MV Stena Lagan
ex Lagan Seaways, Lagan Viking
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
- 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
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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 (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.
Lagan Viking – © Nigel Thornton (Belfast, 27/06/2007)
July 2008: Registered to Lagan Viking Ltd Hong Kong.
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
© 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 (Mersey, 06/05/2011)
July 1st 2011: Renamed STENA LAGAN.
April 29th 2012: Sold to Stena Ropax Ltd, Gothenburg.
Stena Lagan – © Pieter Inpyn (Belfast, 13/09/2012)
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.
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