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Halmstad Is Getting Ready For Stena Line

Stena Line will move the Grenå line from Varberg to Halmstad. This was confirmed in June.

Now an agreement has been signed between the municipality of Halmstad and Hallands Hammnar (Hallands Ports). The port will invest SEK 126 million into a new ferry terminal: extended marshalling area and dock, and an additional ro-ro ramp,

The first ferries will sail from Halmstad in 2020.


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Stena Line Introduces First AI-Assisted Vessel

Stena Line is running a pilot study where artificial intelligence technology is implemented on board vessels.

  • Central idea: to reduce fuel consumption by 2.5% annually.
  • How: In close collaboration with Hitachi, an AI-model is being developed that will help predict the most fuel-efficient way to operate a certain vessel on a specific route.
  • Goal: all Stena Line vessels assisted by AI in 2021.

VIKINGLAND Replaces BORE BAY On Gdynia-Nynäshamn

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It was mentioned in last week’s short news: since 15 August VIKINGLAND replaces BORE BAY on the Stena Line route from Gdynia to Nynäshamn. The larger ro-ro vessel adds as much as 30% freight capacity.

The route from Gdynia to Nynäshamn started in October 2017 and was operated by ELISABETH RUSS until April 2018 when she was replaced by BORE BAY. Due to tonnage changes on the North Sea BORE BAY will sail on the Hoek van Holland to Harwich route during the autumn.

Stena Line Adds Extra Freight Capacity To Its Liverpool – Belfast Service

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In response to growing market demand, Stena Line is planning to upweight its freight capacity on the popular Liverpool – Belfast route. This month (August 2018), Stena Line will initially deploy the 3,000 lane metre STENA FORERUNNER, before replacing it with a similar ship early in 2019 at which point the STENA FORERUNNER will return to service in the North Sea.

Agreement Signed: Stena Line To Move From Varberg To Halmstad

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Now it is final: Stena Line will move from Varberg to Halmstad at the end of 2019. It revives the memory of the former Lion Ferry operation, acquired by Stena Line in 1985. The reason for the move is that the city of Varberg plans to urbanize the district of Västerport where Stena Line is berthing today.

“We expect the new ferry terminal to be ready for traffic by the end of 2019,” says Björn Alvengrip, CEO HallandsHamnar. HallandsHamnar is the company managing both ports.

Photo: STENA NAUTICA in Varberg,  shortly before her departure to Grenaa in Denmark.

Stena Line’s SASSNITZ Will Operate Rostock – Trelleborg Some Days Per Week

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Stena Line is creating new capacities for rail transport and project cargo with the new Rostock-Trelleborg timetable.

As Stena Line saw an increase of 3% of ro-ro traffic, with demand for rail transports and project cargo rising, the company decided to have trainferry SASSNITZ operating Rostock-Trelleborg some days per week, as from September. Normally this vessel is serving the Sassnitz-Trelleborg route. (see also under: Ferry Ports)

Stena Line Draws Positive Half-Year Balance For The Port Of Rostock

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Positive business development, new staff, effective sustainable initiatives and a more efficient roadmap: Stena Line draws a positive summary of the first half of 2018 at the traditional half-year press conference of Rostock Port GmbH.

In the passenger area, it was very good in the first half of 2018. Stena Line recorded 15% more passengers and 19% more vehicles. Sales rose 18%. The advance bookings for the summer season are also positive.

The freight division of Stena Line is also doing well: in 2017, Stena was able to increase its freight volume by 3%, and the trend continues. In addition to the classic trailer traffic, the demand for conventional rail transports and project loads is increasing.

Photo: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern entering the port of Rostock © Stena Line

Stena Line Re-Deploys Three Ships To Strengthen The Route Network

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After summer, Stena Line will re-deploy three ships on three routes. The target is to further improve service and accessibility for customers and optimise operations in line with market developments.

  • New(er) tonnage on Göteborg – Frederikshavn: Ro-pax HAMMERODDE to replace ro-ro STENA GOTHICA.
  • All traffic to Denmark to use Masthuggskajen in Göteborg.
  • In the middle of September, STENA GOTHICA will return to her former route Travemünde-Liepaja where she will operate together with her sister ship URD.
  • Four permanent ro-pax vessels on Karlskrona-Gdynia.
  • Ro-pax STENA NORDICA will be placed on the Karlskrona-Gdynia route in October, after the charter of ro-ro GUTE is over and the ship returns to Gotlandsbolaget. Growth is still strong between Karlskrona and Gdynia. STENA NORDICA is twice as big as GUTE.


STENA GOTHICA photo: Rickard Sahlsten