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MV Stena Mersey – Past and Present

MV Stena Mersey

ex Mersey Seaways, Mersey Viking

© Carsten Dettmer

Stena Mersey – © Carsten Dettmer (Birkenhead, April 2019)

Steel twin screw “NAOS241” motor vessel, built in  2005 by C.N. “Visentini” di Visentini Francesco & C., Donada, Italy  (Yard No. 213) 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: IVBE, 2BPR6
  • MMSI Number: 235068243
  • IMO Number: 9329851
  • Port of Registry: Bari/Italy, Belfast/UK
  • Sister Ship: Stena Lagan

Current Location

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November 2005: Completed.

December 2005: Anticipated delivery to Levantina Trasporti, Italy.

December 2005: Chartered to Norse Merchant Group for services between Birkenhead – Belfast.

December 6th 2005: Arrived in Birkenhead.

© Norsemerchant Ferries

© Norsemerchant Ferries

December 15th 2005: Maiden voyage between Birkenhead – Belfast.

2006: Services for Norfolk Line.

© Barry Graham

© Barry Graham (Mersey, 21/09/2007)

© Trevor Kidd

© Trevor Kidd

© Barry Graham

© Barry Graham (Birkenhead, 09/05/2008)

© Alan Geddes

© Alan Geddes (Belfast, 24/10/2008)

November 2008: Registered to Mersey Viking Ltd, Hong Kong.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (July 2010)

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

August 3rd 2010: Renamed MERSEY SEAWAYS.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Birkenhead, 08/10/2010)

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

© Malcolm Cranfield

🆕 Stena Mersey – © Malcolm Cranfield

© Robert Foy  © Robert Foy

© Robert Foy

August 8th 2011: Officially renamed STENA MERSEY.

© Robert Foy  © Robert Foy

© Robert Foy (Birkenhead, 16/03/2012)

April 29th 2012: Sold to Stena Ropax Ltd, Gothenburg. Management Stena Line Irish Sea Ferries.

© Carsten Dettmer

© Carsten Dettmer (Birkenhead, April 2019)

© Robert Foy © Robert Foy

© Robert Foy

© Robert Foy (Liverpool, 01/05/2020)

October 2020: Continues to operate between Liverpool – Belfast.

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: Malcolm Cranfield, Carsten Dettmer, Robert Foy, Alan Geddes,  Barry Graham, Trevor Kidd,  Simonwp and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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