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MV Stena Lagan – Past and Present

MV Stena Lagan

ex Lagan Seaways, Lagan Viking

© Barry Graham

Stena Lagan – © Barry Graham (Liverpool, 14/09/2019)

Steel twin screw “NAOS241” motor vessel, built in  2005 by C.N. “Visentini” di Visentini Francesco & C., Donada, Italy  (Yard No. 212) as a Ro-Ro Passenger ship

Technical Data

  • Length: 186.00 m (overall) 177.40 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 25.60 m
  • Depth: m
  • Draught: 6.60 m
  • Tonnage: 27510 gross/ net/7000t deadweight
  • Engines: Two MAN B&W 9L48/60B diesels.
  • Power: 21600 kW/14500 bHP
  • Speed: 24 knots (Service)
  • Capacity: 980 passengers (limited to 720 in service), 2,243 lane meters + 186 cars
  • Call Sign: 2BGR6, C6EO6
  • MMSI Number: 311000955
  • IMO Number: 9329849
  • Port of Registry: Bari/Italy, Belfast/UK, Nassau/Bahamas
  • Sister Ships: Stena Mersey

Current Location

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May 25th 2004: Keel Laid

June 6th 2005: Completed

July 2nd 2005: Delivered to Levantina Trasporti, Italy.

July 2005: Chartered to NorseMerchant Ferries for service between Birkenhead – Belfast

Norsemerchant Ferries  © Gary Andrews

© Norsemerchant Ferries (Left) © Gary Andrews (Right)

July 2nd 2005: Christened at Chioggia. Sailed to Liverpool where she underwent berthing trials at NorseMerchant Ferries’ Twelve Quays Terminal in Birkenhead.

July 20th 2005: Made her maiden commercial.

December 23rd 2005: Spent the Christmas holiday at the Liverpool Bar anchorage.

February 21st 2006: Emerged from NSL Birkenhead bearing Maersk funnel markings and “norfolkline.com” hull branding.

March 2006: For one week, services between Birkenhead – Dublin.

2006: Norfolk Line services between Birkenhead – Belfast.

© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

Lagan Viking – © Nigel Thornton (Belfast, 27/06/2007)

July 2008: Registered to Lagan Viking Ltd Hong Kong.

© Alan Geddes

Lagan Viking – © Alan Geddes (Belfast, 30/11/2008)

July 12th 2010: Norfolklines were sold to DFDS Seaways Irish Sea Ferries Ltd.

August 12th 2010: Renamed LAGAN SEAWAYS.

© Steven Brown

© Steven Brown

© Robert J Smith  © Simonwp

© Robert J Smith (Mersey, 22/09/2010) (Left) and © Simonwp (Mersey, 08/10/2010) (Right)

December 14th 2010: Sale of DFDS Seaways Irish Sea Ferries Ltd to Stena Line. Stena took over her charter.

© Robert Foy  © Robert Foy

© Robert Foy

© Robert Foy (Mersey, 06/05/2011)

© Malcolm Cranfield

🆕 © Malcolm Cranfield (Mersey, 02/07/2011)

July 2011: Renamed STENA LAGAN.

April 29th 2012: Sold to Stena Ropax Ltd, Gothenburg.

© Pieter Inpyn  © Pieter Inpyn

Stena Lagan – © Pieter Inpyn (Belfast, 13/09/2012)

© Pieter Inpyn  © Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn

Stena Lagan © Pieter Inpyn (Belfast, 09/09/2019)

March 9th 2020: Final day in service between Belfast – Birkenhead.

March 9th 2020: Moved from Birkenhead to Gladstone Dck, Liverpool

March 14th 2020: Left Liverpool for Sedef Shipbuilding, Tuzla, Turkey. She will be extended by 36 metres and rebuilt with more cabins and facility to unload on two decks. She will also have exhaust scrubbers fitted.

March 28th 2020: Arrived at Tuzla, Turkey.

May 22nd 2020: It was announced that the lengthening project would be postponed until a later date. She left Tuzla for Piraeus.

© Dimitris Mentakis (Piraeus, 25/08/2020)

May 27th 2020: Arrived at Limassol Anchorage.

June 12th 2020: Left Limassol Anchorage destination Tuzla.

June 14th 2020: Arrived at Tuzla for lengthening.


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: Gary Andrews, Steven Brown, Malcolm Cranfield, Robert Foy, Alan Geddes, Barry Graham, Pieter Inpyn, Dimitris Mentakis, Simonwp, Robert J Smith and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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