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MV Saint Killian (II) – Past and Present


MV Egnatia

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

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

Saint Killian II – © 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


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

Saint Killian II – © Brian Fisher (Liverpool, April 1983)

© John Jones  © John Jones

Saint Killian II – © John Jones (Le Havre, 29/05/1983)

December 1984: Refit at Chatham, UK

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

Saint Killian II – © 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.

Saint Killian II – © 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.

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, 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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