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MV Global Carrier – Past and Present

IMO Number: 7528647

MV Global Carrier

Ex Stena Carrier, Jolly Smeraldo, Jolly Bruno, Stena Carrier, Imparca Miami, Stena Carrier, Imparca Express I

© Tim Becker

Global Carrier – © Tim Becker (Travemunde, 02/10/2011)

Steel twin screw “Stena Searunner” class motor vessel built in 1978 by Hyundai Shipbuilders & Heavy Industries, Ulsan, South Korea (Yard No 650) as a Passenger RoRo Cargo vessel.

Technical Data


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.

July 11th 1977: Keel laid as IMPARCA EXPRESS I 

March 17th 1978: Launched.

June 30th 1978: Delivered to Stena Atlantic Line Ltd, Hamilton, Bermuda.

© Simonwp

Imparca Express I – © Simonwp (Dodge Island, Miami, 28/05/1979)

February 1980: Renamed STENA CARRIER.

© Simonwp

Stena Carrier – © Simonwp (Hull, 09/02/1980)

August 1980: Renamed IMPARCA MIAMI.

1981: Renamed STENA CARRIER.

February 1982: Sold to Stena Ocean Line Ltd, Georgetown, Cayman Island.

February 1982: Chartered to Ignazio Messina & C. S.p.A., Naples, Italy and renamed JOLLY BRUNO.

Jolly Bruno © ?

August 1982: Renamed JOLLY SMERALDO.

May 1983: Renamed STENA CARRIER for Stena Portlink services between Esbjerg – Great Britain.

© Simonwp

Stena Carrier – © Simonwp (Immingham, 14/12/1983)

© Simonwp © Simonwp

Stena Carrier – © Simonwp (Felixstowe, May 1984) (Both)

1983 – 1986: Operations in the Caribbean.

September 1st 1987: Services between Gothenburg – Travemunde.

1988: Transferred to Stena Carrier Ltd, Georgetown Cayman Island.

© Simonwp

Stena Carrier – © Simonwp (Travemunde, 01/06/1998)

Stena Carrier © Tim Becker (Travemunde, August 1999)

May 2000: Bareboat charter to Stena Line Ab, Gothenburg (Registered to Stena Line Shipholding BV, Gothenburg).

November 18th 2003: Sold to Grundstenen 99072 Ab Gothenburg and chartered to Stena RoRo.

March 5th 2004: Change of company name to Interbaltic Ab, Gothenburg.

April 16th 2004: Final service between Gothenburh – Travemunde.

April 16th 2004: Sold to Lillbacka Powerco Oy, Maxmo, Finland. 

April 22nd 2004: Renamed GLOBAL CARRIER.

April 23rd 2004: Left Gothenbug for Travemude.

April 24th 2004: Arrived in Travemunde.

April 24th 2004: Services between Turku – Travemunde.

Global Carrier – © Tim Becker (Lubeck, May 2004)

October 2004 – October 28th 2004: Chartered to Sea Wind Line for services (Tuesday – Thursday) between Turku – Stockholm, remaining days for Power Line between Turku – Travemunde..

December 12th 2004 – January 2005: Chartered to RG-Line for trips between Vaasa – Umea.

January 2006: Chartered to Finnlines for services Helsinki – Hull.

Global Carrier – © Aleksi Lindström (Helsinki, 03/02/2006)

July 5th 2006: Bredo Yard, Bremerhaven for refit.

© Christian Eckardt

Global Carrier – © Christian Eckardt (Bremerhaven, 05/07/2006)

© Christian Eckardt

Global Carrier – © Christian Eckardt (Bremerhaven, 14/07/2006)

July 2006: Chartered to P&O Ferries.

July 16th 2006: Services between Zeebrugge/ Rotterdam – Hull.

© Andreas Wörteler

Global Carrier – © Andreas Wörteler (Europort, 16/07/2007)

November 11th 2007: Services between Zeebrugge – Tilbury.

January 2008: Chartered to Finnlines.

January 2008: Services between Helsinki – Poland.

Global Carrier – © Aleksi Lindström (Helsinki, 10/03/2008)

March 2008: Services between Helsinki – Gdynia.

December 2008: Laid up in Turku.

June 13th 2009: Power Line services between Turku – Oxelosund – Travemunde.

February 27th 2010: In Oxelosund, collided with ECOSTAR G.O. and damaged her bow.

© Gena Anfimov

Ecostar G.O. – © Gena Anfimov

March 5th 2010: Left Oxelosund for repairs in Szczecin.

March 6th 2010:  Arrived at Ship Repair Yard “GRYFIA” Szczecin, Poland.

April 2010: Returned to service.

© Andreas Wörteler © Andreas Wörteler

Global Carrier – © Andreas Wörteler (Travemunde, 25/04/2010)

2010: Services between Helsinki/Turku – Travemunde.

April 2012: Left Northern Europe.

June 10th 2012: Beached at Aliaga, Turkey for scrapping.

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: Gena Anfimov, Tim Becker, Christian Eckardt, Aleksi Lindström, Simonwp and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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


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