MV Stena Scotia
ex Scotia Seaways, Maersk Exporter
Scotia Seaways © Scott Mackey (04/08/2018)
Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1996 by Miho Shipyard, Shimizu, China (Yard No 1459) as a RoRo Cargo/Ferry ship for Norfolk Line B.V., Scheveningen, Holland
- Length: 142.50 m (overall) 134 m (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth: 23.20 m
- Depth: 7.40 m
- Draught: 5.40 m
- Tonnage: 13017 gross/3905 net/5928t deadweight
- Engines: 2 x Sulzer 8ZAV40S diesels
- Power: 10.736 kW / 14.596 bhp
- Speed: 18.6 knots
- Capacity: 12 passengers/ 1562 – 1710 lane meters
- Call Sign: PFSN, MDVO8
- MMSI Number: 232018002
- IMO Number: 9121625
- Port of Registry: Scheveningen/The Netherlands, Vlaardingen/The Netherlands, Douglas/Isle of Man
- Sister Ships: Maersk Importer, Maersk Anglia, Maersk Flanders
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February 16th 1996: Launched as MAERSK EXPORTER
April 23rd 1996: Delivered to Norfolk Line B.V., Scheveningen, Holland.
July 1996: Norfolk Lines services between Scheveningen – Felixstowe.
August 1998: Sold to Dansk Supermarked Invest A/S, Højbjerg, Aarhus, Denmark (Management Norfolk Line B.V).
Maersk Exporter © Pieter Inpyn (Scheveningen, September 1999)
November 18th 2006: Services between Vlaardingen – Felixstowe.
Maersk Exporter © Cees De Bijl (Scheveningen, 08/06/2006)
Maersk Exporter © Andreas Wörteler (New Waterway, 16/06/2007)
March 2nd 2009: Services between Belfast – Heysham.
July 12th 2010: Sale of Norfolkline to DFDS Seaways.
July 2010: Renamed SCOTIA SEAWAYS.
Scotia Seaways © Robbie Cox (Dublin, August 2010)
Scotia Seaways © Alan Geddes (Belfast, 27/09/2010)
December 14th 2010: Sold to Stena Line Ltd, Holyhead, UK.
Scotia Seaways © Steven Brown (Belfast, 23/01/2011)
July 23rd 2011: Renamed STENA SCOTIA.
September 15th 2012: Final service between Belfast – Heysham then laid up in Belfast.
February 22nd 2013 – March 6th 2013: Services between Dublin – Holyhead.
March 2013: Chartered to CMA CGM, France for services between Marseille – Oran/Mostaganem (Algeria).
June – July 2014: Chartered to P&O Ferries for refit cover Tilbury-Zeebrugge.
Stena Scotia © Ken Smith (Gravesend, 27/06/2014)
August 1st 2014: Arrived River Fal for lay up.
September 2nd 2014: Services between Hoek Van Holland – Killingholme.
Rotterdam (October 2015) © Ray Goodfellow
May 2017: Fitted with an exhaust scrubber by Damen Shipyards.
January 4th 2018: Services between Rotterdam – Harwich.
February 27th 2018: Taken out of services with technical problems.
March 2018: Returned to service after repairs.
Stena Scotia © Aleksi Lindström (May, 2018)
August 1st 2018: Left Rotterdam for Belfast to cover for STENA HIBERNIA.
August 4th 2018: Permanently transferred to Belfast – Heysham route.
Scotia Seaways © Scott Mackey (Flickr)(14/06/2019)
August 3rd 2020: Entered Harland & Wolff, Belfast for maintenance.
September 5th 2020: Left Harland & Wolff.
September 6th 2020: Resumed service on the Belfast – Heysham route.
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: Cees De Bijl, Steven Brown, Robbie Cox, Alan Geddes, Pieter Inpyn, Aleksi Lindström, Scott Mackey (Flickr), Simonwp, Ken Smith and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.
Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)