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MV Cerdic Ferry – Past and Present

IMO Number: 7528635

MV Cenk T

Ex Sea Partner, Stena Partner, Freeway, European Freeway, Cerdic Ferry, Stena Transporter, Syria, Alpha Enterprise

© Bob Scott

Cerdic Ferry – © Bob Scott

Steel twin screw ‘Stena Searunner Class’ motor vessel built in 1978 by Hyundai Shipbuilders & Heavy Industries, Ulsan, South Korea (Yard No 649) as a Passenger/RoRo Cargo ship

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In total, 11 vessels of the Stena Searunner design were built by Hyundai Heavy Industries, South Korea, and the first vessel was delivered in 1977. Those vessels remaining in service are operated by a number of operators around the world and as a group they are considered to be one of the most successful classes of RoRo vessels ever built.

February 1st 1978: Launched as APLHA ENTERPRISE.

May 31st 1978: Delivered to Stena Container Line Ltd, London, England.

May 31st 1978: Immediately chartered to Arghiris Line, Greece.

© Simonwp

Alpha Enterprise – © Simonwp (Hull, 13/05/1979)

May 31st 1978: Immediately chartered to Arghiris Line, Greece.

April 28th 1979 – May 14th 1979: Chartered to North Sea Ferries B.V. Rozenburg for services between Rotterdam – Hull.

May 15th 1979 – July 14th 1979: Rebuilt by Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven GmbH, Bremerhaven, Germany with more passenger facilities aft, side mounted sponsons and weather decks.

© Wolfgang Fricke

Syria – © Wolfgang Fricke (Bremerhaven, 01/07/1979)

September 1979: Chartered to Hellas Ferries Co Ltd, Greece and renamed SYRIA.

September 1979: Services between Volos (Greece) – Tartus (Syria).

March 16th 1981 – December 23rd 1981: Lengthened by 30.6 m at Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven GmbH, Bremerhaven, Germany. Also had added more passenger facilities and accommodation.

1981: Transferred to Polyzena Maritime Co Ltd, Limassol, Cyprus (Hellas Ferries Co Ltd Managers).

May 1982 – April 1983: Chartered to European Ferries Ltd., London for Townsend Thoresen services between Felixstowe – Europoort.

© Simonwp © Bob Scott

Syria – © Simonwp (13/09/1982) (Left) © Bob Scott (Felixstowe 01/04/1982)(Right)

1983: Renamed STENA TRANSPORTER (Swedish Caledonian Marine Management).

© Simonwp

Stena Transporter – © Simonwp  (Immingham, 23/04/1984)

June 12th 1984 – September 23rd 1984: Chartered to TT-SAGA Line for services between Trelleborg – Travemünde.

© Capt Jan Melchers © Capt Jan Melchers  

Stena Transporter – © Capt Jan Melchers

Stena Transporter –

1984: Chartered to Cobelfret, Antwerp for services between Zeebrügge – Immingham.

1984 – 1985: Registered Owner; Finska Foretags Finian AB. Registered Manager; O/Y Hango Ship Owners A/B

1985: Chartered to Townsend Thoresen European Ferries and renamed CERDIC FERRY. Services between Felixstowe – Europoort

1986: Taken over by Lombard Charter hire Ltd, London, England. (Manager; Atlantic Steam Navigation)

© Simonwp © Brian Fisher  

Cerdic Ferry – © Simonwp (10/06/1986) (left) and © Brian Fisher (right)

© Robert J Smith

Cerdic Ferry – © Robert J Smith

1987: Following the “HERALD” disaster, from spring onwards, pale blue funnels with P&O flag logo became the norm.

© Brian Fisher

Cerdic Ferry – © Brian Fisher

October 22nd 1987: Charter taken over by P&O European Ferries (Management) Felixstowe.

© Brian Fisher © Patrick Hill  

Cerdic Ferry – © Brian Fisher (left) and © Patrick Hill (right)

© Ken Larwood © Ken Larwood  

Cerdic Ferry – © Ken Larwood (both)

January 3rd 1992: Renamed EUROPEAN FREEWAY.

© Simonwp

European Freeway – © Tim Becker

April 1994: Sold to P &O European Ferries, London, England.

© Tony Garner

European Freeway – © Tony Garner

© Brian Fisher

European Freeway – © Brian Fisher

July 2002: Sold to Stena Line Ab, Göteborg.

August 1st 2002: Renamed FREEWAY.

September 15th 2002: Services between Harwich – Europort.

December 27th 2002: Left Harwich for refit in Poland.

January 2003: Renamed STENA PARTNER.

January 23rd 2003: Returned to service Harwich – Europort.

© Simonwp © Derek Sands  

Stena Partner – © Simonwp (17/06/2009) (left) and © Derek Sands (right)

© Andreas Wörteler   

© Andreas Wörteler © Andreas Wörteler  

Stena Partner – © Andreas Wörteler

December 20th 2010: Final service between Rotterdam – Harwich.

December 2010: Sold to Parner Sia, Mariehamn, Åland, Finland (Management Al Mare Consulting Ab, Mariehamn, Ålan, Finland) and renamed SEA PARTNER.

December 31st 2010: Left Rotterdam for refit in Tuzla, Turkey.

January 11th 2011: Arrived Tuzla, Gemak Shipyard, Turkey.

February 24th 2011: Chartered to Sea Lines, (Rederi Ab Lillgaard, Mariehamn) for services between Ilyichevsk – Tekirdag.


Sea Partner – © Frank Behrends (Istanbul, 14/07/2012)

December 2012 – 2016: Service for Stena Sealine between Ilyichevsk (Ukraine) – Tekirdag (Turkey).

Sea Partner – © Frank Behrends (Istanbul, 29/06/2013)

© Wil Weijsters © Wil Weijsters

Sea Partner – © Wil Weijsters (Calvi, Corsica 14/06/2015)

March 2021: Still in service between Chornomorsk (Ukraine) – Karasu (Turkey)

April 21st 2021: Sold to Tekomarine Co, Derince, Turkey. Manager; Marmara Denizcilik AS, Istanbul and renamed CENK T

August 7th 2021: Arrived in Tuzla (Turkey) for refit.

© Sergej Jevstignejev

Cenk T – 🆕 © Sergej Jevstignejev (Leaving Tuzla 26/08/2021)

August 26th 2021: Arrived Yalova (Turkey)

September 8th 2021: Sailed for Karasu via Istanbul.

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: Tim Becker, Frank Behrends, Brian Fisher, Wolfgang Fricke, Patrick Hill, Sergej Jevstignejev, Ken Larwood, Capt Jan Melchers, Derek Sands,  Simonwp, Bob Scott, Robert J Smith, Wil Weijsters and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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