© Robert J SmithMV Cerdic Ferry – Past and Present

MV Sea Partner

Ex Stena Partner, Freeway, European Freeway, Cerdic Ferry, Stena Transporter, Syria, Alpha Enterprise

© Bob Scott

© 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

Technical Data

  • 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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History

February 1st 1978: Launched as APLHA ENTERPRISE.

May 31st 1978: Delivered to Stena Container Line Ltd, London, England.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp

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.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp

1983: Renamed STENA TRANSPORTER (Swedish Caledonian Marine Management).

© Simonwp

© Simonwp

June 12th 1984 – September 23rd 1984: Chartered to TT-SAGA Line for services between Trelleborg – Travemünde.

© Capt Jan Melchers  © Capt Jan Melchers

© 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  © Brian Fisher

© Simonwp (left) and © Brian Fisher (right)

© Robert J Smith

© Robert J Smith

1987: Following the “HERALD” disaster, from spring onwards, pale blue funnels with P&O flag logo became the norm.

© Brian Fisher

© Brian Fisher

October 22nd 1987: Charter taken over by P&O European Ferries (Management) Felixstowe.

© Brian Fisher  © Patrick Hill

© Brian Fisher (left) and © Patrick Hill (right)

© Ken Larwood   © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood (both)

January 3rd 1992: Renamed EUROPEAN FREEWAY.

© Tim Becker

April 1994: Sold to P &O European Ferries, London, England.

© Tony Garner

© Tony Garner

© Brian Fisher

© 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  © Derek Sands

© Simonwp (left) and © Derek Sands (right)

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© 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


All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Tim Becker, Frank Behrends, Brian Fisher, Patrick Hill, Ken Larwood, Capt Jan Melchers, Derek Sands,  Simonwp, Bob Scott, Robert J Smith and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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