Stena Line Puts One More Vessel in Warm Lay-Up

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Due to the reduction of passengers caused by the ongoing pandemic, STENA VISION will be on standby from May 4 until further notice, in so-called “warm lay-up”.

The vessel will be replaced by the younger STENA BALTICA in the timetable.

STENA BALTICA is more freight-oriented than STENA VISION.

Operations on the Gdynia-Karlskrona route, especially when it comes to freight transport, will be supplemented by a third ship – STENA NORDICA – after his return from a charter agreement with the UK Ministry of Transport.

Currently, seven out of 38 vessels in the Stena Line connection network are excluded from use: fast ferry STENA CARISMA, ropax STENA DANICA, roro STENA FORECASTER, STENA FORERUNNER, ropax STENA LAGAN (presently in Turkey, Tersan shipyard), ropax SASSNITZ and roro HATCHE.

STENA SAGA, on the other hand, was transferred to Stena RoRo. (all ship names link to MarineTraffic)

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Stena Line continues to operate ferry routes Nynäshamn-Ventspils and Travemünde-Liepaja. In order to prevent the further spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak in the country, the Latvian authorities have announced increased border controls and a temporary suspension of international passenger transportation from March 17 to April 14. Stena Line will continue to operate a freight service on the ferry routes Nynäshamn-Ventspils and Travemünde-Liepaja.

Danish and Polish authorities announced a temporary closure of their borders. Stena Line therefore has suspended all passengers traffic to these countries until further notice. (Gothenburg-Frederikshavn, Halmstad- Grenaa, Karlskrona-Gdynia)

Shipments of freight will continue at present

Oslo – Frederikshavn fully suspended until further notice.

Stena Line Officially Moved from Varberg to Halmstad

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On Friday 31 January 2020 Stena Line closed the Varberg-Grenaa route. The day after, on Saturday 1 February the Halmstad – Grenaa route was officially opened. The inauguration started early Saturday morning in Grenaa with almost a thousand visitors attending. The Transport minister of Denmark Benny Engelbrecht attended the ceremony in Grenaa and joined the sea journey to Halmstad where 8,000 people waited for Stena Nautica on the quay.

There was an open day for the ferry during where thousands of people visited the ship. The official inauguration ceremony was conducted by Dan Sten Olsson, the owner and CEO of Stena AB, the infrastructure minister of Sweden Tomas Eneroth, the governor of Halland Lena Sommestad and Transport minister of Denmark Benny Engelbrecht.

The new route will be operated by STENA NAUTICA with a capacity of 900 passengers and 1265 lane meters. Crossing time is 4h35. Up to two departures per day.

Stena Line’s ambition is to double both the passenger and freight volumes within five years.

Stena Line Invests EUR 5 Million in Modernising the Trelleborg – Rostock Route

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The route between Rostock and Trelleborg have had an impressive growth during the last three years and in 2019 more than 400,000 guests will travel on the route. Stena Line now invests EUR 5 million in a refit and renovation of the cabins and public spaces onboard the two vessels MECKLENBURG-VORPOMMERN and SKÅNE.

The refit will start in the end of December and take place both during the planned yard visits and during operation. The project will be finished in time before the peak season 2020.

The design is based on the Stena Line Design Book, also used for the newbuildings, focusing on a spacious, light and modern Scandinavian design. The renovation will cover all cabins and public areas, corridors and food outlets.

On board MECKLENBURG-VORPOMMERN the separation between the shop and café will be taken away to create a more spacious feeling.

On board SKÅNE the relaxing service concept ”Newsroom”, also found on the newbuildings, will be built.

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Stena Line Takes Delivery of New Ferry Stena Estrid

 Stena Line has officially taken ownership of its newest ferry STENA ESTRID following a handover ceremony at the China Merchants Jinling Ship (Weihai) Co., Ltd. (formerly AVIC Weihai Shipyard).

STENA ESTRID is the first of five next generation Stena Line ropax vessels that are currently being constructed. STENA ESTRID will now embark on a six-week journey to its new home on the Irish Sea, where it will begin service on the Dublin to Holyhead route in January 2020.

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Stena Line owner Dan Sten Olsson attended a service officiated by the Reverend Stephen Miller of the Mission to Seafarers, who undertook the long held maritime tradition of blessing the ship, in order to bring it good luck at sea.

Following the signing ceremony, Stena Line’s Technical Operations Director Bjarne Koitrand and STENA ESTRID’s Senior Master Matthew Lynch and crew officially took ownership of the vessel.

Stena Line CEO Niclas Mårtensson said that the delivery of STENA ESTRID marks the start of a very important few months for Stena Line’s Irish Sea operations:  “Taking ownership is a major milestone for Stena Line,” said Mr Mårtensson, “and is the result of a very significant investment in our Irish Sea operations that reflects our commitment to the region and will ultimately see three of the world’s most modern ferries operating between Ireland and Britain. A first-class customer experience is a priority for us, so we are determined to deliver the best possible freight and travel service to our customers. STENA ESTRID will provide a more environmentally sustainable way to travel with more efficient loading and unloading operations, increased freight capacity and the best Scandinavian quality, style and design in our facilities,” he added.

STENA ESTRID will provide freight capacity of 3,100 lane meters, meaning a 50% increase in freight tonnage, and the space to carry 120 cars and 1,000 passengers and crew.

Stena Line’s Germany Lines Up Ten Percent

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Stena Line’s Germany Lines Up Ten Percent

Sweden continues to attract German visitors and Stena Line’s three Germany lines showed a substantial increase during the summer’s important peak season.

A cheap Swedish currency and favourable weather account for the largest increase in German arrivals. From Sweden, the increase comes from the passenger trains on the Trelleborg lines.

The Trelleborg lines to Rostock and Sassnitz are served by ferries and during the summer the demand for train travel has increased tremendously. Berlin has become a very hot destination for city trips by train.