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MV Saint Killian (II) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 7226603

MV Egnatia

ex Egnatia III, Medina Star, Saint Killian II, Saint Killian, Stena Scandinavica (I)

© Tony Garner

© Tony Garner (Ringaskiddy, Cork, 20/06/1993)

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1973 by Titovo Brodogradiliste, Kraljevica, Yugoslavia (Yard No 400) as a Passenger/RoRo Cargo/Ferry for Stena AB, Gothenburg

Technical Data

  • Length: 124.75 – 156.85m (overall) 109.48 – 138.85m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 19.54 – 19.59 m
  • Depth: 11.86 – 6.71m
  • Draught: 5.16 – 5.217 m
  • Tonnage: 6667 – 10256 gross/3547 – 6341net/1448 – 2676t deadweight
  • Engines: 2 Vee Oil 4SA Lindholmen-Pielstick 18PC2 V diesel
  • Power: 13240 kW/18000 bHP
  • Speed: 22.0 knots
  • Capacity: 1500 – 2000 – 1559 passengers/250 – 418 cars
  • Call Sign: SICT, EILK, V4QM
  • IMO Number: 7226603
  • Official Number: 11338 (LR 1974 – 75), 401745 (LR 1993 – 94)
  • Port of Registry: Gothenburg/Sweden 🇸🇪, Dublin/Irish Rep 🇮🇪, Panama 🇵🇦, St Kitts and Nevis 🇰🇳
  • Sister Ships: Stena Olympica (399)


September 9th 1972: Launched as STENA SCANDINAVICA.

© Hans Harms

Courtesy of Andreas Wörteler © Hans Harms (Kraljevica, 27/06/1973)

June 27th 1973: Delivered to Stena Line Ab, Gothenburg.

© Reinhard Nerlich © John Clarkson  

Courtesy of Andreas Wörteler © Reinhard Nerlich (Left) and © John Clarkson (Right)

July 1973: Commenced services between Gothenburg – Kiel. (with summer sailings between Kiel – Korsör and Gothenburg – Frederikshavn).

January 1974: Rebuilt at Sölvesborgs Varv with additional cabins.

January 1978: Sold to Herat Ltd, Dublin, Ireland. (Irish Continental Line).

February 21st 1978: Renamed SAINT KILLIAN at a simple ceremony in Gothenburg.

February 1978: Refit at Verft Nobiskrug, Rendsburg, Germany.


Andreas Wörteler Collection

February 1978: Chartered to Stena Line Ab, Gothenburg for services between Gothenburg – Kiel.

April 9th 1978: Charter to Stena Line completed.

May 1978: Services between Rosslare – Le Havre/Cherbourg.

May 1978: Services between Rosslare/ Cork – Cherbourg/ Le Havre.

February 1981: Lengthened at Amsterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij, Amsterdam, Holland.


Courtesy of Daniel Sörensen

Courtesy of Andreas Wörteler (@ Antwerp)

February 26th 1982: Returned from the shipyard and renamed SAINT KILLIAN II.

March 15th 1982: Services Rosslare – Le Havre.

© Brian Fisher

© Brian Fisher (Liverpool, April 1983)

© John Jones

© John Jones (Le Havre, 29/05/1983)

December 1984: Refit at Chatham, UK.

© Ken Larwood © Ken Larwood © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood (Chatham, 1984)

December 24th 1986: Off Cornwall and with 300 passengers on board, suffered an engine room fire. Towed to Falmouth.

© Joerg Seyler

© Joerg Seyler (Hamburg, Winter 1986/87)

January 25th 1987: Arrived at Blohm & Voss, Hamburg for repairs.

February 1987: Returned to service.

© Bernd Crause

1988: Registered to Irish Continental Group P.L.C, Dublin.

© Carsten Dettmer

© Carsten Dettmer (Rosslare, 01/05/1992)

© Aubrey Dale

© Aubrey Dale (Cobhn, 14/07/1995)

November 3rd 1996 – March 25th 1997: Laid up in Le Havre.

March 25th 1997 – September 27th 1997: Services between Cork/ Rosslare – Roscoff/Cherbourg/ Le Havre.

July 21st 1997: Grounded in Cork and repaired in Liverpool.

August 1st 1997: Returned to service.

September 27th 1997: Laid up, for sale, in Le Havre.

October 1998: Sold to Cape Enterprise Ltd, Panama and renamed MEDINA STAR.

Courtesy of Andreas Wörteler

October 1998: Laid up in Piraeus.

2000: Registered to Green Island Maritime Ltd., Panama (Manager; Newshipco S.A.).

2001: Registered to Commercial Bank of Greece, Panama.

August 2002: Sold to Egnatia International Shipping Ltd, Panama (Hellenic Mediterranean Lines) and renamed EGNATIA III.

2002: Floated to Keratsini, Greece for refit.

May 10th 2003: Left Piraeus for Brindisi.

May 2003 – September 2003: HML (Hellenic Mediterranean Lines) services between Patras – Igoumenitsa – Corfu – Brindisi.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Patras, 01/05/2003)

September 2003: Laid up in Keratsini, Greece.

© Aleksi Lindström  (Drapetsona, Piraeus, 13/04/2004)

June 2004: Chartered to Algerie Ferries.

June 7th 2004 – September 2004: Services between Bejaia – Marseille.

October 1st 2004 – January 2005: Services between Algeria/ Oran – Marseille and sometimes between Oran – Alicante.

Courtesy of Bernt Anderson

January 2005: At the end of her charter she arrived in Perama.

January 2005: Laid up in Eleusis Bay.

© Aleksi Lindström (Eleusis Bay, 23/06/2007)

September 2007: Sold to Indian breaker and renamed EGNATIA.

September 15th 2007: Left Eleusis Bay for Alang, India.

October 16th 2007: Arrived at Alang.

October 25th 2007: Beached and scrapping commenced.


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: Bernd Crause, Aubrey Dale, Carsten Dettmer, Brian Fisher, Fotoflite, Tony Garner, Ken Larwood, Aleksi Lindström, Joerg Seyler Simonwp, Daniel Sörensen and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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