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MV Doric Ferry – Past and Present

IMO Number: 7528570

MV Transfer

ex Stena Transfer, Ideway, European Tideway, Doric Ferry, Hellas, Alpha Progress, Stena Runner

© Simonwp

Steel twin screw ‘Stena Searunner Class’motor vessel built in 1977 by Hyundai Shipbuilders & Heavy Industries, Ulsan, South Korea (Yard No 643) as a Passenger/RoRo Cargo ship

Technical Data

  • Length: 151.01 – 184.61m (overall) 137.01 – 170.59 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 21.67 – 25.28 m
  • Depth: 14.66 m.
  • Draught: 7.27 – 6.37 m
  • Tonnage:  5724 – 6455 – 9583 – 8596/2692 – 3248 – 4316 – 4264 net/8672 – 8704 – 8672 deadweight
  • Engines:  Two Pielstick 12 -cylinder 12PC2-5V-400 V-diesels
  • Power: 11475 kW/15600 bhp
  • Speed:  15 knots (service) 17 knots (max)
  • Capacity: Passengers 12/144 Freight Units: 163, Cars 280
  • Call Sign: H2EI
  • IMO Number: 7528570
  • Official Number: 377438
  • Port of Registry: London/UK, Limassol/Cyprus, London/UK, Panama
  • Sister-Ships: Merzario Ausonia, Elk, Stena Prosper, Stena Project, Alpha Enterprise,  Tor Felicia, Norsky, Imparca Express I, Stena Trader, Merzario Hispania


July 15th 1977: Launched for Stena Container Line Ltd, London, England.

November 4th 1977: Delivered to Stena Line Ltd, London, England.

November 1977: Various charters.

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Alpha Progress © Cees De Bijl

1978: Chartered to Arghiris Line, Greece and renamed ALPHA PROGRESS.

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Alpha Progress © Simonwp (14/05/1979)

June 1st 1979 – July 1st 1979: Chartered to Tor Line.

March 25th 1979 – May 31st 1979: Rebuilt at Hapag Lloyd Werft GmbH, Bremerhaven, with extra passenger accommodation and weather deck. Side-sponsons added.

1979: Transferred to Samos Pearl Shipping Co, Piraeus, Greece (Hellas Ferries Co Ltd Managers) and renamed HELLAS.

© Yvon Perchoc

Hellas © Yvon Perchoc

1979: Commenced service for Hellas Ferries between Volos – Tartous.

January 14th 1982 – February 17th 1982: Lengthened at Hapag Lloyd Werft G.m.b.H, Bremerhaven, Germany together with the addition of 64 new beds.

February 1982: Services between Volos – Tartous.

May 1982: Chartered to Townsend Thoresen European Ferries, Dover, England for services between Europoort – Felixstowe.

1984: Transferred to Capulet Navigation Ltd, Limassol, Cyprus (Stena Line Managers).

January 14th 1986: Laid up in Le Havre.

1986: Transferred to Lombard Charter Hire Ltd, London, England. (Atlantic Steam Navigation Co Ltd, Townsend Thoresen managers) and renamed DORIC FERRY.

1986: Chartered to Townsend Thoresen European Ferries, London, England.

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Doric Ferry © Simonwp (left) and © Brian Fisher (right)

October 22nd 1987: Charter taken over by P&O European Ferries, Felixstowe, England.

🆕 Doric Ferry

© Simonwp

Doric Ferry © Simonwp

© Brian Fisher © Brian Fisher  

Doric Ferry © Brian Fisher

January 1992: Renamed EUROPEAN TIDEWAY.

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

August 28th 2001: Laid up in Hull.

January 2002: Services between Rotterdam – Felixstowe.

July 2002: Sold to Stena Line Ab, Göteborg.

August 1st 2002: Renamed IDEWAY.

September 15th 2002: Services between Harwich – Europort.

November 23rd 2002: Arrived at Remontowa Shipyard, Gdansk, Poland for refit.

December 2002: Renamed STENA TRANSFER.

December 26th 2002: Arrived at Europort.

December 19th 2002: Services between Harwich – Europort.

© Wil Weijsters © Wil Weijsters  

Stena Transfer © Wil Weijsters

January 20th 2007: Services between Hook of Holland – Killingholme.

May 2007: Services between Harwich – Europort.

© Robert J Smith © Robert J Smith  

Stena Transfer © Robert J Smith

© Simonwp

Stena Transfer © Simonwp

Stena Transfer © Marc Piché

September 5th 2010: Final day in service between Harwich – Europoort and the laid-up.

October 21st 2010: Sold to Finest Sia, Riga, Latvia (c/o Brax Shipholding Rederi Ab, Göteborg).

October 25th 2010: Renamed TRANSFER.

October 28th 2010: Left Rotterdam for Remontowa, Poland.

© Jukub Bogucki © Jukub Bogucki  

© Jukub Bogucki

Transfer © Jakub Bogucki (Gdańsk, 31/10/2010)

November 2010: Planned charter to Navirail did not take place owing to her not having the correct Ice Classification for the Gulf of Finland.

December 14th 2010: Arrived Gothenburg for lay-up.

January 21st 2012: Left Gothenburg for India.

March 1st 2012: Arrived at Alang, India for breaking.

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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, Jakub Bogucki, Brian Fisher, Marc Piché, Yvon Perchoc, 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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