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MV Stena Britannica (2010) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9419175 

MV Stena Britannica

ex Stena Britannica (III), Stena Hollandica

© Stena Line

© Stena Line

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2010 by Wadan yard, Wismar,Germany (Yard No 164) for Stena Rederi Ab Göteborg.

Technical Data

  • Length: 240 m
  • Breadth: 32.00 m
  • Height:  51 m
  • Draught: 6.65 m (max)
  • Tonnage: 64,039 gross/ net/ deadweight
  • Engines: 2 x 8L48/60CR and 2 x 6L48/60CR MAN 4 stroke diesel engines.
  • Power: 33600 kW/HP
  • Speed:  22 knots
  • Decks: 12
  • Capacity: 1,200 passengers, 230 car capacity – 5500 lane meters
  • Crew: 85
  • Call Sign: 2DMO6
  • IMO Number: 9419175 
  • Port of Registry: London/United Kingdom , Harwich/United Kingdom
  • Sister-Ship: Stena Hollandica (159)

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“The STENA BRITANNICA is the second largest combined freight and passenger ferry in the world. It is the second of two Ropax ships built at the Nordic Yards shipyard in Wismar, Germany. About £375m was invested in the construction of the ferries.”.

November 9th 2006: Ordered under name of STENA HOLLANDICA.

September 22nd 2008: Keel struck.

December 17th 2008: Laid down.

June 7th 2009: Launched.

© Stena Line © Stena Line © Stena Line  

© Stena Line

June 2009: Builders yard went bankrupt and negotiations took place as to the future of vessels.

November 2009: Named STENA BRITANNICA

September 29th 2010: Delivered to Stena RoRo AB Gothenburg (Management, Stena Line BV).

September 12th 2009: Yard and Stena Line agree on vessel price

October 2nd 2010: Left Wismar for Harwich.

October 9th 2010: Maiden voyage between Harwich – Hoek van Holland.

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler (Rotterdam, 09/10/2010)

© Andreas Wörteler © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler (Rotterdam, 09/10/2010)

© Dirk Jankowsky © Dirk Jankowsky

© Dirk Jankowsky (Hook of Holland, 02/05/2011)(Both)

© Aleksi Lindström © Aleksi Lindström  

© Aleksi Lindström (Rotterdam, 03/07/2011)(Both)

October 2016 – November 2016: Refit and “Exhaust scrubbers” installed.

January 17th 2018: En-route Rotterdam – Harwich, fire broke out in a refrigerated trailer on her car-deck. It spread to other trailers but was extinguished by the ships crew. Departed from Harwich to Schiedam.

January 18th 2018: Arrived at Schiedam in Rotterdam for repair.

January 18th 2018: Re-entered service, Rotterdam – Harwich.

© Aleksi Lindström © Aleksi Lindström

© Aleksi Lindström (Hook of Holland from Harwich, 27/09/2021)

© Robbie Cox © Robbie Cox © Robbie Cox

© Robbie Cox (Hook of Holland, 15/10/2023)

January 25th 2024: Came off service at Hoek van Holland and sailed to Schiedam for refit.

© Rob de Visser

© Rob de Visser (Hoek van Holland, 25/01/2024)

February 10th 2024: Left Schiedam and sailed to Hoek van Holland to resume service Rotterdam – Harwich.

© Rob de Visser

© Rob de Visser (Scheidam, 10/02/2024)

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: Robbie Cox, Dirk Jankowsky, Aleksi Lindström, Stena Line Ab, Rob de Visser and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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


  1. Hello Nigel and Ray, well a very pleasant performance of the vessel, I have made many trips with both ships from HvH-Harwich and visa versa but I did miss the story about that both ships are were re-build, these ships were still enlarged? ie there is a center positioned between, but maybe you had already mentioned anywhere, I’m getting older does not it, ha ha ha
    Have a nice day,

    Grt. Henk.

      1. Hello Nigel, well the first time when i was going to sail with the Stena Line from HvH to Harwich was in early 2006, they were than not rebuild yet, the Hollandica as well the Brittanica It was on those “cosy” ships very nice and also a very cosy truckers lounge annex restaurant, after they were rebuild it was not so “cosy” anymore, to large at all, last time I have sailed with the Brittanica was in January this year and in that same week with the DFDS from Dunkirk to Dover with that huge storm, wow I was feeling bad, very bad, but the huge waves came across and above deck 6 !!! it takes a half an hour before we could dock in at Dover, a experience I will never forget, ha ha ha

        take care Nigel and best regards to Ray also.

        By the way, I have some photographs of the Stena in HvH, I was at board from the Humber Viking in those days make a trip to Immingham I had telling some ago to ray i will send them over but I will send them with “we transfer” because they are huge, if had some spare time i will send them over.

        Grt. Henk.

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