weeks.
We will see if she will be heading to dry dock before March.

Being an engine down doesn't necessarily mean a visit to drydock. They may well be in the process of carrying out repairs on the run.
Does anyone know what the problem is?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 06, 2013, 06:22:43 PM
The Stena Adventurer will be drydocked in Harland and Wolff Belfast and will not go in until the Superfasts have been finished, but they could send it to Belfast next week if they wanted to delay the Supefast VII overhaul if the technical issue is serious.

The major interior upgrade that the ship is due to get will most likely be carried out while the vessel is in service as it is quite easy to section of the areas required due to the vast amount of passenger space available.

The Stena Adventurer has four main engines so unless there has been a catastrophic technical failure it should be able to survive running on three engines. (the Stena Europe did this for nearly a year). Unless the actual engine is damaged most repairs can be carried out while in service.

More information on the Adveturer and some nice images here:

http://www.sealink-holyhead.com/stena/ships/adventurer_ii/home.html
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: FerryMan on February 06, 2013, 06:34:53 PM
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Stena Adventurer needs to go to dry dock ASAP she is from what I hear limping around with an engine down for the last  few weeks.
We will see if she will be heading to dry dock before March.

Being an engine down doesn't necessarily mean a visit to drydock. They may well be in the process of carrying out repairs on the run.
Does anyone know what the problem is?

I have no idea of the problem.

But if the dock was free & all the part are there to to do the full planned dry docking & the replacement vessel is free. It would much better for the company to pull the vessel early for dry docking. Instead of loosing freight/passengers due running late & missing round trips. As well as having to pay compensation to passenger under EU regulation due a technical problem with the vessel.

But if none of that works then they would have to carry out the repair on the run.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Fast Ferry Fan on February 06, 2013, 08:25:54 PM
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Ulysses has three bow thrusters, one stern thruster and becker rudders, she was built for maneuvering.

I was on the Ulyses 3 years ago in late December and she similarly got stuck outside Holyhead on her morning sailing, and the Adventurer managed to dock. High winds kept pushing her away from the docking area and its thrusters didn't manage the job then.  She finally docked 6 hours late at 5.30pm.  Irish Ferries have since stated that the Ulyses has never missed a sailing, but several of her following sailings must have been well behind schedule for a while until they caught up.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 06, 2013, 09:24:32 PM
Stena Adventurer has left on time tonight at 21.15 all timings back on schedule.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 06, 2013, 09:46:14 PM
The Stena Adventurer is currently at 19.6 knts, there cannot be too much wrong with the technical side of things, not exactly limping across the Irish Sea.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 06, 2013, 11:06:08 PM
The Clipper Pennant which was chartered by Stena RoRo at the end of 2012 has left the Mersey today heading for the Faroe Islands, Torshavn.

http://www.stenaroro.com/offering/Pages/Clipper-Pennant.aspx

It has been charted by Smyril Line to provide cover for the Norrona, which is a quite different vessel.

http://www.smyrilline.com/norrona-11409.aspx

http://www.smyrilline.com/sailing-schedule-15170.aspx

From the 4th of Feburary until the 21st of March a Charter vessel will be sailing the routes to Denmark and Iceland. The Charter Vessel has only room for 12 passengers. The departures and arrivals will be as scheduled.

Images from shipspotting.com
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Matt73 on February 06, 2013, 11:07:54 PM
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Ulysses has three bow thrusters, one stern thruster and becker rudders, she was built for maneuvering.

I was on the Ulyses 3 years ago in late December and she similarly got stuck outside Holyhead on her morning sailing, and the Adventurer managed to dock. High winds kept pushing her away from the docking area and its thrusters didn't manage the job then.  She finally docked 6 hours late at 5.30pm.  Irish Ferries have since stated that the Ulyses has never missed a sailing, but several of her following sailings must have been well behind schedule for a while until they caught up.

The problem with today's ferries is that their high sides act like a giant sail. If you saw the Mighty Ships episode on the Quest channel about Stena Britannica, you will have seen a tug being used to push her stern whilst docking at the Hook in high winds.  This is despite her having the largest bow thrusters on a ferry, twin screws and twin Becker rudders.

The problem is not new either. When Koningin Beatrix first visited Harwich in April 1986, it took an hour to dock her at Parkeston Quay.  She was/is a very slab-sided ship and there are strong cross winds at Harwich (see below). The crews were not used to docking her, but mastered it quite quickly. I'm told the stevedores shouted "hurray" when they finally got her alongside berth two, having knocked the newly installed high-level gangway out and denting the forward part of her superstructure.

Speaking of high winds, just take a look at this fantastic video of the Britannica in 45 mph winds last November; Felixstowe had been closed, but she sailed on time. Notice how she's blown close to a docked container ship berthed at the Trimley (I think) terminal.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ANcDFhc5_os

Matt
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Fast Ferry Fan on February 06, 2013, 11:12:16 PM
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Once the Stena Superfasts are finished refit at the end of February, next up the Stena Adventurer to refit at Harland and Wolff 3-19 March mostly routine work, no major upgrades planned.

On the Dublin - Holyhead route the Finnarrow is expected to maintain Nordica schedule while Nordica adopts Adventurer's timings. The HSS will not be activated to provide cover.

According to Stena's website, the Finnarrow has a car capacity of 800 and a passenger capacity of 200:

http://www.stenaline.com/en/stena-line/corporate/about-stena-line/routes-and-vessels/ship-gallery/Finnarrow

(Surely they mean 800 passengers and 200 cars?)

If their figures are right, then I can't believe the Nordic and Finnarrow will be able to provide anywhere near sufficent capacity, especially over the Paddy's weekend.  And are they going to stop foot passengers altogether during the duration of refit, since the Nordic never usually takes them?

Then a few days later and capacity skyrockets with the return of the Adventurer and the HSS.

Doesn't sound like good planning to me.  We usually go Stena Line, but sounds like it'll be a crush with them this time, and our Paddy's weekend trip will now definitely be IF, so thanks for the heads up on this.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Matt73 on February 06, 2013, 11:32:28 PM
Mention of the Koningin Beatrix reminds me of this SMZ promotional video I found on You Tube which dates from 1986.

Sadly, the commentary is in Dutch, but there is some great footage of the naming ceremony and launch by former Koningin Beatrix at the, now defunct, Van der Giessen de Noord shipyard. In addition there are shots of the original Gabriel Finne designed interior; the same firm was responsible for the Kronprins Harald, delivered the same year and now the Oscar Wilde.

This is the ship that sparked my enduring interest in ferries and with the wonderful plastic crowns on its funnel. Stena's liveries never suited her, in my opinion, and they butchered her profile with the 2005 refit as Stena Baltica.  They also progressively emasculated the interior from the 1993 refit.

I could bore for Britain about this great ship, but will spare you all! One further point is that Pim de Lange, current head of Stena Line BV at the Hook was part of the team which designed the 'KB' for SMZ.

Enjoy!

Matt

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mj-jFaACyFo
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 07, 2013, 11:05:13 AM
The SNAV Adriatico former Stena Baltica has left Lysekil Sweden, heading for Italy.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 07, 2013, 06:05:22 PM
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According to Stena's website, the Finnarrow has a car capacity of 800 and a passenger capacity of 200:

http://www.stenaline.com/en/stena-line/corporate/about-stena-line/routes-and-vessels/ship-gallery/Finnarrow

(Surely they mean 800 passengers and 200 cars?)


The Finnarrow is aimed mainly at freight and has approx 2,000 lanemetres which gives a capacity of 800 cars, the passenger capacity is around 200 for use on Dublin - Holyhead, obviously most of the lanemetres would be used for freight.

http://www.finnlines.com/ferry-trips/ships_service_onboard/finnarrow

Some nice images of the Stena Superfast VIII in H&W Belfast  here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/8446922663/in/photostream
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Fast Ferry Fan on February 07, 2013, 07:57:25 PM
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The Finnarrow is aimed mainly at freight and has approx 2,000 lanemetres which gives a capacity of 800 cars, the passenger capacity is around 200 for use on Dublin - Holyhead, obviously most of the lanemetres would be used for freight.

I assumed that was probably the case.  Still don't think they've got enough capacity with the Nordic being a fraction of the size of the Adventurer, so I'm hoping they'll shortly announce they'll start the HSS seaon early too (at a discounted price for quick bookers like they did last year).

On the other hand perhaps they just won't if they want to remove her after the end of the 2014 season anyway (as was mentioned earier), so as to try and get the public used to slow ferries again. Might backfire in the short-term though if everyone flocks to IF though.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: DublinPeter on February 07, 2013, 11:34:44 PM
Just to fill in a few blanks from recent days.  Talked to a Stena engineering employee this afternoon and he told me the following.  Always remember in the corporate world that something which is absolutely set in stone today may be history tomorrow.  Changes in senior management at Stena has also changed some plans which may well change again but here is the theoretical world as of today:

Adventurer will be drydocked from approx March 3rd to March 19th.  Initial plan has been to have Nordica and Finnarow on cover duties with Nordica accepting foot passengers while covering Adventurer (Finnarow is covering Nordica).  Serious problem with lack of capacity for St Patricks festival weekend and a worry about loss of trade to IF.  Options are to try to get Adventurer back early (15th March) or bring HSS Explorer back on March 15th.  One or the other will happen.

There are currently no plans to scrap HSS Explorer, unlike this time three years ago when she was absolutely destined for the scrapheap.  Stena are very happy with the new situation on the central corridor, particularly with the seasonal boost that Explorer gives them.  In high season, even a 1200 passenger replacement for Nordica wouldn't be sufficient so it is thought the current arrangement will continue for now.  Remember, this arrangement is not just about profit, it is about market share.

Stena Europe is due to be around for a few years yet.  She will need some heavy engineering work in the relatively near future and she may well be taken out of service for an extended period to facilitate that.

Thats the world as of 23.33 today!

Pete

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Fast Ferry Fan on February 08, 2013, 12:00:06 AM
Thanks for all the updates, DublinPeter.

My hunch is they'll bring back the HSS a week early.  Stena love making a fuss of its relaunch (and why not?).  I think Stena realised their mistake in Christmas 2011 when they lost out on the fast ferry market, and they made sure they didn't make the same mistake again at Christmas 2012.

I'll hold off making my IF booking for a week or so then, just in case.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on February 08, 2013, 08:26:47 AM
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Stena Adventurer needs to go to dry dock ASAP she is from what I hear limping around with an engine down for the last  few weeks.
We will see if she will be heading to dry dock before March.

Being an engine down doesn't necessarily mean a visit to drydock. They may well be in the process of carrying out repairs on the run.
Does anyone know what the problem is?

I have no idea of the problem.

But if the dock was free & all the part are there to to do the full planned dry docking & the replacement vessel is free. It would much better for the company to pull the vessel early for dry docking. Instead of loosing freight/passengers due running late & missing round trips. As well as having to pay compensation to passenger under EU regulation due a technical problem with the vessel.

But if none of that works then they would have to carry out the repair on the run.

The Adventurer is back up to four engines, spares parts availability was the problem so no need to drag the ship off to drydock afterall. ;)
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Niall on February 08, 2013, 07:15:31 PM
Not sure about the MVP. I think she is german owned.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: HSS on February 08, 2013, 08:59:21 PM
Lets hope we get the HSS back early instead of being sat in Holyhead doing nothing!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: pjamieson267 on February 11, 2013, 04:43:57 PM
Any News on rebranding for the baltic sea yet? :-?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 11, 2013, 05:53:06 PM
No news on the rebranding of the Mecklenburg Vorpommern yet, however the latest image taken in December shows all Scandlines branding removed so the Stena Line rebrand is not far away.

If you dowload this file you will see the Mecklenburg in its Stena Livery in a mock up image.(enlarged and posted below also)

http://www.stenalinefreight.com/~/media/Freight%20Facts/SLF_2013_10_jan.ashx

The SNAV Adriatico has reached the Med on its trip to Napoli and has maintained a good speed on its trip, showing the maintenance must have been good while it was laid up.

The Sassinitz has now been fully rebranded to Stena Line, Image below from Marine Traffic.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: svafag on February 12, 2013, 02:03:23 AM
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Any News on rebranding for the baltic sea yet? :-?

Hi

The former Scandlines ships are repainted as followed.
The Ask and Urd has got there funnels painted in red with the Stena mark on it.
The Trelleborg got a full repaint in the end of last year into the new colour scheme.
The Skĺne got her hull and funnels painted in drydock at Remontowa shipyard earlier this year.
The Sassnitz has got her portside painted with the Stena Line text and they are painting the starbord side at the moment. The bow mark has been painted and also the funnel.
The Mecklenburg Vorpommern has got her port side funnel painted in stena red and fresh coat of white has been laid on the port side and the red line from the bow to the stern. On starboard they have started to paint the Stena Line text.
The Scottish Viking and  Watling Street are still in there original colours.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on February 12, 2013, 09:41:19 AM
Thanks for that, a really interesting update  :).
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Niall on February 12, 2013, 07:50:05 PM
I wonder will the former Scandilines ships be renamed in due course?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on February 12, 2013, 09:46:46 PM
If so, I hope they're really good ones, i.e. not the Stena Trelleborg and Stena Sassnitz etc.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on February 14, 2013, 04:20:07 AM
Indeed , "Stena Mecklenburg Vorpommern" will be quite a mouthful  ;D
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 14, 2013, 09:35:14 AM
The former Stena Baltica has arrived in Naples.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Fast Ferry Fan on February 15, 2013, 12:26:02 AM
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Thanks for all the updates, DublinPeter.

My hunch is they'll bring back the HSS a week early.  Stena love making a fuss of its relaunch (and why not?).

I'll hold off making my IF booking for a week or so then, just in case.

No sign of an early HSS return over the last week, and can't imagine they'll do it now with less than 4 weeks notice.

Booking engine not even filling up on existing limited capacity of Nordica and Finnarrow for Paddy's weekend, so perhaps they'll just stick with current vessels.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 15, 2013, 07:20:10 PM
All change on the North Channel this weekend as the Stena Superfast VIII comes out of drydock on Saturday and the Superfast VII goes into drydock on Sunday morning, the Stena Nordica will continue to provide cover while the overhauls continue.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: pjamieson267 on February 15, 2013, 09:00:37 PM
"It is now nearly two weeks since Stena Superfast VIII was on the drydock for a refit and for tomorrow Stena Superfast VII will be also in the drydock for a refit for a probably two weeks while Stena Nordica covers for it."
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on February 15, 2013, 09:39:05 PM
Well that'll take us into the start of March, which should work well for the Adventurer going into refit afterwards.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on February 16, 2013, 03:29:19 PM
Looks like the Finn Arrow won't be going anywhere for a while:-

http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/FerriesOfNorthernEurope/message/63217
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Andrew White on February 17, 2013, 05:00:34 PM
Anyone know that refit work is taking place on the Superfasts.  Any upgrades, as Stena plus area is really small.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 17, 2013, 09:58:30 PM
The Superfast refits are for regular/routine maintenance and don't involve any major changes to the interiors of the ships. All major mechanical works, MES checks and paintwork will be done and also certification renewals and any other business required. Stena Plus area will remain as is with capacity for approx 100 passengers.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Andrew White on February 18, 2013, 06:05:02 PM
I see from Live Ships Map -AIS that Superfast VIII is still in dry dock. Any reason for delay back to service?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: pjamieson267 on February 18, 2013, 06:28:12 PM
"I don't know what cause the delay for Stena Superfast VIII?" :-?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on February 19, 2013, 05:01:38 PM
The Superfasts were very troublesome during their time with Tallink , Stena has spent a lot of money improving their reliability.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 19, 2013, 08:10:55 PM
The HSS Stena Explorer returned to service today on the Dun Laoghaire - Holyhead route due to the incident with the Finnarrow which is posted elsewhere on the forum.

The Stena Scotia is expected to arrive in Holyhead on Friday to commence service on the Dublin - Holyhead service, offering a dedicated freight service.

The Stena Superfast VIII is now expected to leave the drydock at H&W Belfast later tonight after some technical issues delayed the refit, the Superfast VII which is expected into drydock tomorrow could also have the same issues with its refit thus delaying the Stena Adventurer refit by about a week.

The tug Hellas is heading for Holyhead from Falmouth, presumably to tow the Finnarrow to Birkenhead for repairs.

Two further images of the Baltic Sea vessels are also posted as the Sassinitz and Skane in the new Stena colours. I wonder will the lightning flash on the bow also be painted on the Irish Sea vessels in the next repaint.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Alanmac6363 on February 20, 2013, 04:31:47 AM
The tug Hellas is heading for Holyhead from Falmouth, presumably to tow the Finnarrow to Birkenhead for repairs.

Nope, heading to Greenock, it would appear.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Alanmac6363 on February 20, 2013, 04:40:24 AM
The Stena Superfast VIII is now expected to leave the drydock at H&W Belfast later tonight after some technical issues delayed the refit.

VIII did inded leave H&W this morning.

Now [04.35 GMT] undergoing sea trials in the North Channel.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 20, 2013, 01:23:09 PM
The Finnarrow finally left the berth at Holyhead at 03:10, no main engine power, with the assistance of two tugs, up front the 50 mtr Hellas currently tied up on the Finnarrows starboard side and the St David astern, she had to be hauled off the berth about 10 mtr first as the port fin was still out.

It is being towed to the Clyde for repairs to take 10-12 weeks, not Birkenhead/Liverpool as originally mentioned.

The Superfast VIII is now out of dry dock, she undocked at 0230 and has swapped with the Superfast VII at Belfast allowing the VII to enter the drydock at H&W.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 21, 2013, 09:10:31 PM
The HSS Stena Explorers schedule is being adjusted from Monday with the afternoon departure from Dun Laoghaire moving back to 16.00 hrs rather than this weeks 15.05 departure.

Meanwhile the undertow Finnarrow is due to arrive on the Clyde at 07.00 tomorrow Feb 22nd.


More information here on Stena Explorers return to service here:

http://afloat.ie/port-news/ferry-news/item/20977-chartered-finnish-ferry-heads-for-scotland-following-incident

Also plenty of very recent images of the Irish Sea Ferries - Stena Europe, Stena Adventurer, Stena Nordica, Stena Superfast VII, Isle of Inishmore, Oscar Wilde and the HSS Stena Explorer have been added to smac.ni's Flickr site visit from the link below and click newer to see the images.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/8495884526/in/photostream
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Alanmac6363 on February 21, 2013, 10:26:14 PM
Stena Scotia was seen leaving her berth in Belfast at 21.25 tonight, Thursday 21st.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on February 22, 2013, 12:03:56 AM
Yeah she's on her way to Holyhead. Good to see her sailing again. Tbh I was a little surprised that Stena didn't use her and the Hibernia on the Harwich-Europoort route.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: FerryMan on February 22, 2013, 05:10:59 PM
Stena Scotia arrived into Dublin at 14.30hrs today & did a berthing trial on berth 51, she is now on berth 46.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on February 22, 2013, 10:37:12 PM
You'll have to update me on the berth names at Holyhead. I'm aware of the HSS berth, the Jonathan Swift berth, the Ulysees berth and the berth used by the Stena ferries. Is the old Stena berth (pre 2003) still there or has that been demolished?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on February 22, 2013, 10:39:16 PM
Oh I see it's Dublin lol! Sorry but you could tell me the berth locations there as well lol!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 22, 2013, 11:11:42 PM
In Dublin Port the following berths are used by the ferry business:

Berth 49 - Ulysses
Berth 51 - Stena Adventurer
Berth 51A - Jonathan Swift
Berth 21 - Norbay / European Endevour / Norbank
Berth 52 - Seatruck Progress

Stena Line have also released further information on the interior upgrades being carried out on the Stena Lagan and Mersey at the moment.

http://www.stenaline.co.uk/ferry/refit-2013

In 2012 Stena Line invested in an extensive refurbishment programme for the Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey, this included introducing; NEW iMac Pod Lounge, New Stena Plus Lounge, NEW Met Bar & Grill, NEW Metropolitan Restaurant, NEW Stena Shopping and Free Wi-fi.

From Monday 7th January until mid March 2013 we will be working onboard our vessels to improve our Cabins, Childrens Play Area and Living Room/Barista Area. During this time the Childrens Play Area and Living Room/Barista area will not be open however we will have cabins available. The Metropolitan Restaurant, Met Bar & Grill, Stena Plus*, Teen Town and Cinema will be open as normal.

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause our passengers and would like to re-assure you that we aim to ensure your journey will be comfortable and enjoyable.

Also some images released on their Facebook site, below.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.593597470670189.161898.148421815187759&type=1
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Paper Yacht on February 22, 2013, 11:33:21 PM
Any truth to the rumour that the damage to VT4 was caused by the Superfast docking with the stabiliser down and ripping a sizable chunk out of the dock and its hull?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 22, 2013, 11:43:39 PM
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Any truth to the rumour that the damage to VT4 was caused by the Superfast docking with the stabiliser down and ripping a sizable chunk out of the dock and its hull?

No would be the answer to that question, The Superfasts operate on Belfast - Carinryan, what you are referring to has been covered on another thread.

http://www.irish-ferries-enthusiasts.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1361028701
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Paper Yacht on February 22, 2013, 11:46:52 PM
Apologies! Newbie mistake!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: FerryMan on February 23, 2013, 09:59:25 AM
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Oh I see it's Dublin lol! Sorry but you could tell me the berth locations there as well lol!

In Dublin Port the following berths are used by the ferry business:

Terminal 1 (Irish Ferries)
Berth 49 Ro/Ro Ramp no. 5 (Ulysses/ Jonathan Swift)
Berth 51A Ro/Ro Ramp no. 9 (Jonathan Swift)
Berth 49A (Jonathan Swift lay by berth if 51A is in use no Ro/Ro ramp)

Terminal 2 (Stena Line)
Berth 51 Ro/Ro Ramp no. 1 (Stena Adventurer/ Stena Nordica)

Terminal 3 (P&O)
(EUROPEAN ENDEAVOUR/ NORBANK/ NORBAY)
Berth 21 Ro/Ro Ramp no. 6
Berth 25 Ro/Ro Ramp no. 4

Terminal 4 (old SeaTruck Terminal)
Now storage area

Terminal 5 (SeaTruck)
(ARROW/ SEATRUCK PROGRESS/ SEATRUCK POWER)
Berth 52 Ro/Ro Ramp no. 7
Berth 53 Ro/Ro Ramp no. 8

Ocean Pier (CLdN ro-ro SA)
Berth 37 Ro/Ro Ramp no. 2 (AMANDINE/ PEREGRINE)

I have a map of Dublin ports berths I will try and find it & post later.  http://goo.gl/DuZTy
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on February 23, 2013, 10:37:59 AM
Thank you! I must say the Stenas Mersey & Lagan look amazing inside.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 23, 2013, 10:52:21 AM
First image of the SNAV Adriatico former Stena Baltica in Naples available on this site:

http://www.pazzoperilmare.com/2013/02/da-aprile-snav-adriatico-sulla-tratta.html

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 24, 2013, 06:57:37 PM
The Stena Lagan will be making an interesting trip on Monday Feb 25th as it takes a trip to Larne to enable an underwater hull survey to be carried out.

It will be the longest ship to dock in Larne.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: 20knots on February 28, 2013, 10:52:59 PM
Anyone know what's the story with the Stena Europe this evening.

Marine AIS shows her still in Europort when I checked just now and not at her usual berth. Weather and wind seems ok.

Ferrycheck on their website says "Possible delay for Stena Europe 2100hrs departure ex Rosslare this evening, vessel currently unable todock @ Rosslare Hbr."
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Niall on February 28, 2013, 11:10:31 PM
She had to use berth no: 2 this evening at Rosslare. Berth 3 seems to be out of action tonight. My guess is there's a mechanical prob with the linkspan.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on February 28, 2013, 11:30:56 PM
i was watching this all evening and rather baffled by it, she stayed just outside the harbour for the entire evening she just left there about half an hour ago or so, i didnt spot any work going on on the linkspan today or none at the moment either, very odd
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on March 01, 2013, 02:30:07 PM
http://marinetraffic.com/ais/showallphotos.aspx?imo=9131797
It looks like the Mecklenburg Vorpommern has been fully repainted into Stena colours, hopefully we'll get a better picture soon.
What ships are left now? I know the Ask has a Stena funnel.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 05, 2013, 09:56:19 PM
As reported on FONE, Stena Line are expanding their network into Asia with the creation of the Stena Daea Line to service customers in South Korea and Russia.

One assumes Daea are a company related to the firm Dae-A-Gosok that bought the Stena Lynx III last year. Image of the vessel to be used below images taken last year.

Stena International Freight, a company within the Stena Group, will start up its first ferry route in Asia on the 19th March. The route will operate between the South Korean city of Sokcho and the Russian ports in Zarubino and Vladivostok and will initially be serviced by one ship.

"Our ambition is to expand into Asia and the new route is a very important step in this plan. There is strong demand for a high quality route with freight and passenger transports between Korea and Russia," says Hans Nilsson, CEO, Stena International Freight.

The route will be operated by the RoPax ferry M/V New Blue Ocean, which can carry 1,400 metre of trucks, trailers and containers as well as 750 passengers. The ferry will make two scheduled trips a week between Sokcho and Zarubino as well as one trip between Sokcho and Vladivostok.

"The region around Zarubino andVladivostok is developing into a transport hub for traffic to both Russia and China.  In addition, there will be direct access to the Trans-Siberian Railway making journeys all the way from Korea, via Russia, to Europe easier. At the same time, the route also provides direct access to the Korean market," Hans Nilsson added.

The business model that will be applied in Asia resembles the one Stena Line uses in Europe and the Baltics, with a combination of both freight and passenger traffic.
"Even on the passenger side there is demand for travel between Korea and China with the strategically important port of Zarubino.  We estimate we will have about 100,000 passengers a year," Hans Nilsson said.

The new service will be operated under the name Stena Daea Line which is 90% owned by Stena Line and 10% by Daea.  Approximately 30 people will be employed in the joint company, which will be based in Sokcho and Seoul, South Korea.

Stena International Freight
Gothenburg
5 March, 2013

For further information contact Hans Nilsson, CEO, Stena International Freight tel. +46 (0) 31 85 51 18 or Man Chul Hur, CEO, Stena Daea Line, Korea, tel. +82 2 546 3891.

Also reported here:

http://www.sjofartstidningen.se/stena-kor-pa-sydkorea/

As we are talking about South Korea, here is an image of the former Stena Lynx III (Incat Hull 040)  in its new colour scheme and renamed Orange from:
 
http://www.incat.com.au/domino/incat/incatweb.nsf/0/4D01E2E188DE9B6CCA257AF500162375?OpenDocument

And image of the Mecklenburg Vorpommern in its new Stena Line Look.

Also the Stena Superfast VII has left drydock this evening in Belfast and will re-enter service early in the morning with the Stena Nordica then heading back to the Dublin - Holyhead route to replace the Stena Adventurer which will then go to Belfast for drydocking in H&W Belfast.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on March 07, 2013, 02:52:47 AM
Well that first picture is Vladivostok in Russia , I can even see the hotel I stayed in in that shot.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 07, 2013, 09:49:09 PM
Stena Lines Irish Sea flagship vessel the Stena Adventurer arrived in Belfast this morning ready for its much needed refit and overhaul. Some Images of its arrival in Belfast are available on the link below:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/8535795335/in/photostream

The arrival of the Stena Adventurer in Harland & Wolff Belfast means the entire Stena Line Irish Sea fleet has been in Belfast in the past twelve months, with all but one refitted in H&W. The Stena Nordica has not refitted this year but has operated on the Belfast - Cairnryan route.

Stena Mersey - Feb/March 2012
Stena Lagan - March 2012
Stena Precision & Stena Performer - Sept 2012
Stena Explorer HSS - Dec 2012
Stena Europe - Jan 2013
Stena Superfast VIII - Feb 2013
Stena Superfast VII - Feb/March 2013
Stena Adventurer March 2013

The Stena Adventurer is currently scheduled to return to service on the Dublin - Holyhead route on March 20th (however this may change depending on refit)



Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Niall on March 07, 2013, 11:35:16 PM
Stena Adventurer is actually due back in service on March 12th
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 07, 2013, 11:44:50 PM
According to the booking engine on the Stena Line website the Adventurer will return to service on March 20th with the 02.30 Holyhead - Dublin sailing. Services are covered by the Nordica and Explorer until then with the Scotia providing a back up freight service.
Interestingly there is no premium for some Explorer services in this time with some sailings on the Explorer cheaper than the Nordica, obviously to help manage supply and demand in the Adventurers absence.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: SEA on March 08, 2013, 07:41:30 AM
Stena Scotia left her berth this morning at around 5 am and is currently tied up on Dublin's south quays, I think she should be on her way to Holyhead
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 08, 2013, 09:41:41 AM
The Stena Scotia moves to a lay by berth at Dublin during the day after 0400ish and stays there until she moves back to load for the 1510 sailing.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: SEA on March 08, 2013, 01:32:22 PM
Thanks Giftgrub,
I was under the impression whilst covering the Nordica's run she would do the same twice daily round trip
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on March 08, 2013, 01:50:32 PM
Because Stena Scotia can not accommodate freight drivers its departures are timed around Stena Explorer's timetable as the drivers of trucks aboard Stena Scotia travel aboard Stena Explorer and collect their trucks at the other side.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Fast Ferry Fan on March 08, 2013, 09:29:27 PM
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Because Stena Scotia can not accommodate freight drivers its departures are timed around Stena Explorer's timetable as the drivers of trucks aboard Stena Scotia travel aboard Stena Explorer and collect their trucks at the other side.

Sounds highly duplicative to me.  Is there really anything that can't make it's way round to Dun Laoghaire by road?

It's not that long ago since there were 3 round trips to Dun Laoghaire and a lot more freight went that way.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on March 09, 2013, 09:17:15 AM
There is a truck ban in place at the port of Dun Laoghaire , has been there for some time now , it seems the residents of the million Euro plus period homes along the seafront road dont like "big filthy smelly trucks" passing their homes and petitioned the local authority to ban them , subsequently no freight can be carried from Dun Laoghaire.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 09, 2013, 09:55:46 AM
The Explorer is carrying a lot of passenger traffic, to maximise revenue, carrying the freight on the Scotia makes sense, allowing the Explorer to carry as much passenger and car traffic. The Explorer could take 50 trucks and then they would have a lot less space for car traffic.

Dun Laoghaire will except freight in special circumstances when the trucks are carrying popstar possessions !!!

They did allow the Explorer to run a freight crossing last September to get Lady GAGA's equipment across the Irish Sea.

http://afloat.ie/port-news/ferry-news/item/19895-stena-lines-hss-service-sounds-good-for-lady-gaga
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Comet on March 09, 2013, 11:57:31 AM
2 Weeks ago, when I was on the HSS, there was a small number of trucks on board.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on March 09, 2013, 12:11:48 PM
I would imagine they used the damage to the Finnarrow as leverage to get some freight through there.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: DublinPeter on March 09, 2013, 12:25:58 PM
There is no ban as such on Trucks through Dun Laoghaire port - the planning permission and Harbour act from back in the mid 1990s actively discourages freight though and some of the more wealthy residents were very voiciferous in their opposition to extra truck traffic which was both unfortunate and shortsighted.

If my memory serves me rightly, much of the freight traffic was shifted to Dublin Port when the HSS began - would it have been the Stena Traveller that was introduced round about then?

HSS has always been pushed on route as being the ideal method of transport for Cars and passenger transport and in fairness, given the roads in the locality that makes a fair bit of sense.  Just needs to be more cars and passengers to keep HSS going!

Interesting to see plenty of trucks on the HSS the last few weeks though and good to see the port looking so busy with both passenger and commercial traffic. Even Stena have cashed in on the peculiar circumstances caused by the Finarrow incident by offering discounted day trips from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire on HSS for a tenner until March 21st!

Pete

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Niall on March 09, 2013, 12:47:11 PM
Its lower fuel prices that needs to keep the HSS going. As she operates on 4 gas turbine engines. Her future is looking bleak beyond 2014. It is likely tha she and her sister Stena Voyager will be recycled by Stena Metall in the next 3 to 4 years.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: DublinPeter on March 09, 2013, 02:11:34 PM
Fair point Niall, well made!

I was talking about the shorter term (2013/14) rather than her longer term prognosis which isn't great, although she has been on more farewell voyages than Status Quo at this stage and yet there she still is.  I wouldn't be writing her off for 2014-2016 just yet.

Always remember that despite the fuel guzzling (although the speed reductions have knocked that down significantly) she provides not just capacity on the Irish Sea but market share for the Stena brand which is just as important.  As long as Irish Ferries have a fastcraft, so will Stena - whether thats the HSS in a few years time is distinctly debatable but time (and the global economy!) will be the final arbiter of that one.

Pete


Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Niall on March 09, 2013, 03:10:24 PM
A contact in Stena told me that the company won't invest in any future high speed fastcraft.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Fast Ferry Fan on March 09, 2013, 10:05:40 PM
Seemed like there was a lot of traffic leaving Dun Laoghaire port today, but then it is effectively covering 2 Nordica sailings.  What'd be interesting to know is how much extra business was generated because of the early relanch.

I presume the HSS is currently being primarily crewed by staff that would normally be on the morning / afternoon sailing of the Nordica, which is why it doesn't really matter that it stays in DL for a 3 hours in the afternoon.  This might account also for the fact that it was put back in service within 4 days of the Finnarrow incident, ie because the staff were available.  I also presume the crew will then switch to seasonal staff post 22 March, when the HSS was due to start. 
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: DublinPeter on March 10, 2013, 05:30:13 PM
Bit of a shortage on the Dublin/DL to Holyhead corridor today.

The Swift was already cancelled for today and tomorrow due to the weather and of course Stena Scotia only does Monday to Friday which left Nordica (covering for Adventurer) and the HSS to take up the slack. 

Pretty full load waiting at Dun Laoghaire this afternoon for the 1600 HSS departure but you could see from the waves breaking on the East Pier that there was no way she could go anywhere and was cancelled at about 3.30 leaving some very cranky truckers and a large number of cars/foot passengers to either make their way to Dublin Port for the Nordica at 2115 or Rosslare for the Europe at 2100 (presuming that Europe can dock of course!).

Winds in the last hour from the East gusting at about 44 knots which is pretty hairy in Dublin bay.  I'd say the Nordica and Ulysses will be pretty busy tonight. I'm guessing that the HSS will wait for a break in the winds and head back to Holyhead later this evening/tonight.  Very unusual for her to get stuck in Dun Laoghaire - I think the winds picked up more than expected, earlier than expected.

Pete
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: DublinPeter on March 10, 2013, 08:25:53 PM
Night on the town in Dun Laoghaire for the Explorer crew tonight! They're going to stick where they are for tonight and skip the 1030 from Holyhead in the morning. Weather permitting, normal service resumes tomorrow at 1600 from Dun Laoghaire.

Pete
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: HSS on March 10, 2013, 09:08:22 PM
Well, that has not happened in a long time! But I would not be happy if I was booked on the HSS to come back to the UK today!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Rob on March 10, 2013, 09:27:09 PM
the costs of having the crew stay there for the night and cancelling that morning sailing is probably cheaper than sailing the HSS back empty right?

Sometimes I do not understand why a big catamaran like the HSS is so sensitive to bad weather, isn't she supposed to have improved comfort and handling in rough seas due to her design?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: HSS on March 10, 2013, 09:53:10 PM
Stena Line, not having a good time!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Fast Ferry Fan on March 10, 2013, 10:49:17 PM
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Well, that has not happened in a long time! But I would not be happy if I was booked on the HSS to come back to the UK today!

Didn't airline type compensation come in at the end of last year, ie they'd have to put you up in hotels if delayed?

If you were a family intending to travel at 4pm on a Sunday back to the UK, and the next one is not til 9pm - you'd be pretty annoyed.  Depending how far from Holyhead you had to travel, I think I'd want to wait til the next day than end up driving in the middle of the night.

If the same crew were working tomorrow, there probably wasn't a huge window to go back in this evening.  Another option might have been setting off at 6am tomorrow if the winds were forcast to die down.

I presume the Nordica just wouldn't have had the capacity to cope with all the HSS passengers that would have wanted to travel this evening / tomorrow morning, and Stena may have had to transfer some to the Ulyses too?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: shamrock712 on March 10, 2013, 11:18:24 PM
A few fantastic pics on flickr of the Europe rounding the Fishguard breakwater
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wdig/8464413119/
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Pretty full load waiting at Dun Laoghaire this afternoon for the 1600 HSS departure but you could see from the waves breaking on the East Pier that there was no way she could go anywhere and was cancelled at about 3.30 leaving some very cranky truckers and a large number of cars/foot passengers to either make their way to Dublin Port for the Nordica at 2115 or Rosslare for the Europe at 2100 (presuming that Europe can dock of course!).

Looks like the Europe made it away from Rosslare, both it and the Inishmore are showing on Marinetraffic mid channel at the moment.


Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on March 11, 2013, 12:47:41 AM
You'd nearly feel sorry for Stena alright , talk about worst possible time for a bad weather cancellation of the HSS , the HSS is a very sturdy vessel as Cats go , but the weather on the Irish Sea is quite bad tonight.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 12, 2013, 08:17:33 PM
A photo review of the Stena Explorer 2013 has been posted by Chris Brindle:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&list=UUQnIHdEuoRFkz7J4UJSPTdA&v=KFL6xEB7BGI

His previous review from 2011:

http://stenaexplorer.blogspot.ie/

Also some very interesting photos of the Stena Europe in heavy seas off Fishguard harbour, which would have been interesting for those onboard:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wdig/8465547746/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wdig/8464446715/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wdig/8465544216/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wdig/8464413119/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wdig/8465510902/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wdig/8469583965/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wdig/8470676134/in/photostream/

Also the Stena Hollandica goes to dry dock this weekend, leaving the Stena Britannica to work the Harwich - Hoek route on its own.

http://www.stenalinefreight.com/~/media/Files/Ferry%20Update%20Dry-docking%20Hollandica%20March%202013.ashx
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 12, 2013, 09:58:19 PM
The stunningly beautiful Stena Nautica is being used for some unique day cruises to the Anholt wind farm ( a major connection with Ireland is the Wind Perfection former Julia is based at this wind farm)

http://www.windpoweroffshore.com/2013/03/07/offshore_wind_tourism_has_huge_potential_says_stena_line/#.UT-kCNbeWAk

http://www.dongenergy.com/anholt/EN/News/anholt_nyheder/News/Pages/AnholtOffshoreWindFarm-Newsletter-February2013.aspx
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on March 12, 2013, 10:03:26 PM
Shame that the Stena Hibernia is going to be used again at Harwich. She's currently laid up in Lubeck at the moment.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 12, 2013, 10:28:09 PM
Stena Hibernia like the Stena Scotia is no longer owned by Stena Line, they are owned by Stena RoRo and while that may seem like semantics they are different companies and operate with different management.

Does not mean they could not charter the Hibernia though.

While mentioning Stena RoRo, there are two vessels coming off charter soon, the Norman Asturias is supposed to finish its charter in the next 4/5 months and the Norman Voyager will finish its charter in January 2014, both are currently with DFDS/LD Lines and are similar to the Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey. Where will they go next ?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: FerryMan on March 13, 2013, 11:10:27 AM
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Quote
Well, that has not happened in a long time! But I would not be happy if I was booked on the HSS to come back to the UK today!

Didn't airline type compensation come in at the end of last year, ie they'd have to put you up in hotels if delayed

Regulation EU No. 1177/2010, which gives rights to passengers when they are travelling by sea or inland waters. This is to come into force in December 2012.

Passenger Rights Legislation – Summary of Compensation Requirements.

Cancelled Sailing Weather: Exempt from Compensation Claims but welfare costs apply as shown below


Delayed Sailing: Technical/ weather/extraordinary

or

Cancelled Sailing: Technical/ Weather/Extraordinary

Waiting Time:

Snacks, Meals or Refreshments

90 minutes or more and every 90 minutes thereafter.      e.g a light refreshment such as a bottle of water or a cup of tea. No alcohol.

4 hours or more      e.g the equivalent of a snack or light meal such as a sandwich or a bowl of soup.

8 hours or more      e.g the equivalent of a hot evening meal.

Every 4 hours thereafter As above; a snack or meal should be provided.

Refreshments.
The Regulations say that refreshments should be offered free of charge, in reasonable relation to the waiting time, provided that they are available or can reasonably be supplied.
If you  don't have any adequate facilities in the port, therefore you can making arrangements to provide this on board, shortly after boarding.
If they purchase any additional refreshments ashore, they should get receipts and submit this as part of any claim for payment of extra costs, to the company.


So no compensation due but welfare of snacks/meal drinks due to passengers.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Fast Ferry Fan on March 13, 2013, 08:53:46 PM
Thanks for he clarification, Ferryman.  I have to say, I think that's very tame.  I recall back in December how the newspapers were saying that ferry passengers were to be given the same rghts as airline passengers.  It doesn't look like it to me.  I think if you're being forced to travel anti-social hours the least you could be offered is a cabin on the boat, and if you have children, the option of the next days sailing and a hotel bed.  Irish crossing fares are not cheap.

I hope everyone aboard the Oscar Wilde for an additional 24 hours yesterday was given a cabin to sleep in and food.

Noticed that the Finnarrow seems to be back for a few days after 16 March. Now there are 3.10pm and 4pm sailings out of Dublin / Dun Laoghaire.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 13, 2013, 09:56:07 PM
The Finnarrow, while still in drydock in Greenock is expected back on the Dublin - Holyhead service later this week, all patched up under the waterline, but not a paintbrush appears to have touched the rest of the ship....

In other news the HSS Stena Voyager is expected to depart Belfast within the next week heading to recycling facility where it will be scrapped. As Stena own Stena Metall it is not a big leap to guess that it will be scrapped at a Stena Metall owned facility.

It is not expected to depart Belfast under its own power and will be towed to its final destination. Obviously relevant spare parts will be removed for use with the Stena Explorer and its departure will free up space in the Belfast VT4 area for some linkspan redevelopment, allowing the HSS berth to be converted for use by the Stena Lagan/Mersey.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 13, 2013, 10:00:17 PM
some of an image of the Finnarrow in drydock in Greenock

Image taken by Jordan Harle

from

https://www.facebook.com/SunderlandTugs
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 14, 2013, 09:07:55 AM
There is a tug heading to Belfast at the moment, wonder is it going to be towing the Stena Voyager to its final destination ?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: FerryMan on March 14, 2013, 09:45:18 AM
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I think if you're being forced to travel anti-social hours the least you could be offered is a cabin on the boat, and if you have children, the option of the next days sailing and a hotel bed.  Irish crossing fares are not cheap.

I hope everyone aboard the Oscar Wilde for an additional 24 hours yesterday was given a cabin to sleep in and food

Fast Ferry Man this is what the EU have set for the min. rights. I work for an Irish sea ferry company who had some disruption this week. We do offer cabins were there are free ones to family's but on heavy freight nights it can't always be done. We don't charge people if they move to the next daytime sailing. I have been on a delayed Ireland/France sailing as a passenger, we were allowed to keep on using our cabin & was offered free lunch on the sailing. I read in the media that all passenger on board Oscar Wilde were offer free cabins & meals during the delay this week. 


Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: maehara on March 14, 2013, 12:01:44 PM
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In other news the HSS Stena Voyager is expected to depart Belfast within the next week heading to recycling facility where it will be scrapped.
Have gotten used to seeing the Voyager across Belfast Lough on the way in to work each morning.  Will be strange to not have it there.

I was never much of a fan of the HSS, but still appreciate their 'Concorde of the seas' status.  The first scrapping of one does count as the beginning of the end, I suppose...
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on March 14, 2013, 05:37:51 PM
Hmmm yes and I think the Discovery will go the same way soon, although perhaps not to Stena Metal.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Rob on March 14, 2013, 06:53:38 PM
Is one single tug able to tow such a big ship in rough seas?? It's a sad faith but unavoidable. Would be a cool place for a museum though!

I don't think the HSS discovery is going anywhere any time soon. As far as I know she is still involved in   the criminal investigation at Curacao (she smuggled diesels in her tanks). but she is defnitely ready for scrap; nothing has happened to her since she left belfast really.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: ste898 on March 14, 2013, 07:56:55 PM
Well if that is true about the Voyager it is a very very sad day

I havent sailed with stena since the HSS was withdrawn as always go PO now on there 21st century fast ferry rather than the last century stena ''superfasts'

The HSS was the most awesome way to travel accross the irish sea and probably there will never be anything that comes close to it again

How anyone was not a fan of it amazes me

At least some can say we travelled on her!!!!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: HSS on March 14, 2013, 08:36:06 PM
The Stena Explorer is still alive & well and doing a great job............for now anyway??
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on March 15, 2013, 09:18:05 AM
Was at a conference recently where it was generally agreed within the industry that the days of fast craft catamarans operating in Europe are numbered , there is now a record number of them in lay up (the figure I heard was 14 not counting the HSS's) , while in terms of speed they were a success , but the propulsion technology has been deemed a failure on reliability and economic grounds.
There was however talk of future monohull LPG powered ferries being able to reach speeds of 40 knots in the not too distant future , apparently there are several on the drawing board at present , the only thing holding them back is lack of investment by ferry companies due mostly to the global downturn.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on March 15, 2013, 10:34:47 AM
That was another conclusion I put in my dissertation lol!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Niall on March 15, 2013, 02:33:41 PM
What about hydrogen powered ferries?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on March 15, 2013, 03:50:29 PM
I recall seeing plans for some small concept vessels powered by hydrogen fuel cells a few years back , I would imagine some have been built and tested by now , the hydrogen powered designs look promising however last I heard they were trying to overcome design limitations around fuel containment and reaction containment on a large scale , I would be inclined to say that large vessels powered by hydrogen fuel cells are not that far away either.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: HSS on March 15, 2013, 11:14:12 PM
Some great photos of the Stena Adventurer in the Belfast dry dock at Harland and Wolff on Scott Mackey's brilliant Flickr Site.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Matt73 on March 17, 2013, 03:08:06 PM
Also the Stena Hollandica goes to dry dock this weekend, leaving the Stena Britannica to work the Harwich - Hoek route on its own.

http://www.stenalinefreight.com/~/media/Files/Ferry%20Update%20Dry-docking%20Hollandica%20March%202013.ashx[/quote]

Thanks.  Any idea what they will be doing to Stena Hollandica whilst she's in drydock, aside from the usual survey and maintenance?

Will they be sorting out the problems with the restaurants and galley, exposed on Undercover Boss last year?

Matt
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 18, 2013, 09:32:46 PM
HI Matt, as the Hollandica is only out of service for a week, it will be mostly for routine maintenance and certification.

With regards to the galley, any changes in that area can be made while the vessel is in service and would not have to wait until it is in drydock.

The HSS 900 Stena Carisma is in drydock in Gothenburg at the moment. Images here:

http://www.landgangen.se/forumsmf10/index.php?topic=27755.msg247455#msg247455
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Rob on March 19, 2013, 06:21:03 PM
For me the design of the hss 900 has always looked a bit awkward when compared to the hss 1500. As to voyager, there was a tugboat en route last week if I recall but apparently wasn't for her yet. Not a big maritime expert, but do you guys expect no issues with the voyager being towed by just a small tug ? ( rough seas for example). Can't they make some sort of exception in terms of classification and have one jet operational? I'm sure one of the 4 still works?:p
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 19, 2013, 10:52:55 PM
Stenas South Korean operation started today:

http://www.sjofartstidningen.se/stena-igang-i-sydkorea/
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: pjamieson267 on March 20, 2013, 03:50:42 PM
Any thoughts on the final destination for Stena Voyager to be scrap yet???? :-?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Niall on March 20, 2013, 06:10:48 PM
Your guess is as good as mine
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: HSS on March 20, 2013, 11:42:36 PM
I totally understand the economic side of things, but if Voyager is to be scrapped, what a sad end to such a great ship, but the truth is, nobody wants them now.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 21, 2013, 09:59:32 AM
The final destination for the Stena Voyager will possibly be as a soft drinks can in your fridge !!! as for where it will be dismantled and scrapped it will be in a Stena Metall owned facility more than likely in Sweden.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on March 21, 2013, 11:58:00 AM
The Stena Adventurer is back in Holyhead this afternoon.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: pjamieson267 on March 21, 2013, 05:53:44 PM
I know about Stena Adventurer was back on Dublin - Holyhead route but what about Stena Scotia? :-?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 21, 2013, 07:28:54 PM
Stena Scotia has gone to the Med on a 3 month charter,  currently heading to Marseille expected to arrive on the 25th March according to Marinetraffic.

Reports from Sweden today that Stena Metall have purchased the Stena Voyager from Stena, there is no doubt now that it going to be scrapped.

Weather is having an effect on the Rosslare service with Stena Europe sailings cancelled tonight due to the weather and on Sunday for maintenance in Fishguard !!!!

From Ferrycheck "Due to severe gales the 2100hrs from Rosslare 21st March 2013 is cancelled. Passengers are advised to contact Stena Line to make alternative arrangements. Please call 00353 5391 61567."

All passengers presumably transferred to Irish Ferries as the Inishmore is sailing. Obviously the Stena Europe's two weeks in H&W Belfast have not improved its ability to handle high winds, one of the essential requirements for a vessel operating on the southern corridor.

Nice image of the Europe leaving Fishguard here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wdig/8469583965/in/photostream/
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on March 21, 2013, 07:31:43 PM
After the incident in Rosslare with the Europe hitting the Oscar,  wind restrictions have been put on all the vessels, so obviously tonight is too much for the Europe.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: pjamieson267 on March 21, 2013, 07:58:56 PM
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Stena Scotia has gone to the Med on a 3 month charter,  currently heading to Marseille expected to arrive on the 25th March according to Marinetraffic.

Reports from Sweden today that Stena Metall have purchased the Stena Voyager from Stena, there is no doubt now that it going to be scrapped.

Weather is having an effect on the Rosslare service with Stena Europe sailings cancelled tonight due to the weather and on Sunday for maintenance in Fishguard !!!!

From Ferrycheck "Due to severe gales the 2100hrs from Rosslare 21st March 2013 is cancelled. Passengers are advised to contact Stena Line to make alternative arrangements. Please call 00353 5391 61567."

All passengers presumably transferred to Irish Ferries as the Inishmore is sailing. Obviously the Stena Europe's two weeks in H&W Belfast have not improved its ability to handle high winds, one of the essential requirements for a vessel operating on the southern corridor.

Nice image of the Europe leaving Fishguard here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wdig/8469583965/in/photostream/

I was right Stena Scotia is charted and heading to Marseille I hope and which Stena Scotia a best of luck for the next three month. :)
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 21, 2013, 08:25:59 PM
Nice image of the Mecklenburg Vorpommern in full livery
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: tonycan on March 21, 2013, 08:39:20 PM
Is it me or is this thing with the Europe getting beyond a joke??.....

If the Inishmore wasn't so under utilised would the pressure have been on Stena a long time ago to get it sorted?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Matt73 on March 21, 2013, 11:41:39 PM
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Is it me or is this thing with the Europe getting beyond a joke??.....

If the Inishmore wasn't so under utilised would the pressure have been on Stena a long time ago to get it sorted?
 

Couldn't agree more. I've posted several times that I think the Europe is too long in the tooth and that Fishguard is the poor relation to the other routes, which I have had considerably more investment in tonnage over the last ten years. I know that the Europe has been well looked after and that the interior has been refurbished, but sooner or later she will have to go.

It's also clear that she is underpowered for berthing at Rosslare, or she wouldn't have hit the Oscar Wilde. The Innishmore appears to be a much more stable and better designed ship.

Stena RO/RO could easily source alternative tonnage, or even design a purpose built ship for the route.  Like the Superfasts to Belfast, new tonnage can bring new business to a route.  If you add to that the proposed redevelopment of Fishguard harbour, that's a fairly potent formula.  Stena have managed to achieve growth in very difficult economic times on both sides of the Irish Sea on other routes, so I don't see any reason why that couldn't happen here. Perhaps we should launch a campaign: "Replace the Europe".

Whilst I'm on the subject, a more suitable name would be in order.  How about Stena Preseli, or Normandica? Both names have been used before in BR days. 

Matt
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on March 22, 2013, 01:22:01 AM
Stena Line are said to be interested in buying the two cancelled newbuild ferries for Scandlines , they would be ideal replacements for Stena Europe and Stena Dancia if the purchase goes ahead.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: tonycan on March 22, 2013, 04:59:28 PM
@Matt73: Have to agree with you although i must say I am a big fan of the Europe, just find it a nicer place to spend a crossing, there is something very cold or something about the interior of the inishmore. Anyway I just think at this stage it must be starting to hurt Stena, if I was booking in the morning I would book the Inishmore just for peace of mind.

The problem with Investment in the route is the level of risk There were already much higher traffic levels on north irish sea, the decision to overhaul the route (well at least the building of loch ryan) was taken prior to the monetary fiasco we are now in. Stena had committed a lot of money to Loch Ryan so the investment in the Superfasts made sense to gain a return on the overall investment. I just cant see a boardroom taking a decision in the present climate to order such a capital investment on the Fishguard works and a new vessel. That is just my view.

Most likely they would adopt cautious approach of if a good 2nd hand ship comes along at the right money and they have a customer for the Europe then the change will be made.

There are guys on here that know a lot more about this than me so I would love to hear their views.

Just as an aside do you know if the Normandy ever have much trouble berthing at Rosslare?

@Collision:
God the Copenhagen and Berlin are two "interesting" looking ships.... There is a good discussion with Scandlines management about the problems with the ships and the termination of the contract on the magazone link Giftgrub put up the other day.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 22, 2013, 05:34:39 PM
I think its fair to say that the majority of people on this site are ferry enthusiasts and that everyone wants to see all ferry routes succeed and I also think it would be fair to say that we are all very positive fans of all the ferry companies in Ireland, however after studying the operation of the Rosslare-Fishguard route since it was taken over by Stena Line in the early 90’s I think it would be fair to say, they haven’t exactly done a great job with the route.

When Stena took over the route it was served by the Felicity and was the second most profitable route in the entire Stena/Sealink network, served by a luxurious cruise ferry with back up freight vessels, since then they replaced the Felicity with the Koningin Beatrix a vessel whilst quite opulent was unsuitable for the route with its low freight capacity, poor manoeuvring capability and also its high crewing requirements (ironically when rebuilt while Stena Baltic converted to double deck loading and the thrusters were upgraded), this was then replaced in 2002 by the Stena Europe which had quite a revamp in the passenger areas before its introduction.

Since the introduction of the Stena Europe it has been maintained on the route with further passenger area upgrade but now in obviously in need of replacement.

Also since Stena took over the level of investment in Fishguard has been very limited, there is no modern wide linkspan to allow rapid discharge from the stern which even the much maligned Rosslare Harbour can offer. This restricts the type of vessel that can be deployed to cover /replace the Stena Europe.

It does appear that Stena Line need to either invest in the route which is a very viable proposition as fresh tonnage will offer an improved passenger experience which they can market on its newness alone, perhaps a major timetable shake up, allowing rail/sail connections, bring back day trips, 48 hr weekend breaks, shopping expeditions to Cardiff etc.

From my own very limited knowledge this is what I think the Rosslare route requires:

New Linkspan – Fishguard – if the proposed Conygar investment ever happens it will be too late, they need to act now to improve the route, and waiting 2/3 years will not work.

New vessel – possibly something like Stena Lagan/Mersey – cost effective, modern comfortable, fuel efficient, fast. Can never see them putting a newbuild on the route.

Possible revised timetable – maybe swap times with Irish Ferries – Rosslare could prosper with alternate crossing times throughout the day improving customer choice and flexibility.

New local marketing – Day trips/48 hr tickets/ shopping trips/ non landing cruises etc

Refit Period: always provide cover through replacement vessel

Maximise the use of the great staff they have and the huge amount of goodwill that they have built up over the years.

With a new vessel with greater freight capacity, increases viability of route, will migrate some freight traffic out of Dublin to Rosslare, surely all freight does not need to go out of Dublin.

Just in case there is any misconception I actually love travelling on the Stena Europe as I find the massive amount of uncluttered outside deck space to be great, I find the passenger areas very nicely laid out and comfortable, the Stena Plus is fabulous (but it is really any better than what was there before the refit lost a little bit of charm) the bar area is huge and can take quite a lot of passengers when watching a match. plenty of space for people to relax, and finally the crew are always very nice and accommodating. Biggest negative is the stairwells and the queue for the car decks when docking.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Niall on March 22, 2013, 06:10:47 PM
The Conygar development at Fishguard doesn't include the Port area.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 22, 2013, 08:54:45 PM
Hi Niall, not sure about that the Conygar investment for Fishguard includes a massive 19 acre increase in standing area for ferry traffic, a major freight park (11 acres) on the outskirts of Fishguard for parking and distribution centres and originally included proposals for a new berth at an angle to the existing quay wall.

http://www.conygar.com/Project/Fishguard/4

http://www.conygar.com/News/FishguardPlanningApplication/44

http://www.conygar.com/News/PlanningConsentAchievedForFishguard/52

If it ever happens it will be an interesting development.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 22, 2013, 10:55:47 PM
Ironically the central corridor vessels have had a battering in todays stormy weather with all three Stena vessels serving Holyhead suffering cancellations.

http://afloat.ie/port-news/ferry-news/item/21230-stena-line-hss-fast-craft-sailings-cancelled




Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: HSS on March 22, 2013, 11:03:00 PM
Looks like Adventurer was hanging around at Holyhead for quite a while today waiting for Nordica & the weather?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Fast Ferry Fan on March 22, 2013, 11:16:27 PM
How come the Nordica did not run its daytime sailings today - surely as a conventional ship it can hold its own against a bit of bad weather?

I'm in agreement about the layout of the Europe being quite good including the outside space.  However, I'd be nervous about traveling back into Rossslare on a windy day.  Rosslare needs a massive revamp too.  I did complete a questionnaire for Stena about a year ago about the possibility of changing sailing times, but nothing ever came of it.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Niall on March 22, 2013, 11:39:53 PM
As far as I am aware there are no plans to construct a new berth at Fishguard at present, nor are there plans to upgrade the existing linkspan. Such a pity really as Fishguard deserves to be treated better by Stena. As for Rosslare the facilities there are a complete joke.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: 20knots on March 23, 2013, 12:38:43 AM
I too enjoy travelling on the Stena Europe and will be sad to see her go though accept that she'll likely have to go sooner or later. A friend said to me possibly her engines could be upgraded to meet the new (sulphur emission?) requirements.

There are a few seats near some of the stairs which are a nice spot for a half an hour if one wants to get away from the mainstream areas (or if one wants to go out on deck/keep an eye out but doesn't want to stay out on deck continuously).

In recent weeks there has been work at Fishguard on both the foot passenger gangway and the side car ramp. Not sure if it's finished yet but us footies (foot passengers) were bussed off/on when I travelled a few weeks ago.

Sail and rail works well at Fishguard due to the terminal having the ship at one side and train the other. Plus train services required by franchise to actually connect! If the new berth is built I presume they'll have a covered indoor walkway linking the Harbour station to the berth - the distance probably would be very similar to that at Rosslare between the terminal and ship.

In my view an efficient port is one which can juggle competing user needs without making any one group of users feel unwanted/ a burden (i.e. freight/truckers; motorists and foot passengers). The new berth plan at Fishguard seems to tick all three boxes in a positive way.

Personally I would like to see Stena going for a revised sailing schedule in the medium term but ideally all needs to happen at once - new vessel, upgraded/new port facilities, new schedule. Not doubting that it wouldn't be a structured plan but very important that every last thing is done to maximise the investment and make it a real success including better rail connections at Rosslare.

Incidentally that survey about possible sailing schedule changes suggested two options:
the first:
Rosslare to Fishguard at 08.30 & 19.00.;
Fishguard to Rosslare at 13:45 & 00:00 (the midnight sailing would give passengers an option to stay in their cabin for six hours)
the other option was:
Rosslare to Fishguard at 02.30 and 16.00 (the 02.30 sailing would give passengers an option to stay in their cabin for six hours)
Fishguard to Rosslare: 10.45 & 21.00

Being able to get the guts of a normal night's sleep onboard will be appealing to truckers, motorists and sail and rail passengers.
First option looks best in my view. A 02.30 sailing ex Rosslare doesn't seem appealing, would require the port facilities to open at that time and would be unlikely to have any train or bus in the middle of the night.

By the way, does anyone know why:
* the 21.15 sailing ex Rosslare was advanced to 21.00 back in 2011?
* the 21.00 is shown as just taking 3 1/4 hrs as opposed to the 3 1/2 hrs for all the other sailings?
(Have no complaint or issue - just curious!)
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Niall on March 23, 2013, 11:40:53 AM
Do you know what work on the foot passenger gangway has been done at Fishguard in recent weeks?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: 20knots on March 23, 2013, 03:56:31 PM
Don't know what work exactly though four weeks is a significant amount of time so am inclined to think quite a lot of work has taken place.

The flyer I picked up refers to "essential Port maintenance" taking place on 17th Feb for approx. 4 weeks.

It also refers to the side-loading ramp and gangway being inoperable.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Niall on March 23, 2013, 07:26:44 PM
Hopefully they did away with the mobile crane to lift the foot pasenger gangway. I presume the gangway has been fitted with proper hydraulics making use of the crane redundant.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on March 23, 2013, 08:04:55 PM
Stena Adventurer cancelled her sailings today and stayed alongside in Dublin all day due to technical problems.
She is expected to be back on schedule for this evenings crossing.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Stena Hss Explorer Freight on March 24, 2013, 03:42:53 PM
Hi .. My name is Caoimhin .. My dad is a Lorry driver and use stena/Irishferries alot to holyhead .. so im a lorry enthusiast and a ferry enthusiast ...

Anyway ..

Just saw the Hss Explorer Doin 40knots on a public crossing to holyhead ... Doesnt it usually not do 25knots on public crossings ??
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Niall on March 24, 2013, 04:18:39 PM
She is only restricted to 19 knots between South Burford buoy and Dun Laoghaire harbour mouth.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Warren on March 24, 2013, 05:47:02 PM
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Hi .. My name is Caoimhin .. My dad is a Lorry driver and use stena/Irishferries alot to holyhead .. so im a lorry enthusiast and a ferry enthusiast ...

Anyway ..

Just saw the Hss Explorer Doin 40knots on a public crossing to holyhead ... Doesnt it usually not do 25knots on public crossings ??



Actually took a screen shot of this too before logging on to the forum.

Not like stena to run the HSS at 3/4 (30kn) speed never mind the full 40 knots.

Not unless they have to give the 4 engines a good spin every so often.

Dont think oil prices would have dropped would they?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: smallboatowner on March 24, 2013, 06:22:04 PM
Stena Precision has been at anchor in Belfast Lough all weekend (Bangor Bay) and tug MCS Ailsa appears to be in attendance this evening, anyone know what's happening?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 24, 2013, 06:31:06 PM
Not 100% confirmed but it is supposed to have got one of its anchors tangled up in a large chain !! they are attempting to cut the chain off before it is allowed into Belfast.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on March 24, 2013, 06:37:37 PM
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Just saw the Hss Explorer Doin 40knots on a public crossing to holyhead ... Doesnt it usually not do 25knots on public crossings ??

You were lucky every time I see it she is only doing 26 knots.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Rob on March 24, 2013, 08:32:35 PM
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Quote

Just saw the Hss Explorer Doin 40knots on a public crossing to holyhead ... Doesnt it usually not do 25knots on public crossings ??

You were lucky every time I see it she is only doing 26 knots.

maybe the wind was favourable lol ? or maybe they had some fuel donated from the tanks of the voyager for a joyride.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: DublinPeter on March 25, 2013, 12:10:44 AM
Good to see Explorer really put the boot down today! 

She left Holyhead two hours late because of the nasty weather but got to Dun Laoghaire by 1410 which is about 100 minutes by my calculations.  Got turned around in 45 minutes and back out by 1455, arriving back in Holyhead about 100 minutes later again.  Now that's impressive!

Conditions on the Irish Sea were far from ideal today but Nordica was missing for a lap today so there was quite a bit of traffic waiting at Holyhead - too much for Adventurer to take alone.  Explorers run tomorrow is cancelled - weather forecast is a strong Easterly again so she can rest and not use fuel for the day :).

Pete

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Stena Hss Explorer Freight on March 25, 2013, 10:50:48 AM
I know .. was surprised seeing it do 40knots .. highest b4 ive just saw it do 30 .. i say it was doin 40knots cus of the weather .. if it did 25 it would of been bad to fight the weather ?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 25, 2013, 11:55:37 AM
The Stena Precision has had the chain removed and is back in service

Images from Marinetraffic.com
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Stena Hss Explorer Freight on March 25, 2013, 02:03:01 PM
Was there freight on the precision ?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: TheIrishRover on March 25, 2013, 10:12:33 PM
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Was there freight on the precision ?

 I think so yea, It was a routine run but the bad weather meant Belfast closed the port so it anchored until it was reopened. A few ships have lost their anchors in that anchorage, so perhaps she got her anchor entangled with one of them. Most freight on the Stena Precision is unaccompanied though!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Stena Hss Explorer Freight on March 25, 2013, 10:37:26 PM
Yeahh .. been on a seatruck boat before .. warrenpoint heysham .. thanks for the info
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Matt73 on March 25, 2013, 11:01:14 PM
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I too enjoy travelling on the Stena Europe and will be sad to see her go though accept that she'll likely have to go sooner or later. A friend said to me possibly her engines could be upgraded to meet the new (sulphur emission?) requirements.

There are a few seats near some of the stairs which are a nice spot for a half an hour if one wants to get away from the mainstream areas (or if one wants to go out on deck/keep an eye out but doesn't want to stay out on deck continuously).

In recent weeks there has been work at Fishguard on both the foot passenger gangway and the side car ramp. Not sure if it's finished yet but us footies (foot passengers) were bussed off/on when I travelled a few weeks ago.

Sail and rail works well at Fishguard due to the terminal having the ship at one side and train the other. Plus train services required by franchise to actually connect! If the new berth is built I presume they'll have a covered indoor walkway linking the Harbour station to the berth - the distance probably would be very similar to that at Rosslare between the terminal and ship.

In my view an efficient port is one which can juggle competing user needs without making any one group of users feel unwanted/ a burden (i.e. freight/truckers; motorists and foot passengers). The new berth plan at Fishguard seems to tick all three boxes in a positive way.

Personally I would like to see Stena going for a revised sailing schedule in the medium term but ideally all needs to happen at once - new vessel, upgraded/new port facilities, new schedule. Not doubting that it wouldn't be a structured plan but very important that every last thing is done to maximise the investment and make it a real success including better rail connections at Rosslare.

Incidentally that survey about possible sailing schedule changes suggested two options:
the first:
Rosslare to Fishguard at 08.30 & 19.00.;
Fishguard to Rosslare at 13:45 & 00:00 (the midnight sailing would give passengers an option to stay in their cabin for six hours)
the other option was:
Rosslare to Fishguard at 02.30 and 16.00 (the 02.30 sailing would give passengers an option to stay in their cabin for six hours)
Fishguard to Rosslare: 10.45 & 21.00

Being able to get the guts of a normal night's sleep onboard will be appealing to truckers, motorists and sail and rail passengers.
First option looks best in my view. A 02.30 sailing ex Rosslare doesn't seem appealing, would require the port facilities to open at that time and would be unlikely to have any train or bus in the middle of the night.

By the way, does anyone know why:
* the 21.15 sailing ex Rosslare was advanced to 21.00 back in 2011?
* the 21.00 is shown as just taking 3 1/4 hrs as opposed to the 3 1/2 hrs for all the other sailings?
(Have no complaint or issue - just curious!)

It's good to see that my remarks have generated some debate about Fishguard and the future of the Stena Europe.

The discussion about the gangway really says it all!  That they have been using a crane to lift it in place in the year 2013 speaks volumes really.

As for the side loading ramp, that's another relic from the past.  Any future ship really needs a proper double deck linkspan.  Presumably the development plans allow for that. The existing one contains the original ramp from the early 1970s and I suspect that replacing it will be tax even the best engineers.  At Harwich, they simply built around the old one at berth two back in the early 1990s (where the Britannica and Hollandica now berth) but I doubt they would be able to do that at Fishguard.

It would be nice to think they would go for a new build to replace the Europe.  It's not so far-fetched an idea when you recall that Stena RO/RO designed the F-Max class for the now defunt Fleetwood-Larne service; it was never built as they decided to close the route. 

I have previously posted here that I had hoped the old Seafrance Molliere (can't remember what her new DFDS name is) might have been bought/chartered for Fishguard, but she is way to big and they would have to get rid of the disgusting cowcatcher that ruins her bow!  Especially as somebody posted recently that the Innishmore never sails to capacity...

I like the look of some of the proposed timetable options too.

Perhaps Stena could hire some of us on here to run Fishguard-Rosslare 2020: a seven year plan to transform the southern corridor. I reckon we'd make a pretty good fist of it!  Any takers?!

Matt   
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 26, 2013, 08:29:58 AM
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Was there freight on the precision ?

I would think that with the Stena Precision sitting so high in the water and no sign of trailers on on the ship that if there was freight on the vessel there was very little, more than likely empty.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Stena Hss Explorer Freight on March 26, 2013, 08:30:42 PM
Not good for stena .. shes not earning then lol
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Stena Hss Explorer Freight on March 27, 2013, 03:34:42 PM
Looks like stena hss explorer's highest speed to Dun loaghaire was 30.5knots today ! shes doin 28.5 back to holyhead at the minute .. ! 
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Rob on March 27, 2013, 08:53:42 PM
Explorer must have the best record of being on-time! How good is it to have the ability to increase speed from 20-40 knots to catch up any delay caused before?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Stena Hss Explorer Freight on March 28, 2013, 01:19:09 PM
Yeahh it seems to be doin in round 29/30 knots lately .. wonder why its not sticking to 25knots :O Boardness fighting the captain lol ?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Warren on March 28, 2013, 08:33:22 PM
Any sign of the Voyager leaving belfast yet for scrap?

Really will be an end of an era when she finally goes.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on March 28, 2013, 10:00:29 PM
Cue the word from the Lord :D.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: pjamieson267 on March 29, 2013, 01:13:32 PM
I don't think there's no news about Stena Voyager just yet? [smiley=undecided.gif]
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on March 29, 2013, 06:43:17 PM
I'm sure Griftgrub said she'd been  sold to Stena Metal.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: ste898 on March 29, 2013, 08:54:35 PM
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Any sign of the Voyager leaving belfast yet for scrap?

Really will be an end of an era when she finally goes.

At least we can say we sailed on the greatest craft to sail on the north channel

Now we have to go back in time to pre-1996 to the old slow boats
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on April 02, 2013, 11:06:50 PM
Stena Lines latest vessel the "New Blue Ocean"

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1774317

http://stenadaea.com/

http://stenadaea.com/customer/customer_photo.asp



Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on April 03, 2013, 05:43:03 AM
I know its early morning but all Stena Line websites are offline , anyone know if its maintenance or something more serious?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on April 03, 2013, 10:52:28 AM
back now it seems, must have just been routine
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on April 04, 2013, 11:17:07 PM
The Stena Europe conducted an evening cruise along the Wexford coast this evening as docking was delayed due to high winds in Rosslare.

From Ferrycheck:

"Due to adverse weather conditions in Rosslare the Stena Europe has been unable to dock, it will dock at approx 21:30 and sail again for Fishguard @ 22:30. Stena Line apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Stena Line FERRYCHECK Rosslare . 00353 53 9161505 "

The Baltic sea based Watling Street is currently in drydock in Gdynia, one assumes getting a full repaint to Stena Line livery, it is being covered by the Finnarrow.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on April 05, 2013, 09:43:06 PM
Stena Line's Swedish ships are starting their drydocking period. the Stena Saga is out of service for one week from April  7th- 13th.

The Stena Jutlandica from April 15-25th and Stena Danica from April 26th - May 5th.

The Stena Saga will have no cover provided while off service, the HSS Stena Carisma returns to service on April 17th to provide cover on the Gothenburg - Fredrickhsavn route.

Stena Line Freight have introduced a new brochure which includes details on the Stena Sea Line operation from Turkey.

http://www.sebroschyr.se/stenafreight/WebView/
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Stena Hss Explorer Freight on April 07, 2013, 12:58:58 PM
I saw the Stena Voyager when i was coming off the Stena superfast 7 ! I was pretty shocked to see it there as i thought it had gone ?? Was in full livery too .. ! Maby stena have something up there sleeve there gona suprise us with ?? .. Will put pictures up later !
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Rob on April 07, 2013, 02:43:33 PM
how do you mean ' full livery"? she's always been like that right?
she's a lost cause, but I share your optimism haha.

would be nice to see the pic! :)
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on April 07, 2013, 08:44:59 PM
Yes, the Stena Voyager is in Belfast as it has not left yet, and does indeed remain in full Stena Line livery as it always has. 

The vessel is now owned by Stena Metall and the process of removing the Voyager to Sweden is underway with lots of issues to sort out for the tow. Its not as simple to tow a massive twin hulled vessel with no traditional bow mooring (Like the Pride of Dover) system so there may be some bracing added to the bow for the tow (or not) all depends on the experts opinion.

Most of the onboard furniture and equipment have been removed for use on other Irish sea vessels, a lot of technical equipment including the massive water jets have been removed  to keep as spare parts for the Explorer. There were also reports of the remaining fuel being removed late last week as the turbines will not run again while fitted in the Voyager.

Unfortunately there are no further plans for the Voyager it is going to be heading to a scrapyard within the next few weeks.

Plenty of images of the Voyager available here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/sets/72157633045950508/

Also image of the Watling Street in drydock in Gdynia from Marine Traffic.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: ste898 on April 07, 2013, 09:27:26 PM
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Yes, the Stena Voyager is in Belfast as it has not left yet, and does indeed remain in full Stena Line livery as it always has. 

The vessel is now owned by Stena Metall and the process of removing the Voyager to Sweden is underway with lots of issues to sort out for the tow. Its not as simple to tow a massive twin hulled vessel with no traditional bow mooring (Like the Pride of Dover) system so there may be some bracing added to the bow for the tow (or not) all depends on the experts opinion.

Most of the onboard furniture and equipment have been removed for use on other Irish sea vessels, a lot of technical equipment including the massive water jets have been removed  to keep as spare parts for the Explorer. There were also reports of the remaining fuel being removed late last week as the turbines will not run again while fitted in the Voyager.

Unfortunately there are no further plans for the Voyager it is going to be heading to a scrapyard within the next few weeks.

Plenty of images of the Voyager available here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/sets/72157633045950508/

Also image of the Watling Street in drydock in Gdynia from Marine Traffic.


Unbelievable!!!

How Stena could be so stupid

This is a piece of history they are destroying
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on April 07, 2013, 10:58:33 PM
The Lord that is Griftgrub has spoken. Goodbye HSS Stena Voyager, thank you for 17 years of service (even though for the past few months you've been laid up).
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: pjamieson267 on April 09, 2013, 04:53:36 PM
I just find out on marine traffic galleries that Scottish Viking have receive a stena line logo on her funnel look at this picture when your press the hyperlink here.

http://photos.marinetraffic.com/ais/showphoto.aspx?photoid=1134172&size=full
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on April 09, 2013, 07:34:25 PM
The Watling Street has been renamed and is now called the Stena Flavia.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: pjamieson267 on April 09, 2013, 08:54:42 PM
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The Watling Street has been renamed and is now called the Stena Flavia.

That is a very good name for Watling Street and that is a very good job for stena line. :)
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on April 09, 2013, 08:55:31 PM
I second that :D.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on April 09, 2013, 10:53:49 PM
isnt that what alan partridge used drink when he was hanging around the garage?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on April 10, 2013, 10:31:27 PM
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isnt that what alan partridge used drink when he was hanging around the garage?

You are spot on, the king of coffee

1m 47 in on link below

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXTZQB16p0Q&feature=player_detailpage#t=107s
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on April 11, 2013, 07:42:00 PM
The former Stena Baltica, now SNAV Adriatico has left Naples, current destination Messina. It is due to enter service for SNAV on April 27th between Ancona and Split.

http://magazine.snav.it/promozione-croazia-auto-moto/

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on April 13, 2013, 03:05:23 PM
The Stena Flavia is out of dry dock and judging by the VERY recent marine traffic pictures, she has had a complete hull repaint short of the full Stena Line livery; white hull with red at the bottom and white funnel with black on top. Now I'm not sure whether this means she's going elsewhere or not, but if you were a big ferry company, why bother renaming a vessel with the company naming policy at drydock, but not repaint her in the company livery?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Cb on April 14, 2013, 03:23:47 PM

The water jets haven't been removed, there still in place. I was on sf7 yesterday and today and seen them while boarding




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Yes, the Stena Voyager is in Belfast as it has not left yet, and does indeed remain in full Stena Line livery as it always has. 

The vessel is now owned by Stena Metall and the process of removing the Voyager to Sweden is underway with lots of issues to sort out for the tow. Its not as simple to tow a massive twin hulled vessel with no traditional bow mooring (Like the Pride of Dover) system so there may be some bracing added to the bow for the tow (or not) all depends on the experts opinion.

Most of the onboard furniture and equipment have been removed for use on other Irish sea vessels, a lot of technical equipment including the massive water jets have been removed  to keep as spare parts for the Explorer. There were also reports of the remaining fuel being removed late last week as the turbines will not run again while fitted in the Voyager.

Unfortunately there are no further plans for the Voyager it is going to be heading to a scrapyard within the next few weeks.

Plenty of images of the Voyager available

Also image of the Watling Street in drydock in Gdynia from Marine Traffic.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Rob on April 14, 2013, 04:54:33 PM
Has anyone noticed any construction on Voyager's nose? any contraption that will enable them to tow her?

article on her: http://www.bairdmaritime.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14050:hss-readies-for-breakers&catid=71&Itemid=63
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on April 14, 2013, 08:53:10 PM
It would be funny if the Eide Fighter was tasked with the job lol!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Cb on April 14, 2013, 09:08:45 PM

I didnt notice anything different about it, looks the same as it always did,

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Has anyone noticed any construction on Voyager's nose? any contraption that will enable them to tow her?


Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on April 16, 2013, 09:15:09 PM
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The water jets haven't been removed, there still in place. I was on sf7 yesterday and today and seen them while boarding

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Not sure if all the water jets were removed, there have definitely been major components removed and one complete waterjet unit has been seen in Holyhead recently.

As for the Stena Flavia's new paint job, one assumes that any rebranding work will be carried out while the ship is in port as they only drydocked the vessel for a week, they probably ran out of time to put the name on the ship, or it could be up for charter and may not be rebranded at all.

The paint job is very similar to the Norman Asturias (another Stena ro ro ship).

There are reports on FONE that Stena Line are about to undergo a major transformation to a "low cost ferry operator"  whatever that will mean and this is accompanied by rumours of a major new build programme to replace many of the their ageing and expensive to run vessels for a common design that can be modified (during the build phase) for use on different routes, obviously these are rumours at the moment and based on a long term plan over the next 10-15 years.


Some interesting images of the Stena Jutlandica in drydock on this link:

http://www.landgangen.se/forumsmf10/index.php?topic=28031.msg251381#msg251381
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on April 16, 2013, 09:20:31 PM
Oh I see they've taken the wind turbines off the bow.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Cb on April 16, 2013, 10:01:52 PM
Hi giftgrub, All 4 waterjets are still in place, i dbl checked as i seen an earlier post and thought i wud just have a nosey while i was on my weekend trip. Mind you i wudnt like the task of removing them as it wud be hard where she sits at the minute.

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The water jets haven't been removed, there still in place. I was on sf7 yesterday and today and seen them while boarding


Not sure if all the water jets were removed, there have definitely been major components removed and one complete waterjet unit has been seen in Holyhead recently.

As for the Stena Flavia's new paint job, one assumes that any rebranding work will be carried out while the ship is in port as they only drydocked the vessel for a week, they probably ran out of time to put the name on the ship, or it could be up for charter and may not be rebranded at all.

The paint job is very similar to the Norman Asturias (another Stena ro ro ship).

There are reports on FONE that Stena Line are about to undergo a major transformation to a "low cost ferry operator"  whatever that will mean and this is accompanied by rumours of a major new build programme to replace many of the their ageing and expensive to run vessels for a common design that can be modified (during the build phase) for use on different routes, obviously these are rumours at the moment and based on a long term plan over the next 10-15 years.


Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on April 17, 2013, 09:22:30 PM
The windy weather has again caused Stena to cancel sailings of the Stena Europe while the Isle of Inishmore sails on regardless.

One wonders what effect this distinct lack of reliability is having on bookings on the Rosslare - Fishguard route, also the amount of money Stena are paying Irish Ferries to carry their customers on the southern corridor cannot be helping the routes profitability and does the Europe have a technical issue restricting its ability to sail in high winds ?

Are we about to see a joint operation (code sharing in airline terminology) on the Rosslare route similar to the cooperation between Sealink and B&I in the Eighties ?



Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: FerryMan on April 17, 2013, 09:34:56 PM
Ex Dublin Adventurer cancelled @ 21.15hrs & ex Holyhead 02.30hrs as well, Ulysses sailed ex Dublin
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on April 17, 2013, 09:47:43 PM
After the incident in Rosslare the Europe now has a wind restriction on her in Rosslare, that's why she is cancelling a lot more frequently now.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on April 17, 2013, 09:48:22 PM
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Ex Dublin Adventurer cancelled @ 21.15hrs & ex Holyhead 02.30hrs as well, Ulysses sailed ex Dublin

Good old Ulysses!!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Stena Hss Explorer Freight on April 17, 2013, 10:02:15 PM
I'm On ulysses at the minute guys ! Pretty rough .. Could fall out of the bed in the cabin but sure yeahh !! Shes rough i can tell you that !

I'm in a lorry btw and they chained the lorrys down well  .. Most  times when its not rough they dont really bother chaining them down !

Keep safe out there .. Hopefully captain will go full speed to Maintain full comfort and will arrive inn holyhead at 0020hrs as scheduled :D Night ! im going to go to bed now !
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on April 17, 2013, 10:12:11 PM
Not sure if this is a real picture (non photoshopped), but first image I have found of the former Stena Baltica as the Snav Adriatico in full SNAV livery.

http://www.naviearmatori.net/ita/foto-180737-1.html

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: FerryMan on April 17, 2013, 10:54:51 PM
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I'm On ulysses at the minute guys ! Pretty rough .. Could fall out of the bed in the cabin but sure yeahh !! Shes rough i can tell you that !

I'm in a lorry btw and they chained the lorrys down well  .. Most  times when its not rough they dont really bother chaining them down !

Keep safe out there .. Hopefully captain will go full speed to Maintain full comfort and will arrive inn holyhead at 0020hrs as scheduled :D Night ! im going to go to bed now !

Must have seen you at check in, knowing the master on duty tonight he will try his best to arrive in HHD on time  :D ;)

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: FerryMan on April 17, 2013, 10:59:25 PM
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After the incident in Rosslare the Europe now has a wind restriction on her in Rosslare, that's why she is cancelling a lot more frequently now.

Any idea what the wind restriction is for Europe in Rosslare now?

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on April 17, 2013, 11:14:52 PM
I think it's a real photo griftgrub, as ferry companies won't photoshop a picture with another ferry, from another ferry line, in the foreground.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Fast Ferry Fan on April 17, 2013, 11:52:49 PM
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One wonders what effect this distinct lack of reliability is having on bookings on the Rosslare - Fishguard route, also the amount of money Stena are paying Irish Ferries to carry their customers on the southern corridor cannot be helping the routes profitability and does the Europe have a technical issue restricting its ability to sail in high winds ?

Are we about to see a joint operation (code sharing in airline terminology) on the Rosslare route similar to the cooperation between Sealink and B&I in the Eighties ?

A code share would suggest mutual contribution to the growth of passenger traffic on the route.  In this case, it's just Stena giving IF extra revenue, extra passengers, and a free opprotunity to sample the competition's offering.

With the Adventurer, Nordica and Europe all out of action this evening, Stena really need to get their Irish Sea ships and thrusters sorted out.  After the lack of awareness of what was happening at ground level shown in Undercover Boss, I wonder if the same might be happening here.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on April 18, 2013, 12:22:04 AM
It has reached a point now where it can only be called silly, stena line have a lot of ships at their disposal but continue to use an unsuitable ship on this route, much as i love the europe i think the time is here for a change
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on April 18, 2013, 06:26:02 AM
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After the incident in Rosslare the Europe now has a wind restriction on her in Rosslare, that's why she is cancelling a lot more frequently now.

Any idea what the wind restriction is for Europe in Rosslare now?


No, sorry. I just heard all the ships had to tell port control the maximum wind speeds that they could safely operate.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on April 18, 2013, 06:27:37 AM
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I'm On ulysses at the minute guys ! Pretty rough .. Could fall out of the bed in the cabin but sure yeahh !! Shes rough i can tell you that !

I'm in a lorry btw and they chained the lorrys down well  .. Most  times when its not rough they dont really bother chaining them down !

Keep safe out there .. Hopefully captain will go full speed to Maintain full comfort and will arrive inn holyhead at 0020hrs as scheduled :D Night ! im going to go to bed now !

Must have seen you at check in, knowing the master on duty tonight he will try his best to arrive in HHD on time  :D ;)


Ferryman, I wonder who you are!!!! ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Ferry Mad Matt on April 18, 2013, 06:08:25 PM
My last trip on The Stena Europe was in a Force 8 outward from Fishguard, and it felt like she had no stabilisation if that experience was anything to go by.

 Usually, a strong swell hardly ever makes me feel ill but this time it did. In the year 2013 and considering the quality they have on other routes, I am amazed that Stena see it perfectly acceptable to place their customers on a heavily used and worn down vessel like the "Europe",  Just as larry said, they have many ships at disposal. I know people who opt for the Inishmore because of the worry of the "Europe" making them ill in a storm.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on April 18, 2013, 08:01:18 PM
Your not the first person to remark in the lack of comfort on the Europe at the moment, a relative of mine travelled in the last few weeks and remarked that it was not a comfortable as previous crossings.

I think the number of crossings missed have more to do with a technical issue than the wind levels previously mentioned.

I hate to say this but I do think we are witnessing the endgame for the Rosslare - Fishguard service at the moment as the worlds leading ferry operator seem unable to provide the route with the ships it deserves.

They had the Stena Baltica laid up for over a year without trying it out on its old route despite it having had its bow thrusters upgraded and rear steering improved,converted to double deck loading, can carry haz freight and reduced level of cabins.

I think if Stena wanted they could have replaced the Europe with fresher tonnage long ago. If they do pull the route you can just imagine the usual reasons, traffic was declining, not enough passengers, not enough freight etc, how they expect to attract them when they are cancelling so many sailings and not offering the usual high standard of service that people expect will make it harder to attract the required customers.

There are quite a few vessels available this year through Stena RoRo and on the open market, it really is time Stena stepped up to the plate and invested in this service.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Fast Ferry Fan on April 18, 2013, 08:59:19 PM
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If they do pull the route you can just imagine the usual reasons, traffic was declining, not enough passengers, not enough freight etc, how they expect to attract them when they are cancelling so many sailings and not.

Although I've only travelled to Fishguard and not Pembroke, I presume the route from Fishguard is actually superior because it offers fuel savings from a shorter crossing and additional revenue from Rail / Sail passengers (albeit small, I'm sure).  Therefore, I would have thought if the opportunity arose, IF would switch to Fishguard (unless they've heavily invested in Pembroke).  Stena's crossing map, with 3 links between Britain and Ireland, always looks impressive, and cutting one of them makes them look less connected.  Therefore, I would think it's unlikely Stena would simply relinquish Fishguard and it's more likely to limp along as present, seemingly without much of a plan.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Stena Hss Explorer Freight on April 18, 2013, 09:21:45 PM
Aha must have lad must have ! Do you work at irish ferries dublin ?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Stena Hss Explorer Freight on April 18, 2013, 09:23:53 PM
Sadly i would of been coming back in the lorry on the 2:40am sailing but not going to make it :( will be on 8:55 stena instead :( awhh well good times bad times
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Stena Hss Explorer Freight on April 18, 2013, 09:27:22 PM
Two photos of the HSS VOYAGER on 6th april sorry when i said i would upload them and im only doin it now ! lol
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Rob on April 18, 2013, 09:37:02 PM
as if she was ready to leave!
looks good still. it'll be strange when she finally does leave
I guess we can all agree now that the jets are still attached?
Would've been nice if they could floor it to scandinavia under its own power, break a record or two.

do you guys think she will stop over at all when being towed at say rotterdam or something? Could be my chance to see her.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Stena Hss Explorer Freight on April 18, 2013, 09:46:19 PM
I know .. It maby would be cheaper possible ( might sound stupid as hss is a heavy boat to run) to run it to stena metals than send tugs to tow it .. sure the tugs would have to refuel somewere on the journey to stena metals ?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Stena Hss Explorer Freight on April 18, 2013, 09:46:51 PM
the jets r defo on as seen on pic 1  i think
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on April 18, 2013, 10:26:56 PM
The Waterjets mentioned in previous posts are not visible in these images as they are at the waterline, as per image below.

The turbines which vent through the exhaust are still on the HSS and will not be removed until the vessel is scrapped.

While is has been suggested that all four waterjets are still present and intact on the Voyager it was reported that major parts have been removed and also it is possible to ballast the HSS to bring the bow down and the stern up to faciliate this type of work. (still not an easy job though)

Waterjet image from Wikipedia

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Waterjet_on_HSS_Discovery.jpg

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on April 18, 2013, 10:47:32 PM
Also please find video of HSS Stena Explorer leaving Dun Laoghaire. The external parts of the waterjets can be can be clearly seen at work here turning the craft. There are also components inside the hulls that work the waterjet system so some of these parts could have been removed also.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zsNnVjdrns

[media width=600]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zsNnVjdrns [/media]
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: 20knots on April 18, 2013, 11:13:06 PM
Re/ Rosslare-Fishguard & The Stena Europe

I've had similar concerns and thoughts over recent days and weeks with the number of cancellations that have occurred and feel it's fair comment to say they've reach a disproportionate level.

I agree with the very valid points made by Larry and others. I hope giftgrub's end game concern will not happen but it's a very real concern and I do feel in recent times we've transitioned from a period when the route's future was "safe" to one where a noticeable to all, unwelcome and potentially dangerous cloud is hovering over it. Now some black clouds can disperse and hopefully this is just a passing difficult phase.

The summer season is fast approaching and hopefully it will be a good summer both in meteorological and traffic terms. If however the summer turns into a list of cancellations it'll be a nasty blow for the route. If the problems continue and intensify into the Autumn and Winter well...

A replacement vessel needs to be deployed on the route before the end of the year - ideally by Autumn.

It would be nice to have a revamped port at Fishguard, possible new sailing schedule and new vessel in one go (would be a neat package in marketing terms) but with the present situation I believe the first two items can and indeed must wait.

The replacement vessel need not be a permanent replacement for the next decade (it may only be for a year or two) but it needs to appear on the route this year.

Once the core product is brought back to Stena's usual high standards and the new vessel has "settled in" attention can then focus on targeted measures to regain any lost traffic.

In terms of Sail and rail while the fare is low in revenue terms spending on board can bring that up - On occasions on the night sailing I've had a cabin and either bought a few items or had food. By no means have I been extravagant but have calculated that my onboard spend actually yielded Stena more than their share of the Sail and rail ticket.

I sincerely hope a positive announcement will be on the cards in the next few months and that these concerns can be put to rest. My points are not intended to be a criticism of Stena but are out of concern.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on April 18, 2013, 11:45:03 PM
I hope you are right, with Stena's rumoured switch to a "Low Cost Operator" it might see the light and heavily promote the Rosslare - Fishguard service with unbeatable value for mid week returns, non landing night cruises, day trips, 48hr weekend tickets (especially with Cardiff joining Swansea in the Premiership), Oakwood trips combined with one night in Wales, better freight rates to take traffic from Dublin the potential is great for the future.

None of the above can happen unless the service becomes reliable again, I grew up watching the Stena Normandica/St Brendans morning departure (except Mondays, i think it skipped that sailing) and followed by the Felicity and KB which all ran a vastly more reliable service against B&I and Irish Ferries at the time.

I love sailing on the Europe and look forward to my next trip in Sept but the last few months level of cancellations have been shocking and I hope things do improve, it would be a pity if after 107 years in operation the Rosslare - Fishguard route was mismanged into oblivion.

One possible solution is the Norman Asturias which is due to finish its charter with LD Lines later this year, with some TLC and interior upgrading it would have potential and the extra speed could reduce crossing times to compensate for stern loading.

http://www.stenaroro.com/offering/Pages/Norman-Asturias.aspx
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on April 19, 2013, 04:38:28 AM
there have been so many questions raised regarding the management of irish ferries but it must be said, fair is fair, a direct comparison of all aspects on the rosslare route of both companies makes stena line look like a laughing stock, its almost like the just want to write off the route asap
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Stena Hss Explorer Freight on April 19, 2013, 07:52:26 AM
The actual waterjet  is not visable but you can see the wires if thats the right thing im seeing lol
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: HSS on April 19, 2013, 07:58:41 PM
There are two blue HSS waterjets sat on the ground in Holyhead, I assume they are from Stena Voyager?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Davy Jones on April 19, 2013, 10:21:58 PM
(New Poster, Hi everybody!)

Doesn't seem so, according to the previous picture showing them still in situ.

I suspect these will be spares that have been around for some time, possibly moved to Holyhead as they will now be rather useless anywhere else.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on April 20, 2013, 06:55:22 PM
should know soon enough i think, i suspect you may be right
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on April 21, 2013, 01:18:24 PM
I think this is the calm before the storm, because this forum page will be buzzing when it's finally announced that the Voyager is going for scrap.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Rob on April 21, 2013, 03:55:55 PM
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I think this is the calm before the storm, because this forum page will be buzzing when it's finally announced that the Voyager is going for scrap.

she's going alright, but when and how remains to be seen?

In some ways I'm thinking: let's just get it over with lol
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on April 21, 2013, 11:10:03 PM
Oh I totally agree!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on April 23, 2013, 09:08:36 PM
The Snav Adriatico (former Stena Baltica) has arrived in Ancona ahead of the start of its Ancona-Split service starting on April 27th.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on April 23, 2013, 10:08:04 PM
Stena Line appear to be rebranding the Belfast - Liverpool service as Supercruise.

Interior shots of the Birkenhead vessels, exterior shots of the Superfasts and Harwich - Hoek twins.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5O4dD0MzOw&feature=player_detailpage

[media width=600]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5O4dD0MzOw&feature=player_detailpage[/media]

Rosslare Maritime were up early this morning to capture some shots of the Stena Europes arrival in Rosslare this morning. Looking nice and calm.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.185221748296298.1073741830.100004254218461&type=1

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on April 28, 2013, 11:41:49 AM
Lots of activity at the HSS berth in Belfast, seems the Voyager will be towed stern first to Landskrona, Sweden for recycling

(below posted on FONE)

Stena Voyager Makes Final Journey

Stena Line's HSS vessel, the Stena Voyager, which operated on the Belfast-Stranraer route between 1996 - 2011, is about to make her last journey as she heads to the recycling yard. When the Stena Voyager was first introduced
in the middle of the '90s, the ferry was unique in its class and since its first sailing, the ship has carried over 17 million passengers and made over 45,000 sailings between Northern Ireland and Scotland.

When commissioned by Stena Line, the HSS series of three ships, including the Stena Voyager, helped to revolutionised the look of the ferry industry. With its top speed of 40 knots and high quality onboard travel experience for 1,500
passengers and its freight capacity of 375 vehicles, the ferry became an instant hit with customers.

"Whilst the HSS class was a unique and highly innovative development for Stena Line, unfortunately the spiralling costs of operating the Stena Voyager have become all too high. When the Voyager was first put into service fuel was
approximately $20 per barrel and now the price is around $110 dollar, for a fuel hungry vessel this is simply untenable," said Michael McGrath, Stena Line's Chief Operating Officer.

"We live in different times now and we have to invest in more fuel efficient services for our freight and travel passengers. As a result we have now introduced two Superfast ferries on the service between Northern Ireland and Scotland and we have constructed new ports in both Cairnryan and Belfast to give our freight and travel customers one of the best ferry experiences on the Irish
Sea."

The Stena Voyager will now be moved to the Öresundsvarvet shipyard in Landskrona, Sweden, where she will be recycled by Stena Line's sister company, Stena Recycling.

All of the Stena Voyager's various components will be recycled, as far as is possible, helping the company to maintain its environmentally responsible reputation.

"Recycling the Stena Voyager is a unique and interesting project. There are many different types of material to recycle, and this will be done in several stages. The project requires highly experienced personnel and efficient recycling
processes, which we possess," said Staffan Persson, MD, Stena Recycling. "Recycling the large quantities of aluminium in the Stena Voyager will save up to 150 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide and the metal can be reused in the form
of car parts or furniture for example."

The Stena Voyager was designed by another company in the Stena Sphere Group, Stena Teknik and at the time was one of the most revolutionary designed and constructed ships in the world.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on April 28, 2013, 11:44:07 AM
Images of the Stena Danica in drydock available here:

http://www.landgangen.se/forumsmf10/index.php?topic=28120.0


SNAV Adriatico (former Stena Baltica) has started its new service from Ancona - Split for SNAV.


Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Rob on April 28, 2013, 11:59:56 AM
any info on the final route and date for the trip?  i hope someone will take pictures.

must be strange to see her leave with the back end first.

Quote
Lots of activity at the HSS berth in Belfast, seems the Voyager will be towed stern first to Landskrona, Sweden for recycling

(below posted on FONE)

Stena Voyager Makes Final Journey

Stena Line's HSS vessel, the Stena Voyager, which operated on the Belfast-Stranraer route between 1996 - 2011, is about to make her last journey as she heads to the recycling yard. When the Stena Voyager was first introduced
in the middle of the '90s, the ferry was unique in its class and since its first sailing, the ship has carried over 17 million passengers and made over 45,000 sailings between Northern Ireland and Scotland.

When commissioned by Stena Line, the HSS series of three ships, including the Stena Voyager, helped to revolutionised the look of the ferry industry. With its top speed of 40 knots and high quality onboard travel experience for 1,500
passengers and its freight capacity of 375 vehicles, the ferry became an instant hit with customers.

"Whilst the HSS class was a unique and highly innovative development for Stena Line, unfortunately the spiralling costs of operating the Stena Voyager have become all too high. When the Voyager was first put into service fuel was
approximately $20 per barrel and now the price is around $110 dollar, for a fuel hungry vessel this is simply untenable," said Michael McGrath, Stena Line's Chief Operating Officer.

"We live in different times now and we have to invest in more fuel efficient services for our freight and travel passengers. As a result we have now introduced two Superfast ferries on the service between Northern Ireland and Scotland and we have constructed new ports in both Cairnryan and Belfast to give our freight and travel customers one of the best ferry experiences on the Irish
Sea."

The Stena Voyager will now be moved to the Öresundsvarvet shipyard in Landskrona, Sweden, where she will be recycled by Stena Line's sister company, Stena Recycling.

All of the Stena Voyager's various components will be recycled, as far as is possible, helping the company to maintain its environmentally responsible reputation.

"Recycling the Stena Voyager is a unique and interesting project. There are many different types of material to recycle, and this will be done in several stages. The project requires highly experienced personnel and efficient recycling
processes, which we possess," said Staffan Persson, MD, Stena Recycling. "Recycling the large quantities of aluminium in the Stena Voyager will save up to 150 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide and the metal can be reused in the form
of car parts or furniture for example."

The Stena Voyager was designed by another company in the Stena Sphere Group, Stena Teknik and at the time was one of the most revolutionary designed and constructed ships in the world.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on April 28, 2013, 12:11:53 PM
More images of the SNAV Adriatico from Shipspotting.com.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on April 28, 2013, 03:09:58 PM
I suppose it's easier to tow from the stern, rather than the bow of the HSS. It'll be interesting to see her go; it'll be the Pride of Dover all over again!
Thanks Grift, once again you have informed us of your omniscient knowledge  ;D.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Davy Jones on April 28, 2013, 03:54:51 PM
I wonder if the bow thrusters are still functional? We know she has no rudders, but by reverse towing and making use of the thrusters she may have some, if limited, means of manoeuvring, especially if they hit a windy bit.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: pjamieson267 on April 29, 2013, 11:18:44 AM
I will miss Stena Voyager when she's leaving belfast for scraping in sweden farewell Stena Voyager. :'(
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on April 29, 2013, 01:35:58 PM
Much better image of the former Stena Baltica in its new SNAV branding.

Taken from Shipspotting.com

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1792328
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Alanmac6363 on April 29, 2013, 10:50:49 PM
Anchor handling vessel "AGAT" is underway from Istanbul and is due in Belfast at 12:00 on 2nd May, 2013.

Now what would one need a massive "tug" like that for?

Quote
Lots of activity at the HSS berth in Belfast, seems the Voyager will be towed stern first to Landskrona, Sweden for recycling

(below posted on FONE)

Stena Voyager Makes Final Journey

Stena Line's HSS vessel, the Stena Voyager, which operated on the Belfast-Stranraer route between 1996 - 2011, is about to make her last journey as she heads to the recycling yard. When the Stena Voyager was first introduced in the middle of the '90s, the ferry was unique in its class and since its first sailing, the ship has carried over 17 million passengers and made over 45,000 sailings between Northern Ireland and Scotland.

When commissioned by Stena Line, the HSS series of three ships, including the Stena Voyager, helped to revolutionised the look of the ferry industry. With its top speed of 40 knots and high quality onboard travel experience for 1,500 passengers and its freight capacity of 375 vehicles, the ferry became an instant hit with customers.

"Whilst the HSS class was a unique and highly innovative development for Stena Line, unfortunately the spiralling costs of operating the Stena Voyager have become all too high. When the Voyager was first put into service fuel was approximately $20 per barrel and now the price is around $110 dollar, for a fuel hungry vessel this is simply untenable," said Michael McGrath, Stena Line's Chief Operating Officer.

"We live in different times now and we have to invest in more fuel efficient services for our freight and travel passengers. As a result we have now introduced two Superfast ferries on the service between Northern Ireland and Scotland and we have constructed new ports in both Cairnryan and Belfast to give our freight and travel customers one of the best ferry experiences on the Irish Sea."

The Stena Voyager will now be moved to the Öresundsvarvet shipyard in Landskrona, Sweden, where she will be recycled by Stena Line's sister company, Stena Recycling.

All of the Stena Voyager's various components will be recycled, as far as is possible, helping the company to maintain its environmentally responsible reputation.

"Recycling the Stena Voyager is a unique and interesting project. There are many different types of material to recycle, and this will be done in several stages. The project requires highly experienced personnel and efficient recycling processes, which we possess," said Staffan Persson, MD, Stena Recycling. "Recycling the large quantities of aluminium in the Stena Voyager will save up to 150 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide and the metal can be reused in the form of car parts or furniture for example."

The Stena Voyager was designed by another company in the Stena Sphere Group, Stena Teknik and at the time was one of the most revolutionary designed and constructed ships in the world.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on April 30, 2013, 09:47:08 AM
Hmmm that's interesting...
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on April 30, 2013, 01:23:21 PM
Posted on FONE earlier today

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/stena-line-could-axe-up-3306380

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: pjamieson267 on April 30, 2013, 03:57:11 PM
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Posted on FONE earlier today

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/stena-line-could-axe-up-3306380

That headline was about stena line job cut's in wales is that correct giftgrub?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on April 30, 2013, 05:47:05 PM
Correct, I posted a link to the article, which does discuss potential  job cuts.

"ONE of the world’s largest ferry companies could shed up to 50 jobs from its North Wales base.

Stena Line have announced a major shakeup which will see around 200 posts axed across the company’s Europe-wide operations.

Among those under threat are a clutch of positions at the business’ office building on Anglesey....

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/stena-line-could-axe-up-3306380
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on April 30, 2013, 07:34:28 PM
Agat is still heading for Belfast, unless there are some windfarms needing attention, could this be ?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: pjamieson267 on April 30, 2013, 09:02:06 PM
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Agat is still heading for Belfast, unless there are some windfarms needing attention, could this be ?
I think that tug is heading for Stena Voyager? If it is then it will be the end of an era for her. :'(
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: maehara on May 01, 2013, 07:50:17 AM
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Stena Line have announced a major shakeup which will see around 200 posts axed across the company’s Europe-wide operations.

From the article:
Quote
“The RMT are concerned that the company’s new CEO of Stena has decided to change the company’s mission statement in a bid to become a low cost operation.

“Changing Stena from the ‘British Airways’ of the sea to the ‘Ryanair’ of the ferry sector would be a disastrous mistake when the firm is currently renowned for the quality of its service and staff.

Not the first time I've hear of Stena possibly repositioning themselves.  Have to agree with the union rep on this occasion, too - I like Stena and their current service levels, leave them alone...   >:(
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Oscar Wilde on May 01, 2013, 11:33:39 AM
Well if the Stena Voyager is a sister ship of the Stena Explorer, and the Stena Explorer is well able to get around herself....

Well then why would the Stena Voyager need a tug, Can't she go herself???
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Kieran on May 01, 2013, 01:54:42 PM
Quote
Well if the Stena Voyager is a sister ship of the Stena Explorer, and the Stena Explorer is well able to get around herself....

Well then why would the Stena Voyager need a tug, Can't she go herself???

See giftgrub's post earlier in the thread, a lot of major parts have been removed....
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on May 01, 2013, 10:22:19 PM
The AGAT is due to arrive in Belfast within the next 24 hours, the Stena Voyager could be leaving for Sweden very soon...

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on May 01, 2013, 10:33:45 PM
Finally an image of the Port Link the former Stena Caledonia has appeared and it looks quite well in its new colours. The Port Link has not started service for its new owners yet but is expected to begin service in the middle of May.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on May 01, 2013, 10:46:33 PM
Some good news for Rosslare - Fishguard perhaps..

STENA Line appoints new route manager

http://www.independent.ie/regionals/wexfordpeople/localnotes/stena-line-appoints-new-route-manager-29215614.html

"STENA Line has appointed Ian Davies as Route Manager for its Irish Sea South region which includes the Rosslare - Fishguard ...... click above link to read more

http://www.transportjournal.com/en/home/news/artikeldetail/ian-davies-takes-up-new-position-at-stena-line.html

http://travelbiz.ie/newsstory/Stena_Line_has_appointed_Ian_Davies_as_the_Route_Manager_for_its_Irish_Sea_South_region
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Rob on May 01, 2013, 10:50:25 PM
might be a stupid question, but will the tug with the Voyager go north up over scotland or down underneath England towards Sweden? Any difference in terms of rough seas? Is it a trip without pause ?
Will there be people onboard the voyager at all times?
R

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Davy Jones on May 02, 2013, 12:12:38 AM
Just a guess, but I would have thought it sensible to avoid the busy Dover shipping lanes.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Oscar Wilde on May 02, 2013, 02:08:10 AM
how come the stena voyager dose not show up on www.marinetraffic.com?????????????????????????????
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: pjamieson267 on May 02, 2013, 07:05:16 AM
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Finally an image of the Port Link the former Stena Caledonia has appeared and it looks quite well in its new colours. The Port Link has not started service for its new owners yet but is expected to begin service in the middle of May.

Nice new look for Port Link and about time for it. :)
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Kieran on May 02, 2013, 08:20:35 AM
Quote
how come the stena voyager dose not show up on www.marinetraffic.com?????????????????????????????

AIS is turned off...
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Stena Hss Explorer Freight on May 02, 2013, 08:51:43 PM
will they turn it on when they sail it to stena metals tonight ?? it was on the news ! and i also got a pic with its rear doors open tonight from a friend who is waiting on a superfast ferry comin in ..(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/943427_3034535597677_1859154454_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Stena Hss Explorer Freight on May 02, 2013, 08:55:42 PM
Quote
Quote
Posted on FONE earlier today

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/stena-line-could-axe-up-3306380

That headline was about stena line job cut's in wales is that correct giftgrub?

I hope they dont take after Irish Ferries and start employing the foreigners :(
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on May 02, 2013, 09:02:47 PM
Link to BBC NI News facebook page which has a nice video of the HSS Voyager.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=571009146264311

Voyager will be towed as a dead ship, no ais and no crew on board, the same as Pride of Dover when it was recently taken on its final voyage. The departure has been delayed for technical reasons and is now expected take place over the weekend. The tow is expected to head North as going through the Dover strait with the HSS on tow would possibly be a little bit tricky.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Niall on May 02, 2013, 10:34:55 PM
She will be towed stern first by Agat. She is expected at Bruce's Shipyard at the end of next week weather permitting.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Kieran on May 03, 2013, 01:39:41 AM
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But sure how was the Stena HSS Voyager towed out of Belfast today, when the AGAT tug is still in belfast?

She wasn't...

Quote
The departure has been delayed for technical reasons and is now expected take place over the weekend.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Oscar Wilde on May 03, 2013, 01:46:09 AM
Yeah I noticed that above by gift grub, but never minded it, sorry!!!!, Any way thanks Kierian.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on May 03, 2013, 10:36:57 AM
Well, as I said with the Pride of Dover, at least something is happening with the Stena Voyager, after nearly two years of lay up. Personally, I suspect the same outcome will happen to the HSS Stena Discovery (to give it its full title) within the near future, although she'll be scrapped rather than recycled by Stena Metal.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on May 03, 2013, 05:56:20 PM
I was flicking through some ship lists last night when I came across Stena Voyager listed as "Status - Dead" , takes a bit of getting used to , especially as her hull has'nt left yet.
Below from www.shipspotting.com , a little tribute to Stena Voyager
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: DublinPeter on May 03, 2013, 08:21:46 PM
Great shots there.  Really will be sad to see her go.  Was in Belfast last weekend and popped down for a last look.  Really looked like a sad ship. 

Giftgrub, any further word on when she might be likely to leave?

Pete
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on May 03, 2013, 08:39:41 PM
It is such a shame it is not possible to modify the HSS's to run on an alternative (cheaper) fuel , Stena Voyager is far too young for the breakers yard.
Given that back in the early 90's Stena was talking about a fleet of 6 HSS 1500's and 3 HSS 900's , I would say that if it was not for the meteoric rise in fuel prices and Brent Crude had stayed under $25 a barrel that there would be a lot of HSS's in service today , certainly there would be at least 1 each operating from Belfast , Dublin and Rosslare and potentially at least 1 HSS on every Stena route , sadly with Brent consistantly between $100 - $150 per barrel the HSS technology is simply not commercially viable , yes people want speed but not enough of them are prepared to pay the actual cost of that speed , having said all that the HSS project advanced aquadynamic research in leaps and bounds with some very valuable lessons learned from the project , I imagine there will in the future be another generation of high speed vessel , it will be interesting to see what shape they take , sadly for the present day , fuel efficiency is the number one priority driving ship design.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: HSS on May 03, 2013, 09:12:04 PM
Love it or hate it, its sad to see the Stena Voyager like this. A ship of that age should not be going to the scrap yard. A sign of the times I suppose. I sail on the Stena Explorer a lot and I hope she does not go the same way.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on May 04, 2013, 09:48:09 AM
All things going to plan the Voyager should be off to Sweden around 12 today, expect it to depart after the 11.30 Superfast sailing has left Belfast, although that could all change if any technical issues arise.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Warren on May 04, 2013, 02:12:54 PM
Any more updates for Voyagers departure, thinking of running down to the beach to see her leave for the final time.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on May 05, 2013, 09:20:31 AM
The AGAT is now in the process of leaving Belfast, after making a brief stop at VT4 to pick up the Stena Voyager. Her AIS shows her arriving in Landskrona on 10th May.
So this is it, goodbye Stena Voyager, thank you for your service. I am certain the Discovery will go the same way soon and I suspect the Explorer has about 5 years left at most on the Irish Sea.

I am sorry that such a historical chapter in the British Ferry Industry is starting to come to an end, but I'm not surprised as the fast ferry industry has been in decline for the past 10 years, as companies realise how expensive they are to operate, especially in the temperamental climate of the British Isles.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on May 05, 2013, 10:00:28 AM
I hope people have got photos! Another thing is, now the Stena Voyager has finally gone, Stena will now start to convert the berth to conventional format for the Liverpool twins. They haven't mentioned whether the Heysham sisters will move to a new berth at VT4, which would be a good idea.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: DanJ on May 05, 2013, 10:56:34 AM
Looking forward to see photos on here and am genuinely very sad to see HSS Voyager  :'(go for recycling she operated for many years a very intensive schedule and  had a nice upgrade. However on the brighter side this should see Stena develop a nice Hub terminal at Belfast and are very committed to the Belfast routes this can be seen by such impressive investment.

Stena in fairness were proud of the HSS and developed an amazing flagship craft that will always be something special sad fuel costs has ended her career.

For now we still have HSS Explorer :) which began as the first HSS and look forward to some more trips on her plus her smaller version in Sweden is still in service. The current set up at Holyhead seems to work well but with the new Chief Executive changes may happen as the company is a business which needs to make profit.

What I thinks so great about the HSS is the efficiency the way it docks with such precision and how sleek and roomy  it is. Lets hope one day there is a new efficient HSS or atleast if some of its technology such as docking can be applied to other ships. RIP Voyager.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: cullyburn on May 05, 2013, 11:34:38 AM
I hate to rain on DanJ's parade but the first route served by an HSS was Belfast / Stranraer and the vessel was the Voyager, soon to be recycled for bean tins :(
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: DublinPeter on May 05, 2013, 12:20:03 PM
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I hate to rain on DanJ's parade but the first route served by an HSS was Belfast / Stranraer and the vessel was the Voyager, soon to be recycled for bean tins :(

I think DanJ is right on this one - Explorer entered service at Dun Laoghaire in April 1996 followed by Voyager in July of that year if I remember rightly.

After all the talk about her departure it is still weird that next time I go to Belfast, Voyager won't be around.  Definitely a sad day.  Looking at marinetraffic, it looks like she will pass by Express off Camlough in the next hour or so.  Sad day!

Pete
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Davy Jones on May 05, 2013, 02:13:00 PM
1st picture I've seen, on marinetraffic.com. I can't post the link, but if you find AGAT on the site, and look at her gallery, it's there.

Wouldn't it be funny if Voyager could fire up those engines, that tug would have serious problems.  :D
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: cullyburn on May 05, 2013, 03:36:44 PM
Apologies to DanJ, Dublin Pete is right. :-[
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on May 05, 2013, 03:41:11 PM
First image of the Voyagers final voyage from Marinetraffic.com

and some more images here:

http://pstew.co.uk/shipphotos/stenavoyager.html
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on May 05, 2013, 03:59:43 PM
Stena Line, are introducing an new (old) look to some of their Swedish based vessels with the return of the lightning flash on the bow. The first images of the Stena Danica with the flashes are available here.

They have been on the recently repainted former Scandlines vessels already but the Danica and Jutlandica are the first Stena Line vessels to regain the flashes.

View images here: (Image taken from this link)

http://www.landgangen.se/forumsmf10/index.php?topic=28120.msg253706#msg253706

Also image of Stena Jutlandica with its new bow treatment.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on May 05, 2013, 04:12:38 PM
Plenty of images of the Snav Adriatico (former Stena Baltica) now in service for SNAV.

interesting to see the C View bar is still available on board.

http://www.ilrestodelcarlino.it/ancona/cronaca/2013/04/27/880178-nuovo-traghetto-snav-spalato.shtml

http://multimedia.quotidiano.net/?tipo=photo&media=60427

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on May 05, 2013, 04:32:00 PM
Voyagers final departure in video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sBgcfzU2Zk


[media width=600]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sBgcfzU2Zk&feature=player_detailpage [/media]
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on May 05, 2013, 11:19:06 PM
More images of the Voyagers final trip on Scott Mackeys flickr site

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/8709960001/in/photostream
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on May 06, 2013, 11:05:33 AM
As per maritime tradition I am unimpressed to see Stena Voyager being towed stern first out of Belfast , I would hope this is because of the HSS's unique hull form meaning it has to be done that way , and not some form of statement about the HSS .
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: HSS on May 06, 2013, 04:51:16 PM
Totally agree with you Collision-course.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Rob on May 06, 2013, 08:31:15 PM
Voyager being towed backwards I think is almost certainly due to the front not having appropriate fixings/ strength. If you recall discovery"s incident where its entire nose was crumpled it makes sense. It looks so sad though I agree. Must take some more towing power as well having that weird pontoon shape in front.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: HSS on May 06, 2013, 09:24:08 PM
Well everybody, tell your friends & family that you can still travel on a HSS between Holyhead & Dún Laoghaire. The Stena Explorer sails everyday until September. Lets all try to keep this wonderful vessel in service as long as possible.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on May 07, 2013, 06:03:21 PM
The Voyager is being towed backwards as it does not have a traditional bow with mooring equipment that would normally be used when towing a vessel. The bow area would have been unsuitable for this type of job.

They are making good progress on the tow.


Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on May 07, 2013, 06:15:23 PM
At least she doesn't have as far to travel.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Oscar Wilde on May 08, 2013, 12:52:44 AM
My HSS Toy/model ferry!!!...
AND my Carnival Cruise Line
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Oscar Wilde on May 08, 2013, 12:53:23 AM
See
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on May 08, 2013, 01:42:00 PM
Stena Line Press Release

Stena Line’s HSS vessel, the Stena Voyager, which operated on the Belfast-Stranraer route between 1996 – 2011, is about to make her last journey as she heads to the recycling yard. When the Stena Voyager was first introduced in the middle of the ’90s, the ferry was unique in its class and since its first sailing, the ship has carried over 17 million passengers and made over 45,000 sailings between Northern Ireland and Scotland.

When commissioned by Stena Line, the HSS series of three ships, including the Stena Voyager, helped to revolutionised the look of the ferry industry.  With its top speed of 40 knots and high quality onboard travel  experience for 1,500 passengers and its freight capacity of 375 vehicles, the ferry became an instant hit with customers.

“Whilst the HSS class was a unique and highly innovative development for Stena Line, unfortunately the spiralling costs of operating the Stena Voyager have become all too high. When the Voyager was first put into service fuel was approximately $20 per barrel and now the price is around $110 dollar, for a fuel hungry vessel this is simply untenable,” said Michael McGrath, Stena Line’s Chief Operating Officer.”We live in different times now and we have to invest in more fuel efficient services for our freight and travel passengers.  As a result we have now introduced two Superfast ferries on the service between Northern Ireland and Scotland and we have constructed new ports in both Cairnryan and Belfast to give our freight and travel customers one of the best ferry experiences on the Irish Sea.”

The Stena Voyager will now be moved to the Öresundsvarvet shipyard in Landskrona, Sweden, where she will be recycled by Stena Line’s sister company, Stena Recycling.  All of the Stena Voyager’s various components will be recycled, as far as is possible, helping the company to maintain its environmentally responsible reputation.

“Recycling the Stena Voyager is a unique and interesting project.  There are many different types of material to recycle, and this will be done in several stages.  The project requires highly experienced personnel and efficient recycling processes, which we possess,” said Staffan Persson, MD, Stena Recycling.  ”Recycling the large quantities of aluminium in the Stena Voyager will save up to 150 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide and the metal can be reused in the form of car parts or furniture for example.”

The Stena Voyager was designed by another company in the Stena Sphere Group, Stena Teknik and at the time was one of the most revolutionary designed and constructed ships in the world.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Stena Hss Explorer Freight on May 08, 2013, 07:51:56 PM
Stena Explorer ( my favrouite ship aswell as ulysses :D ) made an unusual journey across the irish sea to holyhead today ! she didnt loose any time though .. ! Just fuel money as she sped up to about 38knots max i would say although the tracker says 37.7knots
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: DublinPeter on May 08, 2013, 11:21:32 PM
She does that for the weather - was on board the last rough day she ran a few weeks back and she did something very similar.  Got up to 41 knots on the GPS that day - pretty impressive and she handles it remarkably well.

Pete
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on May 10, 2013, 01:31:52 PM
The Agat and Stena Voyager have just passed Gothenburg, they are nearly at the final destination.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: HSS on May 10, 2013, 09:34:11 PM
Well done giftgrub, excellent as always!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Alanmac6363 on May 11, 2013, 12:19:29 AM
Just so sad.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on May 11, 2013, 09:54:23 AM
From the AIS it looks like the AGAT has slowed down and is now being assisted by the Svizters Trym and Mars, to take the Voyager to her final destination at Landskrona. 
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on May 11, 2013, 10:23:20 AM
Images of the HSS Stena Voyager in Sweden this morning available here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/skepparn83/8727134443/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/skepparn83/8728253832/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/skepparn83/8728253626/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/skepparn83/8727134195/in/photostream
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Andrew White on May 11, 2013, 07:40:33 PM
What wrong Stena Superfast VII is heading for Ship repair in Belfast any problem with her?  Some her sailing cancelled till tomorrow's 15.30 from Belfast
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on May 12, 2013, 04:47:26 PM
The Stena Voyager arrived at the shipyard in Landskrona yesterday, images of the Voyager available here:

http://www.landgangen.se/forumsmf10/index.php?topic=28278.msg254654#msg254654

The Superfast VII was out of service for routine maintenance and will returned to service this morning.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Alanmac6363 on May 12, 2013, 06:12:12 PM
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The Superfast VII was out of service for routine maintenance and will returned to service this morning.

VII did infact return to service with the 15.30 sailing from Belfast today.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on May 13, 2013, 01:35:53 PM
More images of the Voyager in Sweden here:

http://www.sjofartsbloggen.se/archives/1139
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Stena Hss Explorer Freight on May 13, 2013, 01:48:34 PM
STENA VOYAGER is in AIS !! Cant belive my eyes right now !
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Stena Hss Explorer Freight on May 13, 2013, 01:51:57 PM
And the HSS Discovery seems to not be on AIS no more .. ?  hmm
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on May 14, 2013, 09:49:44 PM
Another chance to buy the Stena Line book from ferry publications, if you have not got this book and enjoy following the ferry industry this is a great addition to any library

http://www.ferrypubs.co.uk/product.asp?strParents=&CAT_ID=&P_ID=604

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on May 14, 2013, 10:27:43 PM
*Unconfirmed* reports from Sweden that Stena have bought the laid up Norman Trader, the last vessel in the Epic shipping fleet, for use within the Stena Line network. The source indicates it is to run as freight back up alongside the Stena Vision and Stena Spirit on the Karlskrona- Gdynia route.

They bought the other four ro-ro vessels from the Epic Fleet - Stena Lagan, Stena Mersey, Stena Flavia and Norman Voyager last year.

These are unconfirmed reports and may turn out to be inaccurate.

The Norman Trader has been laid up for a long time and will require a major overhaul before going into service for any operator.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Niall on May 14, 2013, 10:39:54 PM
Maybe Stena Voyager has been given a reprieve.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on May 15, 2013, 10:02:35 AM
Thanks for the interesting news griftgrub and I hope it's true. At least she won't have to travel that far in order to get repaired and Stena do have the money to fund it.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Matt73 on May 16, 2013, 09:19:35 AM
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Another chance to buy the Stena Line book from ferry publications, if you have not got this book and enjoy following the ferry industry this is a great addition to any library

http://www.ferrypubs.co.uk/product.asp?strParents=&CAT_ID=&P_ID=604


This is an excellent book.  I cannot recommend it more highly to anybody interested in Stena Line.  There are lots of high quality photographs and extracts from original company documentation and statistics.

Matt
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on May 16, 2013, 01:30:34 PM
Some more images of the new Stena Line purchase Norman Trader, laid up in Falmouth.

http://irishseashipping.com/photofeatures/irishcelticseas/kernow/normantrader060612/normantrader060612.htm

Likely to be repainted in blue Stena Line freight livery rather than white Stena Line livery as it will be used as a freight vessel.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on May 16, 2013, 03:08:12 PM
So presumably she'll be the Stena Trader then?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: pjamieson267 on May 16, 2013, 04:31:23 PM
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Some more images of the new Stena Line purchase Norman Trader, laid up in Falmouth.

http://irishseashipping.com/photofeatures/irishcelticseas/kernow/normantrader060612/normantrader060612.htm

Likely to be repainted in blue Stena Line freight livery rather than white Stena Line livery as it will be used as a freight vessel.
I can't believe that Norman Trader was sold to Stena Line but what route will be?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on May 16, 2013, 04:49:05 PM
Grift says it's for extra capacity on the Karlskrona-Gdynia route.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on May 16, 2013, 09:50:52 PM
Confirmation if any were required that Stena do not intend to put the Voyager back into service.

Stena Metall press release in relation to Stena Voyager

http://stenarecycling.se/Nyheter-och-media/Nyhetsarkiv/130515-Stena-Recycling-atervinner-hoghastighetsfarja/

translation by google


STENA RECYCLING RECOVERS FAST FERRY

May 15, 2013
High speed ferry Stena Voyager has made his last journey and arrived in Landskrona yard for recycling. - To recover the large vessel Stena Voyager is an exciting and interesting project. Here we have the opportunity to leverage our experience and our efficient processes for the recovery of several types of material, says Staffan Persson, CEO of Stena Recycling.

The leading recycling company Stena Recycling has been contracted by Stena Line to recover the ferry HSS Stena Voyager. The vessel is 126 meters long and 40 meters wide. Recycling work will continue well into next year.
    - We start at the top of waste stairs and look at what can be reused, such as kitchen equipment, lifeboats and furniture, said Ann-Charlotte Ramström, director of Stena Recycling branch in Karlskrona responsible for ship recycling.

The recovery of the ship will be in Landskrona at the dock and slipway. You have to have control of weight and balance throughout the dismantling. Several different types of material to be dealt with, like plastic, metal and hazardous waste.
    - For us it is important to have control of the ship to be taken care of in an environmentally and security professional manner. We are therefore delighted to be able to hire our sister company Stena Recycling, says Joakim Kenndal, Communications Manager for Stena Line.

Stena Voyager all the various components are recycled as far as possible, thus contributing ship to cycle. Simply recycle the large amount of aluminum, instead of producing new, save up to 15 000 tons, the equivalent of 2,500 times around the world by car.
    - The vessel consists mostly of aluminum. There is a metal that is energy intensive to produce. To recover the save as much as 95 percent of the amount of energy compared to producing new and the ship may be resurrected in the form of such parts or furniture, says Ann-Charlotte Ramström.

General Project Plan

Inventory with environmental declaration
Plan for the recycling process and the incremental dismantling
Secondary Market for some parts
Dismantling and recycling
Estimated project completed spring 2014
Facts HSS Stena Voyager

Built in Finland and launched in 1996
1500 passengers, 375 cars
Length 126.6 m, width 40 m, draft 4,8 m
Displacement 3,800 tons depending on depth
Speed [ch8203][ch8203]40 knots
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on May 16, 2013, 10:07:26 PM
Stena Lines annual report for 2012 has been released and is available to download here:

http://www.stena.com/Documents/StenaAB_Annual_Review2012.pdf

http://www.stena.com/en/sphere/About-stena/Pages/Annual-Report.aspx

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Jjtdi on May 16, 2013, 10:52:07 PM
Can't believe the stena voyager away what a shame sad to see it go happily got to be on the last crossing on her and last passenger to walk of deck comin Dwn to Belfast will always look empty now :( rip voyager
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Alanmac6363 on May 16, 2013, 10:58:24 PM
Voyager's AIS is back on again .
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Rob on May 17, 2013, 08:07:22 AM
I hope someone will make pictures along the entire process. What does the AiS matter? Her faith is sealed. If any, the AIS of discovery might be interesting to keep track off.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: n3alf1n on May 17, 2013, 01:58:09 PM
Hi All,

Been reading these forums for a while and have only just signed up - haven't really had much to add!
After reading giftgrub's post about the Stena book, I purchased a copy. Have just received it - I agree with Matt73 - it is an excellent book, looking forward to reading it.

I'm from Belfast and have a particular interest in the Belfast-Cairnryan Route. I've taken may photos of the two Superfasts and until recently the Voyager was always worth taking a photograph of!

Enjoying reading everyone's posts on all things Shipping.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on May 17, 2013, 06:15:48 PM
I suppose we've got to look forward to Stena demolishing the HSS berth and replacing it with a conventional berth for the Birkenhead ships.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Davy Jones on May 18, 2013, 10:34:57 AM
......and they only built it about 3 years ago!  ::)

Does anybody know if Stranraer has been dismantled yet?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Stena Hss Explorer Freight on May 18, 2013, 11:21:19 PM
Railway hasnt gone! For what  i could see in the lorry the port was in darkness !
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Stena Hss Explorer Freight on May 24, 2013, 02:08:31 PM
Wonder why the hss is in a rush back to holyhead today ! it did a maximum of 38knots to dublin ! 31knots so far back to holyhead !

Guessing its to do with wind
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on May 24, 2013, 08:47:36 PM
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Wonder why the hss is in a rush back to holyhead today ! it did a maximum of 38knots to dublin ! 31knots so far back to holyhead !

Guessing its to do with wind

Either that or they ran out of coffee , ships captain is quite fond of his coffee  :P
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on May 25, 2013, 07:48:46 PM
Looks like Falmouth is fully booked, as the Norman Trader is going to the Baltic under tow (as her engines must be in a poor state after not being used).
She looks set to be renamed Stena Allegra. Well done to Stena for employing her, because it was such a shame to see her left to rot on the River Fal.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: 20knots on May 25, 2013, 08:48:26 PM
Stranraer:

The rail station is still operational but is several minutes of a walk from the town. There is/was a plan to relocate the station closer to the town. Rail traffic has plumetted since Stranraer ceased being a ferryport and it wouldn't be out of the question for the line between Stranraer and Girvan to ultimately (in the years ahead) end up closed as a direct result.

At present foot passengers are bussed in a dedicated coach from Port Ryan to Ayr railway station (Girvan railway station is closer but Ayr has a more frequent rail service to Glasgow).

The ideal, most cost-effective and user-friendly situation would be to bus passengers from Port Ryan into Stranraer railway station (10/15 minutes). In that way the cost of providing the connecting bus would be minimised, the future of the rail line secured and more people would be inclined to use the route. Efforts are being made to try and bring this about but without success to date:
http://www.saylsa.org.uk/saylsa_campaigns.html

Interestingly the line came into its own some weeks ago in the bad wintry weather - 2nd paragraph at:
http://www.saylsa.org.uk/saylsa_news.html

An utter shambles has been made of rail and sea links at many ports across Britain and Ireland - the only remaining integrated ferry-rail terminal this side is at Larne Harbour, with Dun Laoghaire being a close second as the station and terminal are just across the road from each other.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on May 26, 2013, 12:27:05 AM
Holyhead still has a joint Rail-Sea Terminal, which is regularly used.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Alanmac6363 on May 27, 2013, 11:45:48 PM
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Stranraer:

An utter shambles has been made of rail and sea links at many ports across Britain and Ireland - the only remaining integrated ferry-rail terminal this side is at Larne Harbour, with Dun Laoghaire being a close second as the station and terminal are just across the road from each other.

Rosslare?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on May 28, 2013, 12:37:39 AM
rosslare is debatable really, the train station is no longer in the ferry terminal and the train schedule doesnt coincide too well with the ferry schedule
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Kieran on May 28, 2013, 01:23:56 PM
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Rosslare?

Where the ferry arrives just in time for you to watch the train leave....
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Alanmac6363 on May 28, 2013, 09:46:54 PM
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Rosslare?

Where the ferry arrives just in time for you to watch the train leave....

Irish Rail have confirmed that the evening departure from Rosslare to Connolly will now be deferred from next Tuesday June 4th to allow connecting foot passengers to travel onward by rail.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on May 30, 2013, 09:22:27 PM
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Rosslare?

Where the ferry arrives just in time for you to watch the train leave....

Irish Rail have confirmed that the evening departure from Rosslare to Connolly will now be deferred from next Tuesday June 4th to allow connecting foot passengers to travel onward by rail.

And it only took them 116 years to match train departure times to ferry arrival times. :o
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: loch garman on May 31, 2013, 05:18:09 PM
116 years!!! Mama mia!!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Captain Cadet on June 02, 2013, 09:27:59 PM
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There are no plans to replace Stena Europe at this time.
Myself being around Fishguard, i know that the stena europe is tired. I heard the other day that the back doors are struggling to close and that the middle one would not close (which brought delays). I also learnt that the ship engines are tired and that she is showing sings of rust (for example the helipad without paint on it is rusty). She also only have 3 of the 4 engines working.
Worst of all its been 3 months since her dry docking.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: loch garman on June 02, 2013, 11:44:23 PM
captain..thanks for the information. The last week has been a fiasco for the stena europe. I had friends on the 9pm sailing from rosslare on friday last (31st may). They were given no updates from stena staff. They left port after 1 am.
The stena staff were probably kept in the dark themselves by their management. >:(
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on June 03, 2013, 01:12:31 AM
Indeed Stena Europe has had a hard working life , and I dont think she has too much more to give , I suspect Stena Europe is now at the stage where she requires either a major mid-life refurbishment of her hull and mechanical units or to be retired to a softer life with another operator.
Below from www.shipspotting.com Stena Europe at Rosslare
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on June 03, 2013, 02:25:55 AM
i agree, it is time for a change for the stena europe, i was on her in december (i think) and there was a lot of rusting around the windows in the bar/restaurant on the inside, i dont think this is a major issue really but she is showing her age, fantastic ship but not suited to her current duties
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Captain Cadet on June 06, 2013, 10:58:56 AM
expesssualy for a company which prides itself on the modernest of its fleet. I think she is eitheir needs a lot of matenance or to be transfered as she doesnt keep in line with the comany idea. 5 years ago i would have said she is fine. 2 and a half i would have said the same but in the last few months she has deteriated badly.  Rust shows, she vibrates a lot and is a lot more nosy now.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Stena Hss Explorer Freight on June 06, 2013, 08:46:43 PM
Ive never been on the europe at all !

Maby i should be proud that i have never ??
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Stena Hss Explorer Freight on June 06, 2013, 08:50:32 PM
But perhaps her door having technical problems etc isn't enough for stena to take her off for good !

Perhaps if she ever had an engine blowout whilst at sea that would be enough for stena to decide that its time for her to go ?? !!

(I really wouldn't want her to have a engine blow at sea but im just saying for an example!) :D :D
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Captain Cadet on June 06, 2013, 10:52:26 PM
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But perhaps her door having technical problems etc isn't enough for stena to take her off for good !

Perhaps if she ever had an engine blowout whilst at sea that would be enough for stena to decide that its time for her to go ?? !!

(I really wouldn't want her to have a engine blow at sea but im just saying for an example!) :D :D
It has before so it could happen again
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Stena Hss Explorer Freight on June 07, 2013, 06:34:55 PM
Ahh .. Didnt hear captain cadet .. I suppose it wasnt enough to get her off the route then ! lol

Stena Supefast vii (7) is delayed tonight by aprox 30mins on its 19:30 sailing !! Anyone know why ??
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Captain Cadet on June 07, 2013, 10:01:59 PM
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Ahh .. Didnt hear captain cadet .. I suppose it wasnt enough to get her off the route then ! lol

Stena Supefast vii (7) is delayed tonight by aprox 30mins on its 19:30 sailing !! Anyone know why ??
She broke down within months of her transfer to the Irish Sea
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: n3alf1n on June 07, 2013, 11:34:50 PM
The cruise ship Boudicca was scheduled to leave Belfast Port at 19:00hrs, delay possibly due to this, given that it would have been passing the Stena terminal around 19:30hrs?

Although why the 30 min delay and not a 10 min delay for example I'm not so sure. Boudicca departure could have bern delayed thus causing the delay in the Superfast departure.

probably not related to the Boudicca, but thought it was worth mentioning.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on June 24, 2013, 11:38:15 PM
The latest addition to the Stena Line fleet the Stena Alegra has now changed its AIS to its new name from Norman Voyager.

It will enter service on July 8th.

http://www.stenalinefreight.com/ferry/press/pressreleaser/Increased%20capacity%20on%20Karlskrona-Gdynia/

The new ship is a Ropax vessel, Stena Alegra (former Norman Trader). The ship has a loading capacity of 1,950 lane meters, a deck height of 5.20 m and 114 cabin places for drivers. She has an open deck and takes Dangerous Cargo of stowage category A, B and C.

The introduction of the third ship give us the possibility to further upgrade the capacity on the route by adding additional roundtrips with Stena Alegra, when required by the market.

The first departure is planned from Gdynia the 8th of July at 23.59....


Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on June 25, 2013, 06:17:37 PM
Stena Lagan has gone technical and is operating on one engine according to the announcements made on last nights crossing.  Crossing time was about 12 hours and marine traffic had us making around 12 knots.  Today's day sailing from Belfast was due to get in to Birkenhead about midnight tonight so the schedule is being disrupted heavily.  There was a wooden crate on the car deck marked with the MAN logo and spare parts printed on it so I'm guessing this is engine parts.  We had tug assistance at both ends as well tho the staff were fantastic onboard and provided a complimentary breakfast for all on board despite the ship being quite busy.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on June 25, 2013, 06:53:23 PM
Thanks Steven, thats brilliant info, dont suppose you got a pic of the crate, would love to see that
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on June 25, 2013, 07:33:28 PM
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Thanks Steven, thats brilliant info, dont suppose you got a pic of the crate, would love to see that
Got one on my phne though the cars dash got on the way.  Will upload in a bit.  Tonights 22:30 from birkenhead is cancelled due to technical issues according to Stena

EDIT: Can't upload PIC as don't have enough posts yet.
Edit2: pic attached

(http://db.tt/cuKaUeFP)
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on June 25, 2013, 09:21:27 PM
love the pic, its amazing how many folk prob walked by the crate completely oblivious to what it was and what it was there for, thanks for the pic steven
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on June 25, 2013, 09:31:57 PM
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love the pic, its amazing how many folk prob walked by the crate completely oblivious to what it was and what it was there for, thanks for the pic steven
I probably would have too but for the fact it was right in front of me when parking.  It seems there where some issues with an engine at the beginning of last week as well.  Wonder if this will be a one ship operation for more than just the one return crossing?  IIRC Monday is the routes layup day with no day sailing so u would have thought if there was a known issue this could have been rectified before sailing.  Anyways they will have the best part of a day to get it sorted before further cancellations.  Wonder what alternatives people will be offered
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on June 25, 2013, 09:56:45 PM
Stena Lagan's issues have been traced to contaminated (poor quality) lube oil which has caused some technical issues for the on board engineering team who are going to be working around the clock stripping and replacing parts where necessary.

The Stena Alegra's new paintwork has finally been captured, here is the former Norman Trader all White.

http://photos.marinetraffic.com/ais/showphoto.aspx?photoid=1268824&size=full
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Matt73 on June 26, 2013, 12:12:50 AM
You guys are amazing! Thanks for all of this information.

I find out more on here than anywhere else!

Matt
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on June 26, 2013, 02:38:31 AM
Looks like Stena are going to loose another round trip tonight.  According to their app tonights departure ex Birkenhead is cancelled.  Bit of a nightmare scenario and sounds like its all down to some contaminated oil.  Our sailing seemed quite busy as well with the main vehicle deck almost full and the other decks also in use so potentially a lot of business being inconvenienced.  I wonder if there is any suitable replacement tonnage available for short term charter?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Stena Hss Explorer Freight on June 26, 2013, 10:20:42 AM
Yes .. from what i can see shes probably down on two engines ! she was limping down to birkenhead empty yesterday i think ! as they sailing she was suppost to be doin was cancelled ! was doin an average of 12knots
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on June 26, 2013, 01:35:02 PM
The Clipper Pennant is in dry dock in Birkenhead, it might appear as back up for the Lagan as soon as it is ready if this keeps up.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Irish Sea on June 26, 2013, 01:57:33 PM
I have to say that both the Stena Lagan and Mersey have both had pretty exceptional mechanical performance on this route up till now. The route they operate is very demanding from a mechanical point of view as to keep to schedule requires them to maintain an average speed of a little over 20kts.

The design of these ships however, with only two main engines for propulsion, does mean that you have a significant drop off in performance if you are down an engine. Most other ferries operate on a four main engine set up which means you can be down one engine and typically be able to maintain your required service speed to keep to schedule.

Clipper Pennant would be a good stand in for freight, however at this time of year I would imagine the passenger market on the route is going to beginning to dominate so she won't be much help to relieve that issue. Also as it is a technical reason for cancellation it means that the new EU ferry passenger rights legislation applies, so this could start causing Stena a pretty penny in compensation claims.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on June 26, 2013, 02:43:47 PM
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The Clipper Pennant is in dry dock in Birkenhead, it might appear as back up for the Lagan as soon as it is ready if this keeps up.
At least she could clear the unaccompanied freight as its pretty hard to divert that elsewhere!  Hopefully it won't come to that and the engineering team will get the Lagan fixed up.  Not great timing with the school holiday period around the corner and Stena trying to attract more tourist traffic to the route.  Is Clipper Ranger still laid up as well?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on June 26, 2013, 03:59:45 PM
can stena seek compensation from whom ever provided the dodgy oil?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Captain Cadet on June 26, 2013, 05:07:38 PM
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can stena seek compensation from whom ever provided the dodgy oil?
probobly not as they will argue that they should filter the oil and check it before buying it
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on June 26, 2013, 05:15:32 PM
ah i see, valid point there, i just think along the lines of my dealings with cars, oil is a different story there
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on June 26, 2013, 06:03:29 PM
Cllipper Pennant is on charter to Stena RoRo since last year and if a suitable rate can be agreed (within the group) will help move freight, passengers can be offered alternative crossings and timings which should not put them out too much.

Better to shift the freight than leave it go to a competitor.

http://www.stenaroro.com/offering/Pages/Clipper-Pennant.aspx

No idea about oil and compensation, but would expect the supplier to be liable as they surely have to be responsible for the supply of quality product.

Clipper Ranger still with Seatruck, but could also appear if available.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on June 26, 2013, 06:15:28 PM
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can stena seek compensation from whom ever provided the dodgy oil?
probobly not as they will argue that they should filter the oil and check it before buying it

Not true, if Stena can prove that the oil was off spec they will have a claim against the oil company.

As a note when you buy oil for your car, do you filter it and check it before you put it into use - of course not.

The engine oil will have probably been delivered in bulk in a road tanker with the type of oil stated on the delivery note. The engine crew have no way of knowing if the oil is off spec until they start to use it and encounter problems.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on June 26, 2013, 06:17:32 PM
nah id never think of filtering the oil before putting it in the car but the car is fitted with an oil filter, im guessing ship engines dont have such a thing built on
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on June 26, 2013, 06:32:49 PM
Yes marine engines do have filters in the lube oil systems. The oil is also purified which very basically means removes any impurities or water in the oil.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on June 26, 2013, 07:30:46 PM
I think the problem here is that the oil has either been off spec (so not lubricating the engine components properly and causing excessive wear or seizure of components) or has been contaminated with an agent somewhere along the line that has taken it outside of spec.  Might be difficult to prove where the oil came from unless there is a quantity of it unused somewhere but don't know how these things work in the maritime industry.  I'm sure there is some sort of insurance covering this tho.  However insurance isn't going to get back the hard won business potentially lost as a result of this. 

Any idea what alternative passengers would be offered - I'm guessing Cairnryan or Holyhead.  Pity the Feronia is no longer available as she could have slotted straight back into her old route as cover.

Perhaps a better solution would be to move the Nordica up and use a freight vessel down at Dublin, perhaps carrying passengers using the explorer and space booked on Irish Ferries?  There is no real alternative IMO to Birkenhead-Belfast with neither Holyhead or Dublin anywhere near the original ports and Cairnryan being some 4hrs drive from Birkenhead.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on June 26, 2013, 10:26:26 PM
UPDATE

Stena Lagan HAS sailed tonight but appears to still be running on one engine.  She is currently making 8 knots according to AIS.  According to a post on the IrishSeaShips group ferry check was advising passengers to check in 30mins early and that the crossing would take 11.5 hours due to technical problems.  I wonder if there is a plan to run a round trip every other day until the problem is rectified? Would certainly reduce the need to bring in replacement capacity as passengers could be informed in advance of cancellation and offered a nights accommodation or an earlier sailing instead?  Additionally would keep the freight moving which cannot use an alternative crossing.

EDIT:  A quick check of this mornings AIS data indicates she was on the berth at approx 8:30 and crossed at around 12 knots until rounding the isle of man where her speed increased to 14 knots until the approach to Belfast lough
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on June 27, 2013, 04:22:45 PM
Ferrycheck saying that tonights sailing ex Birkenhead is cancelled so looks like Stena Lagan doing one round trip every other day. 
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Rob on June 29, 2013, 08:33:53 PM
I read today that major parts onboard the stena voyager have been/are being auctioned. Examples of equipment offered for sale are radar systems, life rafts, furniture, kitchen equipment and generators.

some footage here: http://www.sydsvenskan.se/webb-tv/tv-skrotas-och-saljs-pa-auktion/
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on June 29, 2013, 08:42:21 PM
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I read today that major parts onboard the stena voyager have been/are being auctioned. Examples of equipment offered for sale are radar systems, life rafts, furniture, kitchen equipment and generators.

some footage here: http://www.sydsvenskan.se/webb-tv/tv-skrotas-och-saljs-pa-auktion/
You would have thought items like furniture could have been reused elsewhere in the fleet surely?  Does anyone know if any of the structure has started to be "recycled" yet?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Stena Hss Explorer Freight on June 29, 2013, 11:07:04 PM
I just clocked the lagan doin a max of 23knots today enroute to birkenhead ! so shes back up and running on all engines ! happy days ! ..

Ps not stena related but im going on  irish ferries ulysses this thursday ! will get some videos and photos ! .. its like my 200th time lol
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on June 30, 2013, 12:07:05 AM
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I just clocked the lagan doin a max of 23knots today enroute to birkenhead ! so shes back up and running on all engines ! happy days ! ..

Ps not stena related but im going on  irish ferries ulysses this thursday ! will get some videos and photos ! .. its like my 200th time lol
Think she went back to normal yesterday as schedule was back to normal IIRC.  23 knots isn't hanging about!  Didnt think she went that fast in service tbh (fuel reasons)
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on June 30, 2013, 08:22:05 PM
A close up of the Stena Alegra refit now on Marine traffic.

http://photos.marinetraffic.com/ais/showphoto.aspx?photoid=1275198&size=full

Always amazed at what a fresh coat of paint can achieve.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Stena Hss Explorer Freight on July 01, 2013, 12:03:24 AM
You would be suprised steven ! Ok i must admit it didnt say 23knots .. it said 22.8 which is  basically 23knots but the lagan and mersey are capible of doin 25knots i think
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on July 02, 2013, 12:26:23 AM
IIRC its officially 24 but AFAIK the extra fuel needed to push the ship faster through the increased resistance from the water is greater than that saved through the reduced crossing time usually.  Likewise in the right conditions going flat out she could probably go faster though this probably wouldnt do the engines much good (like redlining your car all the time).  Around the 20-21 knot mark appears to be the norm from my past observations but winds, tides, etc are bound to play a factor as well I suppose (and a late departure perhaps).  Perhaps they let her rip to check all is good  ;D.

Good to see the Lagan returned to good health.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on July 02, 2013, 09:03:00 PM
Stena going to Methanol with the Stena Germanica the first vessel to be modified in 2014.

http://www.portofgothenburg.com/en/News-desk/News-articles/Stena-Line-invests-in-methanol/

Stena Line is a firm believer in methanol as a marine fuel. If the technology works out as envisaged, 25 ferries will be adapted. "According to our calculations, methanol is a good alternative," says Per Stefenson, marine standards advisor at Stena Line.

In the lead-up to stricter emission regulations, many shipping lines are examining the fuel they use to run their vessels. Many will invest in liquefied natural gas, LNG, although Stena Line has opted for methanol for its current vessels.

Gothenburg-based shipping operator Stena Line is taking part together with the Port of Gothenburg, Stena Oil, Wärtsilä and the Port of Kil in the demonstration project Spireth and has proceeded with two methanol options. These involve using methanol directly in diesel engines and extracting what is termed DME, dimethyl ether, from the methanol. The ferry Stena Scanrail has been equipped with a transformation facility to operate the vessel's auxiliary engines using DME.

"Ultimately, we should not need to convert methanol to DME and instead we should be able to run the vessels on pure methanol produced from natural gas," states Per Stefenson.

Initially, it will involve rebuilding Stena Germanica. This will take place during 2014. If the trial proves successful, we will rebuild a further 24 vessels through to 2018 or 2020.

Why is it that you have been alone in this endeavour for such a long time? Are there no disadvantages?
"If the price of diesel falls, as is the case at present, then low-sulphur diesel is an even cheaper alternative. Even with this diesel, it would be possible to comply with the forthcoming sulphur directive and if it were cheaper, then alternative fuels would be less attractive. However, we regard methanol as a good, safe, long-term environmental investment," continues Per Stefenson.

"The industry is testing different sustainable courses that can be followed when it comes to alternative fuels. As a port, we are seeking to support different solutions. It's not certain that there is one fuel to suit all vessels and routes and there could very well be a palette of alternatives," states Magnus Kĺrestedt, Port of Gothenburg Chief Executive.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on July 02, 2013, 09:35:19 PM
Photoshopped image of the Stena Alegra reveals the new look for the former Norman Trader.

Taken from Stena Lines Freight News - June

http://www.stenalinefreight.com/ferry/nljunipage1/
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on July 03, 2013, 04:18:23 AM
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Photoshopped image of the Stena Alegra reveals the new look for the former Norman Trader.

Taken from Stena Lines Freight News - June

http://www.stenalinefreight.com/ferry/nljunipage1/
Looks more like mspaint was used rather than Photoshop.  Stena cost cutting?

Thanks for the info tho

I also read with interest the post regarding methanol.  Im not sure what the difference is in calorific value between marine diesel and methanol is but this could be a shrewd move on stena's part.  If the entire shipping industry moves to LNG then the price is only going to go one way!  I wonder why ethanol/bio ethanol isn't being tried though as I'm only aware of methanol being used in race car engines previously whereas ethanol is widely used in internal combustion engines.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on July 04, 2013, 12:56:06 PM
Stena Line along with DFDS have expressed an interest in buying the remaining Scandlines operation.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: tonycan on July 04, 2013, 04:24:04 PM
Have Stena and DFDS endless cash reserves or what is going on? How are they financing everything at the moment?

DFDS more or less said a few weeks ago that they are going on a aquisition drive.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on July 04, 2013, 04:32:53 PM
Don't know about cash reserves but I'm sure both have plenty of assets to borrow against.  I suppose Stena line can also have one of the other company's in the sphere buy and then sell to them.  Compared to many companies DFDS and Stena are probably pretty "safe" places for a bank to lend money to.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Captain Cadet on July 04, 2013, 10:15:04 PM
Stena group have many businesses, Stena line itself has over 9 billion sek. They also have plenty of assets if an issue was to arise which could be sold off. On the other hand DFDS ferries have recently damaged a berth and a vessel and its unknown what will happen.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on July 04, 2013, 11:21:34 PM
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Stena group have many businesses, Stena line itself has over 9 billion sek. They also have plenty of assets if an issue was to arise which could be sold off. On the other hand DFDS ferries have recently damaged a berth and a vessel and its unknown what will happen.

Going off topic here guys but Captain Cadet you might be surprised to find out that DFDS are quite a large operation and the minor damage to one ferry and a part of one berth in Harwich is not going to have any impact on their long term operation.

for more info on DFDS you could start looking here:

http://www.dfdsseaways.co.uk/

http://www.ferry-site.dk/ferrycompany.php?Rid=20&lang=en

http://www.faktaomfartyg.se/dfds_seaways.htm


Both Stena and DFDS seem to be able to access funding quite easily given their recent level of spending.

Any further DFDS related discussion should be in a separate thread.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on July 08, 2013, 11:23:34 PM
Stena Alegra, ready to enter service tonight

http://photos.marinetraffic.com/ais/showphoto.aspx?photoid=1285633&size=full

http://www.stenalinefreight.com/ferry/press/pressreleaser/Increased%20capacity%20on%20Karlskrona-Gdynia/

We appreciate your support so far. The traffic development on our route Karlskrona-Gdynia is very positive and our present tonnage is extremely well utilized.

There has been a growing demand for space during the last year and we are happy to announce that we are now introducing a third ship on this route in order to meet the increased market demand.

The new ship is a Ropax vessel, Stena Alegra (former Norman Trader). The ship has a loading capacity of 1,950 lane meters, a deck height of 5.20 m and 114 cabin places for drivers. She has an open deck and takes Dangerous Cargo of stowage category A, B and C.

The introduction of the third ship give us the possibility to further upgrade the capacity on the route by adding additional roundtrips with Stena Alegra, when required by the market.

The first departure is planned from Gdynia the 8th of July at 23.59
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on July 09, 2013, 07:06:16 AM
Giftgrub, you seem to have your finger on the pulse for Stena in the Irish Sea.
I've heard a rumour that Stena's bunker supplier is pulling out and that Stena are looking at bringing their own bunker barge to the Irish Sea. Do you know anything about this?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on July 09, 2013, 02:32:50 PM
Slightly off topic but it seems to be the place to get stena answers. can anyone tell me why the funnel of the ex isle of inishfree now stena nautica was butchered in such a horrific manner? it looks all wrong, her sister still has it and it looks much more complete (less butchered)
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on July 10, 2013, 05:01:37 PM
Don't know the reason but wonder if it was the idea of the person who butchered the KB's funnel years back.  Would have looked OK if it had been shortened to look like the Nordica's funnel for instance.  I actually liked the old funnel!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on July 10, 2013, 09:21:36 PM
The Stena Nauticas enhanced looks were caused by deadweight issues when it was converted to a double deck vessel, in order to reduce weight and increase stability the funnel was butchered and in my own opinion they created the ugliest vessel afloat. There was an image on the web of the funnel top left by a fence at the shipyard. (in images below). The KB suffered the same fate but had its funnel revamped later on.

Images of the Nautica's rebuild here:

http://www.faktaomfartyg.se/extra_bilder/stena_nautica_1986_ombg_1.htm

The Stena Saga has its funnel spoiler removed for the same reason.

http://www.faktaomfartyg.se/silvia_regina_1981.htm

KB images here:

http://www.faktaomfartyg.se/extra_bilder/stena_baltica_1986_om.htm

Absolutely no idea about a change in bunkering suppliers, this would be commercially sensitive information that we should not discuss here anyway.

The latest addition to the Stena fleet set sail as planned on July 8th, first images of the vessel moving under its own power for a long time here:

http://photos.marinetraffic.com/ais/showphoto.aspx?photoid=1288656&size=full

More images of the Stena Alegra arriving in Karlskrona for the first time here:

http://www.landgangen.se/forumsmf10/index.php?topic=29017.msg261566#msg261566
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on July 10, 2013, 10:18:01 PM
Very interesting blog by one of the former crew from the HSS Stena Voyager.

Not a scam, link safe to click on:

http://mygulitypleasures.wordpress.com/2013/07/08/with-biggest-dignity-and-greatest-respect/

some nice images and information.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: HSS on July 10, 2013, 10:42:21 PM
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Very interesting blog by one of the former crew from the HSS Stena Voyager.

Not a scam, link safe to click on:

http://mygulitypleasures.wordpress.com/2013/07/08/with-biggest-dignity-and-greatest-respect/

some nice images and information.

Great stuff giftgrub, love the photo 'somebody missing this'!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on July 10, 2013, 10:53:59 PM
Latest edition of Stena Line Freights shipping intelligence is available:

http://www.stenalinefreight.com/~/media/Files/Shipping%20Intelligence%20-%20July%202013.ashx
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on July 11, 2013, 01:29:14 PM
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Latest edition of Stena Line Freights shipping intelligence is available:

http://www.stenalinefreight.com/~/media/Files/Shipping%20Intelligence%20-%20July%202013.ashx
Thanks giftgrub.  The freight auctions are an interesting idea.

The Allegra looks well in white and red but would look even better with some branding.  Going by the hull colours she is being marketed as a passenger ship but I would have thought when would be a step down from the Spirit/Vision also used on the route?  :-/
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on July 12, 2013, 11:38:45 PM
The Stena Alegra will offer a very different on board experience from the Stena Vision/Spirit and I am sure that any passengers booking will be aware of this, due to the limited capacity there will be a lot less passenger traffic on the Alegra.

http://www.stenaroro.com/offering/Pages/Stena-Alegra.aspx

http://photos.marinetraffic.com/ais/showphoto.aspx?photoid=1290094&size=full

http://www.stenaroro.com/offering/Pages/Stena-Flavia.aspx

http://photos.marinetraffic.com/ais/showphoto.aspx?photoid=1255050&size=full

Interestingly the Stena Alegra and Flavia have both received a red hull at the waterline and partial Stena Line livery compared to the usual Stena "Making good Time" blue wave branding for baltic sea vessels.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: rubberduck on July 14, 2013, 10:16:43 AM
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I think its fair to say that the majority of people on this site are ferry enthusiasts and that everyone wants to see all ferry routes succeed and I also think it would be fair to say that we are all very positive fans of all the ferry companies in Ireland, however after studying the operation of the Rosslare-Fishguard route since it was taken over by Stena Line in the early 90’s I think it would be fair to say, they haven’t exactly done a great job with the route.

When Stena took over the route it was served by the Felicity and was the second most profitable route in the entire Stena/Sealink network, served by a luxurious cruise ferry with back up freight vessels, since then they replaced the Felicity with the Koningin Beatrix a vessel whilst quite opulent was unsuitable for the route with its low freight capacity, poor manoeuvring capability and also its high crewing requirements (ironically when rebuilt while Stena Baltic converted to double deck loading and the thrusters were upgraded), this was then replaced in 2002 by the Stena Europe which had quite a revamp in the passenger areas before its introduction.

Since the introduction of the Stena Europe it has been maintained on the route with further passenger area upgrade but now in obviously in need of replacement.

Also since Stena took over the level of investment in Fishguard has been very limited, there is no modern wide linkspan to allow rapid discharge from the stern which even the much maligned Rosslare Harbour can offer. This restricts the type of vessel that can be deployed to cover /replace the Stena Europe.

It does appear that Stena Line need to either invest in the route which is a very viable proposition as fresh tonnage will offer an improved passenger experience which they can market on its newness alone, perhaps a major timetable shake up, allowing rail/sail connections, bring back day trips, 48 hr weekend breaks, shopping expeditions to Cardiff etc.

From my own very limited knowledge this is what I think the Rosslare route requires:

New Linkspan – Fishguard – if the proposed Conygar investment ever happens it will be too late, they need to act now to improve the route, and waiting 2/3 years will not work.

New vessel – possibly something like Stena Lagan/Mersey – cost effective, modern comfortable, fuel efficient, fast. Can never see them putting a newbuild on the route.

Possible revised timetable – maybe swap times with Irish Ferries – Rosslare could prosper with alternate crossing times throughout the day improving customer choice and flexibility.

New local marketing – Day trips/48 hr tickets/ shopping trips/ non landing cruises etc

Refit Period: always provide cover through replacement vessel

Maximise the use of the great staff they have and the huge amount of goodwill that they have built up over the years.

With a new vessel with greater freight capacity, increases viability of route, will migrate some freight traffic out of Dublin to Rosslare, surely all freight does not need to go out of Dublin.

Just in case there is any misconception I actually love travelling on the Stena Europe as I find the massive amount of uncluttered outside deck space to be great, I find the passenger areas very nicely laid out and comfortable, the Stena Plus is fabulous (but it is really any better than what was there before the refit lost a little bit of charm) the bar area is huge and can take quite a lot of passengers when watching a match. plenty of space for people to relax, and finally the crew are always very nice and accommodating. Biggest negative is the stairwells and the queue for the car decks when docking.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: rubberduck on July 14, 2013, 10:26:11 AM
Hi I am new to this so hope I get it right....I hear that Stena are running down the Fishguard to Rosslare service. They have got a deal with Conygar/stena and set up a joint venture company to build a Marina there. Conygar have planning permission to do the lorry park at Scleddau, a few miles outside of Goodwick, up the hill but they have now not taken up the grant of Ł1.3million for this as they are out of time.

I gather the Europe has only one stabiliser working...and port staff have been told that it is only routine maintenance for the next few years. If they do go ahead and construct this massive 19acre development platform which is going to cost them millions because they have to buy the sea bed from the Crown Estates who have just upped the price it will be interesting to see whether or not that amount of capital investment will be worth it. Sorry to say but I can see them pulling out of here altogether as they face stiff competition from Irish Ferries at half the price. The road to Fishguard A40is a nightmare...every tractor, caravan you can imagine to make the journey time longer....so its easier to turn left off the A40 and head for Pembroke Dock...I see the Welsh Gov is putting a massive amount of money into upgrading the A477 is it? from St Clears round about to Pembroke Dock...which will make Irish Ferries an even better deal. I gather that Stena wanted out of here about 8 years ago but couldnt get into Pembroke!!...that says it all doesnt it....It would be a shame to see this service go...but they dont seem to be committed...yet they are part of the old Fishguard and Rosslare Railway and Harbour company which still exisits. They own half the port in Fishguard and half in Rosslare the rest is owned by private capital in shares and the Railways UK and Irish Rail...so they could if they wanted to sort all this out quite easily...Quite agree change the time table, do some shopping trips...to Cork to Dublin and viv to Cardiff. But I personally think they are going to lease off the port to bring in Bio Mass and other into new Power Stations planned in West Wales shortly...interesting to see what happens....
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on July 14, 2013, 11:36:18 AM
thanks for that, i hope they dont pull out it would make rosslare a lot less photogenic if they did
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on July 14, 2013, 05:08:53 PM
It must be kept in mind that Rosslare - Fishguard is a route that Stena Line inherited during its takeover of Sealink , while the route was profitable for many years , the route does not fit with Stena's travel concept and never did by virtue of the fact that there is no major population center at either end of the route , all other Stena routes are connected to a major population center at one end or both.
Now that the Rosslare - Fishguard service has declined to the point that it operates Stena's oldest (cheapest) ship the writing does appear to be on the wall for that route , unless something dramatic happens I can see Stena shutting down that route at the first viable opportunity.
If Stena did pull out of Rosslare I wonder could they be tempted into Cork - Bristol , could be a nice retirement route for Stena Saga when she gets replaced by new tonnage  :P
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on July 14, 2013, 05:39:54 PM
was there ever any further talk of the cork spain route? i cant see stena going for it but it'd be interesting
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on July 14, 2013, 09:19:02 PM
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was there ever any further talk of the cork spain route? i cant see stena going for it but it'd be interesting

Yes , this was the subject to a high powered meeting in Dublin last week with an unnamed operator , not much being said publicaly about how they got on.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: HSS on July 14, 2013, 09:41:13 PM
All Stena seem to be interested in is Belfast & the Superfasts??
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on July 15, 2013, 02:49:20 AM
Stena are also interested in the Dublin - Holyhead route and have invested heavily in it in recent years , however it does seem they are struggling to decide what to do with Dun Laoghaire - Holyhead.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Matt73 on July 15, 2013, 04:56:29 PM
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It must be kept in mind that Rosslare - Fishguard is a route that Stena Line inherited during its takeover of Sealink , while the route was profitable for many years , the route does not fit with Stena's travel concept and never did by virtue of the fact that there is no major population center at either end of the route , all other Stena routes are connected to a major population center at one end or both.
Now that the Rosslare - Fishguard service has declined to the point that it operates Stena's oldest (cheapest) ship the writing does appear to be on the wall for that route , unless something dramatic happens I can see Stena shutting down that route at the first viable opportunity.
If Stena did pull out of Rosslare I wonder could they be tempted into Cork - Bristol , could be a nice retirement route for Stena Saga when she gets replaced by new tonnage  :P

This continues to be a fascinating thread and thanks to all who have contributed.

I too think it's sad that the route has been so neglected, both in terms of the tonnage and the port infrastacture. 

Where has the Bristol-Cork route come from?  That's an incredible distance, over double the Fishguard-Rosslare route I'd say.  With the Stena Europe?  I can't see that one working to be honest.  Even with the two big population centres, people would just opt for Pembroke-Rosslare again.

As for closing Fishguard down, who would have thought that the Stranraer would have closed?  However, they did it and have made Belfast pay.  I see no reason why they couldn't take a similar course of action if they felt there was still a market for services on the southern corridor. 

As for Cork-Spain, if there is market and they can make it pay, I'm sure they would give it a go.  However, I recall reading in the Stena Line history book that it's unlikely they would try to compete with Brittany Ferries on the Western Channel. 

Interesting times.

Matt
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Rob on July 15, 2013, 04:58:15 PM
In what way are they struggling with Holyhead ? Is it solely the hss explorer or is it the location/ passenger numbers.

I'm happy to be able to travel on board the explorer on the 3rd of August. First time on an hss since the discovery stopped in holland!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Davy Jones on July 15, 2013, 07:44:07 PM
I think what was meant is the route to Dun Laoghaire as opposed to Dublin. Holyhead itself isn't an issue as all routes terminate there. At one time, the berthing charges at Dun Laoghaire was much more expensive than at Dublin, and if it wasn't for the fact that the dedicated fast-craft berth was located there, the whole shebang may have moved to the capital city some years ago. Couple that with the high running cost of the HSS and there is plenty cause for concern.

However whilst Stena bleat on about their costly HSS concept, both Irish Ferries and IOM Steam packet happily run their fast crafts without it appears, any problems whatsoever.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on July 15, 2013, 09:54:28 PM
The fatal flaw with Stena's ill fated HSS concept is the need to fuel the vessel with high grade kerosene as opposed to marine Diesel, this means that even at the reduced speed of 26 knots the HSS is still a very expensive vessel to operate, (though a lot cheaper than running it at full speed) though its passenger and vehicle capacity allows them to run the vessel at breakeven or a small profit with seasonal operation.

It is likely that the HSS will remain on the Dun Laoghaire route for the next few years as it allows Stena to offer a fast ferry option for a relatively small additional outlay (considering that the vessel and berths already exist), they have plenty of spare parts from the Stena Voyager and combined with flexible on board crew it keeps the operation cost efficient.

I just wish Stena would show the same level of care to the Stena Europe that they have lavished on the rest of the Irish sea fleet in the last few years, I know it wont happen but as its next refit is going to be a big one (technically) it would be nice to see them lavish some TLC on the bodywork and maybe add a few extra touches like the private suites etc.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: lynx1 on July 15, 2013, 11:40:00 PM
i know that they filmed some one at the port of fishguard last year for undercover boss, it was to be shown on C4 but the day before they were going to show it stena had it taken out.
mmm wonder why that was!!!!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on July 16, 2013, 01:56:59 AM
RE: Fishguard being the second most profitable route when Stena took over - the Sealink operation was hemorrhaging cash from what I can see at the time of takeover so while this route was making more money than others, this could be due to the route being run better than others rather than having better actual passenger and freight potential.  I havent seen the detailed numbers but things have changed a lot from the early 90's and even from the start of the new millennium so what was making money may not necessarily be able to now.   With low fare airlines and people preferring to go "abroad" rather than holiday in the UK or Ireland this could also have had a very heavy impact on the route during summer.  Likewise with modern logistics practices items tend to be consolidated at regional or national distribution centres before shipping rather than sent from supplier to customer direct - the obvious place to put these DC's is near the major population centres and main ports.  Going by google maps calculations you can drive from Cork to Dublin as quick as Cork to Rosslare which is another factor against Rosslare IMHO.

Now for some numbers.  The only data I have to hand is the shippax figures for January (from the free copy on their site of CFI).

Holyhead to Dublin

Pax: 40090
Cars: 10500
Buses: 114
Trailers: 15959

Fishguard to Rosslare

Pax: 13,176
Cars: 3881
Buses: 11
Trailers: 2272

Even accounting for Rosslare only having a single ship operation the numbers are pretty different!  Unfortunately the data I have doesnt include irish ferries as they publish quarterly but what I can say is Rosslare - Fishguard has the lowest numbers on every measure for cross irish sea passenger services (excluding Irish Ferries due to the above reasons, HH - DunLaoghaire and P&O's liverpool service which is mainly operated by freighters).  However there have been increases vs the previous year which is at least one positive for the route.  With such low numbers of trailers I find it hard to see how the service is paying for itself as its no secret that freight is where operators are making their money (just look at the number of ro-paxes in operation and dedicated freight routes compared to 10 or 20 years ago).  Back in 1992 (figures from pocket guide '93) Fishguard to Rosslare had the 3rd highest passenger and car numbers (826901 and 172990) of any Irish Sea crossing and carried only approx 3000 less trailers for the year than the then Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire route.  Unfortunately I dont have access to figures for the whole of last year but the above surely points to why there has been a lack of investment in the route. 

Its hard to see how a ropax such as the Vissentini's would work on the route with such low freight figures.  Personally I think a smaller ferry would be more suited to the route (more economical and more suited to the actual carryings - Ben-My-Cree sized???).  Unfortunately with numbers like the above its hard to see how new tonnage could ever be justified, and likewise any significant second hand ship is going to go elsewhere where more money can be made.  The one ship that springs to mind as a possibility is the Stena Nautica (the former Isle of Innisfree) which runs on a similar length route if she where to become too small for her present route or surplus to requirements.

As we are starting to move off topic please discuss this post in the Stena Europe thread over in the discussion forum (http://www.irish-ferries-enthusiasts.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1370079835/142#142)
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on July 17, 2013, 07:53:12 PM
Some nice images of the Stena Alegra in action:

http://photos.marinetraffic.com/ais/showphoto.aspx?photoid=1297523&size=full

http://photos.marinetraffic.com/ais/showphoto.aspx?photoid=1297527&size=full
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Stena Hss Explorer Freight on July 26, 2013, 11:10:47 AM
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Very interesting blog by one of the former crew from the HSS Stena Voyager.

Not a scam, link safe to click on:

http://mygulitypleasures.wordpress.com/2013/07/08/with-biggest-dignity-and-greatest-respect/

some nice images and information.

Great stuff giftgrub, love the photo 'somebody missing this'!

That makes me feel sad :( Ive been on the voyager once and too see it go is just  bad  :'( which hss was operating on the holyhead route in 2000/2001 ? was it the explorer just like today ?? ive only been on the voyager and the explorer once and too see the voyager go is terrible  .. on the up side is though that since ive been on the explorer and its still in service :)
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Davy Jones on July 26, 2013, 11:37:08 AM
HSS Stena Explorer has always run the Holyhead - Dun Laoghaire route since 1996 when she was new. On occasion, Stena Voyager has depp'ed for her during refit periods, but that's all. I'm not sure if the Explorer ever ran the route on the northern corridor, but she was a regular visitor to Belfast for overhaul. On a couple of occasions, Belfast was the venue for a rare meeting of all three HSS craft when Stena Explorer arrived for refit, as Stena Voyager was on her usual duty and Stena Discovery was either finishing her time in Drydock or later, on her lay-up.

I have seen a picture of this rare meeting, but unfortunately don't know who owns it or where to view it. Flickr may be a good place to start.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on July 28, 2013, 07:38:08 PM
Nice video taken onboard the Stena Flavia, obviously been painted but no interior modifications carried out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khzjJD_MNzI

[media width=600]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khzjJD_MNzI [/media]
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on July 29, 2013, 05:16:10 PM
You would have to wonder how solid the allocations of some of Stena's fleet is , Stena Flavia and Stena Allegra among others have recieved no external Stena Line branding and have not been Stenaised internally , they have the feel of temporary allocations.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on July 29, 2013, 08:49:59 PM
Quite possible there will be a further shake up in the Baltic sea services as they decide what do with the fleet, surprised the Flavia did not even get the funnel painted when it was in dock, the Alegra is probably a wait and see what happens, if it is successful then a bigger vesel might be needed, however the two Kiel based ships are expected to transfer to Karlskrona in the near future, which will bring a large increase in freight capacity.

The next few years are going to be very interesting as a major shake up in the fleet is coming, it will be interesting to see what will happen and I wonder will they deploy the Norman Voyager and Norman Asturias in the Stena Fleet or charter them out to another operator ?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on July 31, 2013, 03:15:42 AM
From the video the flavia looks very similar to the way the Lagan and Mersey where pre-refurbishment - the refurb really transformed them so would be a shame if she where to remain as is.  With the Kiel pair due to move there is bound to be some 'cascading' which in turn may lead to large changes across the network (or not).  Perhaps the ultimate role of the Flavia and Allegra is yet to be decided - from what I can gather they where purchased at a very attractive price.  A lot probably depends on future traffic trends and demand on the charter market (either for these vessels or for vessels they could replace in the Stena fleet) as well as what vessels the company decide are no longer wanted/needed. 

I noted the Stena Performer arriving in Belfast over an hour late on Saturday meaning she came in just before Superfast VII and Stena Mersey. Normally the Mersey follows the Superfast in but it was a case of Superfast following the Performer with the Mersey following further behind than usual (perhaps to allow performer time to berth?)
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on July 31, 2013, 09:43:54 PM
Very nice Stena RORO video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPdraW9gGT8&feature=player_detailpage

[media width=600]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPdraW9gGT8&[/media]
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Matt73 on August 04, 2013, 07:14:49 PM
Can somebody please remind me which ships Stena operate on the Harwich and Immingham-Esberg routes please. If memory serves, this are joint/pooling operations with DFDS, but I'm not sure.

Thanks.

Matt
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Matt73 on August 04, 2013, 07:20:11 PM
Does anyone have any photographs of the Stena Britannica and/or Hollandica doing the 180 turn off Harwich prior to berthing? I know taking photos there is difficult, but it would be great to see any that forum members may have.

Thanks.

Matt
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on August 05, 2013, 08:25:13 PM
Stena RoRo's MV Blue Puttees which sails for Marine Atlantic has been involved in an incident in Port aux Basques. Luckily no one was injured.

http://www.thetelegram.com/News/Local/2013-07-31/article-3334101/UPDATE%3A-No-injuries-in-ferry-accident,-says-Marine-Atlantic/1

http://www.thetelegram.com/News/Local/2013-07-31/photo-3334101/UPDATE%3A-MV-Blue-Puttees-returns-to-dock/1
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on August 07, 2013, 09:59:29 PM
Video of the Blue Puttes bow being repaired in dry dock in Halifax here:

http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/NL/Featured/ID/2399604181/

http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/divers-confirm-damage-to-bow-of-marine-atlantic-ferry-grounded-last-week-1.1399464

The ship is expected to be out of service until August 24th.

Here is how the Stena Trader became Blue Puttes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmQtTLPUGz0

[media width=600]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmQtTLPUGz0&feature=player_detailpage[/media]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdldyPyeg54

[media width=600]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdldyPyeg54[/media]

Wonder will we ever see these vessels in Europe again ?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: MerseyMan on August 11, 2013, 09:41:44 PM
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Interestingly the Stena Alegra and Flavia have both received a red hull at the waterline and partial Stena Line livery compared to the usual Stena "Making good Time" blue wave branding for baltic sea vessels.

Worth remembering that the Stena Flavia and the Stena Alegra don't belong to Stena Line, they are both owned and operated by Stena RoRo, on charter to Stena Line.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on August 11, 2013, 11:44:25 PM
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Interestingly the Stena Alegra and Flavia have both received a red hull at the waterline and partial Stena Line livery compared to the usual Stena "Making good Time" blue wave branding for baltic sea vessels.

Worth remembering that the Stena Flavia and the Stena Alegra don't belong to Stena Line, they are both owned and operated by Stena RoRo, on charter to Stena Line.

The fact that the vessels are chartered would normally have no bearing on the colour scheme for the vessels, they have the Superfast & Seatruck twins on charter for the North Channel but they have been given a full Stena Line paint job, the fact that the Allegra and Flavia have been partially painted may mean they are not expected to remain on the routes for the future, or there are other plans for these vessels.

The Stena Germanica was involved in a collision in Gothenburg today as a smaller passenger ferry lost control and hit the stern of the Germanica.

http://www.gp.se/nyheter/goteborg/1.1897235-alvsnabben-korde-in-i-stenafarja

Nice video on the HSS Voyager at the bottom of the page on the above link also.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Davy Jones on August 12, 2013, 03:16:12 PM
One of my old mates used to have 2 dogs, a Terrier and a Great Dane. the terrier used to take great delight in trying to annoy the Great Dane, but was so small comparatively that the big dog didn't even know the other was there. This is what todays incident reminds me of.

Regarding the HSS video, I thought everything was supposed to have been stripped out of the Voyager in Belfast? The internals still look complete. The video is even showing lifejackets still aboard.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on August 12, 2013, 07:47:37 PM
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One of my old mates used to have 2 dogs, a Terrier and a Great Dane. the terrier used to take great delight in trying to annoy the Great Dane, but was so small comparatively that the big dog didn't even know the other was there. This is what todays incident reminds me of.

i wanted to say this but could never word it in such an awesome fashion
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on August 12, 2013, 10:31:34 PM
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Regarding the HSS video, I thought everything was supposed to have been stripped out of the Voyager in Belfast? The internals still look complete. The video is even showing lifejackets still aboard.
My understanding was it was the mechanical components that where removed in Belfast such as the engines.  Probably so they can keep explorer running.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on August 12, 2013, 11:13:33 PM
Stena RoRo have found work for the Clipper Pennant, currently heading for Rostock, Germany. Possibly to provide cover for a refit of one of the Stena/Scandlines fleet ?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: MerseyMan on August 13, 2013, 05:47:22 PM
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Interestingly the Stena Alegra and Flavia have both received a red hull at the waterline and partial Stena Line livery compared to the usual Stena "Making good Time" blue wave branding for baltic sea vessels.

Worth remembering that the Stena Flavia and the Stena Alegra don't belong to Stena Line, they are both owned and operated by Stena RoRo, on charter to Stena Line.

The fact that the vessels are chartered would normally have no bearing on the colour scheme for the vessels, they have the Superfast & Seatruck twins on charter for the North Channel but they have been given a full Stena Line paint job, the fact that the Allegra and Flavia have been partially painted may mean they are not expected to remain on the routes for the future, or there are other plans for these vessels.

The Stena Germanica was involved in a collision in Gothenburg today as a smaller passenger ferry lost control and hit the stern of the Germanica.



Nice video on the HSS Voyager at the bottom of the page on the above link also.

Sorry, I should have went further on the above. Stena Alegra and Stena Flavia are on a time charter to Stena Line. The other 4 vessels you mention (Superfasts and Precision/Performer) are on bareboat charters. Type of charter andby whom these vessels are managed is why theyarent in the same livery.

 

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on August 14, 2013, 06:18:53 PM
Nice video of the Stena Alegra arriving in Gdynia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjp7xBxi7AY&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PLFEDCD9F30AE8E2C9

[media width=600]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjp7xBxi7AY&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PLFEDCD9F30AE8E2C9[/media]
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: day tripper on August 17, 2013, 03:36:24 PM
Hi,
I am new this this forum lark. A quick intro,I work in Rosslare Europort and have seen many changes over the last 20 years and am really wondering if anyone on here can add to speculation of a big announcement from Stena Line in September?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Captain Cadet on August 17, 2013, 05:54:57 PM
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Hi,
I am new this this forum lark. A quick intro,I work in Rosslare Europort and have seen many changes over the last 20 years and am really wondering if anyone on here can add to speculation of a big announcement from Stena Line in September?
Big announcement in September? Didn't even know their was one to be honest!
We haven't heared a thing but if their is one it will be about the stena Europe as she has had issues recently! Ill try to get some more details!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Niall on August 18, 2013, 01:54:46 AM
I am not aware of any major announcement from Stena Line regarding Irish Sea operations. My guess is any announcement is in relation to its Baltic operation.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: lynx1 on August 18, 2013, 01:06:34 PM
i have heared that some of the quay wall guys are going to lose there jobs, also they are either going to change the times of the stena europe or it`s going and they are getting a freight only ship for the winter and bring a passenger ship in for the summer.
The other one that i have heared is that the stena europe is going to be taken over by northen marine management and crewed by polish workers
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Captain Cadet on August 18, 2013, 03:32:57 PM
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i have heared that some of the quay wall guys are going to lose there jobs, also they are either going to change the times of the stena europe or it`s going and they are getting a freight only ship for the winter and bring a passenger ship in for the summer.
The other one that i have heared is that the stena europe is going to be taken over by northen marine management and crewed by polish workers
Really?
Wasn't execting that! Sad day for the staff and for stena Europe
But how have I managed to book a ticket to Ireland on the stena as a passenger not freight?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Fast Ferry Fan on August 18, 2013, 04:52:32 PM
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But how have I managed to book a ticket to Ireland on the stena as a passenger not freight?

When a company makes a major announcement there are obviously lot of people who have a lot of questions.  If they removed the possibility of booking from the engine all those questions would come before the implications and answers were ready.  The cost of transferring you to an alternative ferry if it were to happen would be insignificant compared to all the other costs involved.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on August 18, 2013, 06:41:55 PM
Going off topic here guys, - Stena Line Fleet Movements Thread -
I Have no idea what the announcement is expected to be but there has already been some discussion about a freight vessel replacing the Europe for the Winter, this will not be happening as the route carries more passengers than freight and would require a passenger vessel for the summer months, hardly cutting costs to have a passenger vessel laid up for the winter. If the Europe is to be replaced it will be by a vessel with passenger/frieght capability.

Whatever the news, it has already been stated by Stena Line that they are cutting costs across their operations with shore based jobs being cut and greater flexibility of the on board work force to be utilized.

Until the announcement is actually made (if one is to be made), please remember that the speculation is about real people and their jobs in real company, unless we know something for definite it is unwise to discuss these issues
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: HSS on August 18, 2013, 06:44:16 PM
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But how have I managed to book a ticket to Ireland on the stena as a passenger not freight?

When a company makes a major announcement there are obviously lot of people who have a lot of questions.  If they removed the possibility of booking from the engine all those questions would come before the implications and answers were ready.  The cost of transferring you to an alternative ferry if it were to happen would be insignificant compared to all the other costs involved.

Exactly, that's the reality I'm afraid but let's wait and see?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on August 18, 2013, 06:56:03 PM
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Stena RoRo have found work for the Clipper Pennant, currently heading for Rostock, Germany. Possibly to provide cover for a refit of one of the Stena/Scandlines fleet ?

The Clipper Pennant has been chartered out to Bluewater shipping for a four month period to assist in the construction of a windfarm.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Captain Cadet on August 18, 2013, 07:48:29 PM
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Going off topic here guys, - Stena Line Fleet Movements Thread -
I Have no idea what the announcement is expected to be but there has already been some discussion about a freight vessel replacing the Europe for the Winter, this will not be happening as the route carries more passengers than freight and would require a passenger vessel for the summer months, hardly cutting costs to have a passenger vessel laid up for the winter. If the Europe is to be replaced it will be by a vessel with passenger/frieght capability.

Whatever the news, it has already been stated by Stena Line that they are cutting costs across their operations with shore based jobs being cut and greater flexibility of the on board work force to be utilized.

Until the announcement is actually made (if one is to be made), please remember that the speculation is about real people and their jobs in real company, unless we know something for definite it is unwise to discuss these issues
Ok as long as I can get to Ireland but good point about the harbour.
I just hope she'll get replace with a moderner ferry.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: lynx1 on August 18, 2013, 07:53:22 PM
well said will not talk about this anymore
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on August 18, 2013, 08:24:41 PM
very valid point, to be honest all the posts regarding the future of europe and stena itself are merely speculation adding to hype, while itll make a thread more interesting it can also make a thread completely pointless too
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on August 18, 2013, 08:34:34 PM
Stena's New Blue Ocean could do with some fresh paint !

http://photos.marinetraffic.com/ais/showphoto.aspx?photoid=1345509&size=full

http://photos.marinetraffic.com/ais/showphoto.aspx?photoid=1215832&size=full

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on August 18, 2013, 08:35:46 PM
beautiful ship all the same, you know i never saw this one before
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on August 18, 2013, 09:27:50 PM
New Blue Ocean sails for Stena Daea Line on the Sokcho - Vladivostock/Zarubino route, the service has been in operation since March 2013.

http://stenadaea.com/eng/main.asp

http://stenadaea.com/eng/newblueocean/ship_info.asp

http://www.worldcargonews.com/htm/w20130305.550680.htm

Stena Daea Line is a joint venture between Stena International Freight and Daea and sails from South Korea to Russia.

More information here along with some photoshopped images of an Irish Sea Vessel

http://www.stena.com/en/our-business/Pages/stena-international-freight.aspx
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on August 18, 2013, 09:31:39 PM
any more details on the ship itself, loved seeing the plans, really want to know more about her origins now, im usually familiar with ferries but this one is new to me (although for some reason she looks quite familiar)
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on August 18, 2013, 09:35:31 PM
Originally a Japanese ferry

http://www.faktaomfartyg.se/new_orion_1989.htm

http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/de/shipdetails.aspx?MMSI=372875000
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on August 19, 2013, 11:16:14 AM
i cant help but see the resemblance between her and the Thomas Aquinas which is in the news for all the wrong reasons
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on August 19, 2013, 06:29:40 PM
Thought the same, quite possibly from the same family of ships, looks very similar at front with different bridge wings treatment and funnels etc are different, however hull form is nearly identical. No expert on the Japanese market vessels though, always very difficult to tell them apart.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on August 19, 2013, 06:44:03 PM
agreed, prob the same family or maybe over there they just mass produce along the same design lines
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on August 30, 2013, 11:33:40 PM
The Stena Alegra has not been upgraded inside as these images on the Stena Line PL website show, the vessel as yet to receive any of the current Stena on board branding.

http://www.stenaline.pl/en/ferries/our-ships/stena-alegra/onboard/

Obviously as the vessel is owned and operated by Stena RoRo this situation may change depending on how it settles into the route and Stena's future intentions for the vessel.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on September 19, 2013, 08:04:43 PM
The Stena Alegra has been involved in some technical shenanigans in Gydnia and has been prevented from sailing until they are put right, not really surprised given how long the vessel was laid up, would be surprised if this was the first inspection also.

http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=105&artikel=5650120

http://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/article17499755.ab

Shouldn't really have these issues with a passenger carrying ferry though.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on September 22, 2013, 12:22:59 PM
Due to the technical issues with the Stena Alegra it seems Stena are going to have a fleet wide check to make sure all systems are as they should be.

http://www.gp.se/ekonomi/1.2053474-stena-line-ser-over-alla-fartyg

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: HSS on September 22, 2013, 06:57:08 PM
Lets hope everything is ok with Adventurer & Nordica as I will be sailing on them next week!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on September 22, 2013, 09:02:09 PM
I would be fairly certain you wont have any issues, happy travelling
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Rob on September 22, 2013, 09:08:19 PM
In terms of HSS explorer; she's done until X-mas, laid up in Holyhaed? does anyone know whether she is due for a refit later in 2014?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on September 22, 2013, 09:39:34 PM
ive heard no mention of a refit for her as yet although i would assume at some point in 2014 she'll go through the anual thing
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: HSS on September 22, 2013, 10:18:26 PM
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I would be fairly certain you wont have any issues, happy travelling

Thank you giftgrub
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: HSS on September 22, 2013, 10:28:27 PM
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In terms of HSS explorer; she's done until X-mas, laid up in Holyhaed? does anyone know whether she is due for a refit later in 2014?

I think she was in Harland and Wolff in December 2012 for some work but has to be looked at every couple of years??
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Jjtdi on September 22, 2013, 11:34:36 PM
Has any 1 seen recent pictures of the hss voyager still think it a disgrace scrapping it she just like Concorde of the sea or the space shuttle  >:(
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: DublinPeter on September 23, 2013, 10:24:23 AM
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In terms of HSS explorer; she's done until X-mas, laid up in Holyhaed? does anyone know whether she is due for a refit later in 2014?

She is sorted and certified until the end of 2014 so shouldn't need a refit this year/next season.  There are cosmetic bits to be done and some furniture replacement but that will be done while she is laid up in Holyhead before her Christmas season (Dec 20th to Jan 5th) and her April to September summer season.

Pete
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: MerseyMan on September 24, 2013, 05:20:38 PM
Interestingly, the Stena Alegra is on the NMM management system, not Stena Line's. I'd be suprised if she lasts on this charter.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on September 24, 2013, 08:38:16 PM
Well after being laid up for so long, I think we probably need to forgive her for her current teething troubles. Hopefully Stena will give her a proper internal and external refit over the winter months, just like the Belfast twins.

Certainly things will be happening to all od the Stena owned Viscenti [sic] vessels over the next few months.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on September 24, 2013, 09:43:16 PM
Some jobs cuts coming for the port of Holyhead:

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/ferry-firm-stena-line-axe-6086344

FERRY firm Stena Line are set to axe 21 jobs in Holyhead as part of a major shake-up.

Stena Line announced a review across the company’s Europe-wide operations in April with up to 50 jobs under threat at Holyhead and Fishguard.

Today they confirmed 21 workers faced redundancy and a consultation with staff and unions has started.

It is understood 12 are in port handling operations and nine in finance.

Services from Holyhead to Dublin and Dun Laoghaire are not expected to be affected.

The cuts were triggered because Stena Line’s European ferry business has been operating at a financial loss.

A Stena Line spokesman said: “Our ferry operations have been losing money for a number of years which is clearly not a sustainable position.  Following a comprehensive review of our European operations, we have identified a number of areas in which we need to become more efficient and reduce our costs.

“Stena Line has now entered a period of discussions with staff and union representatives. In Holyhead,  approximately 21 positions are expected to be at a risk of redundancy under the Company proposals. However, until detailed consultation is completed Stena Line will not be in a position to clarify the actual number of job losses.

“This decision is a necessary one for the long term future of Stena Line and we do not expect service levels to be impacted by the proposed changes.”

Anglesey MP Albert Owen said: “While the Stena announcement is part of a UK fleet re-structuring the proposed 21 job losses would have a big impact on the local economy at a time of economic stagnation.

“Holyhead is among the best performing ports in the UK Stena fleet and it should be treated as such, and not just as part of a European-wide restructuring exercise.

“The Stena shore side staff and those  onboard its ships have contributed to strong performances on the Holyhead/Irish routes.

“It is time for Stena Line to look to the future and enhance the Port of Holyhead to maximise the potential of the energy sector and increasing cruise sector as well as its ferry business.

“Strategically Holyhead is well placed to be the major port on the Western seaboard of Britain – and central to Irish Sea developments.

“This will bring huge financial benefits and if Stena Line does not grasp this then other ports will. I have raised this with senior managers and the Secretary of State for Wales.

“Over the coming weeks I will be continuing to make the case and meeting with unions/managers to limit the impact of this announcement and encouraging planning for the future to bring benefits to the Port and the region."

One of the largest privately-owned shipping companies in the world, Swedish-based Stena Line run ferries along several routes in the Irish Sea, North Sea and Scandinavia.

As part of its Anglesey operations, the company runs three vessels between Holyhead and the Irish Republic.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: DublinPeter on September 25, 2013, 03:23:31 PM
Quick query on the location and workloads of two former Stena Dun Laoghaire vessels:

Stena Lynx I (I think it became Mandarin after a while?). I know she was in Pusan some years ago but no idea if she is still working.

Stena Lynx III (Sunflower II then Orange). Saw a picture of her painted into a new livery but no idea if she ever went into service.

Mandarin in particular must be nearly 20 years old at this stage - would be interested to see if she is still operational.

Pete
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on September 25, 2013, 04:57:14 PM
Jaume I (Lynx I) is still in service on the CIUDADELA/ALCUDIA route

Orange I (Lynx III) appears to still be in service but im not sure exactly where but its Jeju to somewhere i believe
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on September 25, 2013, 06:38:30 PM
I've heard from a friend of a friend (always the most reliable source of information ;D) that the Stena Nordica has been told she will be moving to the Rosslare / Fishguard run and a similar size vessel to the Stena Adventurer will replace the Nordica.
No time scale was mentioned but my friend got the impression it would be sooner rather than later.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on September 25, 2013, 07:32:26 PM
she has been here before, i wonder did she make a good impression, id like to see her here but id also miss the europe, shes become like part of the harbour at this stage
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Fast Ferry Fan on September 25, 2013, 09:14:58 PM
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I've heard from a friend of a friend (always the most reliable source of information ;D) that the Stena Nordica has been told she will be moving to the Rosslare / Fishguard run and a similar size vessel to the Stena Adventurer will replace the Nordica.
No time scale was mentioned but my friend got the impression it would be sooner rather than later.

Can't imagine the Nordica is anywhere near big enough to handle the summer traffic on the summer corridor on her own, so I'd take that rumour with a very big pinch of salt.

A larger vessel to replace the Nordica on Dublin / Holyhead would suggest they might pull the Explorer, as both her summertime sailings are about 90mins before and 90 minutes after a current Nordica sailing.  They would have to be confident that the sailing public prefers a reliable large vessel to the IF Dublin Swift.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Captain Cadet on September 25, 2013, 09:24:34 PM
I have also heared that rumor a few times before so it could be possible. Athough this is a funny rumor, stena may have another smaller boat during the summer so when one in rosslare, the others in Fishguard and so on. I know it's odd so take it with a pinch of salt
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on September 25, 2013, 09:26:42 PM
As I've just mentioned in another post, these forums are all about speculation, rumours and half truths but I've heard this a couple of times now and the latest is from someone who knows someone (without mentioning where) and they are pretty confident it will happen.
Watch this space in the next 12 months. 8-)

As for the Nordica not handling the summer traffic, why have a big ship sailing around empty for most of the year where it's big PC is only needed for a few weeks every year where as a smaller ship with reduced running costs could be nearly full or full all of the year. A smaller ship will also use less fuel which is a major expense for any shipping company at the moment. As keeps being posted on here the Fishguard traffic is at a low so why have a big ship on that run.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Captain Cadet on September 25, 2013, 10:02:09 PM
So when do you expect the nortica replacing stena Europe?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on September 26, 2013, 06:30:07 AM
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So when do you expect the nortica replacing stena Europe?

As I said above, no definitive time scale was mentioned but it was thought that it would be happening within the next 12 months.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: FerryMan on September 26, 2013, 11:41:18 AM
MAKman I have heard this before as well. Now with the Explorer gone off the  route the Nordica is operating a standby list most days for passengers due to her low PC. As well with Stena having so many large companies(boots, B&Q, Poundworld, Maxi & others) drop trailers work for all of the Irish Sea routes. I guessing that a lot of cheap contracted  trailers have to be shipped on the Adventurer at night losing them money that they could get a higher rate at night from artic’s over these drops. Form what I can see drop trailer business has been increasing over the last year. I heard as well that there is a lot of units trying to get on the Nordica ex Holyhead as there is no other freight vessel sailing from Holyhead at her times.

I think Irish Ferries are missing some of this business not having a freight vessel competing with the Nordica. If the HSS goes for good I think the Swift could be gone in around 12 months of that after they build up the HSS business. If Irish Ferries/Stena could get something like a superfast they could clean up on passenger & freight business.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Davy Jones on September 26, 2013, 12:17:30 PM
Surely if Nordica is having problems with being full due to her exclusive sailing times, could they not just reverse roles with the Adventurer?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Fast Ferry Fan on September 26, 2013, 01:41:17 PM
Presumably the configuration is the way it is because most business wants to leave the Dublin / Holyhead at the current departure times, so IF and Stena fight over it with the Adventurer and Ulyses departing at the same time.

There were not capacity issues in the past because the Explorer (with plenty of capacity) had a morning and afternoon crossing very similar to the current Nordica sailing until 2008.

You can see why moving the Nordica to Fishguard / Rosslare does make sense because for most of the year its capacity is more in line with demand, creating cost-saving opportunities if the extra summer demand can be catered for separately.

Revenue can then be increased at the same time on the central corridor by increasing capacity.

This might suggest either a new lease of life for the Explorer if the benefits outweigh the costs (highly unlikely I suppose, but a possible short-term solution) or as was suggested above, a slower vessel similar to the Adventurer.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: FerryMan on September 26, 2013, 04:54:40 PM
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a similar size vessel to the Stena Adventurer will replace the Nordica.

Any idea which vessel this could be?

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: FerryMan on September 26, 2013, 05:00:26 PM
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Surely if Nordica is having problems with being full due to her exclusive sailing times, could they not just reverse roles with the Adventurer?

The Nordica would be to small in lane meters & PC to cover the Adventurers slot as seen when she coved the Adventurers dry docking & then Finnarrow had her mishap bring back the Exporler.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on September 26, 2013, 06:35:18 PM
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a similar size vessel to the Stena Adventurer will replace the Nordica.

Any idea which vessel this could be?


No sorry, just something of similar size to the Adventurer.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on September 26, 2013, 07:50:12 PM
10 years ago of course that candidate would've been the now Stena Scandinavica, which of course is the Adventurer's true sister. Obviously she's ruled out of the running because a) she's too long now and b) she seems to be working perfectly well between Gothenburg-Kiel with her cousin the Germanica.
Stena could get the old 2000 Stena Britannica which I think is now Finnlines' Finnfellow.... or they could charter back the Finnarrow  ;D !!!!

How was the Nordica at Fishguard? Could Stena refurbish and upgrade her to say the Lagan/Mersey standards and more?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: FerryMan on September 26, 2013, 08:31:17 PM
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or they could charter back the Finnarrow  ;D !!!!

It wont be Finnarrow now called Euroferry brindisi. The EUROFERRY BRINDISI has been bareboat-chartered to Grimaldi for five years. Finnfellow only has a PC of 452, not much more than Nordica's PC of 405.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on September 27, 2013, 02:38:24 PM
I know, that was one of the reasons why I put the laughing sign. Well that could spruce the Finnfellow up, with the similar upgrade to the Stena Lagan and Mersey (and do the same to the Nordica) and maybe extend her accommodation and capacity a bit.
This just an idea of course.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: HSS on September 27, 2013, 10:11:02 PM
I think the Nordica times are great if you want to travel from the UK to Dublin. I normally sail out to Dublin on the Friday morning sailing and come back on the Sunday afternoon sailing to Holyhead. The Sunday afternoon sailing to Holyhead is always very busy everytime I have been on but a lack of seats onboard is always  a problem.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on October 02, 2013, 06:30:50 PM
Some images of the Stena Voyager being dismantled in Landskrona are on the BBC Newsline Facebook page:


https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=643655172333041

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=643659142332644&set=pb.197313523633877.-2207520000.1380734837.&type=3&theater

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Rob on October 02, 2013, 07:01:29 PM
painful to see, but nice to keep up to date!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: HSS on October 02, 2013, 10:41:05 PM
Not Irish Sea but Stena Britannica is on Quest TV tonight 11.00pm!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on October 02, 2013, 11:52:14 PM
Thanks for the notice, always enjoy that show, especially when they talk about double deck loading as if it was a totally amazing invention.

Also full album of the HSS Stena Voyager's dismantling on BBC facebook here:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.643659075665984.1073741853.197313523633877&type=1
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: pjamieson267 on October 03, 2013, 06:56:15 PM
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Thanks for the notice, always enjoy that show, especially when they talk about double deck loading as if it was a totally amazing invention.

Also full album of the HSS Stena Voyager's dismantling on BBC facebook here:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.643659075665984.1073741853.197313523633877&type=1
"It is very sad to see Stena Voyager is dismantling". :'(
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: HSS on October 03, 2013, 09:26:40 PM
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Thanks for the notice, always enjoy that show, especially when they talk about double deck loading as if it was a totally amazing invention.

Yes, I did find that amusing!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: HSS on October 03, 2013, 09:47:06 PM
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Also full album of the HSS Stena Voyager's dismantling on BBC facebook here:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.643659075665984.1073741853.197313523633877&type=1

Looks like its well underway and being done in a dignified manner. Still think Voyager is too young to be scrapped but a sign of the times I suppose.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on October 04, 2013, 11:55:15 AM
Travelled on Stena Adventurer last night , would normally go with Irish Ferries from Dublin but since their website repeatedly refused to accept my booking I went with Stena instead.
I was quite surprised by how scruffy Stena Adventurer is (just to clarify by scruffy I mean her fixtures and fittings were showing signs of heavy wear and tear , the ship was spotlessly clean for the most part and presented as well as possible) .
Her internal layout leaves a lot to be desired , I get the feeling the 2009 reconfiguration was botched and the layout of her facilities is really very clumsey and at first glance not very well thought out , if it were me I would be slow to use whatever contractor did that job again , a pity as Stena Adventurer is an impressive vessel , I would even go as far as urging Stena to look again at her internal configuration , there is no need to go mad and spend big money ripping out what is already there , but some smart re-arrangement of fixtures , fittings and layouts would go a long way to realising that ships full potential.
Other than that , cabins (and layout of cabin block) excellent , crew working to their usual high standard ( and well done to Stena for still having a large number of local crews aboard their ships) and a final note is that there is currently great value to be had in the cafeteria , the offers appear to differ from sailing to sailing , but the evening sailing from Dublin has a full dinner for Ł5 , and the overnight sailing from Holyhead had a big breakfast for Ł4.99 (and it was a BIG breakfast)
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: HSS on October 05, 2013, 09:07:41 PM
Was it busy, how many people on board?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on October 05, 2013, 11:25:46 PM
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I was quite surprised by how scruffy Stena Adventurer is (just to clarify by scruffy I mean her fixtures and fittings were showing signs of heavy wear and tear , the ship was spotlessly clean for the most part and presented as well as possible) .

I don't know how extensive the refurbishment work carried out from building has been, but remember reading that the Korean built ships where found not to have the same quality of fittings as those built in Europe, hence Stena building the replacements for the Hoek in Europe.  However, you would think this would have been rectified in the subsequent refurbishments in 2009 and 2011?  AFAIK Figura did the design work for the reconfiguration btw.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on October 06, 2013, 01:51:29 AM
HSS wrote Yesterday at 21:07:
Was it busy, how many people on board?


Depends how you look at it , on both crossings the vehicle decks were all but full , but it was mostly with drop trailers , in terms of passengers there were about a dozen foot passengers each way , the 2115 sailing from Dublin managed to sell out all cabins however there was availability on the 0230 sailing from Holyhead , not too many private motorists on either sailing.




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I was quite surprised by how scruffy Stena Adventurer is (just to clarify by scruffy I mean her fixtures and fittings were showing signs of heavy wear and tear , the ship was spotlessly clean for the most part and presented as well as possible) .

I don't know how extensive the refurbishment work carried out from building has been, but remember reading that the Korean built ships where found not to have the same quality of fittings as those built in Europe, hence Stena building the replacements for the Hoek in Europe.  However, you would think this would have been rectified in the subsequent refurbishments in 2009 and 2011?  AFAIK Figura did the design work for the reconfiguration btw.

Interesting that Figura designed that layout , its a complete mess , must have been a rush job , the facilities themselves are stylish and attractive , but floorplans are a disgrace , wasted space everywhere , and given that space is the most precious commodity on a ship its surprising to see so much of it wasted , deck 7 is a complete mess , on boarding the ship when you enter the passenger area you are greeted by a closed down shop that looks abandoned since 2009 , you must then cross a closed down resturaunt to get to the well hidden reception , the forward facing pullman lounge with big panoramic windows looks well , but its got about one fifth of the seats the space can hold and most of the seats in that section are broken or defective in some way.
The quality of fixtures and fittings were indeed low , I also have heard about quality on Asian built ships and it seems Stena Line are not immune , I was particularly struck by how flimsy cabin doors were and the number of non-working toilets and sinks was a surprise along with the low pressure of the showers , lots of loose panels everywhere and corrosion around one of the generator rooms looked like something normally found on a ship 40 or more years old.
I dont want to sound like I'm having a go at Stena Line , but Stena Adventurer did not come up to the standard usually found on Stena Line vessels , while the ship does not have any major problems (that I could see) it does need some work and some TLC , and a rethink of the internal layout is badly needed , like I said it does not need big money spent , just some clever re-arranging , overall I have to say Stena Adventurer is a fine ship , just a shame someone ruined the passenger area's.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on October 06, 2013, 07:02:12 AM
Apparently there was a huge amount of money to upgrade the public areas of the Adventurer in the refit earlier this year but then the money was pulled at the 11th hour.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Davy Jones on October 06, 2013, 11:57:09 AM
Perhaps a major refit next year then. After all, they've still not put the "Making good time" logo on yet.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on October 06, 2013, 07:01:01 PM
There is no major refit is due for the Adventurer in the near future, however there are plans for a  reconfiguration of the major areas on Deck 7, a refurb for the Stena+ lounge and also work to the shopping areas to be carried out during November, in time for the Christmas rush.

The Adventurer was originally intended to provide extra capacity if the HSS was not sailing and to have the ability to switch from low passenger to high passenger configuration, I think that is possibly the original cause of the confused layout that exists onboard.

Also when ordered the Adventurer was completed with a much higher passenger capacity than its Stena Britannica sister ship and both were provided with a base interior by builders Samsung and the Adventurers interior was originally completed during its delivery voyage.

There are plenty of onboard images of the Adventurer on Scott Mackeys Flickr site here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/sets/72157623457108720/

And more info on the Adventurer here:

http://www.sealink-holyhead.net/#!stena-adventurer-ii/casr

Obviously with Stena's new low cost mantra and cost cutting mantra, the days of multi million euro refits will be a thing of the past until the company returns to profit.

http://www.goteborgdaily.se/stena-line-to-save-1-billion-kronor

And finally the Cotentin - Brittany Ferries modern freight vessel which has been listed for sale/charter has finished service on the English channel and is heading for Gdansk, I wonder will Stena Line charter/buy the Cotentin either to replace the Stena Alegra or one of the other freight vessels they are running in the Baltic (Ask or Urd) being two candidates.

http://photos.marinetraffic.com/ais/showphoto.aspx?photoid=1424310&size=full
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: HSS on October 06, 2013, 08:39:50 PM
I think the Stena Adventurer is a great ship doing a great job...just needs a bit of TLC! Scott Mackeys Flickr site is excellent.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on October 06, 2013, 08:56:04 PM
it is a great ship, by all accounts she really just needs a refit, hopefully stena have noticed this too and will address this issue, she's a relatively young ship and smashing looking too, i think therell be a lot of time for her to get a refit
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on October 08, 2013, 02:29:31 AM
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Also when ordered the Adventurer was completed with a much higher passenger capacity than its Stena Britannica sister ship and both were provided with a base interior by builders Samsung and the Adventurers interior was originally completed during its delivery voyage.

There are plenty of onboard images of the Adventurer on Scott Mackeys Flickr site here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/sets/72157623457108720/

And more info on the Adventurer here:

http://www.sealink-holyhead.net/#!stena-adventurer-ii/casr

Obviously with Stena's new low cost mantra and cost cutting mantra, the days of multi million euro refits will be a thing of the past until the company returns to profit.

http://www.goteborgdaily.se/stena-line-to-save-1-billion-kronor

And finally the Cotentin - Brittany Ferries modern freight vessel which has been listed for sale/charter has finished service on the English channel and is heading for Gdansk, I wonder will Stena Line charter/buy the Cotentin either to replace the Stena Alegra or one of the other freight vessels they are running in the Baltic (Ask or Urd) being two candidates.

http://photos.marinetraffic.com/ais/showphoto.aspx?photoid=1424310&size=full
The Britannica/Adventurer where built at Hyundai Heavy Industries IIRC.  As margins continue to come under pressure and non-accompanied traffic becomes the source of an even greater proportion of the ferry companies income its hardly surprising that costs are being cut on parts of the vessels that aren't going to be used/seen by a large percentage of where the revenue comes from.  Do haulage companies really care about the quality of fittings?  The Superferry has had its day. 

My family and myself tolerated both generations of the basic Vissentini interiors on the Norse Irish/Merchant Ferries/Norfolk Line ships between Belfast and Liverpool (and to be honest the ships where more than adequate) which where clearly designed with tourist traffic as a secondary consideration.  While the Stena refits on the newer pair of former Vikings have been extensive, issues do still remain (not least the paper thin walls, excessive vibration in some passenger areas - I wonder if you get noise isolating headphones in the cinema, etc) but in reality the vast majority of passengers wont care so long as they get a decent meal and a good nights sleep (and a helpful and friendly crew makes more of an impression than fixture quality IMHO).  In all honesty we preferred the "Super Cruise" experience to the Superfasts on the Northern Corridor.

Contentin has been rumored to be available for a while so you would think that if Stena did have an interest they would already have a role in mind.  Is there any particular reason she is going to Gdansk for layup instead of a French port?  I heard rumors of a refit being carried out there of which their would be no point if she was going for layup rather than charter.  There was a bit of chatter on the BFE forum of her going to DFDS but with passenger accommodation added she would be quite a similar proposition to the Barfleur.

Although she is a freighter the Armorique design IS based on the Contentin (the hull form is said to be identical for example) so their may be scope for conversion/rebuilding into a proper ropax with good passenger facilities if such a ship was required - would be much cheaper than a new build as well.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on October 08, 2013, 04:11:34 AM
It is true that a friendly crew and good food make a good first impression , however when I say the fixtures and fittings are poor I am referring to things like the first cabin I was allocated did not have a working toilet , shower or sink , the second choice cabin had the same issues , the third cabin while did have working shower and toilet , the latch on the cabin door was so poor that the door would not stay closed unassisted while the vessel was pitching at sea , several other passengers also had issues with cabin doors that night (one of which point blank refused to open much to the frusteration of the crew member trying to deal with it) , also on deck 9 were several "trip hazards" where carpeting had come away from the floor , these can leave a very bad impression on people using Stena Line for the first time and may not be aware that these conditions are not Stena's usual form.
I suspect Giftgrub is correct in relation to the floorplans , if you assume there was an intention to close off deck 7 completely and only use deck 8 for off peak seasons , this would make a lot of sense in terms of how it came to be laid out as is , the fact Stena are going to reconfigure deck 7 means that they are aware of the issues. As I said Stena Adventurer is not a bad ship by any means , she just needs a bit of work and some TLC , if anything I would be keen to see what Stena do to rectify the issues as I am sure they will impress.
It should be noted that declining passenger numbers in the ferry industry is a situation almost unique to Ireland and the UK , everywhere else in the EU (and beyond) ferry traffic is in growth , this is driven in part by travelers being more eco friendly (the carbon footprint of an air traveler is 10 times that of a ferry traveler) , I would expect the trend in Ireland and the UK to reverse when the EU begins to apply punitive carbon taxes on aviation fuel within the next 2 years , Ryanair's Micheal O Leary is on the record as saying "the era of cheap air travel is coming to an end in the not too distant future" , there are some in the airline industry predicting an increase of 500% in air fares over the next few years (many forget that in 1993 it cost Ł500 to fly from Cork to London return with Ryanair!!!! , many predict that the industry will be going back to that) , most EU countries are already planning for this , except Ireland and the UK as usual.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on October 08, 2013, 02:07:31 PM
Going a lot off topic but AIS is showing Contentin not only in Gdansk but it would appear she is at Remontowa (or blocking the entrance to one of the dry docks anyways!).  I'm not aware of any damage to her and she had a refit last August.  Perhaps her future has already been agreed?

One faulty cabin can be forgiven as an oversight but 3 in a row is unacceptable IMHO.  Its a shame that her accommodation has got to this stage as she is an impressive looking vessel.  Hopefully there are plans to rectify the situation through either ongoing onboard maintenance or scheduled refit. 

I sincerely hope passenger numbers do pick up for the ferry industry but the fact remains that haulage is a much steadier year round source of income for the ferry companies.  With no duty free to subsidise fares I doubt we are going to see any huge increase in the luxuriousness of our ferries.  However its surely in the ferry companies best interests to ensure robust fixtures and fittings are used if only to reduce ongoing maintenance/replacement costs.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on October 08, 2013, 08:19:41 PM
The Duty Free issue has been a sore one , while operators in Ireland , France and the UK have been badly effected by its loss , routes from Spain to the Canary Islands and North African countries , medeteranian services moving outside the EU and services operating to EU states from Norway and the Faro Islands are all uneffected as Duty Free sales are still booming on those routes , if anything it should be put to the EU that ferry operators who can alter their routes to move outside EU regulatory area's have a distinct unfair advantage over EU operators.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on October 08, 2013, 09:15:05 PM
what was the idea behind removing duty free? another money making scam by the big wigs?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on October 09, 2013, 08:32:40 AM
IIRC it was to keep tax revenues in countries, I.e. to stop people avoiding tax by going on day trips etc.  Iirc not all EU countries where in favour but some sort of deal was done along the lines of do this and we'll let you have this (as with most things in politics).
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Davy Jones on October 09, 2013, 09:17:52 AM
From what I remember, the mark-ups were so much that it was cheaper to buy booze in the supermarket anyway than duty free on a voyage.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on October 09, 2013, 02:26:26 PM
My bad mixing up Hyundai and Samsung as the Adventurers builder the power of advertising, was using a Samsung tablet at the time.

The Cotentin is being refitted and debranded in Rementowa before starting work for its new operator. I think it could be Stena to replace the Alegra which can then replace the Ask or Urd on the Baltic or it could be for DFDS on one of their freight routes.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: HSS on October 09, 2013, 08:56:03 PM
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these can leave a very bad impression on people using Stena Line for the first time and may not be aware that these conditions are not Stena's usual form.

That's a very good point, I suppose it becomes the norm for those of us that sail on a regular basis.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on October 10, 2013, 08:43:51 PM
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My bad mixing up Hyundai and Samsung as the Adventurers builder the power of advertising, was using a Samsung tablet at the time.

The Cotentin is being refitted and debranded in Rementowa before starting work for its new operator. I think it could be Stena to replace the Alegra which can then replace the Ask or Urd on the Baltic or it could be for DFDS on one of their freight routes.
Brittany Ferries tweet says she's being dry docked and overhauled.  We should find out soon enough where she is going as doubt they would be doing this to have her sitting still for an indefinite period of time

https://mobile.twitter.com/BrittanyFerries/status/387548419306188800/photo/1?screen_name=BrittanyFerries
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on October 10, 2013, 08:51:20 PM
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My bad mixing up Hyundai and Samsung as the Adventurers builder the power of advertising, was using a Samsung tablet at the time..
LOL, the Transporter and Transit being built at Samsung probably didn't help either!  Just reminds us how diverse these companies operations are!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on October 12, 2013, 05:46:52 PM
Quite a few rumours (unconfirmed) that Stena have chartered/bought the Cotentin and intend to use it as a replacement for the Stena Alegra on the Gydnia route.

The future destination for the Alegra has been mentioned as a potential replacement for the Stena Europe, however with a passenger capacity of 400 this is highly unlikely to happen.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on October 12, 2013, 08:29:03 PM
I could see Stena Allegra indirectly replacing Stena Europe , Stena Allegra is no stranger to Dublin Port and I'd say thats where its heading , which in turn would release Stena Nordica to Rosslare , given that both Stena Allegra and Stena Nordica would need a capacity increase for Rosslare - Fishguard as Nordica is not a Stena Ro/Ro vessel my money is on her for the passenger increase , in saying that , it would not be any great surprise to see Cotentin turn up in Dublin either.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Captain Cadet on October 13, 2013, 09:15:07 PM
From my understanding in Fishguard and speaking to people who understand the harbour I am happy to say that the Stena Nordica replacing the Stena Europe. This is expected to take place in January/February.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on October 13, 2013, 09:58:23 PM
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From my understanding in Fishguard and speaking to people who understand the harbour I am happy to say that the Stena Nordica replacing the Stena Europe. This is expected to take place in January/February.

Not doubting the accuracy of your information, but without a major increase in passenger capacity the Nordica is too small to run the route during peak traffic times, Christmas, Easter, Summer, mid term breaks etc would leave the ship fully booked months in advance and Stena sending customers elsewhere, the issue has always been the need for a 1,000 passenger capacity for peak operation and the ability to then reduce the passenger certificate for offpeak operation without the passengers noticing the reduction in services. The Europe is due to refit in January and the Nordica could be covering for this.

If the Cotentin is purchased it would free up the Alegra to provide refit cover for that period on the Irish Sea /Swedish routes.

I think some interesting moves are being planned and the Rosslare route will get a renewed focus as it has survived the cost cutting regime and we will see some fresh tonnage within the next twelve months. (Not that there is anything wrong with the Europe that a few million euros investment in the technical side wouldn't solve, but age is against the ship now). 
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Captain Cadet on October 13, 2013, 10:42:49 PM
Bit more information
The Nortica move will be "temporary" while the Stena Europe would be put up for market. The money gained from that and other investment will mean new tonnage will be brought. This will have to be second hand due to low profits.
No timeframe I know has been given for this apart for the swop happing In January/February and if not enough money is produced for a new ship the stena Nortica will be refitted in 2014/2015 off season to carry more passengers.
Also berthing trials will happen for the Stena Nortica in January.
This is all from the same sources as the other post.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on October 13, 2013, 11:14:43 PM
Are we sure its Stena Nordica that is expected to move to Rosslare? the reason I ask is that pending an aquisition by Stena Line (believed to be the cancelled Scandlines twins) Stena Nautica is expected to transfer within the company , given that Stena Nautica has worked out of Rosslare before (as B&I's Isle of Innisfree) and the Nautica has the required vehicle and passenger capacity , I'd be watching Stena Nautica and not Stena Nordica.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on October 14, 2013, 03:38:35 AM
id love to see the nautica here, i think stena europe was deliberately run a little slower than in previous years on its crossings this year in order to save on fuel, at least thats what i heard a while back, to be hones i hadnt noticed however if they are happy with slightly slower crossing times nautica may be a good bet as it is quite a slow ship, that being said im not sure ho economical she is, in any case i would love to see her here
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Captain Cadet on October 14, 2013, 08:48:03 AM
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id love to see the nautica here, i think stena europe was deliberately run a little slower than in previous years on its crossings this year in order to save on fuel, at least thats what i heard a while back, to be hones i hadnt noticed however if they are happy with slightly slower crossing times nautica may be a good bet as it is quite a slow ship, that being said im not sure ho economical she is, in any case i would love to see her here
I don't know myself. All rumors point towards the Stena Nordica replacing the Europe but also the stena nautica is another candidate.
Personaly I think some of us are getting confused between names.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: overboard on October 14, 2013, 02:30:18 PM
from shippax.se


COTENTIN snapped up by Stena
The closure of Brittany Ferries freight route between Poole and Santander now makes more sense after it was revealed that the vessel goes to Stena RoRo.

The 2,188 lanemetre and 160 driver/passenger vessel is rumoured to be renamed STENA BALTICA and will take over from the STENA ALEGRA on the Gdynia - Karlskrona route. The vessel was built in Finland in 2007. The vessel is understood to be very suitable for conversion, possibly adding extra passenger capacity or even by lengthening.

and more...,

Stena buys more Visentinis
Stena RoRo is understood to have purchased three Visentini class ro-paxes in a move designed to strengthen its hold on the ro-pax charter market and also to give the company opportunity to expand with new routes.

The fast approaching 2015 SECA deadline must also play a significant role with Stena looking for modern economic vessels which could be more easily converted for methanol or be retrofitted with scrubbers. The Visentini-class ticks all the boxes as they are powered by just two MAN medium speed main engines and have a relatively spacious casing and funnel.

Stena is reported to have paid €48m en-bloc for the 2002 built TRINACRIA and PARTENOPE. A comparable newbuilding would today cost more than three times as much so Stena is clearly hedging their bets. After some major investments in new tonnage for Hook of Holland routes, a prudent “wait and see” policy could wait until the full effects of 2015 are learned.

Stena are known to have been looking on the market for highly flexible ro-pax newbuildings which could conceivably be slotted into a wide variety of Stena’s routes. Beyond the two ex-TTT ships, Stena is known to have also looked at the HOA SEN, a Visentini class ro-pax laid up in Vietnam.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on October 14, 2013, 07:30:58 PM
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Bit more information
The Nortica move will be "temporary" while the Stena Europe would be put up for market. The money gained from that and other investment will mean new tonnage will be brought. This will have to be second hand due to low profits.
No timeframe I know has been given for this apart for the swop happing In January/February and if not enough money is produced for a new ship the stena Nortica will be refitted in 2014/2015 off season to carry more passengers.
Also berthing trials will happen for the Stena Nortica in January.
This is all from the same sources as the other post.

Not sure what vessel you are referring to here, the Stena Nordica or Stena Nautica would not need to conduct berthing trials in either Rosslare or Fishguard, the Nordica sailed on the route in January, the Stena Nautica has been converted to double deck loading and would be of no use in Fishguard.

As predicted the Cotentin now Stena Baltica will replace the Stena Alegra on the Gydina route and free up the Stena Alegra for another route within the company.

Image of the soon to be Stena Baltica in Gdansk
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=649512835081703&set=a.183338518365806.41044.171281966238128&type=1&theater

The purchase of the three Visentini ships could have a massive impact on Irish Sea services, they are all sister ships of the Stena Forwarder which served on the Dublin - Holyhead route and all can be converted to drive through with the addition of a bow door.

It is not beyond the realms of possibility that one of the purchases will be sent to Fishguard.

Details of the three Visentini vessels whose purchase was confirmed today:

http://www.ferry-site.dk/ferry.php?id=9243423&lang=en

http://www.ferry-site.dk/ferry.php?id=9261542&lang=en

http://www.ferry-site.dk/ferry.php?id=9243447&lang=en

and here is what they may look like: Obviously with the updated Stena Line Branding.

http://www.faktaomfartyg.se/stena_forwarder_2001.htm

All will need a substantial investment to bring them up to date but offer very low running costs and and easy to manage maintenance.

Of course as they have been purchased by Stena RoRo they might all be chartered out to other operators but it is unlikely this will happen.

http://www.tttlines.it/en/fleet.php

http://www.tttlines.it/en/gallery.php
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Captain Cadet on October 14, 2013, 10:39:18 PM
The purchase of the Visentini ships seem very in stressing but I am still sticking to my sources to Fishguard. These May effect up in Holyhead but right now I'm sticking to my sources.
I'll update you when I hear more.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on October 15, 2013, 01:40:12 AM
frankly i think your sources may be flawed as i think you may be, im not sure of these sources you speak of but generally they just (or you just) seem to be gossip mongering, its all well and good to stir the pot and blame the stirring on un-named sources but to be honest in this forum posts with basis are a lot more welcomed than posts that are obviously baseless and seem to be the ramblings of god knows what, while this may seem harsh if you review the vast majority of your posts they have a lot of grammar and spelling errors and mostly seem to be based on this informant you have who seems to be away with the fairies
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: SEA on October 15, 2013, 05:36:38 AM
FYI...
Stena fowarder was very un realiable on the Irish sea in bad weather as she had poor sea keeping qualities . And bow thrusters were not powerful enough. The ship was only chartertered to compete with Ulysses while adventurer was being constructed.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Matt73 on October 15, 2013, 05:32:53 PM
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FYI...
Stena fowarder was very un realiable on the Irish sea in bad weather as she had poor sea keeping qualities . And bow thrusters were not powerful enough. The ship was only chartertered to compete with Ulysses while adventurer was being constructed.

thanks for all of this fascinating information.  was going to say the same of the old forwarder.  however, i'm sure stena ro/ro will undertake the necessary improvements to make the ships appropriate and suitable for the routes.  the forwarder was a disaster when she was at holyhead. 

M
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on October 15, 2013, 08:41:47 PM
Things are about to get quite interesting on the Irish Sea, as pointed out by other posters the Stena Forwarder was not great on the Dublin - Hoyhead route due mainly to being a stern loader and poor thrusters, the three purchased Visentini's are due to be converted to drive through with rebuilt bows and extra thruster power can be provided.

Another potential surprise is that two of the vessels could end up on the North Channel as replacements for the Superfast twins - at first one would think -no way, however the Superfasts are fuel hungry, expensive charter fees to pay, limited deck heights (not all lanes are max height), possibly too luxurious for the routes operation.

The Superfasts do offer double deck loading and unloading, are modern, reliable, cost a small fortune to convert for the route, docking is nearly automated, offer an unrivalled service on the North Channel but are they making enough money to cover the operational costs ?

It is quite possible that all three purchased ferries after conversion will arrive on the Irish Sea, with the Rosslare and Belfast routes getting replacement vessels slashing operating costs and having a common engineering platform on five ferries - Stena Lagan/Mersey/ 3 purchases leaving Dublin - Holyhead with the Adventurer/Nordica combination.

of course Stena could renew the charter for the Superfasts in the morning and give the Europe the much needed technical refit in January and leave everything as is, but will they ?

Images of the Partenope and Trinacria from Marine Traffic, Hoa Sen as Vina Shin Price from Shipspotting (http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/search.php?query=VINA+SHIN+PRINCE&x=25&y=3)
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on October 15, 2013, 11:59:45 PM
Looking at the 3 new purchases , if you are going to rebuild the bows I would think it would'nt be too much of a stretch to alter them for double deck loading either.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on October 16, 2013, 09:55:51 AM
Very interesting news. Remember that Stena have the Stena Feronia/Dublin Viking under their belt too- another Visentini.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on October 16, 2013, 06:37:40 PM
If what Giftgrub saying above is correct about the Superfasts no wonder Stena Ferries are not making money. They spent a small fortune adapting them to suit their operation then after two years operation they are giving them back to the owners presumably after spending another small fortune returning them to original condition.
Then the ships they plan to replace them with have to be converted to fit a bow door - that will not be cheap either. Stena must have more money than sense.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on October 16, 2013, 07:57:26 PM
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If what Giftgrub saying above is correct about the Superfasts no wonder Stena Ferries are not making money. They spent a small fortune adapting them to suit their operation then after two years operation they are giving them back to the owners presumably after spending another small fortune returning them to original condition.
Then the ships they plan to replace them with have to be converted to fit a bow door - that will not be cheap either. Stena must have more money than sense.

There is no guarantee that this will happen, its just a possibility and remember the vessels could be easily rechartered and deployed elsewhere as day ferries by either Stena or another operator, also Stena could use two of the Visentini's to replace the Ask/Urd on the Baltic Sea operations, It just not impossible that we could see all three on the Irish Sea

The Cotentin is out of dry dock in Rementowa and is alongside one of the quays, presumably completing its refit and safety inspections.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: HSS on October 16, 2013, 08:53:49 PM
Any members work for Stena Line? Can you confirm any of this? Do you have some inside information......don't worry, we won't tell anybody!!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Matt73 on October 16, 2013, 11:22:12 PM
I thought I had heard it all until I saw Giftrub's post about the Superfasts!  What a fiasco, if that is true.

They might be more suitable for Gothenburg-Frederikshavn, although the ports would need to be converted to double-deck loading, as they are currently sideloading.  You might have thought somebody might have run the numbers and checked the deck heights before they took them on!  The Superfasts were always known to be fuel-hungry beasts as they can operate well in excess of 25 knots.

In the Stena Line Story of a Ferry Company book, somebody in authority was quoted as saying they considered new builds, but settled for the Superfasts on charter.  Perhaps they might have been in a better position now had they built from scratch.

I do hope that nobody is going to post that the wonderful Britannica and Hollandica are on the way out as well, or I really shall give up!  The two Hook of Holland routes seem to be the only bright spots at the moment.

Matt


Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on October 17, 2013, 06:37:38 PM
There is a good chance the Superfasts could be staying on the North Channel, there could be an announcement within the next few weeks confirming this and the deployment of two of the purchased vessels could be outside the Stena group.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Robert 24 on October 18, 2013, 09:39:47 PM
Stena Line are adding a Third Ship On The  Belfast - Liverpool and  Stena Hibernia  will be starting from Tuesday 5th November and extra saliling will depart Liverpool Tues - Fri at 03:00hrs and will depart Belfast Tues - Fri 1500hrs
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: HSS on October 18, 2013, 10:45:27 PM
Extra freight capacity then?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Alanmac6363 on October 19, 2013, 11:33:29 PM
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Stena Line are adding a Third Ship On The  Belfast - Liverpool and  Stena Hibernia  will be starting from Tuesday 5th November and extra saliling will depart Liverpool Tues - Fri at 03:00hrs and will depart Belfast Tues - Fri 1500hrs

Used to be a Belfast/Heysham ship, didn't it?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: n3alf1n on October 20, 2013, 01:04:00 AM
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Extra freight capacity then?

The introduction of the Hibernia to the Belfast-Liverpool route will ease the pressure on the Lagan and the Mersey.

The Hibernia can't hold many passengers, so most of the freight will be unaccompanied trailers. The additional freight vessel in the route will also allow the Lagan and Mersey to take more non freight passengers & vehicles.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Davy Jones on October 20, 2013, 11:50:06 AM
When I travelled on the Lagan (back in Norfolkline days) there were only about 15 passengers going over - including 2 Blues Brothers, complete with American ex-police car. coming back though, it was sardine style - United were playing the next day.

The limiting factor with Stena Hibernia is speed. She only has little engines and will most probably travel at 15-18 knots. Over that distance there will be a significant increase in crossing time. however, does that really matter? She has at least proved herself on the longer distance work with her previous assignments from Heysham.

Perhaps, had she been available, Stena Feronia may have been a better alternative, but she is busy down at Gibralter.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Matt73 on October 20, 2013, 04:37:15 PM
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There is a good chance the Superfasts could be staying on the North Channel, there could be an announcement within the next few weeks confirming this and the deployment of two of the purchased vessels could be outside the Stena group.

Thanks for this.  I thought it sounded a bit far-fetched to move the superfasts having spent so much money on them.  Their due diligence would have been exposed as severely limited had they had to move them.

Good news re Liverpool-Belfast and proof the investment was worthwhile.

Matt
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on October 20, 2013, 09:18:08 PM
The problem so far as I can see it with the superfasts is the same as it has always been with them - fuel consumption, which despite the modifications made by Stena is still pretty high I understand.  Perhaps Stena would rather do something in the near future (and cut their losses) than be stuck in an HSS style situation?  Perhaps world events have ensured that the price of fuel has stayed higher than they projected as well?  On the flip side the Visentini series are known to be very economical, and a conversion similar to that on the former Vikings would create ships more than adequate for the routes IMHO.  I believe the Stena forwarder class also have more in the way of passenger accommodation space than the original Liverpool Visentini's but having not travelled on the forwarder do not know if this is the case.  What I don't understand about the superfasts is there is a whole deck inaccessible to the public yet it has to be lugged around every day - why not put this space to use?  Whatever happens (and until any announcement is made otherwise we are all just speculating unless anyone has concrete sources inside Stena) I'm sure the ships deployed will be more than adequate.  Another thing to consider is that Stena could simply charter out the new acquisitions to another company though I personally think one would be a good fit for Fishguard.

Its good to see Birkenhead get more capacity and it would seem that Stena have made the route work and are growing traffic!  Certainly when crossing earlier in the year there seemed to be many more passengers on board than when I crossed on Norfolk line and Norse Irish.  The facilities and crew where certainly far more suited to this traffic than previously. We are also approaching Christmas and I would imagine this is a particularly busy time of year for haulage which might have something to do with the Hibernia's deployment.

Its hardly surprising that Contentin is going to Stena though if my understanding of some French articles is correct she is only going on a bareboat charter (mind you my French isnt up to much and Google translate isn't playing ball with me either). 

Regarding newbuilds unless its a misprint there's would seem to be something getting built at Visentini for Stena ro-ro tho what it is and where for I have no idea!

http://www.naos-design.com/en/news/120-visit-visentin-shipyard.html
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on October 20, 2013, 09:41:55 PM
Visentini Hull 226 is leading quite a charmed life, here is the original notification of its sale and some more info on it.

http://scolaroshipbrokers.com/visentini-nb-hull-226/

http://www.ship2shore.it/english/articolo.php?id=10906

As for the Superfasts the charter from Tallink expires next August and obviously negotiations are ongoing with regards to the charter fees and depending on how things go, Stena can exercise an option for another years charter, hand the ships back, sign a new charter or buy the ships.

Stena RoRo's purchase of vessels that can be used within the Stena Line network is no coincidence and there is still a chance (though not as big as initially flagged) that all three purchased ships could be heading for the Irish Sea. They bought three ferries for less than the price of one Superfast sold earlier this year.

Some great images of the Cotentin on sea trials today here:

https://www.facebook.com/jakub.bogucki/media_set?set=a.743822575644618.1073741833.100000506486027&type=1
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on October 20, 2013, 10:04:09 PM
Thanks Giftgrub, 226 looks like an interesting ship.  Spotted Jakub Boguki's pics earlier on when someone welcomed him to the facebook group - very nice pics!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on October 20, 2013, 10:27:18 PM
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Very interesting news. Remember that Stena have the Stena Feronia/Dublin Viking under their belt too- another Visentini.

As well as

Norman Asturias (ex Baltic Amber, Borja)
Norman Voyager
Stena Flavia (ex Watling Street)
Mont Ventoux - also Visentini built albeit to an older design based on the second Norse Mersey.

All according to Stena Ro-Ro's website.

Does anyone else think TTT Lines logo looks very similar to that of TT line?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on October 21, 2013, 08:10:21 PM
Not that any was needed but Official confirmation of the Stena Hibernia returning to the Irish Sea:

Stena Line has confirmed it will be adding extra freight capacity to its Belfast-Liverpool service.  The Stena Hibernia will be introduced onto the route from Tuesday 5thNovember and will initially operate eight sailings per week giving freight customers greater availability and choice.  The extra sailings will depart Liverpool Tues – Fri at 0300hrs and will depart Belfast Tues – Fri at 1500hrs.

 

Stena Line acquired the Belfast-Liverpool and Belfast – Heysham services in July 2011 and since then have undertaken an investment programme to increase capacity and improve service levels.
 
Paul Grant, Stena Line’s Route Manager Irish Sea North said: “The freight market is showing signs of recovery and it’s important that Stena Line adds capacity to accommodate the expected growth.  Belfast continues to develop as a key freight hub for Stena Line with 11 daily departures to Cairnryan, Heysham and Liverpool and we are confident our customers will react positively to our expanded service.”

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on October 21, 2013, 08:16:32 PM
Also the recent Stena RoRo purchases Partenope and Trincaria will be chartered back to TTT Lines for the the time being and TTT Lines will not be closing, that leaves the Hoa Sen to be sailed back from the far east for redeployment in Europe.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: smudga on October 24, 2013, 11:38:06 PM
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Does anyone have any photographs of the Stena Britannica and/or Hollandica doing the 180 turn off Harwich prior to berthing? I know taking photos there is difficult, but it would be great to see any that forum members may have.

Thanks.

Matt

Hello Matt,
I'm all a bit new to this forum but couldn't help but notice your questions regarding Harwich routes. Stena don't run Harwich - Esbjerg, its run by DFDS with Sirena Seaways but Stena do sell freight tickets on their behalf too. Also, with regards to the Stena Hollandica/Britannica 180 degree turn, I actually have quite a good video of it which you can find on youtube by typing in Stena Hollandica turn harwich She turns in different directions according to wind direction etc.

thanks
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on October 25, 2013, 09:00:33 PM
Glad this has been confirmed and it's great to see the Hibernia making a return to the Irish Sea. Long may she stay there. It looks like Stena is captivating on the late night/mid afternoon market that P&O have done at Dublin.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Matt73 on October 26, 2013, 05:23:12 PM
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Does anyone have any photographs of the Stena Britannica and/or Hollandica doing the 180 turn off Harwich prior to berthing? I know taking photos there is difficult, but it would be great to see any that forum members may have.

Thanks.

Matt

Hello Matt,
I'm all a bit new to this forum but couldn't help but notice your questions regarding Harwich routes. Stena don't run Harwich - Esbjerg, its run by DFDS with Sirena Seaways but Stena do sell freight tickets on their behalf too. Also, with regards to the Stena Hollandica/Britannica 180 degree turn, I actually have quite a good video of it which you can find on youtube by typing in Stena Hollandica turn harwich She turns in different directions according to wind direction etc.

thanks

Hello there,

Many thanks for the clarification. I know that Stena don't run to Esbjerg, it was Harwich-Gothenburg I meant. They used it run Stena Portlink from Harwich-Gothenburg in the 1980s.

Brilliant re the 180 degree turn at Harwich thanks! I was at Shotley Gate, opposite Parkeston, in August and observed the Hollandica from there.

Matt
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: MerseyMan on October 28, 2013, 01:37:09 PM
Few tihngs to mention;

The Partenope and trinacria will remain with TTT until January. Not confirmed where they will go afterwards

Cotentin still hasn't been handed over, but is expected this week. Plenty of rumours going around about where the Alegra might go, but no one knows for sure yet.

Stena Carrier has a new charter confirmed after she left the Bilbao - Zebrugge run.

Hoa Sen will probably be in Shanghai for a long time while sh goes through refit work. Probably about 4 months before she's ready.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on October 28, 2013, 02:23:19 PM
Interesting news also. Any idea where the Stena Carrier is going? I wondered why Transfennica replaced with her sister the Ark Forwarder. Is it just because they have so many ships at their disposal they can swap them round interchangeably?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on October 28, 2013, 08:51:42 PM
The Stena Alegra has ran aground at Karlskrona, no passengers onboard, mooring anchors failed.

http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=105&artikel=5686941

http://www.bltsydostran.se/nyheter/karlskrona/stena-alegra-pa-grund(4001570).gm
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on October 28, 2013, 10:50:00 PM
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The Stena Alegra has ran aground at Karlskrona, no passengers onboard, mooring anchors failed.

http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=105&artikel=5686941

http://www.bltsydostran.se/nyheter/karlskrona/stena-alegra-pa-grund(4001570).gm
Theres a tug on the way but it is expected to take some time to assess the damage and pull her clear due to Sweden still being in the grip of the storm.  Sounds like nobody injured though which is good to hear, and the coastguard say it's not an emergency.  Winds at Karlskrona are reported to have hit 40m a second!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on October 29, 2013, 12:09:15 AM
I am beginning to think Stena Allegra is jinxed , very unlucky vessel that ship.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on October 29, 2013, 10:00:59 PM
Stena Alegra has been refloated and having a hull inspection, some minor damage reported but mercifully no leaks so far.Not the best of starts to its new career.

up to date info here along with some amazing images of how close it was to hitting something.

http://www.kustbevakningen.se/sv/hallbar-havsmiljo/nyhetsarkiv/raddningsdykare-inspekterar-skrovet/


http://www.doverferryphotosforums.co.uk/dawn-merchant-past-and-present/
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on October 29, 2013, 11:36:03 PM
The poor racehorse! I'm glad she's been refloated though.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on October 30, 2013, 12:46:54 AM
very good to hear that the outcome wasnt worse, have to say i think shes a fantastic looking ship
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on October 30, 2013, 01:02:26 AM
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very good to hear that the outcome wasnt worse, have to say i think shes a fantastic looking ship
I agree.  Also think she suits this colour scheme better than the others she has had.  Perhaps she will make it back to the Irish sea someday!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Davy Jones on October 30, 2013, 10:06:09 AM
I think she'll look even better if they get the blue belt around her like in the picture of the Stena Hibernia further up the page.

(remember when Shena Hibernia was detailed in the pale blue of the Maersk shipping line? - Yuk!)
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on October 30, 2013, 03:29:14 PM
Or just put a big blue STENA LINE on her hull.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Robert 24 on October 31, 2013, 07:55:31 PM
Stena Hibernia Has Now Left Lubeck For Birkenhead ETA For Birkenhead is 4th November 8.00
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: HSS on October 31, 2013, 08:10:07 PM
It will be great to see her back on the Irish Sea and moving all that extra freight!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on October 31, 2013, 09:21:22 PM
Some more up close images of the Stena Alegra here:

http://www.kustbevakningen.se/sv/hallbar-havsmiljo/nyhetsarkiv/fortsatta-dykningar-pa-onsdagen/

http://www.kustbevakningen.se/sv/hallbar-havsmiljo/nyhetsarkiv/inspektioner-pa-alegra-innan-lossdragning/

http://www.kustbevakningen.se/sv/hallbar-havsmiljo/nyhetsarkiv/ingen-olja-vid-grundstott-stenafarja/

The ship is now back in Gydnia for repairs, the Stena Spirit and Vision will have to absorb any freight for the next few weeks.

Image from Swedish Coast Guard
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on October 31, 2013, 10:51:45 PM
More images from the Alegra grounding here, a lucky escape

http://forum-schiff.de/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=23&start=4280#p96865

Also images of TT Lines Peter Pan also damaged in the same storm here: (one of its propellers was damaged on the quay - currently en route to Landskrona for dry docking)

http://www.trelleborgsallehanda.se/trelleborg/article2009502/Farja-slet-sig-i-Trelleborgs-hamn.html

http://www.trelleborgsallehanda.se/trelleborg/article2011215/Peter-Pan-kunde-lamna-hamnen-for-egen-maskin.html
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 01, 2013, 09:57:12 PM
The Stena Hibernia has stoppped off in Odense shipyard on the way to Birkenhead.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 03, 2013, 12:11:54 PM
The Stena Hibernia will be late starting its new route on the Irish Sea, it is just leaving the Odense shipyard and will not arrive on the route as originally planned for tomorrow. Now scheduled to arrive at Birkenhead on the 7th November.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on November 03, 2013, 01:56:58 PM
Well she has been laid up for most of the year so she does need a work out and a check up.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on November 04, 2013, 07:25:56 PM
Shes currently in Brunsbuettel at the mouth of the Kiel canal where it joins the Elbe river.  Im guessing she is going through the locks there. She arrived at 19:40 CET
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 04, 2013, 07:33:22 PM
Just going through the locks at the end of the Kiel Canal - images below from marinetraffic.com. Image of the Hibernia in the canal today.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on November 04, 2013, 08:04:10 PM
Just found out that Stena have increased frequency on Travemunde to Ventspils to 3 times a week due to demand. 

http://www.nieuwsbladtransport.nl/Nieuws/Article/tabid/85/ArticleID/38231/ArticleName/StenaLinevakernaarLetland/Default.aspx (in Dutch)
The route is served by Stena Flavia (ex Watling Street)

and a wee onboard vid http://youtu.be/khzjJD_MNzI

Must say I think I would get a  bit bored during the 23.5hr plus crossing!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: MerseyMan on November 04, 2013, 09:35:36 PM
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Interesting news also. Any idea where the Stena Carrier is going? I wondered why Transfennica replaced with her sister the Ark Forwarder. Is it just because they have so many ships at their disposal they can swap them round interchangeably?

It's quite unusual for a ship to change as they did mid-charter, particularly as crews are familiar with a vessel and trade, it's not so easy just to make the swap. Also, PEC's for Zeebrugge played a part. Wouldn't be surprised if it was due to a larger issue.

Stena Carrier will go to Dry Dock and then afterwards looks like she will trade out of Livorno.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 04, 2013, 09:54:09 PM
Stena Carrier has been chartered for futher use in Italy on a route operated by Grendi from Vado Ligure-Cagliari

http://www.ship2shore.it/english/articolo.php?id=11715

http://shippingonline.ilsecoloxix.it/p/porti_e_logistica/2013/10/31/AQ4VMLp-charter_grendi_cagliari.shtml
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on November 05, 2013, 02:42:44 PM
That's good news and I'm glad the Carrier will be going somewhere new soon. I agree it must've been a severe technical fault that took her out of service.
I'm also glad that the Stena Hibernia is on her way to the Irish Sea again, hopefully she'll have her Stena markings put back on her soon.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Davy Jones on November 06, 2013, 12:37:23 PM
Stena Hibernia currently in the north sea, heading towards the English Channel.

Will the existing crew stay with her or will there be some 'local' staff replacing current personnel who will presumably head back East? ( I suppose it may depend on who is on there to start with).
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 06, 2013, 08:31:32 PM
Stena Hibernia just off Ramsgate at the moment, arrival has been delayed until 8/11 at 16.00, now not expected into service until next Tuesday 12th November.

Would think the Stena branding will be reapplied when back in service as it will have quite a bit of time laid up between trips.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on November 06, 2013, 10:55:56 PM
Whole weekends in Birkenhead, according to the timetable, so yes plenty of time.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on November 07, 2013, 07:48:49 PM
Stena Carisma up for review at the moment and could be for the chop, though my understanding is Stena review her at the end of each season. 

http://www.gp.se/ekonomi/1.2169541-stena-carisma-kan-sluta-segla (via ferriesofnortherneurope group and in Swedish!)

I always thought it a shame there was only one HSS900 so would hate to see her end up like Voyager.  With Stena looking to cut costs though perhaps her time has come?  If she is chopped I will dream of her coming to the Irish sea!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 07, 2013, 08:52:28 PM
Unfortunately the Stena Carisma is unlikely to ever come to the Irish Sea, it uses a different linkspan from the HSS 1500 which would require significant capital expenditure to modify for the Dun Laoghaire and Holyhead ports, highly unlikely to happen.

As already mentioned in Stena Europe thread, the dry docking periods for the Stena Nordica and Stena Europe were released today with both going to Birkenhead for work, the Stena Nordica 28-30 Nov and the Europe Dec 1-Dec 7, the Stena Europe will be covering the Stena Nordicas Dublin- Holyhead schedule leaving all Stenas Rosslare traffic on the Irish Ferries Pembroke route from Nov 27- Dec 8.

Perhaps Stena have brought the refits forward to alllow the Europe tackle the traditional Christmas weather with all stabilisers functioning.

The Stena Hibernia is just rounding Lands End and is in the final leg of its return to the Irish Sea.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Rob on November 07, 2013, 08:53:22 PM
Will be interesting to see the Carisma's faith...

has ANYONE heard anything about the HSS discovery? I just can't believe she continues to be in this time trap in the Caribbean with no end in sight. Hope they have the interior aircon on otherwise she'll already be completely rotten/moist for sure.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Davy Jones on November 07, 2013, 10:43:34 PM
I always thought the Carisma was profitable. No cut back on speed or winter layups over there to my knowledge.


As for Discovery, They must have the generators running for sure. AIS transponder has to be powered by something and there's all that tell-tale black soot on her stern.

Perhaps they're still burning off all the illegal diesel!  :D

I get the impression she's stuck there because they haven't paid the berthing fees so the port has taken possession of her. Just a guess though.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: DublinPeter on November 07, 2013, 11:31:16 PM
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I always thought the Carisma was profitable. No cut back on speed or winter layups over there to my knowledge.

Apparently she was profitable in her short season but the problem is that her season had become shorter and shorter in recent years.  It would be much shorter than the HSS Explorer at Dun Laoghaire or the Express at Larne for instance.

About three years ago there was serious talk of her coming to the Irish sea to replace HSS Explorer (around the time that the Lynx was covering off season and Explorer was just doing High Season). 

One of the multiple reasons it was ruled out apparently was that Carisma was going to go back to Gothenberg for her high season (No, I can't see the logic either!) so her linkspans would still be needed in Scandinavia.  If she was to move fully though, that would be different.  This was at a time when every possible scenario was being considered (some sensible - some nutty) and the service very nearly stopped for good before thankfully the new business model was put into place.

Now, if the Harbour Company in Dun Laoghaire was to maybe fund some of the cost of the engineering required in conjunction with the construction of the new Cruise Liner berth (in return for a contract extension from Stena) then that would change things considerably :)

Pete

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on November 08, 2013, 06:39:44 AM
The HSS is a marvel of technology , even 20 years after they left the drawing board , sadly fuel cost was never factored into the design process as it was'nt a major concern at the time (in 1994 if you had said Brent Crude would be $150 per barrel you would have been sent to an institution for a check up lol) , the problem with being a technological marvel is that not every company has the capability to operate and maintain such an advanced vessel , even if Discovery does make it out of impound dock I doubt there are too many operators who could maintain her , I was even skeptical of the company who bought her from Stena even before the illegal fuel fiasco.
I fear Discovery will follow Stena Voyager to the breakers before long.
As for a mad idea for Stena Carisma should she be made redundant in Scandinavia , I would move her to Dun Laogaire - Holyhead (and now for the radical bit) I would then move Stena Explorer to Rosslare Fishguard to replace Stena Europe , this would of course mean entering into an agreement with Irish Ferries to carry Stena's freight and to act as a bad weather back up , or possible bring a freighter from Stena Ro/Ro to operate alongside Stena Explorer , and possibly I would keep Stena Europe laid up somewhere for 12 months as a back up for deployment wherever needed across the Stena Line network , if after 12 months the results were positive Stena Europe could be sold off , if not she could be sent back to Rosslare , will have to do some homework to see how viable that option would be , but a mad idea I would consider if I were Stena Line.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on November 08, 2013, 06:00:28 PM
Have read that the work at Remontowa on Contentin/Stena Baltica was on her engines.

Would love Stena to bring Carisma across to go head to head with Swift but alas I think it is nothing more than a pipe dream and probably as likely as Explorer running Belfast to Heysham!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Robert 24 on November 08, 2013, 06:04:49 PM
Stena Hibernia Just in 12 Quays Birkenhead Now
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on November 08, 2013, 06:07:53 PM
Stena Baltica -
a new, bigger vessel on
the Karlskrona-Gdynia
route
Stena Line has confirmed it will replace Stena Alegra with a new Ropax vessel, Stena Baltica (former Contentin built in
2007).
The ship has a loading capacity of
• 2,188 lane meters,
• a deck height of 5.20 m and
• a passenger capacity of 210.
She has an open deck and takes Dangerous Cargo of stowage category A, B and C.

Stena Baltica offers double tier loading, which will give us the possibility to build more flexible timetables in the future as
all ships will be able to make the same turnaround time. Beside faster and more efficient port calls, the new vessel also brings an added capacity of about 240 lm compared to Stena Alegra.
The first departure is planned from Gdynia on 24th November at 18.00. Stena Baltica will replace Stena Alegra in the ordinary timetable. Please note that we will prolong our
temporary two ships’ timetable without lay days until 22 November! This means we will have daily departures at 09.00 and 21.00 until 23 November.
We thank all customers for their patience during this period with less capacity and are looking forward to offer an even better service with the new ship set up.

For further information and questions please contact your local salesrepresentative or our booking offices:
Gothenburg: +46 31 704 08 00
Gdynia: +48 58 660 92 93
Karlskrona: +46 455 366 320
You can also find other reservation offices
and sales contacts on
www.stenalinefreight.com

http://www.stenalinefreight.com/~/media/newsletter/Baltica%20November%202013.ashx
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on November 08, 2013, 07:46:51 PM
Glad that this has been confirmed, hopefully the Allegra will get some further charter work. Glad to see the Hibernia has arrived for the weekend. I presume she'll start operations next Tuesday.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Fast Ferry Fan on November 08, 2013, 11:35:31 PM
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I would then move Stena Explorer to Rosslare Fishguard to replace Stena Europe , this would of course mean entering into an agreement with Irish Ferries to carry Stena's freight and to act as a bad weather back up.

Your vision for the Explorer would certainly add a much needed bit of class to Rosslare port.  She'd also be nearly as reliable in poor weather as the Europe has been over the last 12 months. 

But if fuel costs mean she can only manage a 6 month season in Dun Laoghaire, I can't see a year-round twice daily season on the southern corridor being even close to profitable; though I'd be happy to be proved wrong!

I also can't see the blissful co-operation you describe between IF and Stena happening, especially with IF having just snuck in front of the Nordica's sailings on the Holyhead to Dublin run.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on November 09, 2013, 04:56:56 AM
Irish Ferries and Stena Line are direct competitors who will batter the crap out of each other commercially whenever possible , let no-one be under any illusions there , however operationally both will co-operate when needs be as is common in the shipping and transport industry in general , so long as the company in difficulty is willing to cover the cost no company will leave people stranded if avoidable , as can often be seen Irish Ferries and Stena Line will always back each other up when things go wrong operationally , when Fastnet Line had difficulties with Julia passengers were transferred to Irish Ferries and Stena Line without quibble , Fastnet Line did also carry "distressed inventory" for both Irish Ferries and Stena Line from time to time.
Stena Explorer would have the advantage of being the fastest way of crossing the Southern Irish Sea and could be marketed from that angle , of course Stena Explorer can carry a limited amount of freight but expect to pay through the nose for the privilege , If Stena Line were to have Irish Ferries carry its freight Irish Ferries would be transporting it at the bulk order rate while charging the haulier the individual unit price , so they get a percentage of the fare without the cost or risk of transporting it so it would have merit , I reckon that Stena Explorer would need an average load factor of 50-60% across the full operating year to operate Stena Europe's departure level , weather that is achievable I am uncertain , however I am sure that if it can be done Stena would be the company to do it.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on November 11, 2013, 06:35:45 AM
Stena Hibernia is in drydock at Birkenhed currently.  I believe this is for the application of logos.  However she also had some technical issues on the way as well as hitting some severe weather en route (hence the delay).  All being well she will start with the 03:00 ex Birkenhead on Tuesday morning arriving at 12 and returning from Belfast at 15:00 according to the timetable making her timetabled crossing approx 45mins slower than the Lagan/Mersey (she only does 17.6kts) which will not matter due to her 12 driver capacity.  The timetable at Stena Line Freights website already reflects this even if the route page doesnt!  As she is only sailing Tuesday to Friday, there will still only be one crossing in each direction on Mondays (the 22:00 overnight sailing).  Hopefully I might grab a pic or two over the next few days if im feeling better!  Will be strange seeing her back!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on November 11, 2013, 08:40:33 PM
Stena Hibernia has left drydock, and has just arrived again at 12 quays. 
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 11, 2013, 08:40:56 PM
The Stena Hibernia was wet docked today and had the funnel logo repainted, images of the Hibernia entering and leaving the dry dock here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/das_boot_160/10784312045/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/das_boot_160/10784310895/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/das_boot_160/10784428644/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/das_boot_160/10784560483/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/das_boot_160/10805057595/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/das_boot_160/10805187134/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/das_boot_160/10805185244/

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on November 11, 2013, 08:56:27 PM
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The Stena Hibernia was wet docked today and had the funnel logo repainted, images of the Hibernia entering and leaving the dry dock here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/das_boot_160/10784312045/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/das_boot_160/10784310895/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/das_boot_160/10784428644/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/das_boot_160/10784560483/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/das_boot_160/10805057595/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/das_boot_160/10805187134/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/das_boot_160/10805185244/

That was quick!  Pity they didn't get Stena painted on her side as well but she looks better already :(.  Might make her first arrival in Belfast with the camera on Weds morning.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: scomacsf8 on November 12, 2013, 05:36:44 PM
Photos of Stena Hibernia's arrival at Belfast today on her first commerical sailing as third ship on the Birkenhead route at http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: HSS on November 12, 2013, 09:21:59 PM
Great photos, she looks very smart!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on November 13, 2013, 05:04:07 AM
Well Hibernia's return hasn't gone too well so far.  Following technical problems on her first night (at some stages making as low as 5/6 knots) she is currently still at Birkenhead almost 2 hours after she should have left for Belfast.  She left Belfast 2 hours late today with her speed dropping again on the way back according to AIS meaning she didn't get in until after 2am this morning.  She isn't a fast ship at the best of times so getting her back on schedule before the weekend layover isn't going to happen unless they sacrifice a round trip or turn her around extremely quickly (unlikely).  At least there's Sat-Mon to sort her out before she's back on duty!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on November 13, 2013, 06:34:55 AM
Hibernia watch™ update (no I can't sleep)

She left Birkenhead at 5am and appears to be running OK.  She slowed down to 6/7 knots for a bit but this appears to have been to offload a pilot.  Will probably arrive in Belfast about 2 all being well so still 2 hrs behind timetable -at least its drops and not accompanied she carry's.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Davy Jones on November 13, 2013, 10:13:37 AM
I did notice during her delivery voyage, although most of the journey was done at 10-13kts, she speeded up on her last leg, surpassing 20kts passing Anglesey. Must've had a good tail-wind.

I think service speed on her old Heysham crossing was 16-18kts.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on November 13, 2013, 03:28:21 PM
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I did notice during her delivery voyage, although most of the journey was done at 10-13kts, she speeded up on her last leg, surpassing 20kts passing Anglesey. Must've had a good tail-wind.

I think service speed on her old Heysham crossing was 16-18kts.
Depending on who you believe she does either 17.6 or 18.6 knots.  Im inclined to go with 18.6 from an archived version of the DFDS site http://archive.is/K6ptb.  She seems to be back to normal now running between 15 and 18 knots last night.  As expected got into Belfast at 2ish this afternoon.

Confirmed dates for Nordica and Europe's visit to Lairds.  Nordica 28/11 - 01/12 and Europe 1/12-07/12 if all goes according to plan
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on November 14, 2013, 01:03:36 AM
Hibernia watch™ Update.

Tonights weather appears to be getting the better of her - she's currently doing 8 knots (and has been for a while) and appears to be using the Isle of Man as shelter.  Currently off Douglas and appears to be circling.  Her sister Maersk Exporter appears to be sailing as normal between Heysham and Warrenpoint, whilst the Stena Lagan and Mersey are also running as normal.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Rob on November 14, 2013, 07:21:19 AM
Surely this must be a really bad investment ? I might be used to hSS speed, but 8 knots is crawling speed really?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on November 14, 2013, 08:01:08 AM
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Surely this must be a really bad investment ? I might be used to hSS speed, but 8 knots is crawling speed really?
She's now headed for Birkenhead at 11ish knots.  She was scheduled to LEAVE Birkenhead some 5 hours ago.  She appears to have been plagued by technical difficulties since her introduction but hopefully they can get it sorted out over her weekend layover.  At the end of the day the vast majority of her traffic is unaccompanied anyway -if anything she is clearing the excess traffic the 2 main ships can't carry so in that sense she is doing as planned - albeit not as efficiently as hoped.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on November 14, 2013, 10:03:40 AM
To be fair she's been laid up for at least 9 months, so there are bound to be some teething problems initially.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on November 14, 2013, 06:29:10 PM
Indeed , modern ships are designed to be in operation non-stop , most will have issues coming out of lay up , I recall having a nitemare of a time when Fastnet Line's MV Julia came out of hibernation in the Baltic , and just look at the difficulties Stena are having with Stena Allegra  , I am beginning to understand when what engineers mean when they say its only marginally more expensive to let a ship run empty than it is to lay it up.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on November 14, 2013, 09:45:10 PM
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Indeed , modern ships are designed to be in operation non-stop , most will have issues coming out of lay up , I recall having a nitemare of a time when Fastnet Line's MV Julia came out of hibernation in the Baltic , and just look at the difficulties Stena are having with Stena Allegra  , I am beginning to understand when what engineers mean when they say its only marginally more expensive to let a ship run empty than it is to lay it up.

I suppose its like running a car that's been sitting for a few years.  Only 1000x bigger and with a lot more water involved!

She's off to the Isle of Man again - sure why not?

(http://tarbyonline.com/images/hibernia%20lost.jpg)

She appears to have headed straight for there after leaving Birkenhead.  Taking a more sheltered route?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Davy Jones on November 14, 2013, 09:57:39 PM
Almost looks intentional! Are they just giving her a shake-down perhaps? Is she loaded?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on November 14, 2013, 10:32:02 PM
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Almost looks intentional! Are they just giving her a shake-down perhaps? Is she loaded?
Good point, think she is timetabled to leave Birkenhead at 3am now I think about it so you could well be right.  She's headed up along the cost of the IoM at present, just off the Bahama Bank buoy.

EDIT: looks likes she's Belfast bound now
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: n3alf1n on November 15, 2013, 09:58:10 AM
According to Marine Traffic, the Hibernia is currently sitting in Belfast Lough just outside Bangor.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: n3alf1n on November 15, 2013, 01:56:25 PM
The Hibernia is now Docked in Belfast, Having arrived in Port in the early hours this morning (02:39am Approx), sailed outbound again around 5am and sat in Belfast lough until 12pm today.

Arrived back in Port around 13:45 approx.

Not quite sure what that was all about. Possibly no room to Dock temporarily in the Channel, it's old spot - were it sat when in lay-up is currently being used by the P&O Express
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on November 16, 2013, 12:22:16 AM
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The Hibernia is now Docked in Belfast, Having arrived in Port in the early hours this morning (02:39am Approx), sailed outbound again around 5am and sat in Belfast lough until 12pm today.

Arrived back in Port around 13:45 approx.

Not quite sure what that was all about. Possibly no room to Dock temporarily in the Channel, it's old spot - were it sat when in lay-up is currently being used by the P&O Express

You just reminded me that I still haven't got any pics of Express!! Must get down next week!

Despite leaving about 30mins late from Belfast, Hibernia seems to have arrived at 12 quays about on time.  Few slowdowns on the way but also exceeded 19kts at times as well!  Hopefully she can settle down into trouble free service now.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Oscar Wilde on November 16, 2013, 02:36:31 AM
Stena Europe leaving Rosslare on the 28th of November, heading to Dublin to cover for the Nordica while she goes into dry dock, then when she gets back Stena Europe is going in her self. Stena have no replacement service in Rosslare, passengers are being transferred to Irish Ferries. The Celtic Horizon is going into dry dock for Celtic Link Ferries for the very first time in January, she will be gone for the first 2 weeks of january. There is no replacement service all sailings are just cancelled.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: n3alf1n on November 16, 2013, 09:02:08 AM
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The Hibernia is now Docked in Belfast, Having arrived in Port in the early hours this morning (02:39am Approx), sailed outbound again around 5am and sat in Belfast lough until 12pm today.



Arrived back in Port around 13:45 approx.

Not quite sure what that was all about. Possibly no room to Dock temporarily in the Channel, it's old spot - were it sat when in lay-up is currently being used by the P&O Express

You just reminded me that I still haven't got any pics of Express!! Must get down next week!

Despite leaving about 30mins late from Belfast, Hibernia seems to have arrived at 12 quays about on time.  Few slowdowns on the way but also exceeded 19kts at times as well!  Hopefully she can settle down into trouble free service now.

The best place for a photo of the express is at the turning circle at the titanic building.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on November 16, 2013, 03:45:07 PM
That's where I was thinking.  If I time it right I might get a shot of some of the Stena fleet as well from the same spot.  Keep meaning to get a few shots of the Titanic building at night as well - so many photos but so little time!  Cheers
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 17, 2013, 04:28:07 PM
The Cotentin is turning into the Stena Baltica this weekend, some white paint been applied:

https://www.facebook.com/jakub.bogucki/media_set?set=a.759800527380156.1073741841.100000506486027&type=1

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 17, 2013, 09:25:06 PM
Cotentin is now Stena Baltica on AIS, new paint job should be finished during the week.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on November 17, 2013, 10:10:34 PM
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Cotentin is now Stena Baltica on AIS, new paint job should be finished during the week.

Although its only been a few weeks its seems to have taken forever for her to renamed!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: MerseyMan on November 17, 2013, 10:49:03 PM
Yep, it did take quite awhile for them to transfer the Baltica. The sale of the ship was only finalized last week.

Looks like the Stena Alegra will be put on a bareboat charter, she won't be moved elsewhere in the Stena RoRo/Stena Line fleet.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on November 18, 2013, 12:33:18 PM
Has she actually been sold, I thought it was just bareboat charter. Shame about the Alegra, but I hope she gets employed soon, even if it's to ARV like her sister.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 19, 2013, 10:39:01 PM
Reports that Stena have taken the Cotentin on a rolling 12 month charter with options to continue/purchase which would make sense with Stena not have to commit a huge amount of money for a freight vessel.

Also the Stena RoRo purchase Hoa Sen has a last reported location of JIANGYIN on the Yangtze river near Shanghai, I wonder are they getting a refit done in China before sending it back to Europe or have they found charter work for the ferry in the far east or more likely New Zealand as the Aratere of Interislander has been damaged and is expected to be out of service for six months due to propeller damage.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on November 19, 2013, 10:53:10 PM
Dont think anyone actually officially knows yet.  French news sources are saying chartered because Stena weren't prepared to match BF's valuation however this was a while back and theres been nothing since apart from this arrticle http://www.lemarin.fr/articles/detail/items/le-cotentin-de-brittany-ferries-sous-les-couleurs-de-stena.html which says its a 12 month charter though Stena's route manager recently spoke of the new Baltica as a "long term solution".  Could be a charter with option to purchase, or something else as well. 

I wouldn't be surprised if we see another BF ship moving on (not saying this based on any specific information btw) as its no secret that direct and indirect government subsidy has been the difference between profit and loss at BF for a quite few years now (allegedly the purchase and charter of the ships is subsidized by local authorities due to a "different interpretation" of EU law than the UK has, and the company has also received state aid from the French government on more than one occasion).  We have already seen BF upset the French unions in an effort to cut costs at the end of last year as well as rejigging their timetable to increase vessel utilisation, and the Barfleur was also out on charter recently. As governments and local authorities across Europe look to cut costs perhaps BF's additional revenue streams might start to dry up.  Mind you, there is talk of a BF new build over at BF enthusiasts.

I hope Contentin/Stena Baltica does well on her new route and stays with Stena for some time.  There is also scope for her to be converted into a passenger ship as well so she has some "stenability" as well.  Just a pity the yard that built her wont be around much longer!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on November 20, 2013, 05:16:05 PM
Nordica and Europe both cancelled tonight AFAIK.  Both Superfast VIII and Stena Hibernia have just left Belfast, both late.  It was really rough up here this afternoon - Belfast lough looked like open sea.  Stena Lagan looks like she's running a little behind getting into Belfast
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on November 20, 2013, 05:41:07 PM
Very rough seas here in Rosslare tonight too, I think Oscar Wilde had some difficulties getting in here earlier
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: FerryMan on November 20, 2013, 05:57:56 PM
Big U running a bit late into Dublin too as well as Stena Adventurer.

Here are some of the cancellation for today/tomorrow

IRISH SEA
Please find today’s Irish Sea full schedule update:
Wednesday 20.11.13

Holyhead - Dublin: Irish Ferries Swift sailings CANCELLED Wednesday 20th November (11:50 and 17:15 from Holyhead and 08:45 and 14:30 from Dublin)

Dublin-Holyhead: Stena Line have CANCELLED the 15:10 Dublin-Holyhead Wednesday 20th November. The 20:30 departure from Holyhead is also CANCELLED.

Liverpool - Dublin: Seatruck PM Sailing CANCELLED Wednesday 20th November

Dublin - Liverpool: Wednesday 20th November: Sailings 18:00 and 23:00. AM Sailing Thursday 21st November CANCELLED.

Heysham - Dublin: Seatruck Departure from Dublin CANCELLED Wednesday 20th November, departure from Heysham CANCELLED Thursday 21st November

Rosslare - Fishguard: Stena Line have CANCELLED the 21:00 Rosslare-Fishguard Wednesday 20th November.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 24, 2013, 09:57:41 PM
The Stena Baltica has entered service today on the Karlskrona - Gydnia route, it replaces the Stena Alegra on the route and is sporting a very strange hybrid of the BF Livery (blue along the bottom of the hull) and Stena Funnel colours.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 24, 2013, 10:12:02 PM
More images of the Baltica here:

http://www.landgangen.se/forumsmf10/index.php?topic=30350.0

you can see where the Brittany Ferries branding was painted over in the 3rd and 4th images.

and some more

https://www.facebook.com/jakub.bogucki/media_set?set=a.766190570074485.1073741844.100000506486027&type=1
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on November 26, 2013, 06:01:41 PM
Its a shame they didn't do the full livery, perhaps suggests she may return to BF in the shorter term if things don't work out which would add weight to the chat that she is only initially on a one year charter.  If anything she should be in the blue freight livery as she isn't carrying passengers. 
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 26, 2013, 10:15:43 PM
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Its a shame they didn't do the full livery, perhaps suggests she may return to BF in the shorter term if things don't work out which would add weight to the chat that she is only initially on a one year charter.  If anything she should be in the blue freight livery as she isn't carrying passengers. 

The new Stena Baltica although having a very low passenger capacity is bookable by regular passengers and not an exclusive freight vessel, though the onboard experience would be very different from that offered by the Stena Spirit/Vision.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on November 26, 2013, 10:20:00 PM
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Its a shame they didn't do the full livery, perhaps suggests she may return to BF in the shorter term if things don't work out which would add weight to the chat that she is only initially on a one year charter.  If anything she should be in the blue freight livery as she isn't carrying passengers. 

The new Stena Baltica although having a very low passenger capacity is bookable by regular passengers and not an exclusive freight vessel, though the onboard experience would be very different from that offered by the Stena Spirit/Vision.

Wasn't bookable when I tried earlier but perhaps theres a bug in the system or it was being updated.  I believe she can carry 200 pax, i'm sure some wouldn't mind sailing on her if the price was reduced accordingly to compensate for the lack of facilities!  Would be very disappointed though if pricing was the same for passengers as the Spirit/Vision though
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 26, 2013, 10:32:59 PM
Your not going to like the pricing then:

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on November 27, 2013, 01:25:07 AM
Wow!  Why would anyone want to pay a premium (apart from an enthusiast of course lol) to travel on a ship with more limited facilities???  Next they will be declaring she is a cruiseferry ;) !
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on November 27, 2013, 02:08:09 AM
Yeah I have to admit Stena Baltica looks awful , surely they could have done a better job than that.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Robert 24 on November 27, 2013, 11:33:10 AM
Stena Alegra Will be Heading Back To Falmouth and Her ETA Falmouth 13.00 30/11/2013
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 27, 2013, 09:17:16 PM
The Alegra will be going a lot further than Falmouth as it has been chartered to Interislander to provide cover for the Aratere in New Zealand.

http://www.stenaroro.com/offering/Pages/Stena-Alegra.aspx

https://www.interislander.co.nz/Timetable/Disruption-Message-From-Interislander-28-NOV.aspx

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/229211/kiwirail-confirms-ferry-replacement
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: loch garman on November 27, 2013, 09:35:30 PM
Does anybody know why the Stena replacement (Rosslare-Fish) service wont accept foot passengers? Thats according to the booking system.

Is the replacement the Nordica?? Thanks  :)
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on November 27, 2013, 10:16:21 PM
The replacement vessel is the Isle of Inishmore and you sail to Pembroke
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: loch garman on November 27, 2013, 10:29:23 PM
Ah ok....that makes sense now. Was wondering how they were going to make room for 2 ships with 1 berth  :D
thanks giftgrub
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on November 27, 2013, 11:40:05 PM
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The Alegra will be going a lot further than Falmouth as it has been chartered to Interislander to provide cover for the Aratere in New Zealand.

http://www.stenaroro.com/offering/Pages/Stena-Alegra.aspx

https://www.interislander.co.nz/Timetable/Disruption-Message-From-Interislander-28-NOV.aspx

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/229211/kiwirail-confirms-ferry-replacement

Oh that's good I'm glad she's found some more work.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Niall on November 28, 2013, 11:28:55 PM
She is chartered for 6 months. I presume she will return to European waters afterwards.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: HSS on November 29, 2013, 12:01:32 AM
Nordica now on her way to Birkenhead.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on November 29, 2013, 01:54:54 AM
Possible response to Irish Ferries expansion , Stena Line have appointed new agents for the Cork region to handle enquiries , bookings , drop in centers and ticket collection , Lee Travel is the new agent giving Stena Line a presence in Princess St , Paul St , Youghal , Midleton and Ballincollig.
Additional freight agents for the Munster region are to follow soon.
To be honest if Stena Line are trying to revive the Fishguard service with increased traffic from Munster (it should be remembered that 1/3rd of the population of the Republic lives in Munster) the best way to do that would be for Stena Line to ditch Rosslare and move to Cork , aside from access to a bigger population base the berthing fees at Cork are less than half of that of Rosslare and the Port of Cork has better docking facilities and ancillary services than Rosslare as well as being a more sheltered location , my only concern being that Stena Europe may not be up to the job without serious money being spent on her (which at her age would be questionable) , however if Stena Line found the right ship it is possible to do Cork - Fishguard in 5 hours meaning they could continue to offer 2 round trips per day from Fishguard , another reason to change ship would be capacity , I suspect such a service would attract a significant amount of traffic away from the Irish Ferries Rosslare - Pembroke service so Stena Europe may not have enough lanemeters to deal with the freight demand.
Another thing for Stena Line to consider is road infrastructure , having checked with the National Roads Authority they are no plans either current or future to upgrade the N11 or N25 but based on current traffic trends there will not be a need to upgrade these roads to full dual carrigeway until 2030 for the N11 and 2040 for the N25 .
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Robert 24 on November 29, 2013, 07:32:30 AM
Stena Nordica is Now in Cammel Lairds Dry Dock Birkenhead
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on November 30, 2013, 03:16:49 AM
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The Alegra will be going a lot further than Falmouth as it has been chartered to Interislander to provide cover for the Aratere in New Zealand.

http://www.stenaroro.com/offering/Pages/Stena-Alegra.aspx

https://www.interislander.co.nz/Timetable/Disruption-Message-From-Interislander-28-NOV.aspx

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/229211/kiwirail-confirms-ferry-replacement
A ship with no fin stabilisers operating on one of the roughest stretches of water in the world - what are the chances of her being nicknamed "The Vomit Comet"!  Good to see her finding work so quickly though.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on November 30, 2013, 01:35:55 PM
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The Alegra will be going a lot further than Falmouth as it has been chartered to Interislander to provide cover for the Aratere in New Zealand.

http://www.stenaroro.com/offering/Pages/Stena-Alegra.aspx

https://www.interislander.co.nz/Timetable/Disruption-Message-From-Interislander-28-NOV.aspx

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/229211/kiwirail-confirms-ferry-replacement
A ship with no fin stabilisers operating on one of the roughest stretches of water in the world - what are the chances of her being nicknamed "The Vomit Comet"!  Good to see her finding work so quickly though.

I'd be more worried about that ships luck on a run like that , the Stena Jinx I mean Stena Allegra could make for a very interesting charter on the Cook Straight LOL
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on December 01, 2013, 06:24:11 PM
The Nordica was back at Holyhead this afternoon waiting to berth after the Adventurer & Ulysses sailed.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on December 02, 2013, 08:38:08 PM
A few images of the Nordica's short stay in drydock here:

http://www.irishseashipping.com/photofeatures/shipco/stena/nordica301113/nordica301113.htm

as posted above the Stena Alegra:

The Stena Alegra while not fitted with fin stabilisers does have a flume watertank to do the same job, it won't be easy sailing for the ship but a spin to New Zealand at full speed will blow the cobwebs out and give the machinery a proper workout which can only improve the reliability of the ship in the long run.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on December 03, 2013, 09:26:23 PM
One of Stena RoRo's latest purchases the Hoa Sen is to be renamed the Stena Egeria during its refit in Shanghai. An image (artists impression)of the vessels new look has been posted on the Stena RoRo website.

http://www.stenaroro.com/offering/Pages/Stena-Egeria.aspx

Wonder will we ever see this Stena offering on the Irish Sea ?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on December 06, 2013, 03:49:20 AM
Some Superfast sailings cancelled up here today with delays on other sailings, no doubt due to the weather.  Birkenhead ships sailed but 60 mins late IIRC.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: MerseyMan on December 07, 2013, 11:43:59 PM
Northern Marine Management, the company that manages the Stena Precision, Performer, Alegra, Feronia & many others, has started a new company - Northern Marine Ferries that will operate independently from the NMM (as they are primarily, a tanker company).

I'd hazard a guess that we will see them taking on a lot more ferry business in the near future.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: MerseyMan on December 11, 2013, 09:44:53 PM
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One of Stena RoRo's latest purchases the Hoa Sen is to be renamed the Stena Egeria during its refit in Shanghai. An image (artists impression)of the vessels new look has been posted on the Stena RoRo website.

http://www.stenaroro.com/offering/Pages/Stena-Egeria.aspx

Wonder will we ever see this Stena offering on the Irish Sea ?

Looks like this ship will enter service early in the new year. Probably in Asia but this has to be confirmed.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: HSS on December 15, 2013, 08:32:24 PM
The Belfast-Heysham Stena Precision called at Twelve Quays today, some great photos at

http://www.irishseashipping.com/photofeatures/shipco/stena/precision151213/precision151213.htm
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Oscar Wilde on December 17, 2013, 10:14:44 PM
I have not been update with stena lines ships lately BUT where is the old stena baltica the ship that use to operate the rosslare to Fishguard route? And why is there a new sten a baltica from Brittany ferries?
Thanks.

 :)
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on December 17, 2013, 11:08:22 PM
The former Stena Baltica which sailed as the Koningin Beatrix from Rosslare is now the Snav Adriatico for SNAV, covered in much detail earlier in this thread.

The reason there is a new Stena Baltica is the Cotentin was chartered from Brittany Ferries to provide more freight capacity on the Karlskrona Gydnia service and they renamed the ship Stena Baltica and it replaced the Stena Alegra on this service. Also covered in much detail earlier on this thread.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Oscar Wilde on December 17, 2013, 11:19:01 PM
Thanks gift grub, I browse back through this thread.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on December 17, 2013, 11:27:57 PM
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Thanks gift grub, I browse back through this thread.

No problem, over 80 pages of information for you to have a look at along with plenty of great images.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Oscar Wilde on December 18, 2013, 09:59:53 PM
Can I just ask the man that recently died from s tena line, the founder or who ever he is! Is this him?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on December 18, 2013, 10:11:00 PM
No, the man in that picture is alive and the head of Stena operations. Going off topic here, this thread is fleet movement's.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 15, 2014, 06:48:11 PM
Two of Stena's vessels are scheduled for a quick drydocking next month.

Stena Mersey to H&W for dry dock 1-3 Feb.Stena Lagan will operate days ex Liverpool and nights ex Belfast.

Stena Lagan to H&W for dry dock 8-10 Feb.Stena Mersey will operate days ex Belfast and nights ex Belfast.

It is expected Stena Hibernia will take up nights ex Liverpool and days ex Belfast during this time.

Obviously no major work scheduled as the time in dock is very short.

No news yet if the Superfasts are going for dry docking this year.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Davy Jones on January 15, 2014, 08:22:15 PM
Does the HSS have to dry-dock this year?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on January 16, 2014, 05:03:50 AM
Yes , all passenger ferries must undergo an annual ultrasound test , which requires them to be out of the water for testing.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 16, 2014, 09:21:32 PM
Not all ferries require an annual dry docking, many of the Visentini built vessels go for much longer between dry dockings, a visual inspection of the hull by divers is normally the case. Obviously the age of the vessel and the requirements of its marine classification can determine the length of time between dry docking periods.

There are actually no plans to dry dock the Superfasts this year or the Adventurer, the Nordica and Europe have been done, the Lagan and Mersey are next, at the end of the year you can expect to see the Explorer in for some TLC and cleaning of the hulls, with all the talk about LNG would it take much to convert the HSS to LNG and slash operating costs ???
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on January 17, 2014, 02:02:59 AM
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, a visual inspection of the hull by divers is normally the case.

Wasn't there a big problem over this somewhere in the EU recently? I seem to recall a maritime court case recently whereby hull micro-fractures below the water line which later became hull breaches were not detected during the underwater inspection , serious questions around why the ship had not undergone an ultrasound test in 3 years were raised.
There are also questions being of Interislander in New Zealand about ultra-sound tests on Aratere before she lost her propeller and shaft.
I always thought that in Ireland and the UK car ferries must undergo a drydock inspection every 12 months with some grace time included , unless the rules for ro/pax are slightly different.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 17, 2014, 06:22:28 PM
It does seem to differ between the different ferries but It's been 2 years since Stena Lagan/Mersey saw a dry dock. Last Feb the Lagan went to Larne for a hull survey and the Mersey had it done in Belfast, albeit further upstream than her normal berth.

HSS will see a dry dock in December - 2 years since her last visit. A dive survey has been done in Holyhead before Christmas.

Nordica was dry docked in late 2011 and then again before Christmas 2013.

Adventurer will be dry docked in early 2015 - 2 years since her last overhaul which was in Marck 2013.

Superfast VII and VIII will not be dry docked until early 2015 (if they stay) which is also 2 years since they were out of the water last February.

Expect Precision and Performer to dry dock after the summer as it will be 2 years since they were in back in Sept 2012.

Europe dry docks every year mainly due to her age and certificate renewals are obviously tougher as the vessels get older.


Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: n3alf1n on January 18, 2014, 12:17:34 PM
Stena Alegra Runs into Trouble..

The website, tvnz.co.nz has reported that the Stena Alegra has struck the dockside, but the story only seems to report a loss of Power which affected propeller control systems:

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/stena-alegra-stuck-dockside-again-5802565
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on January 18, 2014, 12:45:40 PM
Hehehe Stena Jinx strikes again , bet they are sorry they bought that ship now LOL.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on January 18, 2014, 07:51:26 PM
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Stena Alegra Runs into Trouble..

The website, tvnz.co.nz has reported that the Stena Alegra has struck the dockside, but the story only seems to report a loss of Power which affected propeller control systems:

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/stena-alegra-stuck-dockside-again-5802565

They must have driven over a lot of black cats to get this much bad luck, how much more can go wrong with the Alegra ? They managed to sail from Sweden to New Zealand and now this !
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: HSS on January 18, 2014, 10:28:02 PM
It's not that bad...

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/9626267/Stena-Alegra-ready-to-sail
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: MerseyMan on January 19, 2014, 07:35:43 PM
Stena Line's Irish Sea Fleet with transfer technical management to Northern Marine Management in Glasgow, progressively by the end of April.

The Stena Mersey and Stena Lagan will be the first to transfer, joining the Stena Precision, Stena Performer and Stena Hibernia.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mightymax23 on January 21, 2014, 06:34:28 PM
Anybody any idea why the Adventurer was hovering in D bay waiting for the Nordica to leave?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: FerryMan on January 21, 2014, 07:28:36 PM
She was waiting on Stena Nordia to leave, she seam to have had a problem with her bow doors again, she sailed at 17.20hrs. Sailing update has the Nordia as delayed on the UK website but on time on the Irish one.

"2030 Nordica Sailing is delayed by approx 1 1/2hours. Latest check-in 2030."
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mightymax23 on January 21, 2014, 07:37:49 PM
Ah fair enough, thanks ferryman!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on January 24, 2014, 03:59:42 PM
Wee update from Scott Mackey on flickr

Stena Adventurer refurbishment
http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/sets/72157623457108720/
 
Stena Lagan
http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/sets/72157625811741177/
 
The most recent shots are at the beginning of each of the above sets.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: HSS on January 26, 2014, 06:05:25 PM
Some great photos of the Stena Adventurer from Harry Gains at www.sealink-holyhead.net
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 05, 2014, 08:04:45 PM
Some good news for the North Channel Stena Line operation as Stena have renewed the charter of the Superfast VII & VIII until Autumn 2019. One assumes that a reduction in charter fees has been negotiated and that an option to purchase is probably included in this agreement.

https://newsclient.omxgroup.com/cdsPublic/viewDisclosure.action?disclosureId=592586&messageId=733232
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: HSS on February 07, 2014, 08:29:37 PM
Looks like Stena have cancelled all sailings between Dublin & Holyhead tomorrow...

'Stena Line regrets to inform that 08:20 and 15:10 sailings from Dublin port on 08/02/2014 are cancelled due to adverse weather.'

'Please be advised tomorrow 8th February 08:55hrs and 13:50hrs are both cancelled due to adverse weather conditions in the irish sea.'
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on February 07, 2014, 10:05:47 PM
Some good news for the North Channel Stena Line operation as Stena have renewed the charter of the Superfast VII & VIII until Autumn 2019. One assumes that a reduction in charter fees has been negotiated and that an option to purchase is probably included in this agreement.

https://newsclient.omxgroup.com/cdsPublic/viewDisclosure.action?disclosureId=592586&messageId=733232

Lets hope so because the figure I have heard was quite substantial!  I thought there was an option to purchase in the original agreement? By the time we get to 2019 these will be 18 year old ships though, and they are already quite costly to run!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 07, 2014, 11:10:48 PM
Some UNCONFIRMED rumours that Stena RoRo are in the process of acquiring/chartering the former Superfast X - Dieppe Seaways that is currently on short term charter to DFDS Seaways for the Dover - Calais service, if the rumours prove to be true, wonder is it possible if the Superfast could make arrive on the Irish Sea.

Also UNCONFIRMED are rumours that the Stena Vison and Stena Spirit are in line to replace the Stena Saga and Stena Europe in 2015 when they are expected to be replaced on the Karlskrona/Gdynia route by the current Stena Scandinavica / Stena Germanica as the Gothenburg - Kiel route is expected to be closed with the introduction of low sulphur SECA regulations.


In actual confirmed news Stena RoRo have chartered the Norman Voyager to Brittany Ferries once the charter with LD / DFDS ends in March 2014.

http://www.stenaroro.com/offering/Pages/Norman-Voyager.aspx

http://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/economie

http://www.passengerships.fr/1/post/2014/02/brittany-ferries-sinstalle-au-havre-dfds-quitte-dieppe-le-transmanche-en-pleine-mutation.html
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 07, 2014, 11:44:44 PM
Apparently the Dieppe Seaways acquisition is going to happen not sure if its being bought by Stena Line or Stena RoRo but judging on past performance it will be Stena RoRo.

Former Stena Seafarer now Ant 2 has arrived off the coast of Aliaga, the final voyage is probably not too far away.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on February 08, 2014, 12:19:36 AM
aw no, shame to see her go, i really have to finish the model of her
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on February 08, 2014, 03:10:06 PM
Well I'm not surprised to see her there. She's certainly had an eventful life.
The rumours regarding Stena's Baltic fleet and the Dieppe Seaways are very interesting and it'll also be interesting to see what happens next.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on February 08, 2014, 09:13:03 PM
DFDS are probably having a WTF moment!  She suits the livery in the photoshop'd pics BF have posted I think but surely this is BF trying to force out all competition in the Western Channel!

It wouldn't be a massive surprise to me if Superfast X went to Stena as the Superfasts up here have been well received by everyone I know, though her operating costs might be of concern and she wouldn't have a similar running mate if put on a 2 ship operation. That and the cost of converting her (assuming she wasn't being purchased to charter back to DFDS, anyone know if her initial problems are behind her now?).  Mind you they must be satisfied with the running costs enough now to renew the VII/VIII charters for another 5 years and you would think that Stena roro would do Stena a better deal than Tallink re charter fees!  Would seem logical to put either Spirit or Vision on the Fishguard link to see out their days in the same way Europe has.

Sorry to see Seafarer go, though looking at this the other 2 (sisters) may not have long either http://snpvalue.com/alerts/for-sale-or-charter-3-x-ex-stena-ropass-ant-2-and-sisters-1100-lm90-pax-usd-10/. AFAIK they are still operating though
 
Thinking out loud, what would people think of a Stenaified Superfast X on Dublin - Holyhead?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on February 09, 2014, 12:25:25 AM



 
Thinking out loud, what would people think of a Stenaified Superfast X on Dublin - Holyhead?

Was thinking when I heard this that if Stena wanted to upset Irish Ferries expansion plans they could replace Stena Nordica with the Superfast.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on February 09, 2014, 11:47:01 AM
If the Nordica does go to Fishguard, what would she need to compete with the Inishmore? I suppose a lot, but what specifically?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Ian Brazil on February 09, 2014, 04:12:49 PM
As regarding the Stena Europe when she is eventually replaced.  To my opinon 3 ferries that won,t be ideal for the route  1 The stena Nautica as she will be too small and too slow.  The other 2 the Stena,s Vison & Spirit as they will be far too big.  But what about the Stena Julandica or the Nordica.  With modiforcations to the 2 they are the ones that will be ideal  for the Fishguard to Rosslare  As Stena are good in working with shipyards regarding conversion work.  The other point is is Stena Line comitted in continuing to operate out of Fishguard.  Thats the other thing Stena needs to asked and for Stena to asked around to clients what service do they want from Stena.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 09, 2014, 06:21:23 PM
The former Stena Seafarer Ant 2 has been joined by the Ant 1 (Stena Pioneer) and Anna Marine (Stena Leader) all former fleetmates of the coast of Aliaga only the Ant 2 has a destination of Aliaga on the ais at the moment though. (three vessels in blue on image attached)

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 09, 2014, 07:03:27 PM
Anna Marine is now destination Aliaga, I would think all three are heading for the beach soon.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 09, 2014, 07:16:47 PM

Also UNCONFIRMED are rumours that the Stena Vison and Stena Spirit are in line to replace the Stena Saga and Stena Europe in 2015 when they are expected to be replaced on the Karlskrona/Gdynia route by the current Stena Scandinavica / Stena Germanica as the Gothenburg - Kiel route is expected to be closed with the introduction of low sulphur SECA regulations.


Can now confidently state that while the Spirt/Vision may be redeployed within the Stena route network they won't be coming to the Irish Sea. Would also doubt they will be replaced on the route they currently serve as Stena have no other vessels with enough passenger capacity.

Stena RoRo are the purchasers of Dieppe Seaways and the vessel remains on charter with DFDS until November this year, that is unless DFDS  decide to abandon the Dover - Calais bloodbath and get back to concentrating on the Dover - Dunkerque route and terminate the charter early. However it is no beyond the realms of possibility that the former Superfast X could just remain on the charter market generating profit for the company.

Also some nice images of the Stena Performer here:

http://www.irishseashipping.com/photofeatures/shipco/stena/performer090214/performer090214.htm

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: HSS on February 09, 2014, 07:47:28 PM
Well I will be sorry to see these go, great Irish Sea ships, Ant 1-Pandoro Bison (B&I Line), Ant 2-Pandoro Puma & Anna Marine-Pandoro Buffalo, lots of memories  :'(
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on February 09, 2014, 08:31:46 PM
Anna Marine is now destination Aliaga, I would think all three are heading for the beach soon.

As I expected sadly following seeing the 3 where for sale as a trio :(.  Given their age though its hardly surprising - 39 years is good going!

FWIW I think Jutlandica would be a good fit for the Fishguard run (operating opposite her sister!) and but would Stena want to put her there over somewhere else?  Wouldn't it be epic if they could use her as a train ferry between Rosslare and Fishguard though?! (not likely given the investment required in infrastructure)!

TBH Superfast X wouldn't give Stena much of a capacity increase (except in terms of passengers) over Nordica.  They could operate the service as "kinda fast" instead of Superfast as I dont think they could run the crossing any faster due to crossing times and berth availability.  Another possibility I thought of (IF SF X goes to Stena and her charter not renewed by DFDS) is thus.  As we know, Stena have a long term history of chartering to Marine Atlantic in Canada.  The former Superfast IX currently operates for them as Atlantic Vision and runs opposite Leif Ericsson (the former Stena Challenger) as well as the heavily rebuilt former Stena Trader and Traveler ((on charter from Stena Ro-Ro funilly enough) between Port aux Basques and North Sydney.  As well as having a big difference in speed the Leif Ericson is very much the baby of the fleet in terms capacity and I would also assume facilities, so its not beyond the realms of possibility that SF X could be chartered out to run opposite her sister which would then allow Leif Ericson to be sold on to whoever.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Matt73 on February 09, 2014, 10:13:21 PM
I would be amazed if the Stena Spirit or Vision went to Fishguard, not least because the are actually older than the Europe.  Construction started in 1979/80, even though delivery was delayed until 1986/87.  They have far too much cabin and freight capacity for the route, even after the cabins were removed from the upper freight deck in the most recent refit.  It's a bit like the nonsense a few years ago about the Stena Britannica moving to Fishguard.  If they ever replace the Europe, I would expect to see something a bit newer.

The Kiel-Gothenburg route closure speculation is also of news.  This is one of their oldest and most established services and I thought that the current Germanica and Scandinavica were enjoying good loadings, not least because the Travemunde route was closed in 2010, not to mention the massive redevelopment of the Kiel terminal. 

Perhaps the Dieppe Seaways will replace the Stena Nordica, which could then be released for Fishguard.  That would certainly justify spending some money on the Dieppe Seaways, whose interior was ruined by SeaFrance. 

Does anybody have any news about the proposed Bristol to Cork service?

Matt
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Matt73 on February 09, 2014, 10:17:44 PM
Does anybody have any further news on the proposed ship order by Stena?  The so-called EasyJet concept where they have one design of ship which can be used across the fleet.

Thanks.

Matt
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 09, 2014, 10:55:07 PM
Does anybody have any further news on the proposed ship order by Stena?  The so-called EasyJet concept where they have one design of ship which can be used across the fleet.

Thanks.

Matt

Nothing as of yet, but I would not be surprised if they order a batch from Visentini,(I kow the yard is not making ferries at the moment but) I think we can safely say the days of massive cruise ferries (not ignoring Brittany Ferries new order) are over and likes of the Moby Freedom style vessels will become much rarer as time goes on. Imagine a Visentini with bow doors, double deck loading and 1,000 passenger capacity, cheap to run, capable of 24 knots, easy to maintain, able to handle bad weather, easy to lengthen if necessary........

While the Stena Nordica is a perfect match for the Fishguard service when its quiet, it does not have the additional capacity to take the traffic when its busy, before Christmas when the Oscar was cancelled the Europe was running full with max passenger capacity used, thats twice the Nordica's passenger capability. the recently acquired Stena Egeria of Stena RoRo would be a perfect fit. (As long as the standard interior is ripped out and replaced with the Stena version of the Visentinti as seen in the Lagan and Mersey)

http://www.stenaroro.com/offering/Pages/Stena-Egeria.aspx
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 09, 2014, 11:09:08 PM
Ant 1 destination now Aliaga, all three ships are heading for the beaches

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Davy Jones on February 09, 2014, 11:12:59 PM
I was surprised that they all date from 1975. They look so modern compared to other vessels of the time. The St. Columba was built the same year, and Hengist and Horsa only 3 years before.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on February 10, 2014, 12:23:11 AM
I would be amazed if the Stena Spirit or Vision went to Fishguard, not least because the are actually older than the Europe.  Construction started in 1979/80, even though delivery was delayed until 1986/87.  They have far too much cabin and freight capacity for the route, even after the cabins were removed from the upper freight deck in the most recent refit.  It's a bit like the nonsense a few years ago about the Stena Britannica moving to Fishguard.  If they ever replace the Europe, I would expect to see something a bit newer.

The Kiel-Gothenburg route closure speculation is also of news.  This is one of their oldest and most established services and I thought that the current Germanica and Scandinavica were enjoying good loadings, not least because the Travemunde route was closed in 2010, not to mention the massive redevelopment of the Kiel terminal. 

Perhaps the Dieppe Seaways will replace the Stena Nordica, which could then be released for Fishguard.  That would certainly justify spending some money on the Dieppe Seaways, whose interior was ruined by SeaFrance. 

Does anybody have any news about the proposed Bristol to Cork service?

Matt

Just don't see the Dieppe Seaways going to Fishguard due to her running costs, but I agree Spirit and Vision aren't the most likely options (remember they where modernised last year as well so they must intend to keep them in service a while yet .  This isnt the fiirst time I have heard of Kiel-Gothenburg being a potential closure mind, though there does seem to be a lot of investment involved in the route also.  I agree that Egeria would be a good fit for Fishguard.  Speaking of Visentinis, was reading through the Stena interim update for Q3 and it mentions that they expect to acquire 3 ropax's before the end of 2013 at a cost of EUR 64.5 million approx.  Assuming this is referring to the 3 Visentini's they acquired that means the average price is around the EUR 21.5 M which is a heck of a lot less than another Stena Adventurer or Ulysses!

Another thing to think about - IF the 3 "pre-owned" Visentinis cost Stena EUR 64.5 M, the new BF Pegasis is costing EUR 270 Million for 1 ship!  Likewise Spirit of Britain/France where Eur 180M each.  Although not comparable in terms of facilities, they all do the same thing at the end of the day.  Likewise Stena spent a lot of money on Spirit and Vision, according to the aforementioned interim update Stena Baltica (ex Koningin Beatrix) was sold for about EUR 2.5 M so its not like they would see the investment paid back if the ships where sold on.

According to this article (in Italian) Visentini recieved an order for a ferry from Nordana recently, though I assume this will be like their existing ships and be a pure ro-ro with container capability. http://www.ilsole24ore.com/art/barometro-economia/2014-01-31/ordini-ripresa-solo-estero--152452.shtml?uuid=ABrgPet 

It will be interesting to see what approach different operators take with many ships around Europe due for replacement.  Im guessing Stena will stick with the ro-pax formula (freight is up 8% while car takings are stagnant according to the aforementioned document) but with the flexibility (or Stenability as they would say) in the design to do a conversion to passenger operation like they did with Traveler and Trader which remember had a big section taken out of them as well as having accommodation added.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on February 11, 2014, 11:46:20 PM
Wee shot of Stena Performer I took today arriving in Belfast, running slightly late.  It was feckin cold btw!

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5519/12468933924_c16c55ef87_z.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7406/12468558924_c8e93a966b_z.jpg)

and one of Stena SF VII taken last summer

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3799/12468559164_51b36b8c32_z.jpg)
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Davy Jones on February 12, 2014, 11:09:54 AM
Stena Adventurer on an interesting tack this morning (Ulysses isn't much better).

Also noticed Stena Explorer's AIS transponder has been active for the last couple of days.

(sorry, don't know how to do screen capture otherwise I'd have put the pictures up).
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: smallboatowner on February 12, 2014, 07:09:40 PM
Stena Lagan seems reluctant to head to Belfast, circling at mouth of lough 2/3 hours https://www.dropbox.com/s/bl2xhzjoh8x3ubs/Lagan.jpg
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Davy Jones on February 12, 2014, 07:29:15 PM
I think it's because Stena Mersey is still sat on the berth. Wind's not so bad up there but they've probably delayed the Mersey's departure to such a time that she can have a better passage through Liverpool Bay.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on February 12, 2014, 08:54:52 PM
My sources tell me Mersey took a bit of battering last night on her way to Belfast.  Lagan still circling.  Hibernia cancelled tonight.  I'm guessing they are gonna switch the ships on the roster and use Mersey for tonight's sailing to Birkenhead.  As Mersey is on the berth Lagan can't discharge.  VT4 (Cairnryan berth) is double deck and also required for the Super fast service which is still sailing - SF VIII currently enroute as I type.  I'm guessing Lagan will be out there until Mersey departs. (22:30 according to the schedule).  God help those on board - my house is taking a battering (a few miles inland) never mind a ferry!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Matt73 on February 12, 2014, 10:12:18 PM
Many thanks to Giftrub and Steven for those very comprehensive resposnes.  I very much agree with your analysis. 

Re the St Columba in an earlier posting, she was delivered in 1977, not 1975, and the Hengist, Horsa and Senlac were delivered in 1972/3. 

I'm old enough to remember the Lord Warden, on which I had possibly one of the worst sea crossings ever to Dun Laoghaire in 1979.  Then again, a return trip on Pont Aven last May from Santander probably was the all time worst.  I don't think she's a particularly good sea keeper and would be interested in anybody else's view. 

Matt
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on February 12, 2014, 10:26:03 PM
Lagan finally looks like she is berthing with the assistance of a tug (Willowgarth).  Mersey has left for Birkenhead.

EDIT: lagan still appears to be berthing with tug assistance.  Stena Hibernia is on the Heysham berth (VT1) with Stena Precision tied up (I assume) down river a little.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on February 12, 2014, 11:26:33 PM


I'm old enough to remember the Lord Warden, on which I had possibly one of the worst sea crossings ever to Dun Laoghaire in 1979.  Then again, a return trip on Pont Aven last May from Santander probably was the all time worst.  I don't think she's a particularly good sea keeper and would be interested in anybody else's view. 

Matt

Am surprised you had a rough ride on Pont Aven , conditions must have been very bad that day , I have been out in some nasty swells on Pont Aven and always found her to be steady in bad weather , certainly she would have better sea keeping than Oscar Wilde , Celtic Horizon or Epsilon.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on February 13, 2014, 02:10:02 PM
Mersey was a couple of hours late in to Birkenhead this morning so she's late getting away this afternoon.  Stena Lagan appears to be operating as normal now, albeit on the opposite side of the roster.  Superfast sailings on time, though its still pretty windy out there.

The latest (courtesy of Freight link)
Cairnryan - Belfast     ALL CURRENTLY ON TIME Belfast - Cairnryan     ALL CURRENTLY ON TIME Heysham - Belfast 09:00 09:00   Belfast - Heysham 09:00 09:00   Heysham - Belfast 21:00 22:30   Belfast - Heysham 21:00 22:00   Heysham - Dublin 02:15 12:00 14/2 TO BE ADVISED Dublin - Heysham 14:30 14:30 TO BE ADVISED Heysham - Warrenpoint 08:30 08:30   Warrenpoint - Heysham 08:30 08:30   Heysham - Warrenpoint 21:00 CANXC 13/2   Warrenpoint - Heysham 21:00 22:00   Birkenhead - Belfast 10:30 10:30   Belfast - Birkenhead 10:30 10:30   Birkenhead - Belfast 22:30 22:30   Belfast - Birkenhead 22:30 22:30   Birkenhead - Belfast 03:00 03:00   Belfast - Birkenhead 15:00 15:00   Liverpool - Dublin 09:30 09:30   Dublin - Liverpool  09:00 09:00   Liverpool - Dublin 21:30 CANCX 13/2   Dublin - Liverpool 21:00 19:30   Holyhead - Dublin STENALINE   ALL CURRENTLY ON TIME Holyhead - Dublin IRISH FERRIES   SWIFT SAILINGS CANCX Dublin - Holyhead STENALINE   ALL CURRENTLY ON TIME Dublin - Holyhead IRISH FERRIES   14:15 & SWIFT SAILINGS CANCX Fishguard - Rosslare    02:45 / 14:30   14:30 CURRENTLY ON TIME Rosslare - Fishguard 09:00 / 21:00 ALL CURRENTLY ON TIME Pembroke - Rosslare 02:45 / 14:45   14:45 CURRENTLY ON TIME Rosslare - Pembroke 20:45 / 08:45   ALL CURRENTLY ON TIME
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 13, 2014, 07:53:09 PM
Some changes to the North channel operation this weekend as the Stena Superfast VII gets a few days off for some much needed technical work.

Stena Superfast VII is off service for essential maintenance from 1000 this Saturday 15/02/14 until 1000 on Monday 17/02/14. Final sailing will be 0730 on Sat and she resumes again with 1130 ex Belfast on Mon.

Stena Superfast VIII will undertake an extra sailing on Sunday morning in lieu of VII.

Stena Hibernia will also provide freight cover.

Then...
Stena Superfast VII will be off service again from 1000 Saturday 22/03/14 until 1000 Tuesday 25/03/14 when the same arrangements will apply.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: HSS on February 13, 2014, 09:35:57 PM
Visit of Stena Performer to Twelve Quays....

http://www.irishseashipping.com/photofeatures/shipco/stena/performer090214/performer090214.htm
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on February 16, 2014, 01:24:10 AM
RE Stena's ships transfering to Northern Marine Management.  I don't think its been mentioned on here before, but NMM is a part of the Stena "empire".  I guess it makes sense not to duplicate something which is already in the group (said with my managers "hat" on).

Any word on Trinacria and Partenope, and specifically are they staying with TTT lines?

Visit of Stena Performer to Twelve Quays....

http://www.irishseashipping.com/photofeatures/shipco/stena/performer090214/performer090214.htm
Strange seeing her on the "wrong" river!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Alanmac6363 on February 16, 2014, 04:08:39 PM
It would seem from the info supplied by www.marinetraffic.com, that Stena Hibernia did an extra return journey to Port Ryan on Saturday [15th Feb], leaving Belfast at around 19.50, the return arriving in Belfast at 03.30 on the 16th.

Would I be right in thinking that this would've been freight cover for the absence of Superfast VII?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: chrissuperfast on February 16, 2014, 05:47:49 PM
does anyone know what work is been carried out on the superfast 7 is it major or routine due to no dry dock this year
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 16, 2014, 08:41:07 PM
As posted on Feb 13th, Stena Hibernia was providing cover for the Superfast VII's weekend off.

The Superfast VII is getting some technical work done to a gearbox and other ancillary areas and will have another weekend off in March for the gearbox to be replaced, this work has been required for quite some time and obviously can only be done during a quiet weekend.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on February 16, 2014, 09:32:06 PM
Following on from my post towards the end of last year about HSS Carisma being under review, I have heard that Carisma will NOT be sailing this summer.  Have not heard anything official as of yet, but things did go strangely quiet after news reports at the end of the year saying a decision was too be made within 4 weeks (which is long over now).  An interesting statistic I came across via the motorship blog is that Carisma consumes twice the amount of fuel per round trip as Stena Danica which apart from having a much higher capacity is also powered by 4 1980's sulzer diesels which you would imagine aren't as efficient as modern powerplants.  Added to the fact that Carisma only sails at 35 knots to conserve fuel and is speed restricted for part of the journey anyway it's probably hard to justify the outlay.  Sincerely hope she does run, but unfortunately its not looking likely.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: MerseyMan on February 16, 2014, 11:41:57 PM
RE Stena's ships transfering to Northern Marine Management.  I don't think its been mentioned on here before, but NMM is a part of the Stena "empire".  I guess it makes sense not to duplicate something which is already in the group (said with my managers "hat" on).

Any word on Trinacria and Partenope, and specifically are they staying with TTT lines?

Visit of Stena Performer to Twelve Quays....

http://www.irishseashipping.com/photofeatures/shipco/stena/performer090214/performer090214.htm
Strange seeing her on the "wrong" river!


I believe this is the exact reason. A few of the Stena Line ships in the Irish Sea have been with NMM or over a year (Precision/Performer and the Hibernia). Also, the Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey have been in Crew Management since last October i believe. As NMM is one of the "Stena Sphere's" strongest performing companies, it is perfectly logical to have the technical management done by them.

I see the Stena Hibernia is in Cairnryan tonight. Might take a wee drive down if shes going to be back in March, just for a nosey!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on February 17, 2014, 03:25:04 PM
Stena Lagan and Mersey have sailed light today in order to reposition (Monday is the layover day on the Birkenhead service).  I believe the reason for this is that Lagan has an MCA drill and MES deployment in Belfast next Monday and so needs to be back on her own roster in order to be in Belfast next week.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 17, 2014, 08:23:01 PM
Trincaria and Partenope have been chartered back to TTT Line, the length of that charter has not been disclosed, the former Hoa Sen - Stena Egeria has been in drydock in Shanghai since the end of last year, so is probably having some major rebuilding work carried out for whatever job they have planned for it. One thing is they are not going to be converted for bow opening/double deck loading configuration as the quotes were astronomical given the ferries purchase price.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on February 18, 2014, 12:27:14 AM
Dont think it has been reported before, but apologies if it has.

Stena Line are to leave the current terminal in Gothenburg for ferries to Denmark in 2020.  The company have signed a new lease with the city which explicitly states there can be no renewal of the lease.  Current speculation is that the Denmark services will move to the Germany terminal. Meanwhile it has been reported that traffic through Gothenburg has increased for the first time in 3 years.  Current speculation is that the Denmark services will move to the Germany terminal.

http://www.porttechnology.org/news/gothenburg_ro_ro_traffic_up_for_first_time_in_three_years

It seems that the Irish Sea crews are not the only ones to be affected by cost cutting.  Reports from Sweden suggest that Stena are to make cuts to crews in order to save SEK 1.3M by 2015

http://www.gp.se/nyheter/goteborg/1.2269199-stena-varslar-befal-pa-farjorna
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: DublinPeter on February 18, 2014, 02:45:46 PM
So where does this leave the HSS Carisma?  There was much speculation that she might not make a return this year and she doesn't appear at all on the booking system for 2014. Would leave Explorer feeling a bit vulnerable on Dun Laoghaire - Holyhead....

Pete
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on February 18, 2014, 02:57:54 PM
So where does this leave the HSS Carisma?  There was much speculation that she might not make a return this year and she doesn't appear at all on the booking system for 2014. Would leave Explorer feeling a bit vulnerable on Dun Laoghaire - Holyhead....

Pete

Its pretty certain that Carisma is NOT going to sail this year.  Whilst there has been nothing official from Stena that I am aware of, its well known that she simply costs too much to run (see my earlier).  It would be cheaper to run another (much larger) conventional vessel on to the link! AFAIK it has been confirmed that Explorer will continue to run, however whether that remains to be the case is anybody's guess.  Carisma uses entirely different engines btw to the HSS1500, with the main thing in common between the 1500 and 900 being the hull form.  The parts from Voyager could keep Explorer running for a few years yet whereas Carisma is a unique vessel.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: DublinPeter on February 18, 2014, 07:57:43 PM
Thanks Steven,

Seems to be a deal done in Dun Laoghaire for HSS for 2014 and 2015 at least which is a good sign.  Will be a shame to see Carisma withdrawn though - I've never seen her up close but she looks like a nifty little thing.  Wonder how she would handle the Irish Sea :)

Pete
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on February 19, 2014, 01:05:43 AM
Unlike the HSS 1500's Stena Carisma stands a good chance of being sold for further use by another operator.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on February 19, 2014, 10:16:35 AM
Not a fleet movement as such, but it does involve Stena!

StockMarketWire.com - Conygar Investment Company has been given planning consent for the Holyhead Waterfront development by Isle of Anglesey County Council.

The proposed development, which is a joint venture with Stena Line Ports, consists of a 500 berth marina; 252 waterfront apartments; 74 houses; an 80 bed hotel; 8 waterfront commercial/leisure units (total 4,040 square metres); a sail training/youth centre; a maritime museum; parking and winter boat storage and associated landscaping and green space.

Chief executive Robert Ware said: "We are pleased to secure the planning consent and believe that the continued improvement in the housing market will very much benefit our development which in turn will create much needed employment opportunities and attract new businesses to the area both during construction and thereafter. - See more at: http://www.stockmarketwire.com/article/4758522/Conygar-gets-go-ahead-for-Holyhead-development.html#sthash.Ejlcwn1a.dpuf
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on February 19, 2014, 06:09:33 PM
So where does this leave the HSS Carisma?  There was much speculation that she might not make a return this year and she doesn't appear at all on the booking system for 2014. Would leave Explorer feeling a bit vulnerable on Dun Laoghaire - Holyhead....

Pete

Its pretty certain that Carisma is NOT going to sail this year.  Whilst there has been nothing official from Stena that I am aware of, its well known that she simply costs too much to run (see my earlier).  It would be cheaper to run another (much larger) conventional vessel on to the link! AFAIK it has been confirmed that Explorer will continue to run, however whether that remains to be the case is anybody's guess.  Carisma uses entirely different engines btw to the HSS1500, with the main thing in common between the 1500 and 900 being the hull form.  The parts from Voyager could keep Explorer running for a few years yet whereas Carisma is a unique vessel.

Just came across the fuel consumption figures for Stena's high speed ferries whilst doing some research for my new website.  These are taken from Stena Line - The Story of a Ferry Company (p.358)

HSS 1500: 480t/24hr
HSS 900: 270t/24hr
Stena Lynx 3 (Incat 81m) 115t/24hr

So basically Carisma has over twice the consumption of a 1996 built 81m InCat, but less than a third extra car and passenger capacity (900 pax vs 670 and 212 cars vs 148).  The difference between Swift and Explorer in consumption must be huge!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 19, 2014, 09:41:00 PM
The HSS quoted fuel consumption figures are for when they were running at the original operating speed, as they now throttle back the Explorer, the figures have improved but are still horrendous compared to regular vessels.

Unfortunately for the HSS900 Carisma it also uses a version of the HSS linkspan which limits the future use of the vessel as it also needs the purchaser to buy the linkspans for docking etc, the Incats and Austals can be easily modified for most linkspans quite easily which allows them to switch ports relatively easily.

Interesting image of the Stena Batica on the next edition of the Shippax Magazine
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on February 19, 2014, 10:22:50 PM
The HSS quoted fuel consumption figures are for when they were running at the original operating speed, as they now throttle back the Explorer, the figures have improved but are still horrendous compared to regular vessels.

Unfortunately for the HSS900 Carisma it also uses a version of the HSS linkspan which limits the future use of the vessel as it also needs the purchaser to buy the linkspans for docking etc, the Incats and Austals can be easily modified for most linkspans quite easily which allows them to switch ports relatively easily.

Interesting image of the Stena Batica on the next edition of the Shippax Magazine

Looks good!  Wish I could afford to subscribe to CFI, but at Ł20 ish per issue its a bit beyond my financial means!

Even though the figures quoted are for full speed, so are the InCat's (OK, there is a 3kn difference in favour of the HSS) so it still shows there is a huge discrepancy in fuel consumption between the InCat catamaran and the HSS. 
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on February 21, 2014, 10:43:58 PM
For those of you on the Ferries of Northern Europe yahoo group, someone purporting to be in the know states that Dieppe Seaways will go to Holyhead with Nordica going to Fishguard when the charter to DFDS (which Stena have taken on) ends towards the end of this year.  How much we should read in to it I don't know but those of you who are members might want to keep an eye to the discussion.

Personally I think Dieppe Seaways running from Dublin makes sense (and if they do the same style of conversion as they did on the other Superfast's Cartour Epsilon will not be able to come close on passenger facilities).  I also think it is just as likely she will be chartered out to Marine Atlantic or similar.  Interestingly (and slightly related) I read in the Shippax Stena History book that Stena Traveller and Trader had originally been earmarked for Belfast to Cairnryan until Marine Atlantic came in to the picture so Stena took the Superfasts on instead after agreeing to charter Traveller and Trader to MA.  Things could have looked very different had things been reversed and Marine Atlantic now had Superfast VII VIII and IV all on charter from Tallink (and potentially SF X on charter from Stena)!

Just to add a bit more to the discussion, I remembered about this release from Tallink towards the end of last year:

Quote
Tallink Grupp
Company Announcement Charter of Superfast IX
Tallinn, 2013-08-22 08:50 CEST (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- A subsidiary of AS Tallink Grupp, Baltic SF IX Limited and Marine Atlantic Inc, a Canadian company with the state participation therein, have concluded to extend the charter agreement of Superfast IX for one year, until November 2014. Marine Atlantic Inc plans to continue operating the vessel in the Canadian waters under the name of M/S Atlantic Vision.

M/S Superfast IX has been on the long-term bareboat charter since November 14, 2008
http://www.4-traders.com/TALLINK-GRUPP-AS-6498474/news/Tallink-Grupp-AS--Charter-of-Superfast-IX-17209105/

So the other sister is potentially available from mid November as well.  The DFDS charter started in October 2012 so if it is in its final year she may be available to Stena in October/November the same time as Atlantic Vision is looking for a new home.  Send them to Remontowa for a month or two and we have another pair of Stena Superfast's and the Stena marketing department get all their Christmases at once!  Of course this is all a "what if" scenario that I just thought of, but it does bear some thinking about.  Where to put them though? ;)
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on February 22, 2014, 01:33:12 PM
I'm glad someone has put it up here, as I learnt about this on the Dover Forum (though nothing has been confirmed). If it does go ahead, then I think it would be the best option for Stena's future on the Irish Sea.
Although both the Stena Nordica and Dieppe Seaways (apparently to be renamed Stena Endeavour) would need a good refit for their respective routes, complete with an internal refurbishment. 

Discussion on the Dover forum has now turned to DFDS' future on the English Channel, which may see them go back just 1 route (Dover-Dunkirk), with the ships being converted to LNG or have then retrofitted with sulphur scrubbers.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: DublinPeter on February 22, 2014, 02:21:58 PM
The world of speculation is great fun isn't it :)

Thanks to Steven for publishing the fuel consumption figures for the various High Speed Ferries.  I had them before but had lost them.  Apparently the throttle-back of the HSS 1500 saves about 30-35% in consumption so lets say that Explorer now runs at about 350t/24h.  Still a lot obviously but a noticeable difference and running with a decent load makes her a slightly better financial proposition!

The sum I'm trying to do though is to find the point where it would make sense to replace Explorer with Carisma (as has been considered before). Just in the land of speculation of course for this one.  Carisma is more expensive to run than Swift for instance (Swift runs at about 180t/24h apparently) but obviously Swift is a bit smaller (about 15% less capacity) and is not so good in terms of trips missed which has to be factored in too! So Carisma would be about 25% less expensive to run than Explorer (a bit more if she was throttled back to 32knots) but obviously provides less capacity at peak times. 

Realistically, what I'm trying to explore is the possibility of whether Carisma could double trip in the high season when she would traditionally be very busy (so lets say running at 75% loading per sailing as Explorer does at her busy times) and then being cheap enough to single trip off season when she could fill the gap in the day between conventional sailings and take the dozen or so trucks that need a particular timeslot along with the tourist/leisure trippers.

I think Giftgrub mentioned converting Explorer to LNG before which of course would solve all the problems at a stroke but I just wanted to tease out another option!

Pete
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on February 22, 2014, 02:40:48 PM
Hhhhmmmm , thinking about it , Stena Nordica would be a good fit for Rosslare - Fishguard without alteration if Stena Carsima were providing the increased passenger capacity during the summer months.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on February 22, 2014, 03:10:50 PM
Does the Stena Carisma need specific infrastructure requirements and would Stena really consider operating a summer fast ferry service at Fishguard again?
As for converting the Stena Explorer to LNG, I'm not sure... If they were REALLY serious about it, they would've converted the Discovery and Voyager when they had the chance. 

Well that's true the Nordica seemed to do okay at Fishguard and Rosslare, but I was really thinking of her internal accommodation, which would have to be improved.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on February 22, 2014, 06:11:23 PM
Hhhhmmmm , thinking about it , Stena Nordica would be a good fit for Rosslare - Fishguard without alteration if Stena Carsima were providing the increased passenger capacity during the summer months.
AFAIK there is also scope within Nordica's design for future expansion of her accommodation - I will see if I can find out any more though these things can be quite difficult to find out unless in the industry as I have discovered when researching for my website!  Given Stena's track record and the fact they don't take on tonnage that cant be altered (the whole Stenability thing) I'm sure alterations could be made to make her even more suitable.  If anything though in some ways she may be too big due to her freight capacity with on excess of 1900 lane metres compare to Europe's 1223.

Regarding Carisma she does need her own infrastructure and crazily IMHO it is different to that used by Explorer.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on February 22, 2014, 06:13:40 PM

(Swift runs at about 180t/24h apparently)

Pete

But remember the Swift doesn't run 24 hours a day, she only operates about 8 hours per day, so that would work out at approx 60T/per day if your figures are correct.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: DublinPeter on February 22, 2014, 08:24:56 PM
I think all the figures are based on how much fuel they would burn if they were running 24 hours.  Explorer only runs 5 hours per day so her consumption is a percentage of what she would use in 24 hours etc.  I think what the figures show is, relatively speaking, how much more expensive Explorer is to run versus Carisma versus Swift or Lynx.  Explorer carries twice the number of passengers that Lynx did so that has to be factored in.  Sums are very complicated!

Yes, Carisma needs her own linkspans which doesn't help her saleability!  Back when Stena had a full office here I spoke with an engineer who was being asked to examine the viability of the switch and his view was that with relatively modest investment, the Dun Laoghaire and Holyhead linkspans could be altered to accomodate Carisma.  Biggest problem is apparently not the ramps, but the locking mechanism which docks a HSS, which is very different to that of a conventional ship or even most fastcraft.  The other option at Dun Laoghaire is to alter Berth 5 (the old Lynx berth) with a half linkspan which would slow down loading/unloading (it would be a one way operation) but would be much cheaper. 

I think the LPG conversion was a bit tongue in cheek but the technology has changed dramatically in recent years (even since Discovery was withdrawn).  Didn't incat just sell a duel fuel cat recently? That one managed 58knots too which would be quite the sales pitch on the Irish sea! Other solution for DL-Holyhead is of course to lease one of the 98m+ fastcraft that are knocking about and build a new brand to replace the HSS one which remember is valuable to Stena in terms of Market Share on the Irish Sea. 
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on February 22, 2014, 08:42:48 PM
Anyone know why the Clipper Pennant is in Gothenburg at one of the Stena berths?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on February 22, 2014, 09:45:44 PM
There are numerous Incat 98m fastcats from the mid to late 90's for sale for under 5 million Euro , some similar to Stena Lynx III are for sale for under 3 million Euro.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 22, 2014, 09:55:02 PM
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

But now

"   
Dear Customer,
 
Stena Vision dry docking that where planned to be back the 24th will be extended for some days. She will be back in service 21:30 from Gdynia the 27th of February. We have during this period done the same change as we did for the first part of the docking period, Stena Baltica will sail in Stena Visions timetable. Stena Balticas regular departures during this period are canceled. Customers who have been booked on a canceled departure are informed by us with a notification mail, as well as with a new sailing time for the confirmed units."

http://www.stenalinefreight.com/PublicMessaging/Message.mvc/ViewMessage/cec43f44-6679-4f9e-926f-e5e2262fe814

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1980821

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1978490

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1973867

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1973866

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1973865

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https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=816888928337982&set=pcb.816889245004617&type=1&theater

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Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Ian Brazil on February 22, 2014, 11:19:32 PM
You never know .  As regarding the Stena Nordica transfering to the Southern corridor.  To make her more suitable for the route .  They could give her a facelift.  I think I remember when Stena redeployed the Stena Europe on the Fishguard to Rosslare some 12 years ago  Not many were too happy about her being used on the route. But  after giving her a major refit.  In the end it pay off.  As she performed well during the pass years. As long as the ferry is  carrying good loadings then Stena will reconsider whats best for the route.  It depends how many are using the route.  Thats my view about  this.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on February 22, 2014, 11:32:02 PM
Yes I remember John Hendy being very sceptical about the Europe coming to Rosslare, with a Ł2 million refit. I remember him remarking that Ł2 million "would barely paint half of the ship."
Well given what Stena have done at Birkenhead, I think they would almost certainly do the same to the Nordica and spruce her up a fair bit, should she move.

Thank you Giftgrub, I knew you would know :). If the Explorer is going to go within the next 18 months, I better book my ticket to sail on her ASAP.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on February 23, 2014, 01:07:09 AM
Don't think it has been mentioned but Dieppe Seaways is currently at Remontowa, sitting beside her possible future fleetmate Stena Vision in the drydock occupied by Pont Aven until recently.  Remontowa have been busy lately!  I expect Jakub Boguki will have pics shortly!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: DublinPeter on February 23, 2014, 11:09:09 AM
Look at you knocking down my idle speculation with all your facts Giftgrub  ;)  Still though, things tend to change pretty quickly in this business so lets see what happens. I'd like to think that Dun Laoghaire will maintain at least a seasonal service in the medium term and thankfully at this stage, there seems to be a desire/willingness at Stena for that to happen. 

So much of what happens there is dependent not just on the price of fuel, but on the far larger expense for a shipping company and that is manpower.  The current situation on the Irish Sea (and possibly elsewhere, I don't have knowledge of other areas) sees vessel running costs being quite similar, but manpower costs being so much higher on the Stena side due to the maintenance of a generally UK/Irish crew.  Personally, that's not something I would like to see changing (given the high quality of onboard crew that Stena have) but by year end, things could be very different.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on February 23, 2014, 01:16:05 PM
Having seen Fishguard's figures for the past few months its hard to see how Stena could justify any significant investment in Nordica.  She has more than enough Freight capacity and from a business point of view is it really worth increased year round costs to satisfy seasonal peaks of passengers who are going to pay the lowest fare possible anyway?  More passenger facilities = more crew and remember there will be more capacity at Holyhead to soak up any overspill.  There's a bigger picture to think of as well and without giving anything away this could be more viable than initially meets the eye.  Running Nordica at higher speed however is likely to eliminate any cost savings gained in the first place though.

Regarding Stena's crewing nothing has happened yet but the company know their local crews are an asset but like any business manpower is a major cost.  HR costs can make or break any company (unless you are subsidised by the French state ;) )

IF explorer does operate next year I'm pretty sure it will be her last.  Her costs are still quite eye watering especially given her lack of flexibility.  She's also nearing her 20th birthday so costs are only going to climb now.The costs required for any conversion would be very hard to justify given her age, particularly for a company striving to become more efficient.  The superfasts are highly marketable and the HSS is all but forgotten in Belfast by Joe public.

EDIT: Should also add that Fishguard - Rosslare figures for both December and January show passenger numbers are down on last year.  Explorers figures yoy can only be described as awful!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: DublinPeter on February 23, 2014, 02:34:55 PM
Having seen Fishguard's figures for the past few months its hard to see how Stena could justify any significant investment in Nordica.  She has more than enough Freight capacity and from a business point of view is it really worth increased year round costs to satisfy seasonal peaks of passengers who are going to pay the lowest fare possible anyway?  More passenger facilities = more crew and remember there will be more capacity at Holyhead to soak up any overspill.  There's a bigger picture to think of as well and without giving anything away this could be more viable than initially meets the eye.  Running Nordica at higher speed however is likely to eliminate any cost savings gained in the first place though.

Regarding Stena's crewing nothing has happened yet but the company know their local crews are an asset but like any business manpower is a major cost.  HR costs can make or break any company (unless you are subsidised by the French state ;) )

IF explorer does operate next year I'm pretty sure it will be her last.  Her costs are still quite eye watering especially given her lack of flexibility.  She's also nearing her 20th birthday so costs are only going to climb now.The costs required for any conversion would be very hard to justify given her age, particularly for a company striving to become more efficient.  The superfasts are highly marketable and the HSS is all but forgotten in Belfast by Joe public.

EDIT: Should also add that Fishguard - Rosslare figures for both December and January show passenger numbers are down on last year.  Explorers figures yoy can only be described as awful!

The Rosslare - Fishguard/Pembroke stats have been pretty scary for a few years now.  Looked at coldly, there is realistically no business case for two operators on pretty similar routes there particularly in the off season where both are almost totally reliant on freight traffic.  Nordica is a good compromise solution though if Rosslare-Fishguard is to be maintained for market share purposes.

I'm not too sure about the Explorer figures you quote Steven - the DOT figures for throughput at Dun Laoghaire are pretty similar for 2012 and 2013 from what I can see. Obviously way down on past years though, the seasonal single tripping and uncertainty going back to 2009 has really hurt the route and damaged it's viability.  I tend to agree that Explorer is in her final days (a great shame IMHO) but I'm not sure the same goes for the route.  Remember, that even with the extra capacity IF still run (occasionally!) Swift twice a day all year round for the tourist market and as I mention so often, to maintain market share!  I know the operator and the harbour company have been talking here - hope something comes of it!



Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: 20knots on February 23, 2014, 04:21:54 PM
Interesting debate as always.

A number of things occur to me:

* Would it actually be realistic to operate three sailings each way Rosslare-Fishguard with any conventional vessel? Based on a 3-hour crossing and a 1-hour turn around at each port it is possible on paper but in practice would it work? There would be zero recovery time for bad weather/high traffic volumes etc... That said perhaps it would work on certain days in Summer e.g. weekends. The routine sailings would need to be the same time each day with the additional sailings built around the routine schedule.

* While there may be spare capacity at Holyhead which will soak up some overspill, I don't think it is a good strategy to consider Dublin-Holyhead as being the solution for soaking up all overspill. Dublin/Dun Laoghaire-Holyhead and Rosslare-Fishguard link geographically different areas of Ireland and Britain and someone choosing to use Rosslare whether motorist, haulage firm or rail passenger is doing so because the route best lends itself for where s/he wants to go.

* Nothing wrong with the Stena Nordica, she does the job but would be a "step-down" in what Rosslare-Fishguard are used to. That said I'd much rather see her than no ship at all on the link. It is good to see Stena Line persevering and being able to meet the needs of diverse sections of the customer base. I don't doubt that the Southern Corridor can build itself up strongly but it won't happen overnight.

* Could a Superfast on Dun Laoghaire-Holyhead possibly see the restoration of a year-round link or is the issue of too many large vehicles/trucks around the Dun Laoghaire locality likely to be a precluding factor? It's hard to believe the Stena Explorer will be on the link 18 years this April. Remember in the early days the station platform would be thronged around HSS arrival time and there was even a DART boat train from Connolly at 0555 out to connect with the 0640 to Holyhead. How times have changed.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on February 23, 2014, 06:28:59 PM
Having seen Fishguard's figures for the past few months its hard to see how Stena could justify any significant investment in Nordica.  She has more than enough Freight capacity and from a business point of view is it really worth increased year round costs to satisfy seasonal peaks of passengers who are going to pay the lowest fare possible anyway?  More passenger facilities = more crew and remember there will be more capacity at Holyhead to soak up any overspill.  There's a bigger picture to think of as well and without giving anything away this could be more viable than initially meets the eye.  Running Nordica at higher speed however is likely to eliminate any cost savings gained in the first place though.

Regarding Stena's crewing nothing has happened yet but the company know their local crews are an asset but like any business manpower is a major cost.  HR costs can make or break any company (unless you are subsidised by the French state ;) )

IF explorer does operate next year I'm pretty sure it will be her last.  Her costs are still quite eye watering especially given her lack of flexibility.  She's also nearing her 20th birthday so costs are only going to climb now.The costs required for any conversion would be very hard to justify given her age, particularly for a company striving to become more efficient.  The superfasts are highly marketable and the HSS is all but forgotten in Belfast by Joe public.

EDIT: Should also add that Fishguard - Rosslare figures for both December and January show passenger numbers are down on last year.  Explorers figures yoy can only be described as awful!

The Rosslare - Fishguard/Pembroke stats have been pretty scary for a few years now.  Looked at coldly, there is realistically no business case for two operators on pretty similar routes there particularly in the off season where both are almost totally reliant on freight traffic.  Nordica is a good compromise solution though if Rosslare-Fishguard is to be maintained for market share purposes.

I'm not too sure about the Explorer figures you quote Steven - the DOT figures for throughput at Dun Laoghaire are pretty similar for 2012 and 2013 from what I can see. Obviously way down on past years though, the seasonal single tripping and uncertainty going back to 2009 has really hurt the route and damaged it's viability.  I tend to agree that Explorer is in her final days (a great shame IMHO) but I'm not sure the same goes for the route.  Remember, that even with the extra capacity IF still run (occasionally!) Swift twice a day all year round for the tourist market and as I mention so often, to maintain market share!  I know the operator and the harbour company have been talking here - hope something comes of it!

OK, so these are the figures from Shippax which come from Stena themselves for Dun Laoghaire - Holyhead

Last year Dec 2012-Jan 2013 (24 trips) - average per crossing:

Pax = 576
Cars = 171
Coaches = 0
Trucks = 0.38

This year per trip - Dec-Jan (18 crossings)

Pax = 462
Cars = 135
Coaches = 0.88
Trucks = 0.33

So you have an average of less than 500 passengers per crossing and a decrease of around 40% (total figures) in both passengers and cars.  Any company that can sustain those sort of figures has bottomless pockets or headed the same way as TransEuropa, etc.

Rosslare - Fishguard figures are not much better tbh, last summer the average load was 430 pax in July and 560 in August so there isn't the need for a 1400 pax vessel (or the associated costs) .  At the moment Nordica has only space for 400 passengers, but it wouldn't take a lot from what I understand to find the space to expand that number.  In the process she could be freshened up inside a little and you have a decent wee economical workhorse of a ship which could serve the link for many years to come (and take over Europe's refit relief duties when required as well).  With numbers like those its hard to see why any company would want to run her at max speed (and take a big hit in costs as a result, remember the increase in fuel used as opposed speed gained is far from linear).

Regarding Dun Laoghaire I think its time is up.  There wouldn't be much point in Stena paying to maintain and man 2 facilities so close to each other to serve similar ferries to the same destination.  The only reason Stena are still there is that the infrastructure for Explorer is already in place. However if Nordica where replaced with Dieppe Seaways or similar the extra capacity would more than cover Explorers poor carrying's when she does run and still cost less to run.  With the current cost cutting going on, this is exactly the type of "luxury" operation which is under threat.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 23, 2014, 07:10:58 PM
If the Superfast goes to Dublin the Explorer will be finished, there is no business case for running the HSS if they have two large conventional ferries.

What the Nordica would allow in Rosslare is the chance of an extra round trip if the bookings justify it, it has the speed and on busy summer weekends, it may be justifiable, they will need to increase passenger capacity though before it transfers or they will be running Sold Out on quite a few days, last September there were 8 or 9 coaches on a crossing along with about 100 cars, can the Nordica take this much at the moment ?, would need to be able to carry around 700/800 to cater with max demand.

Here is an image of the Dieppe Seaways in Gdasnk for refit with DFDS for the last time ? (not looking its best)
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 23, 2014, 07:44:01 PM
Have had a chance to look at the figures for Rosslare - Fishguard in December and they make interesting reading when compared to Dublin- Holyhead

On passengers carried

Rosslare - 16,228 on 67 crossings av pass per trip - 242

Dublin - 57,033 on 222 crossings av pas per trip - 256

On Cars Carried

Rosslare - 4,953 on 67 crossings av cars per trip - 74

Dublin - 14,560 on 222 crossings av cars per trip - 66


On Freight

Rosslare - 1,194 on 67 crossings av freight per trip - 18

Dublin - 14,447 on 222 crossings av freight per trip - 65

Obviously freight is where the money is made and the figures ex Rosslare for freight are appalling, however when you look at the self loading freight (passengers and cars) its not as big a difference as one would first think.


For January 2014 however

Passengers

Rosslare - 12,960 - 112 trips - avg 116 per trip

Dublin - 44,077 - 246 trips - avg 179 per trip

Cars

Rosslare - 3,802 - 112 trips - avg 34

Dublin - 11,716 - 246 trips - avg 48

Freight

Rosslare - 2,784 - 112 - avg 25

Dublin - 16,123 - 246 - avg 66

and as a comparison with the North Channel Superfast operation for Jan

Pass 53,985 - trips 348 - Avg - 155

Cars 13,295 - trips 348 - Avg - 38

Freight 16,166 - trips 348 - Avg - 46

While the average figure is not 100% as it excludes peak operations the obvious area in need of work is freight for the Rosslare service and as the only port with a direct rail connection it should be able to get a greater % of passengers.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 23, 2014, 09:22:42 PM
Some more images of the Stena RoRo owned Dieppe Seaways undergoing refit in Gdansk.

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1980822

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1979147
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on February 23, 2014, 10:33:16 PM
Some more images of the Stena RoRo owned Dieppe Seaways undergoing refit in Gdansk.

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1980822

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1979147

Thanks giftgrub.  Perhaps her last as a Dover-Calais ship by the sounds of things!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 25, 2014, 09:26:53 PM
The Dieppe Seaways has received a full hull repaint in Gdansk.

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1982686

Came across this interesting little tribute to the Stena Nordica's time on the Rosslare - Fishguard service in 2008, according to rumours it won't be long before if becomes a permanent fixture in Rosslare.

http://stenanordica.rosslare-europort.com/

Also great image of the Europe and Nordica together on this link, very well taken by Ronnie Roberts.

http://www.sealink-holyhead.net/#!stena-nordica/cddf

http://www.sealink-holyhead.net/#!Stena-Europe-Stena-Nordica/zoom/cb3g/image21xp

Some brilliant images of the Stena Lagans MES system being tested on Scott Mackeys excellent Flickr Site,

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/sets/72157625811741177/

and plenty of images of the Stena Nordica here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottmackey/sets/72157623457104848/
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on February 26, 2014, 04:14:28 AM
Didnt aee this on here yet
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Stena Europe delayed by storm
25 FEBRUARY 2014
THE Stena Europe cruise ferry operating between Fishguard and Rosslare was delayed by around three hours as yet another storm lashed the Wexford coast on Sunday.

However, port captain Aedan Jameson said Sunday's weather was nothing like the fierce gales experienced the previous week, which forced the harbour to close.

'It was just normal bad weather,' he said.

He said the stronng winds on Sunday meant the Stena Europe had trouble berthing at the Europort on Sunday morning which had a knock on effect on later services.

The Irish Ferries' ship, the more powerful Isle of Innishmore, was not as badly affected.

'They both made up time and were back on schedule this morning (Monday),' said Captain Jameson.

He said another 'blow' was expected later on Monday night.

'It will be a short, sharp one and could last between 12 and 15 hours.' he said
http://www.independent.ie/regionals/wexfordpeople/news/ferry-was-delayed-by-storm-30039821.html (http://www.independent.ie/regionals/wexfordpeople/news/ferry-was-delayed-by-storm-30039821.html)
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on February 26, 2014, 01:34:02 PM
There is a search currently on outside Harwich for 2 people believed to have jumped from Stena Britannica
http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/felixstowe_harwich_rescue_teams_search_north_sea_for_two_people_believed_to_have_fallen_from_passenger_ferry_1_3366506]]http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/felixstowe_harwich_rescue_teams_search_north_sea_for_two_people_believed_to_have_fallen_from_passenger_ferry_1_3366506 (http://)
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Matt73 on February 26, 2014, 06:25:49 PM
Some more images of the Stena RoRo owned Dieppe Seaways undergoing refit in Gdansk.

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1980822

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1979147

I would have pulled the plug on Fishguard-Rosslare a long time ago and moved south.  I am sure there is a market for a Bristol to Cork service, both are large population centres with good road and rail infrastructure.  I was looking at the Port of Bristol's website recently and there is more than adequate space to build a ferry terminal on the Avon, and the Severn Bridge is close enough to pull the traffic in from South Wales.  Cork has just been awarded the EU grant to rebuild the port, so why waste time with Fishguard, where there is never going to be the kind of road upgrade they need to bring in the freight needed to keep it going? Reading the Stena Line book, it was amazing how Pim de Lange (Hook of Holland supremo) had to persuade the main Stena board to open the Killingholme route.  They all thought that it would rob customers from Harwich, but he proved that there was a market in place in the North of England for a new service. Fourteen years on they are on the third generation of new ships.  I'm sure the same would apply around Bristol and the south-west. 

As for acquiring Celtic Link, there is already a market there which is why they have bought it and it's good to see Stena with a foothold back in France. The existence of the service to Fishguard was, I'm sure, entirely coincidental to the acquisiton.

Great news about the Dieppe Seaways at Holyhead too; I have had a gut feeling since the demise of SeaFrance that Stena would acquire it sooner or later, it's too good a proposition to ignore.

Having been out of the country for a week, it's great to come back and read some good news.

Matt
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on February 26, 2014, 10:36:32 PM
As posted in the Celtic Link takeover thread,  I have heard Superfast X/Dieppe Seaways is confirmed internally in Stena for Dublin - Holyhead in lieu of both Nordica and Explorer.  Stena will pull out of Dun Laoghaire altogether and Europe will move on (not confirmed as such but hard to see anything else happening now!).
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: mrwtho07 on February 26, 2014, 11:00:20 PM
Any word on when she'd move, especially given that DFDS have given  her a repaint and look set to operate her until about October.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on February 26, 2014, 11:27:42 PM
Any word on when she'd move, especially given that DFDS have given  her a repaint and look set to operate her until about October.
She would need to be refurbished obviously so will probably be 2015 given the time taken for the other pair to be converted at Remontowa.  Someone on facebook said Stena's engineers have had a look over her while she is in drydock ATM but cannot verify this myself.  However if she is to be converted like VII/VIII she's in the right yard at the moment so they could do a lot of the planning work now.  The repaint would have been booked months ago so not an indicator of anything long term as some seem to think it may be.  Are double deck trailers allowed in Ireland btw?  A lot of the complexity around VII/VIII's conversion was releasing enough free height on the upper vehicle deck to allow these to be carried, though regardless I think they would probably do this anyway in order to make her as flexible as possible.

Its good to see a company investing in services rather than cutting though!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on February 27, 2014, 01:08:26 AM
i think rosslare has plenty of potential for both cargo and passenger routes but this would require certain investment and most importantly the people in control of the harbour now would need to be sacked, theyve sabotaged the place for long enough
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 27, 2014, 08:16:40 PM
Interesting images of the newest addition to the Stena RoRo fleet and one of the oldest member of the Stena Fleet in Gdansk today. Obviously the Dieppe Seaways and Stena Vision.

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1984869

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on February 27, 2014, 08:17:31 PM
Stena Vision

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1984831
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 02, 2014, 11:51:47 PM
Plenty of images of the Stena Scandinavica arriving in Gdansk for refit:

https://www.facebook.com/jakub.bogucki/media_set?set=a.827378077289067.1073741847.100000506486027&type=1

https://www.facebook.com/jakub.bogucki/posts/827922113901330

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1985705

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1985704

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1985703

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1985701

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1985700



and alongside Stena RoRos Dieppe Seaways

https://www.facebook.com/jakub.bogucki/posts/827924347234440

Dieppe Seaways now back in Calais since 22.30 this evening and expected to return to service for DFDS in the morning untill the DFDS charter expires in November 2014.

Image below from Jakub Bogucki's Facebook
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 04, 2014, 11:32:58 PM
Images of the freshly painted Stena RoRo owned Dieppe Seaways in Dover at the bottom of the page on this link. The former Superfast X is expected to replace the Stena Nordica on the Dublin - Holyhead service in Spring 2015..

http://www.doverferryphotosforums.co.uk/mv-seafrance-moliere-past-and-present/
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 06, 2014, 11:07:21 PM
Some interesting background info on the Hoa Sen - Stena RoRo's Stena Egeria

http://www.tradewindsnews.com/weekly/332365/stena-roro-buys-troubled-ropax-ferry-from-vinalines

A controversial vessel said to have played a major role in the downfall of Vinashin Ocean Shipping is heading for a new career under Swedish ownership
Vietnamese state-owned shipping conglomerate Vinalines has finally managed to offload the controversial 24,400-gt ropax ferry Hoa Sen (built 2001) — and well-placed sources close to Stena RoRo say the Swedish company has sealed a deal to acquire the ship.

Vinalines inherited the Hoa Sen when it was forced to take over bankrupt compatriot Vinashin Ocean Shipping. It is the last of seven arrested vessels that Vinalines has been attempting to sell as Vinashin Ocean’s operations are being wound down ahead of it being closed down.

No pricing details have been made public but TradeWinds is told Stena RoRo scooped a bargain.

The sale brings to a close a particularly grim episode in the history of Vietnamese shipping. The Hoa Sen is widely regarded as playing a significant role in Vinashin Ocean’s downfall. The company bought the ship in 2007 for EUR 60m (then $87m) as part of a plan to launch a luxury cruise ferry service along the Vietnamese coast.

Two even larger cruise ferries were acquired shortly afterwards from Italian interests. The deal was later called off, forcing Vinashin Ocean to forfeit hefty deposits it had already put down.

The Hoa Sen’s trading career under Vietnamese ownership was notably brief as it only managed to complete a handful of voyages before growing losses caused the service to be abandoned.

The ship has largely been laid up ever since. In recent years, it has been languishing under arrest in China after a brief charter to a Chinese operator ended in acrimonious circumstances.

Restoration planned

Stena RoRo plans to restore the ship in a Chinese shipyard before returning it to service under the name Stena Egeria. The vessel is described as being in reasonable mechanical condition but in need of a lot of painting and cleaning.

The ship is deemed a perfect fit for Stena RoRo, which has been looking for modern, economical vessels that can easily be converted to run on methanol or be retrofitted with scrubbers to meet European emissions regulations that come into effect next year.

The Hoa Sen fits the bill as it is powered by two MAN Diesel & Turbo medium-speed main engines and has a relatively spacious casing and funnel that can accommodate scrubbing equipment. It is one of a large class of ropax ferries built in Italy by Visentini Cantiere.

The vessel type appears to be a favourite of Stena RoRo, which recently bought two others, the Trinacria and Partenope (both built 2002), from TTT Lines of Italy in an en-bloc deal worth EUR 48m ($65m). The pair have been chartered back to TTT Lines.


http://www.vietnambreakingnews.com/2013/09/troubled-vinalines-leaves-crew-members-high-and-dry-in-china/#.Uxj_kT9_vKM

Crew members aboard a boat owned by Vietnam’s troubled state-run shipping firm Vinalines have been stuck in China for months and are complaining about poor living conditions and a lack of basic necessities.

The Hoa Sen boat has been anchored at a shipyard in Zhejiang Province without fuel, food or fresh water for the past two months.

Its crew members said in an email to news website VnExpress they want the government to allow them to go home.

The boat has no lights at night and it’s located in a “dangerous” location where many boats pass, VnExpress reported Monday, citing the email.

Crew members have not received money for food from the boat’s owner – Vinashinlines, a subsidiary of the Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) – and they are all out of their own money.

“Sometimes we have to pick vegetables from the mountain and catch fish and crabs,” the email said.

They only have around 30 liters of fresh water, and they have stopped bathing.

They had worked on the boat for 13 months by the end of October but have only gotten paid for two months, said the crew members, all of whom have families to feed back home.

The Hoa Sen (Lotus) Ship was transferred to Vinalines from shipbuilder Vinashin, which nearly went bankrupt after piling up debts of $4.5 billion in 2010.

It was one of the five bad investments that put eight Vinashin officials in jail. The former board chairman had his 20-year sentence upheld at an appeal in August.

The used, Italian-made high-speed seagoing vessel was bought for $87.8 million in 2007. But it caused operational losses of $22.5 million and was docked in 2009 after 39 north-south trips.

http://saigon-today.blogspot.ie/2009/10/vinashin-hoa-sen-in-cam-ranh-bay.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+SaigonToday+(saigon+today)

http://talkvietnam.com/2012/10/shipbuilder-vinashin-struggles-to-regain-footing-as-revenues-plunge/#.UxkCCj9_vKM

and if this is accurate, it could explain the long time in drydock

http://www.vietnambreakingnews.com/2013/03/old-cargo-ships-pose-environmental-issues-for-authorities/#.UxkCez9_vKM

The Hoa Sen (Lotus) Ship, operating under Vinashinlines, lies idle in port due to a crack in her hull. Over 40 cargo ships are in a similar situation nationwide because the current law on environmental protection doesn’t allow them to be scrapped. — VNA/VNS Photo
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on March 07, 2014, 12:55:01 AM


Don't understand the bit about 40 ships being in that condition as they weren't allowed to be scrapped.  Hoa Sen is way too young to be scrapped for a start.  TBH she is probably in very poor condition internally given the humidity out there and the length of time she was idle.  Came across this article from 2011 which mentions cracks in her hull being repaired In 2008. 

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When ill fate sinks the titan lotus
Posted on OCTOBER 1, 2011 Written by TUOITRENEWS
There is nothing to be proud of US$67 million Hoa Sen (lotus) ship formerly owned by the beleaguered state-run Vinashin with its shameful history including stopping operation after a short time, getting detained in Korea and currently docking dormant in China.

The Hoa Sen shipPhoto: Tuoi TreThe Hoa Sen shipPhoto: Tuoi Tre
Even when the ship is now doing nothing at a port in China, it still continues its loss-making saga every day by incurring massive expenses on crew wages, docking, insurance and machinery maintenance fees, and a daily depreciation of as many as $11,000.

Purchased from Italy in 2007 by troubled state-owned shipbuilder Vinashin, Hoa Sen ship soon had to go under maintenance in December 2008 after just 40 trips between northern Quang Ninh Province and southern Ho Chi Minh City due to cracks found at the bottom.

The ship’s ownership was then transferred to Vinalines, another state-run shipping firm as part of the restructure process at Vinashin as ordered by the government, following its failure in clearing the massive debt of VND86.6 trillion ($4.33 billion).

From April 2009, the ship was docked at Cam Ranh Bay in Vietnam’s Khanh Hoa Province until last February, when it left for China under a leasing contract inked between Vinalines and China-based Lianyungang CK Ferry Co Ltd with the daily rent of $16,500.

This shed a beam of hope for the revitalization of this titanic ship, but not for long.

Seized in Korea

Just three months later, the ship was detained to serve as a collateral at a port in Korea over a $4-million debt that Vinashin Lines owed to Singapore-based GMS Marine.

Vinalines said the detention came after Vinashinlines failed to clear a $4.15-million bail for a lawsuit with GMS Marine.

The Singaporean shipping company then demanded a ‘fee’ of $6.5 million to release the ship.

A Vinalines’ top official told Tuoi Tre that the company had negotiated to get the ship back, but he “did not know how much Vinalines had spent on the task.”

Yet Vinashinlines has lost more than just that $6.5 million.

The detention in Korea has caused Hoa Sen ship to lose its leasing contract with Lianyungang CK Ferry due to a clause in the contract stating that the deal could be canceled in case the ship stops operating for 15 consecutive days.

Bui Quoc Anh, Vinalines’ deputy general director, confirmed with Tuoi Tre that the contract had been canceled, adding the ship is doing nothing in China’s Lianyungang port since last May.

The lost contract dealt a loss of $2.4-million to Vinashin Lines.

Vinalines said it had been seeking the government’s approval to put the ship on sale while also searching for partners to lease it.

http://talkvietnam.com/2011/10/when-ill-fate-sinks-the-titan-lotus/

I think we have a ferry even more cursed than Stena Allegra!

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Collision-course on March 07, 2014, 09:13:29 PM
Here's an interesting thought , what if Stena Nordica is not replacing Stena Europe but is instead replacing Celtic Horizon , which would instead Replace the Stena Europe at Fishguard , passenger capacities of both Stena Nordica and Celtic Horizon suit both routes better with Stena Nordica doing Rosslare - Cherbourg and Celtic Horizon doing Rosslare - Fishguard.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 07, 2014, 09:54:53 PM
Here's an interesting thought , what if Stena Nordica is not replacing Stena Europe but is instead replacing Celtic Horizon , which would instead Replace the Stena Europe at Fishguard , passenger capacities of both Stena Nordica and Celtic Horizon suit both routes better with Stena Nordica doing Rosslare - Cherbourg and Celtic Horizon doing Rosslare - Fishguard.

With Inishmore moving to Dublin to replace Swift and Epsilon and Epsilon moving to Rosslare - Pembroke, may not be a milion miles away from whats going to happen for 2015 !
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on March 07, 2014, 11:00:37 PM
Exactly what I said when the news of SF X's likely destination first broke.  Nordica has already proved herself running to France, although Horizon perhaps has too much cabin accommodation for Fishguard.  The cabin block on the main passenger deck could be knocked through without too much difficulty from what I can see which would free up some further space for passenger facilities, though there is no lift access to the cabins on the deck above AFAIK.  Whatever happens Horizon is likely to be retained and refurbished rather than sold on.

However Inishmore to Dublin is very likely IMHO if SF X does go to Dublin which would allow Swift to retire (her lack of freight capability has to be a handicap and passengers and cars aren't the money makers they used to be).  She would be a more equal running partner to the big U and if I'm honest I think she is wasted down at Rosslare.   The question for me is whether IF would put Epsilon on the Pembroke run or the France run.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on March 08, 2014, 09:44:50 AM
Here's an interesting thought , what if Stena Nordica is not replacing Stena Europe but is instead replacing Celtic Horizon , which would instead Replace the Stena Europe at Fishguard , passenger capacities of both Stena Nordica and Celtic Horizon suit both routes better with Stena Nordica doing Rosslare - Cherbourg and Celtic Horizon doing Rosslare - Fishguard.

With Inishmore moving to Dublin to replace Swift and Epsilon and Epsilon moving to Rosslare - Pembroke, may not be a milion miles away from whats going to happen for 2015 !

Is the IOI moving to Dublin, or is this just a rumour??
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: FerryMan on March 08, 2014, 12:28:37 PM
Here's an interesting thought , what if Stena Nordica is not replacing Stena Europe but is instead replacing Celtic Horizon , which would instead Replace the Stena Europe at Fishguard , passenger capacities of both Stena Nordica and Celtic Horizon suit both routes better with Stena Nordica doing Rosslare - Cherbourg and Celtic Horizon doing Rosslare - Fishguard.

With Inishmore moving to Dublin to replace Swift and Epsilon and Epsilon moving to Rosslare - Pembroke, may not be a milion miles away from whats going to happen for 2015 !

Is the IOI moving to Dublin, or is this just a rumour??
Interesting if it happened, would the IOI need more cabins for the French run? wonder if could you put them accommodation block onto the deck area down aft where the glass seating area is. Any idea how long it would take the IOI to do a Dublin - Cherbourg run?
 As it stands the Epsilon could not take a full Swift sailing & is not geared for foot passenger or coach groups. IOI would be a better running alongside Ulysses as she was built for Dublin - Holyhead route. Even for dry docking in January no need to move vessels all you need to do is suspend the IOI normal run Dublin- Holyhead/Cherbourg run.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on March 08, 2014, 01:35:32 PM
I think someone mentioned that the IOI has more cabins than the Epsilon.
They could possibly convert the Veranda area to reclining seats with some sort of electric blind that is closed at night.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: SEA on March 08, 2014, 01:39:46 PM
Another Big factor that must be taken in to consideration and I know both stena and Irish ferries will  is fuel . What ships are mor economical to send to France??   Nordica or Celtic horizon. Inishmore or epsilon .  I bet the two Italian vessels would win hands down.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Ian Brazil on March 09, 2014, 12:19:33 AM
As we are in the 3rd mouth of 2014.  We hear and read about the changes that is going to happen in 2015 as regarding Stena line & Irish ferries.  At this moment lets get over 2014 first.  Because anything could happen in the next 10 mouths.  As Stena line could be looking for other tonage in the mean time, we never know.  Right now to my opinon if the Horizon or Epsilon was ever use on the southern corridor they wouldn,t be ideal for the 2 routes as they are only stern loaders.  So it would take longer to load or discharge cargo.  And as Pembroke and Rosslare have double deck ramps too.  Irish ferries wants to make use of them.  I would like to asked someone on this site what are the loading like on the Pembroke to Rosslare, does that route carry very good loadings. 
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on March 09, 2014, 01:15:23 PM
As we are in the 3rd mouth of 2014.  We hear and read about the changes that is going to happen in 2015 as regarding Stena line & Irish ferries.  At this moment lets get over 2014 first.  Because anything could happen in the next 10 mouths.  As Stena line could be looking for other tonage in the mean time, we never know.  Right now to my opinon if the Horizon or Epsilon was ever use on the southern corridor they wouldn,t be ideal for the 2 routes as they are only stern loaders.  So it would take longer to load or discharge cargo.  And as Pembroke and Rosslare have double deck ramps too.  Irish ferries wants to make use of them.  I would like to asked someone on this site what are the loading like on the Pembroke to Rosslare, does that route carry very good loadings.

Whilst I don't have any current figures to hand, general consensus seems to be that if either Irish Ferries or Stena where to close their Rosslare to Wales route the remaining ship would be able to cope with the carryings of both routes for most of the year (especially if that ship was IoI).
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 09, 2014, 01:37:21 PM
Getting this forum back on track .... With regards to Superfast VII and VIII, In addition to the maintenance already undertaken on VII a couple of weekends ago and her second upcoming weekend off (below) 22-25 March, Stena Superfast VIII will be off service at the layover berth at Loch Ryan Port from 0200-1500hrs on Sunday 30th March. Her final trip will be the 2330 ex Belfast on Saturday 29th until she resumes with the 1530 ex Cairnryan on Sunday.

And the former Superfast X will be joining the Irish Sea Stena Line Fleet before the end of 2014.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on March 09, 2014, 01:39:57 PM
EDIT: Duplicate of giftgrub's last post..
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: bfm003 on March 09, 2014, 03:07:24 PM
Getting this forum back on track .... With regards to Superfast VII and VIII, In addition to the maintenance already undertaken on VII a couple of weekends ago and her second upcoming weekend off (below) 22-25 March, Stena Superfast VIII will be off service at the layover berth at Loch Ryan Port from 0200-1500hrs on Sunday 30th March. Her final trip will be the 2330 ex Belfast on Saturday 29th until she resumes with the 1530 ex Cairnryan on Sunday.

And the former Superfast X will be joining the Irish Sea Stena Line Fleet before the end of 2014.

The topic only drifted off track because of your post that the IOI and Epsilon are changing over positions. The next few posts were discussing the pro's / cons of such a move.
As with all forums the topics do tend to drift, it happens live with it or don't post things that will cause the topic to drift.

Also you haven't answered the question about the IOI and Epsilon being rumour or fact.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 09, 2014, 04:55:11 PM
Sorry did not realise the words forum back on track were so offensive my bad ( intention was to post fleet info thats all)

Of course inishmore / Epsilon switch is a rumour but if the Superfast X is going to Dublin and the Swift is liklely to be withdrawn then it makes sense to switch them to maximise capacity in Dublin I dont expect IF to do nothing about Stenas increase in capacity and service quality.

Untill Stena and Irish Ferries confirm their intentions its all just rumours.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Fast Ferry Fan on March 09, 2014, 10:31:56 PM
Whilst the withdrawal of the Explorer has been well-flagged and expected for a long time, replacing it and the Nordica with a Superfast and focusing solely on Dublin Port is risky unless the Superfast can match or come close to the Explorer's current journey time.

IF were very quick to ensure their Swift was only performing one round trip for a very limited time back in 2009/10 when oil prices peaked, so I'd be very surprised if their response to the withdrawal of the Explorer was a total withdrawal of the Swift too.

If both fast ferries disappeared next year it would do nothing to enhance the ferry tourist trade.  Two pairs of slow ferries following each other across the central channel to the same destination is not offering much choice for the consumer.   
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: DublinPeter on March 09, 2014, 11:28:20 PM
Fast Ferrry Fan (and others!),

I think Giftgrub is right in what he says "Until Stena and Irish Ferries confirm their intentions its all just rumours."

We've all made assumptions based on a possible sequence of events that may take place later in the year/early 2015.  Some are very likely and others are pure conjecture on our part.  I would venture to say that only the likely arrival of Dieppe Seaways would be worth taking to the bank at this stage.  Anything else (ship or port related), even stuff being posted as "very likely" is pure (educated!) speculation.  I include myself in this too by the way!

For now (remembering the title of the thread!), it's as you were until further notice :)

Pete
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 12, 2014, 10:16:04 PM
Some cool images of the Stena Scandinavica in drydock alongside the Victoria Seaways, I know the Scandinavica is big, but it looks huge alongside the DFDS vessel.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=834776759882532&set=pcb.834777919882416&type=1&theater
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: HSS on March 13, 2014, 08:34:39 PM
Looking forward to seeing the mighty Stena Explorer back on the Irish Sea in four weeks time, 9th April.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: LiverpoolIrishLiam on March 14, 2014, 12:58:01 AM
Does anybody know why Stena are introducing an earlier departure time from Dublin from March 30th? The Adventurer currently departs at 21:15, but from March 30th she will depart 45 mins earlier at 20:30 and take an extra 15 mins to sail to Holyhead.

I'm also looking forward to seeing the Stena HSS back in service from 9th April, but with all the talk about this being her last year in service? I do believe this is true, judging by the Facebook posts Stena keep posting.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub on March 17, 2014, 01:01:45 PM
Stena are tweaking the Stena Hibernia schedule with it now expected to remain in Belfast from Friday afternoon until Monday. Her first sailing of the week will be 1500 ex Belfast on a Monday instead of 0300 from Birkenhead
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on March 17, 2014, 04:05:03 PM
For those that missed it in the other thread, Stena have stopped offering non-landing trips on all services.  It is still possible to do a day return at a reduced rate but you have to disembark when the ship reaches port (and remember to get back on again).

Should also mention I am having to access the site from my phone again due to technical issues so won't be much from me for a while.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: larry on March 17, 2014, 07:05:46 PM
thats a drag, i hate having to get off, why have they done this?
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on March 17, 2014, 09:32:26 PM
thats a drag, i hate having to get off, why have they done this?

Officially I haven't a clue, but I'm sure its a right PITA having to do a turnaround with all the cleaning etc that goes with it and having people getting in the way/making more mess!

Edit: there used to be a documentary on YouTube which showed the crew during turnaround on one of the cross channel ferries but can find it.  Think it was P&O as pretty sure it was in English (there are seafrance ones in French which are good apart from the French)

Looks like the technical problem is fixed!
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on March 19, 2014, 06:19:49 PM
thats a drag, i hate having to get off, why have they done this?

Edit: there used to be a documentary on YouTube which showed the crew during turnaround on one of the cross channel ferries but can find it.  Think it was P&O as pretty sure it was in English (there are seafrance ones in French which are good apart from the French)

Here you go!  Bit shorter than the French one, but much more understandable

P&O Ferries Spirit of Britain on Channel 5's Supe…: http://youtu.be/FxjCZfPjzKA
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on March 22, 2014, 10:50:06 PM
Both European Highlander and Stena Superfast VII where off service today at Harland and Wolff shipyard.  Whilst the Stena maintenance had been planned, European Highlander suffered serious technical problems towards the end of last week and so was drydocked this morning.  This has meant North Channel services to both Cairnryan ports have operated at half capacity.  P&O's Express Catermaran is also at Harland and Wolff being readied for her planned return to service At the end of the month.

Stena Hibernia left Belfast laden this evening just after 7:30pm bound for Cairnryan in order to move trailer traffic across the channel and I assume she will also return laden.  At present European Highlander is still in drydock, and Superfast VII is scheduled to be off service tomorrow as well, so all sailings are expected to be very busy again tomorrow.

At present the active fleet is as follows:

P&O Larne - Cairnryan:

European Causeway

 

Stena Line Belfast - Cairnryan:

Stena Superfast VIII

Stena Hibernia (unaccompanied freight relief)

 
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on March 23, 2014, 04:22:03 PM
As expected Stena Hibernia returned back to Belfast and discharged at Victoria Terminal 1 (the Heysham berth), according to her AIS track.  Stena Precision is currently on the VT1 berth, but Hibernia is scheduled to sail to Cairnryan again this evening returning at 07:30.   Yesterday's sailing was unscheduled. 

Although Hibernia is scheduled to run again tomorrow night, I believe Superfast VII is to return tomorrow evening instead of Tuesday morning as scheduled.  Obviously this will relieve the pressure on VII massively as she is currently 75% of the passenger capacity on the North Channel!  The decision to switch Hibernia's layover to Belfast is certainly paying dividends though!   European Highlander remains in drydock though Express has moved to Larne (see P&O thread). 

Edit: further info added
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on March 24, 2014, 04:36:37 PM
Following SF VIII's departure, Stena Superfast VII has made her way to the Belfast berth at VT4.  Looks like she will be running this evening.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven 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, let’s hope there are no further delays.

Edit: Stena Superfast VII is just swinging of the Belfast berth now.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven 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.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven 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.
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: giftgrub 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/
Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: MerseyMan 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.

Title: Re: Stena Line fleet movements
Post by: Steven on March 30, 2014, 06:21:05 PM