© Carsten DettmerMV Stena Europe – Past and Present

MV Stena Europe

ex Lion Europe, Stena Europe, Stena Saga, Kronprinsessan Victoria

© Carsten Dettmer

© Carsten Dettmer

Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1981 by Götaverken Arendal Ab Göteborg (Yard No. 908), for Rederi Ab Göteborg – Frederikshavns Linjen, Göteborg as a passenger and vehicle ferry

Technical Data

  • Length: 149.05 m (overall) 131.02 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 26.55 m
  • Depth: 16.11 m
  • Draught: 6.10m – 6.127m (max)
  • Tonnage: 14378 – 17062 – 17423 – 24828gross/7859 – 10053 net/3315 – 3189 deadweight
  • Engines: Four 12-cylinder Nohab-Wartsila Vasa 12V32A diesels
  • Power: 15360kW/20600HP
  • Speed: 20.5 knots
  • Capacity: 100 passengers (1981), 1,400 (after rebuild )/700 cars, 500 (after rebuild)/520 (after rebuild)/70 commercial trailers, 60 + 16 cars (after rebuild)
  • Call Sign: SITG, VSTA3
  • IMO Number: 7901760
  • Official Number: 12420
  • Port of Registry: Gothenburg/Sweden, Nassau/Bahamas, Gdansk/Poland, Nassau/Bahamas, Fishguard/ United Kingdom
  • Sister-Ship: Prinsessan Birgitta

Current Location

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February 1st 1980: Keel laid

October 15th 1980: Launched.

Varvshistoriska Föreningen

Varvshistoriska Föreningen Gothenburg

March 1st 1981: Trials.

© Hans Deijs

© Hans Deijs

April 10th 1981: Delivered to Rederi Ab Göteborg-Frederikshavn Linjen, Gothenburg.

Varvshistoriska Föreningen  Varvshistoriska Föreningen

Varvshistoriska Föreningen Gothenburg

April 13th 1981: Commenced services between Gothenburg-Frederikshavn.

© Tony Garner  © Tony Garner

© Tony Garner

1981: Stena AB buys the majority stake in the Sessan line.

March 1982: Taken out of service for conversion at Götaverkens Cityvarv, Gothenburg to day/night ferry.

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine

April 7th 1982: Commenced service between Gothenburg – Kiel. Summer season services Gothenburg – Frederikshavn.

© Bob Scott

© Bob Scott (Gothenburg 06/05/1983

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Kiel 12/06/1984)

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Stena logo added to her bow, 1986)

April 1988: Renamed STENA SAGA.

April 1988: Refit and rebuilt with with more cabins on her upper deck.

May 17th 1988: Services between Oslo – Frederikshavn and Oslo – Frederikshavn – Gothenburg.

© Frank Heine  © Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Oslo 04/08/1988)(left) (Oslo 11/07/1991) (right)

© Pieter Inpyn  © Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Frederikshavn 01/06/91)

February 28th 1994: Arrived at Niehuis & van den Berg’where the top cabin deck was removed.

March 4th 1994: Renamed STENA EUROPE for services between Hook of Holland – Harwich.

© Frank Heine  © Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Harwich 18/03/1994)

© Pieter Inpyn  © Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Hook of Holland 01/05/1994)

June 1st 1997: Final service between Hook of Holland – Harwich.

June 2nd 1997: Left Harwich and sailed direct to Wilton Feyenoord, Rotterdam for conversion.

June 10th 1997: Redelivered from yard and renamed LION EUROPE.

© Frank Heine  © Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Gdynia 08/11/1997)

June 19th 1997: Commenced services between Karlskrona – Gdynia.

January 1st 1998: Renamed STENA EUROPE.

January 20th 2002: Final service between Karlskrona – Gdynia.

January 20th 2002: Arrived Cityvarvet, Gothenburg for conversion.

March 6th 2002: Left Gothenburg for England.

March 9th 2002: Trials in Fishguard.

March 10th 2002: Trials in Rosslare.

March 13th 2002: Commenced services between Fishguard – Rosslare.

January 16th 2003: Left Fishguard for refit in Holland.

January 18th 2003: Arrived Keppel Shipyard, Rotterdam, Holland refit.

January 19th 2003: Re-entered service between Fishguard – Rosslare.

January 30th 2003: Between Fishguard – Rosslare suffered mechanical problems where cooling water failure resulting in all four main engines stopping, leading to total loss of propulsion. Five helicopters were scrambled to winch 155 passengers to safety, but the rescue was aborted as engineers brought the ship back under her own power.

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Fishguard 17/06/2003)

June 1st 2005 – June 11th 2005: Services between Dublin – Holyhead.

June 12th 2005: Continued services between Fishguard – Rosslare.

January 4th 2010 – January 18th 2010: Refit at Harland & Wolff, Belfast.

© Steven Brown

© Steven Brown

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Fishguard 12/06/2010)

January 16th 2013 – January 31st 2013: Refit at Harland & Wolff, Belfast.

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

Rosslare, Ireland 15/10/14 © Ray Goodfellow

© Barrie Clark

© Barrie Clark (Falmouth February 2016)

© Carsten Dettmer  © Carsten Dettmer

© Carsten Dettmer (Fishguard 11/10/2016)

© Carsten Dettmer

© Carsten Dettmer (Rosslare 01/04/2017)

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: Steven Brown, Barrie Clark, Hans Deijs, Carsten Dettmer, Tony Garner, Frank Heine, Pieter Inpyn, Bob Scott, Simonwp and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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