MV Stena Nordica
ex Malo Seaways, Stena Nordica, European Ambassador
Malo Seaways © Ray Goodfellow
Twin screw motor vessel built in 2000 at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Shimonoseki, Japan (Yard No. 1068) as a passenger and vehicle roll-on/roll-off ferry
- Length: 170.50m (overall), m (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth: 25.81m (extreme), m (overall)
- Depth: m
- Draught: 6.00m (maximum)
- Tonnage: 24,206 gross, 4884t (deadweight)
- Engines: Two Wartsila 12V38/18V38 diesels.
- Power: 3,9600 kW
- Speed: 25 knots
- Capacity: 405 passengers, 375 cars / 1,949 lane metres
- Call Sign: C6RG8, 2BXO2, FISR (to 29/12/15), 2BXO2, C6EB2
- IMO Number: 9215505
- Official Number: 8000165
- Registry: Nassau/Bahamas, Goteborg/Sweden, London/United Kingdom, Le Havre/France, Dover/United Kingdom, London/United Kingdom, Nassau/Bahamas
- Near Sister-ships: European Causeway, European Highlander
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August 18th 2000: Launched.
August 13th 2000: Delivered to Lombard Facilities/ P&O Ship Management Irish Sea, Nassau, Bahamas.
December 13th 2000: Left Shimonoseki for Liverpool.
January 6th 2001: Arrived Liverpool after bunkering in Singapore and Gibraltar.
© Trevor Kidd
January 8th 2001: Commenced service for P&O European Ferries Irish Sea between Liverpool – Dublin.
Departing Dublin © Trevor Kidd
Between April 2002 – November 2002: Ran round trips between Dublin – Cherbourg.
Winter 2002: During Winter 2002 she operated weekend sailings Dublin – Rosslare – Cherbourg – Dublin.
Rosslare Europort © Trevor Kidd
January 26th 2001: Christened in Dublin.
November 2001: Introduced between Mostyn – Dublin.
April 5th 2004: Final voyage between Mostyn – Dublin.
April 13th 2004: Docked in Canada Dock in Liverpool.
April 19th 2004: Left Liverpool for Larne.
April 20th 2004: Left Larne for Gothenburg.
April 21st 2004: Sold to Stena Carrier Ab, Gothenburg.
April 23rd 2004: Renamed STENA NORDICA.
May 6th 2004: Chartered to Stena Line Scandinavia AB for service between Karlskrona – Gdynia.
May 7th 2004: Arrived Gdynia.
© Andreas Wörteler
June 11th 2004: Replaced STENA TRAVELLER on the Karlskrona – Gdynia route.
January 9th 2008: Arrived at Rosslare for berthing trials.
09.01/08 Berthing Trials at Rosslare Europort © Gordon Hislip
January 10th 2008: Arrived in Dublin for berthing trials.
10/01/2008 arriving for berthing trials at Dublin © Gordon Hislip
January 2008 – January 27th 2008: Service between Holyhead – Dublin.
January 28th 2008 – February 11th 2008: Service between Fishguard – Rosslare.
February 2008: Commenced service between Karlskrona – Gdynia.
October 20th 2008: Final sailing between Karlskrona – Gdynia.
October 20th 2008: Refit at City Varvet, Gothenburg.
November 4th 2008: Commenced service between – Rosslare.
November 13th 2008: Commenced service between Holyhead – Dublin.
31/5/09 Dawn Layover at Dublin © Gordon Hislip
March 2009: Major refit and refurbishment.
Departing Dublin for Holyhead 28/4/2011 (left) and arriving at Dublin 19/03/2011 © Gordon Hislip
January 16th 2013 – January 31st 2013: Service between Rosslare – Fishguard.
Rosslare Europort © Gordon Hislip
© Trevor Kidd (all)
February 2nd 2013 – March 5th 2013: Service between Belfast – Cairnryan.
Arriving at Loch Ryan Port on the 02/03/13 © Gordon Hislip
March 6th 2013: Commenced service between Dublin – Holyhead.
Dublin October 2014 © Ray Goodfellow
December 2014: It was announced that the Stena Nordica would be replaced on the Holyhead-Dublin route by the Stena Superfast X (ex Dieppe Seaways) in early 2015. Following the delivery of the Stena Superfast X it is understood that the Nordica will cover refits on the Irish sea before being redeployed.
January 23rd 2015: DFDS Seaways announced that they had secured an 18 month charter of the Stena Nordica and following refit and renaming she would enter service between Dover and Calais.
February 1st 2015: Sustained hull damage alongside in Holyhead after the bunkering vessel ‘Keewhit’ lost engine power and collided with the Nordica.
March 9th 2015: Completed service at Holyhead, being replaced by the Stena Superfast X. Due to arrive in Belfast on the 10/03/15 to cover the refits of Stena Superfast VII and Stena Superfast VIII on the Cairnryan to Belfast route.
Belfast 23rd March 2015 © Robert Stanley
March 28th 2015: Having completed service with Stena Line the vessel departed Belfast for Dunkerque and handover to DFDS Seaways. Expected time of arrival (ETA) in Dunkerque is 0800 on the 30th March 2015.
Dunkerque © Jean-Guy Hagelstein
March 30th 2015 (09.04 hrs): Arrived in Dunkerque and proceeded to the Damen yard.
Damen Dunkerque 04/04/15 © Julien Carpentier
April 6th 2015: Entered dry dock at Damen Dunkerque.
Undergoing refit at Damen Dunkerque © Jean-Guy Hagelstein
April 8th 2015: According to AIS data the vessel has now been renamed MALO SEAWAYS, registered at Le Havre, France.
Dunkerque 19/04/15 © Julien Carpentier
April 19th 2015: Departed Dunkerque for Calais.
April 20th 2015: Completed berthing trials in Calais before proceeding to Dover to conduct further trials. Departed Dover for Dunkerque for minor adjustments to her to make her more compatible with the Calais linkspans.
Maiden arrival in Dover on the 20/04/15 © Ray Goodfellow
Berthed at Dover Eastern docks on the 20/04/15 © Mike Jackson
© Ed Connell
© DFDS Seaways
Onboard the Malo Seaways
© Paul Cloke – Many thanks to DFDS for facilitating our visit.
April 22nd 2015: Departed Dunkerque for Calais and duly entered service between Calais and Dover for DFDS Seaways.
© Ed Connell
Arrival in Dover 29/06/15 © Ray Goodfellow
June 30th 2015: Industrial action blockading the port of Calais enforced her lay up in Dover.
July 10th 2015: Conducted berthing trials in Dunkerque
© Ed Connell
July 11th 2015: Returned to Dover and continued lay up.
© Ed Connell
July 21st 2015: Resumed service between Dover and Calais.
Dover 23/07/15 © Pete Trett
July 26th 2015: DFDS Seaways suspended services between Dover and Calais due to ongoing industrial action by the Maritime North Union. Vessel laid up in Dover.
July 28th 2015: Resumed service between Dover and Calais.
© Carsten Dettmer (03 – 04/10/2015)
© Ray Goodfellow
December 28th 2015: Off service at Dover Western Docks Cruise Terminal Two.
© Nigel Scutt (Dover Strait Shipping)
December 29th 2015: Vessel re-flagged to Dover/United Kingdom.
Arriving in Dover 07/01/16 © Nigel Scutt (Dover Strait Shipping)
February 13th 2016: Suffered a technical issue with all her sailings cancelled. Remained alongside in the port of Calais.
Laid up in Calais on the 15/02/16 © Nigel Scutt (Dover Straits Shipping)
© George Holland
February 18th 2016: Departed Calais for the Damen Shipyard at Dunkerque East for repairs. DFDS announced that the Malo Seaways would not be returning to the Dover-Calais route and would be returned to her owners at the end of the charter period. Rumours suggest that the Malo Seaways will be chartered to GNV (Grandi Navi Veloci) for a 1 year period and will operate between the island of Sicily and the Italian mainland, namely Civitavecchia-Palermo, Civitavecchia-Termini Imerese, Genoa-Palermo and Naples-Palermo.
© Martin Appleyard (left) © Nathan Burt (right)
© Nathan Burt
27/04/2016: No change in name.
© Nathan Burt
June 12th 2016: Internet sources indicate she remains in Dunkerque “Awaiting Orders”
June 20th (01.37 hrs LT): Under the name STENA NORDICA departed Dunkerque bound for Genoa.
June 24th 2016 (19.21 hrs): Arrived in Genoa.
August 18th 2016: Commenced services between Termini Imerese (Palermo) to Genoa on a tri-weekly basis (departures on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays; arrivals on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays). Also other GNV routes.
© Josep Pretel
November 15th 2016: Sailed from lay-up in Barcelona, destination Rotterdam.
November 20th 2016: Arrived Rotterdam.
November 22nd 2016: Left Rotterdam.
November 24th 2016: Arrived Travemunde, Germany.
November 25th 2016: Stena Line announce changes to their Baltic route network.
“The ferry crossing from Ventspils to Travemünde will be redirected to Liepaja. In turn, Liepaja will be the main port connecting Latvia to the western part of Central Europe. An additional ferry will be introduced to this route to Germany, increasing the number of crossings by 25 %. Starting from 3 January 2017, the route will provide eight crossings per week. The route will be operated by Urd and Stena Nordica. Stena Nordica will be taken into operation during spring and until then Stena Gothica, operating Göteborg-Frederikshavn, will be a relief ship. The ferry crossing from Liepaja to Nynäshamn will be transferred to Ventspils.” – Stena Line
Travemunde, Germany © Tim Becker
November 26th 2016: Service between Travemünde – Liepaja.
December 5th 2016: One trip Liepaja – Nynäshamn.
December 6th 2016 – December 21st 2016: Services between Nynäshamn – Ventspils.
Arriving in Nynäshamn on the 06/12/16 © Micke Asklander (faktaomfartyg.se)
December 22nd 2016: Left Ventspils bound for Dublin as refit cover.
December 27th 2016 (8.17 hrs utc): Arrived Dublin anchorage.
© Mick Hughes
December 27th 2016 (12.33 hrs utc): Arrived in Dublin
© Robbie Cox
December 28th 2016: Commenced berthing trials in Dublin.
January 3rd 2017: Sailed from Dublin to Dublin Anchorage.
© Robbie Cox
January 3rd 2017: Sailed from Dublin Anchorage to Rosslare for berthing trials.
January 4th 2017: In service on the Rosslare – Fishguard service covering for the refit of the STENA EUROPE.
January 16th 2017: Due to complete service on the Rosslare-Fishguard route before transferring to the Rosslare-Cherbourg service on the 17/01/17 in place of the STENA HORIZON which in turn will cover the refits of the STENA MERSEY and STENA LAGAN on the Belfast-Liverpool service.
March 28th 2017: Left Belfast for Travemunde.
March 31st 2017: Commenced service Travemunde – Liepaja.
© Tim Becker (Travemunde 05/04/2017)
© Tim Becker (Travemunde 10/03/18)
January 22nd 2018: Left Travemünde for Karlskrona.
January 23rd 2018: Commenced services between Karlskrona – Gdynia.
February 18th 2018: Left Gdynia for Ventspils.
February 19th 2018: Commenced services between Ventspils – Nynäshamn.
March 3rd 2018: Left Nynäshamn for Liepaja.
March 4th 2018: Commenced services between Liepaja – Travemünde.
© Carsten Dettmer (Travemunde 02/06/2018)
September 15th 2018: Left Liepaja for Ventspils.
September 16th 2018 – October 4th 2018: Services between Ventspils – Nynäshamn.
October 4th 2018: Left Ventspils for Karlskrona.
October 5th 2018: Arrived in Karlskrona. Transferred to Bahaman, registry home port Nassau.
October 6th 2018: Commenced services between Karlskrona – Gdynia.
January 1st 2019: Came off service and sailed to Rosslare for relief duties.
January 1st 2019: Arrived in Rosslare.
January 2019: Services between Rosslare – Cherbourg.
January 28th 2019: Arrived in Dublin to act as relief vessel Holyhead – Dublin.
February 11th 2019: Relief vessel Belfast – Cairnryan.
March 10th 2019: Services Rosslare – Fishguard.
October 4th 2019: Came off service at Fishguard and sailed to Europoort, Rotterdam (eta 2019-10-07 08:00 LT (UTC +2).
October 7th 2019: Arrived Europoort, Rotterdam.
May 2nd 2020: Left Rotterdam and sailed to Holyhead to act as relief vessel.
May 3rd 2020: Arrived at Holyhead.
May 3rd 2020: Commenced service Holyhead – Dublin.
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: Micke Asklander (faktaomfartyg.se), Martin Appleyard, Tim Becker, Nathan Burt, Julien Carpentier, Paul Cloke, Ed Connell, Robbie Cox, Carsten Dettmer, DFDS, Jean-Guy Hagelstein, Trevor Kidd, Gordon Hislip, George Holland, Mick Hughes, Mike Jackson, Josep Pretel, Nigel Scutt (Dover Strait Shipping), Simonwp, Robert Stanley, Pete Trett and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.