Ex Atlantic Freighter, Stena Grecia, Tor Felicia, Merzario Grecia, Tor Felicia
Pelagitis © Dennis Mortimer (Drapetsona, 06/09/2018)
Steel twin screw “Stena Searunner” class motor vessel built in 1978 by Hyundai Shipbuilders & Heavy Industries, Ulsan, South Korea (Yard No 647) as a RoRo Cargo vessel .
- Length: 151.01 m (overall) 137.01 m (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth: 21.67 m
- Depth: 14.66 m
- Draught: 7.319 m
- Tonnage: 5466 – 5363 gross/2485 – 3995 net/8672 – 8661t deadweight
- Engines: Two Pielstick 12 -cylinder 12PC2-5V-400 V-diesels
- Power: 11475 kW/15600 bhp
- Speed: 17 knots.
- Capacity: Passengers 12/1650 lane metres/TEU; 562/C Ho; 82 x 20’, C RoRo Dk; 242 x20’, C Dk; 238 x 20’
- Call Sign: GZHJ, C6CB9, EXK4, SVBC8
- MMSI Number: 241053000
- IMO Number: 7528611
- Official Number: 377614 (LR: 1984 – 85)
- Port of Registry: London/UK, George Town/Cayman Islands, Nassau/Bahamas, Panama City/Panama, Chios/Greece
- Sister-Ship: Merzario Ausonia, Stena Runner, Elk, Stena Project, Alpha Enterprise, Norsky, Imparca Express I, Merzario Hispania, Stena Prosper, Stena Trader
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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.
December 22nd 1977: Launched.
May 8th1978: Delivered to Stena Line Ltd, London.
June 1st 1978: Left Yokohama for Europe via Cape Town – Abidajan.
July 1978: Chartered to Tor Line as TOR FELICIA for services between Rotterdam – Immingham.
© Simonwp (1978/1979)
1978: Two year sub-charter to Merzario Lines, Italy and renamed MERZARIO GRECIA.
Merzario Grecia © Simonwp (Genoa, 1978/1979)
1978: Services between Italy – Mediterranean.
1979: Returned to Tor Line and renamed TOR FELICIA
Tor Felicia © Simonwp (New Waterway, 01/09/1979)
Tor Felicia © Simonwp (Immingham, 11/07/1979)
Tor Felicia © Simonwp (Immingham, 22/04/1980)
1983: Transferred to Stena Gulf Line Ltd, Cayman Island. (Swedish Caledonian Marine Managers). Renamed STENA GRECIA for Stena Portlink services between Esbjerg – Great Britain.
Stena Grecia © Simonwp (Felixstowe, May 1984)
Stena Grecia © Simonwp (Immingham, 22/06/1985)
1986: Stena Ab becomes manager. Services between Gothenburg – Travemünde.
March 27th 1986: Left Gothenburg for North Sydney (Canada).
April 4th 1987: Arrived in North Sydney for trials. She the then returned to Gothenburg for further services between Gothenburg – Travemünde.
April 1987: Chartered to Marine Atlantic for services between North Sydney – Port Aux Basques.
1987: Sold to Marine Atlantic Inc, Nassau, Bahamas and renamed ATLANTIC FREIGHTER.
Atlantic Freighter © Michel Rathwell
April 1st 1987: Caught fire and taken out of service for repairs.
June 7th 1987: Returned to service.
December 1990 – April 1991: Chartered to the US Navy for the transport of equipment to Dessert Storm. Made two trips between the USA – the Persian Gulf.
December 1994 – May 1995: Chartered to P&O Pandoro for services between Liverpool – Dublin.
June 1995:To Marine Atlantic, again, for services between North Sydney – Port Aux Basques.
Atlantic Freighter © Jarrod David (North Sydney,N.S.Canada, 17/06/2006)
Atlantic Freighter © Jarrod David (Port Aux Basques, NFLD, Canada. 24/10/2009)
December 2008: Laid up in Port Aux Basques and put up for sale.
March 2010: Sold to Navibulk Enterprise SA, Piraeus, Greece and renamed PELAGITIS.
April 9th 2010: Left Port Aux Basques for Piraeus.
April 24th 2010: Arrived at Keratsini.
April 28th 2010: Arrived at Chalkis shipyard for survey.
November 2nd 2010: Services between Piraeus – Chios – Mytilene.
June 2011: Registered to Ainaftis Shipping Co, Athens, Greece.
August 3rd 2011: Laid up in Chalkis.
October 26th 2011: Services between Piraeus – Chios – Mytilene.
Pelagitis © Dennis Mortimer (Drapetsona, 16/09/2014)
Pelagitis © Dimitris Mentakisis (Drapetsona, 25/02/2020)
2021: Still in service in the Greek Islands.
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