Stena Line

Past and Present – Stena Line

Stena Line is a Swedish shipping company and one of the largest ferry operators in the world. It services Denmark, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Finland and Sweden. Stena Line is a major unit of Stena AB, itself a part of the Stena Sphere.

Stena Line was founded in 1962 by Sten A. Olsson in Gothenburg, Sweden (which still serves as the company’s headquarters), when he acquired Skagenlinjen which operated between Gothenburg and Frederikshavn, Denmark.

During the 1980s Stena expanded its ferry business in the Baltic and North Sea through a number of acquisitions. In 1981 Sessan Linjen, Stena’s biggest competitor on the Sweden–Denmark routes, was acquired and incorporated into Stena Line. This was followed in 1983 with the acquisition of Varberg-Grenå Linjen. This acquisition included the rights to that company’s former name, Lion Ferry. The Lion Ferry brand continued as a separate entity until 1997, when it was fully incorporated into Stena Line.

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