MV SNAV Adriatico
ex Stena Baltica, Koningin Beatrix
© Derek Sands (13/08/1986)
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
- 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
- MMSI Number: 247334600
- Official Number: 22289
- Port of Registry: Hoek van Holland/Netherlands, London/UK, Nassau/Bahamas, Limassol/Cyprus, Napoli/Italy
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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
April 11th 1986 – April 15th 1986: Berthing trials before delivery. Originally she had a plain funnel and it was only after full trials, with Dutch royal approval, she had a “Crown added.
April 22nd 1986: Delivered to Stoomvaart Maatschappij Zeeland N.V (S.M.Z.), Hoek van Holland, Holland.
May 1st 1986: Maiden voyage between Hoek van Holland-Harwich.
© Pieter Inpyn (01/05/1986)
© Ken Larwood
© Brian Fisher
January 1989: Change marketing to “Crown Line”.
Andreas Wörteler Collection
© Capt Jan Melchers (left) and SMZ Postcard (right)
© Pieter Inpyn (01/07/1988)
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 (Left) (10/08/1989) and © Simonwp (20/08/1988)(Right)
© Ken Larwood
© Pieter Inpyn (01/09/1989)((Left) © Derek Sands (27/08/1989)(Right)
Courtesy of Chris Howell (© Rick Garcia) (06/08/1991)
© Pieter Inpyn (01/07/1993)(Showing hull markings of “100 years SMZ Harwich – Hook of Holland”)
1994: Reverted to “normal” hull colours
© Tony Garner (27/05/1995)
© 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.
🆕©Frank Heine (Karlskrona, 07/07/200$)
February 2005 – April 2005: Refit 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
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
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 (left) and © 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 Naples.
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
© Pascal Bredel (Colon 25/04/2015)
May 12th 2015: Arrived in Naples.
May 21st 2015: Left for Barcelona.
May 23rd 2015: Arrived in Barcelona prior at charter to Acciona and services between Barcelona – Mahon.
© Josep Pretel (Barcelona 24/05/2015)
© Josep Pretel (Barcelona 24/06/2016)
© Juanfra Monzón (Barcelona 01/07/2016)
© Josep Pretel (Barcelona 12/07/2016)
May 2017: Registered to Grandi Navi Veloci SpA, Naples, Italy.
June 2017: Charter to Acciona Tansmediterranea completed.
July 2017: Commenced service between Naples – Palermo.
© Frank Heine (Palermo 06/08/2017)
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: Pascal Bredel, Carsten Dettmer, Brian Fisher, Tony Garner, Ton Grootenboer, Frank Heine, 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.