© FotofliteMV Stena Traveller (1992) – Past and Present

MV Patria Seaways

ex Lisco Patria, TT Traveller, Stena Traveller, TT Traveller, Stena Traveller

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© Fotoflite

Steel motor vessel, built by Bruces Verkstad AB, Landskrona , Sweden (Yard No. 21) and fitted out by Mekaniske Verksted, Trondheim, Norway (Yard No. 51) in 1992 as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry, for Stena Rederi AB, Goteborg

Technical Data

  • Length on Deck: 158 m (overall), 142.0m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth of Hull: 24.30 (moulded)
  • Depth: 13.2m
  • Draught: 5.90 m (maximum)
  • Tonnage: 18,332 gross/ 5,499 net/ 4598 – 6003t deadweight
  • Engines: Two 4SA 8-cylinder Sulzer Wartsila 8ZA 40S diesels
  • Power: 7,920 kW/10,767 bhp
  • Speed: 17.5 knots (service)19.0 knots (max)
  • Capacity: 245 passengers/480 cars – 100 commercial vehicles
  • Call Sign: SCQV, CSV, ……..LRYC
  • IMO Number: 8917390
  • MMSI Number: 277291000
  • Registry: Goteborg/Sweden………Klaipeda/Lithuania
  • Sister Ship: Gryf, Stena Challenger

Current Location

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History

March 26th 1991: Launched at Bruce Shipyard and towed to Norway for fitting out.

February 1992: Delivered to Stena Rederi Ab, Göteborg.

February 29th 1992: Arrived Hook of Holland.

March 1992: Chartered to Tor Line for service between Helsingborg – Immingham.

© Simonwp

🆕© Simonwp (Felixstowe 01/02/1992)

© Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Hook of Holland 01/03/1992)

© Simonwp  © Simonwp

Immingham 13/03/1992 (Left) and Hook of Holland 01/04/1992 (Right) © Simonwp

April 1st 1992: Chartered to Stena Line B.V. Holland. Commenced service as a freight only vessel between Hook of Holland – Harwich.

© Capt Jan Melchers

© Capt Jan Melchers (Left)

© Pieter Inpyn  © Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Hook of Holland 01/06/1992)

May 1992 – September 16th 1992: Chartered to Sealink Stena Ferries Ltd, Ashford. Operated between Southampton – Cherbourg.

© Tony Garner

© Tony Garner

© Fotoflite  © Fotoflite

© Fotoflite

September 17th 1992: Chartered to a Turkish company service unknown.

December 5th 1992 – October 29th 1995: Chartered to TT-Line, Germany as a freight only ferry and renamed TT-TRAVELLER. Commenced service between Trelleborg – Travemünde.

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Trelleborg 15/05/1994)

October 29th 1995: Refitted with Flender Werft AG, Lübeck.

November 10th 1995: Completed sea trials after refit.

November 11th 1995: Renamed STENA TRAVELLER.

November 15th 1995: Arrived in Dublin for berthing trials.

November 23rd 1995: Commenced service between Holyhead – Dublin.

September 16th 1996: Final day operating between Holyhead – Dublin.

December 1996: Chartered to Grimaldi & Cobelfret.

December 1996: Chartered for services between Santander – Harwich.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Rotterdam 01/01/1997)

January 1997: Chartered to Tor Line for services between Immingham – Rotterdam.

February 1997: Chartered to TT-Line, Germany and renamed TT-TRAVELLER. Transferred to Stena RoRo & Ferry Division, Göteborg.

February 11th 1997: Commenced service between Trelleborg – Rostock.

© Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Rotterdam 01/06/1997)

© Frank Heine  © Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Warnemünde 10/01/1998)

December 1999 – February 2000: Rebuilt at Flender Werft, Lübeck with new cabins and engines parts.

© Wolfgang Kramer

© Wolfgang Kramer (24/02/2001)

January 5th 2002: Arrived again at Flender Werft, Lübeck for overhaul.

January 9th 2002: Renamed STENA TRAVELLER.

January 14th 2002: Left Lübeck for Karlskrona (Sweden).

January 15th 2002: Arrived at Karlskrona.

January 20th 2002: Commenced service between Karlskrona – Gdynia (Poland).

February 21st 2002: During a journey between Gdynia – Karlskrona excessive roll caused a 30 ton container of asphalt to capsize on her vehicle deck. No damage or injuries.

October 9th 2002: En route between Karlskrona – Gdynia suffered engine failure and drifted until she was towed to Karlskrona.

May 6th 2004: Final day in service between Karlskrona – Gdynia.

May 10th 2004: Sold to Ab Lisco Baltic Service, Klaipeda, Lithuania (DFDS Tor Line). Renamed LISCO PATRIA.

May 17th 2004: Commenced service between Karlshamn – Klaipeda.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

© Frank Heine  © Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Karlshamn 07/07/2004)

June 10th 2005: Services between Karlshamn – Baltiysk (one trip per week).

January 6th 2006: Services between Kiel – Klaipeda.

April 27th 2006: Company name change to AB DFDS Lisco.

May 2007: Services between Karlshamn – Klaipeda.

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler (Karlshamn 20/06/2007)

January 25th 2009 – February 8th 2009: Services between Swinoujscie – Ystad covering WAWEL refit.

January 30th 2010 – February 14th 2010: Services between Swinoujscie – Ystad covering WAWEL refit.

May 6th 2011: Chartered to Scandinavia Baltic Lines.

May 11th 2011: Services between Paldiski – Kapellskär.

September 14th 2011: DFDS Seaways buys 64% of the company and all services are absorbed by DFDS.

December 23rd 2011 – January 13th 2012: Refit in Kopli, Estonia.

January 5th 2012: Renamed PATRIA SEAWAYS .

January 22nd 2012: Services between Paldiski – Kapellskär.

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Kapellskär 15/06/2013)

October 6th 2014: Final day in service between Kapellskär – Paldiski.

October 7th 2014: Laid up in Paldiski.

November 4th 2014: Services between Fredericia – Copenhagen – Klaipeda.

December 5th 2014: Arrived in Gdansk, for lay up.

2015: Used as a floating hotel for wind energy projects. She sailed to the Danish port of Esbjerg where she was prepared for her new job. This meant, for instance, that a special boat platform was installed on the aft of the vessel so all ships that transport the workers to and from the ‘floating hotel’ could safely berth.

May 16th 2015: Anchored about 36 km off the Danish coast for her new job at Butendiek Wind Farms.

November 16th 2015: Services between Kiel – Klaipeda.

December 29th 2015: Chartered to P&O Ferries.

January 4th 2016: Services between Zeebrugge – Hull.

April 2016: Services between Karlshamn – Klaipeda.

© Gena Amfimov  © Gena Amfimov

© Gena Amfimov

December 2016: Laid up in Klaipeda.

January 13th 2017: Left Klaipeda for Paldiski.

January 14th 2017 – February 1st 2017: Services between Paldiski – Kapellskär.

February 2nd 2017: Services between Klaipeda – Karlshamn.

February 19th 2017: Left Klaipeda for Copenhagen.

February 2017: One trip per week between Klaipeda – Fredericia.

March 4th 2017 – March 25th 2017: Services between Klaipeda – Karlshamn.

March 25th 2017: Services between Klaipeda – Karlshamn – Fredericia.

© Gena Amfimov  © Gena Amfimov

© Gena Amfimov

© Gena Amfimov (Klaipeda 25/05/2017)

January 14th 2018 – February 2018: Chartered to TT Line for services between Trelleborg – Rostock/ Travemünde.

March 5th 2018: Left Trelleborg for Klaipeda. Returned to service Karlshamn – Klaipeda


All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions found. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Gena Amfimov,Tony Garner, Frank Heine, Pieter Inpyn, Wolfgang Kramer, Capt Jan Melchers, Simonwp and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in compiling this feature.

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


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