© Ken LarwoodMV Koningin Beatrix – Past and Present

31/03/2017: Gallery updated - NT

MV SNAV Adriatico

ex Stena Baltica, Koningin Beatrix

© Derek Sands

© Derek Sands

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in by Van Der Giesen-De Noord at Krimpen aan de IJsel , Holland (Yard No 935) in 1985 for Stoomvaart Maatschappij Zeeland N.V (S.M.Z.), Hoek van Holland, Holland, as a passenger and vehicle ferry.

Technical Data

  • Length: 161.80 m (overall) 146.77 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 27.61 m
  • Depth: 18.52 m
  • Draught: 6.201 m
  • Tonnage: 31,189 gross/15,170 net/4642 – 3060 deadweight
  • Engines: 4SA 8 – cylinder MAN B&W 8L40/45 diesels
  • Power: 17,909 – 19360 kW/24,348 – 26,300 HP
  • Speed:  21.0 knots
  • Capacity: 2,100 – 1,900 (1991) – 1,320 passengers, 550 cars or 80 trailers/275 cars.
  • Call Sign: PFKW, C6SK8, IBEA
  • IMO Number: 8416308 Official Number: 22289
  • Port of Registry: Hoek van Holland/Netherlands, London/UK, Nassau/Bahamas, Limassol/Cyprus, Napoli/Italy


Current Location

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History

August 1st 1984: Building contract signed.

January 5th 1985: Keel struck.

November 9th 1985: Launched by and named Koningin Beatrix by H.M. Queen Beatrix.

© Ton Grootenboer

© Ton Grootenboer

Sealink News

Sealink News

April 11th 1986 – April 15th 1986: Berthing trials before delivery.

April 22nd 1986: Delivered to Stoomvaart Maatschappij Zeeland N.V (S.M.Z.), Hoek van Holland, Holland.

198?: “Crown” insignia added to funnel.

SMZ Postcards  SMZ Postcards

SMZ Postcards

May 1st 1986: Maiden voyage between Hoek van Holland-Harwich. Originally she entered service without the crown insignia on her funnel.

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

© Brian Fisher  © Brian Fisher

© Brian Fisher

January 1989: Change marketing to Crown Line.

Andreas Wörteler Collection  Andreas Wörteler Collection

Andreas Wörteler Collection

© Capt Jan Melchers  SMZ Postcard

© Capt Jan Melchers (left) SMZ Postcard (right)

© Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn

September 1st 1989: Sold to Stena Ab, Göteborg. Registered to Stena Line B.V. Hoek Van Holland, Holland. Continued in service between Hoek van Holland-Harwich.

© Ken Larwood  © Simonwp

© Ken Larwood (left)  © Simonwp (right)

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

Courtesy of Chris Howell  © Pieter Inpyn

Courtesy of Chris Howell (left) © Pieter Inpyn (right)

© Tony Garner  © Derek Sands

© Tony Garner (left) © Derek Sands (right)

© Robert J Smith

©  Robert J Smith (15/05/1997)

June 2nd 1997: Final day operating between Hoek van Holland-Harwich.

June 14th 1997 – June 18th 1997: Chartered as a hotel ship in Amsterdam for an EU conference.

June 19th 1997: Registered in Netherlands, (Home port Hoek van Holland).

June 22nd 1997: First arrival in Fishguard.

June 27th 1997: Not as planned, commenced service between Pembroke Dock – Rosslare.

July 3rd 1997: Commenced service between Fishguard – Rosslare.

August 3rd 1997: In a heavy storm collided with a pier in Rosslare, passengers and freight unloaded in Dublin the day after. Repaired in Liverpool.

August 8th 1997: Returned to service.

August 14th 1997: Registered in Great Britain with home port of London.

July 13th 1998: Chartered for a trip between Cork – Roscoff carrying contestants of the Tour De France.

March 12th 2002: Final day operating between Fishguard – Rosslare.

March 13th 2002: Renamed STENA BALTICA. Transferred to the Bahama flag, home port Nassau.

March 21st 2002: Commenced service between Karlskrona – Gdynia.

February 24th 2003 – March 7th 2003: Overhaul.

February 2005 – April 2005: Rebuilt at Remontowa, Gdansk, Poland.

June 6th 2005: Introduced between Gdynia – Karlskrona.

July 30th 2005: At the entrance to Gdynia, the ship collided with the breakwater. Suffered minor damage.

July 31st 2005: Returned to service.

August 1st 2005: Taken out of service for completion of repairs.

August 8th 2005: Returned to service.

September 12th 2005 – September 28th 2005: Out of service for further repairs at Öresundsvarvet, Landskrona.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

October 14th 2009: In rough weather, entered Karlskrona and collided with the passenger gangway.

June 27th 2011: Final day in service between Karlskrona – Gdynia.

June 29th 2011: Arrived Landskrona for lay-up.

© Dirk Jankowsy

© Dirk Jankowsy

August 20th 2011: Left Landskrona for Lysekil.

August 21st 2011: Arrived Lysekil for further lay-up.

August 23rd 2012: Technical sea-trials.

January 24 2013: Sold to SNAV Spa, Naples, Italy.

February 4th 2013: Renamed SNAV ADRIATICO.

February 5th 2013: Left Lysekil for Italy.

February 14th 2013: Arrived Naples.

© Carsten Dettmer   © Wil Weijsters

© Carsten Dettmer (left) © Wil Weijsters (right)

April 20th 2013 – April 22nd 2013: Naples to Ancona.

April 27th 2013: Services between Ancona – Split.

December 2013: Transferred to Italian flag, home port Napoli

2014: Left SNAV service and was chartered to the Panamanian company, Ferry Xpress for services between Colon – Cartagena – Colon and Colon – Bocas del Toro – Colon.

© Juan G Mata

© Juan G Mata

May 12th 2015: Arrived in Napoli.

May 21st 2015: Left for Barcelona.

May 23rd 2015: Arrived in Barcelona prior at charter to Acciona and services between Barcelona – Mahon.

© Josep Pretel

© Josep Pretel (Barcelona 24/05/2015)

© Josep Pretel  © Josep Pretel

© Josep Pretel (Barcelona 24/06/2016)

© Juanfra Monzón  © Juanfra Monzón

© Juanfra Monzón (Barcelona 01/07/2016)

© Josep Pretel (Barcelona 12/07/2016)


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: Carsten Dettmer, Brian Fisher, Tony Garner, Ton Grootenboer, Pieter Inpyn, Dirk Jankowsky, Ken Larwood, Juan G Mata, Capt Jan Melchers, Juanfra Monzón, Josep Pretel, Derek Sands, Simonwp, Robert J Smith, Frans Truyens, Wil Weijsters and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

1 Comment

  1. Thanks for the info. I took the Konngin Beatrix in April 1993 from Harwich to Hoek van Holland. I can remember the dutch drinking songs coming from the next cabin!




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