MV Sea Partner
Ex Stena Partner, Freeway, European Freeway, Cerdic Ferry, Stena Transporter, Syria, Alpha Enterprise
© Bob Scott
Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1978 by Hyundai Shipbuilders & Heavy Industries, Ulsan, South Korea (Yard No 649) as a Passenger/RoRo Cargo ship
- Length: 151.01 – 184.61m (overall) 137.01 0 170.59 m (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth: 21.67 – 25.28 m
- Depth: 14.66 m
- Draught: 6.50 – 6.52 – 6.370 – 7.27 m
- Tonnage: 8596 – 5456 – 6455/4264 – 2485 – 3284 net/7734 – 8672 – 8734 deadweight
- Engines: Two Pielstick 12 -cylinder 12PC2-5V-400 V-diesels
- Power: 11475 kW/15600 bhp
- Speed: 14 knots (service) 17 knots (max)
- Capacity: Passengers 12/210 Freight Units: 163, Cars 280
- Call Sign: H2DM, GFWR, 3EUM3
- IMO Number: 7528635
- Official Number: 701706 – 379601
- MMSI Number: 370176000
- Port of Registry: London/UK, Limassol/Cyprus, London/UK, Panama
- Sister-Ships: Merzario Ausonia, Stena Runner, Elk, Stena Prosper, Stena Project, Tor Felicia, Norsky, Imparca Express I, Stena Trader, Merzario Hispania
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February 1st 1978: Launched as APLHA ENTERPRISE.
May 31st 1978: Delivered to Stena Container Line Ltd, London, England.
May 31st 1978: Immediately chartered to Arghiris Line, Greece.
April 28th 1979 – May 14th 1979: Chartered to North Sea Ferries B.V. Rozenburg for services between Rotterdam – Hull.
May 15th 1979 – July 14th 1979: Rebuilt by Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven GmbH, Bremerhaven, Germany with more passenger facilities aft, side mounted sponsons and weather decks.
September 1979: Chartered to Hellas Ferries Co Ltd, Greece and renamed SYRIA.
September 1979: Services between Volos (Greece) – Tartus (Syria).
March 16th 1981 – December 23rd 1981: Lengthened by 30.6 m at Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven GmbH, Bremerhaven, Germany. Also had added more passenger facilities and accommodation.
1981: Transferred to Polyzena Maritime Co Ltd, Limassol, Cyprus (Hellas Ferries Co Ltd Managers).
May 1982 – April 1983: Chartered to European Ferries Ltd., London for Townsend Thoresen services between Felixstowe – Europoort.
1983: Renamed STENA TRANSPORTER (Swedish Caledonian Marine Management).
June 12th 1984 – September 23rd 1984: Chartered to TT-SAGA Line for services between Trelleborg – Travemünde.
© Capt Jan Melchers
1984: Chartered to Cobelfret, Antwerp for services between Zeebrügge – Immingham.
1984 – 1985: Registered Owner; Finska Foretags Finian AB. Registered Manager; O/Y Hango Ship Owners A/B
1985: Chartered to Townsend Thoresen European Ferries and renamed CERDIC FERRY. Services between Felixstowe – Europoort
1986: Taken over by Lombard Charter hire Ltd, London, England. (Manager; Atlantic Steam Navigation)
© Simonwp (left) and © Brian Fisher (right)
© Robert J Smith
1987: Following the “HERALD” disaster, from spring onwards, pale blue funnels with P&O flag logo became the norm.
© Brian Fisher
October 22nd 1987: Charter taken over by P&O European Ferries (Management) Felixstowe.
© Brian Fisher (left) and © Patrick Hill (right)
© Ken Larwood (both)
January 3rd 1992: Renamed EUROPEAN FREEWAY.
© Tim Becker
April 1994: Sold to P &O European Ferries, London, England.
© Tony Garner
© Brian Fisher
July 2002: Sold to Stena Line Ab, Göteborg.
August 1st 2002: Renamed FREEWAY.
September 15th 2002: Services between Harwich – Europort.
December 27th 2002: Left Harwich for refit in Poland.
January 2003: Renamed STENA PARTNER.
January 23rd 2003: Returned to service Harwich – Europort.
© Simonwp (left) and © Derek Sands (right)
© Andreas Wörteler
December 20th 2010: Final service between Rotterdam – Harwich.
December 2010: Sold to Parner Sia, Mariehamn, Åland, Finland (Management Al Mare Consulting Ab, Mariehamn, Ålan, Finland) and renamed SEA PARTNER.
December 31st 2010: Left Rotterdam for refit in Tuzla, Turkey.
January 11th 2011: Arrived Tuzla, Gemak Shipyard, Turkey.
February 24th 2011: Chartered to Sea Lines, (Rederi Ab Lillgaard, Mariehamn) for services between Ilyichevsk – Tekirdag.
© Frank Behrends
December 2012: Service for Stena Sealine between Ilyichevsk (Ukraine) – Tekirdag (Turkey).
© Frank Behrends
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