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MV Stena Adventurer (2003) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9235529

MV Stena Adventurer

© Marko Stampehl

© Marko Stampehl (Dublin, 14/04/2009)

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2003 by Hyundai Heavy Industries, Ulsan, South Korea (Yard No 1393) as a Passenger/Ro-Ro Cargo Ship for Stena RoRo AB, Gothenburg, Sweden

Technical Data

  • Original Cost: €100 million
  • Length: 211.56 m (overall) m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 29.30 m
  • Depth: m
  • Draught: 6.30 m
  • Tonnage: 43532 gross/ net/9673t deadweight
  • Engines: 4 x MAN-B&W 9L40/54 diesels
  • Power: 25920 kW/HP
  • Speed: 22.5 knots
  • Capacity: 1500 passengers/ 500 cars/3517 lane meters
  • Callsign: VQLZ4
  • MMSI Number: 235667000
  • IMO Number: 9235529
  • Port of Registry: London/United Kingdom 🇬🇧 
  • Sister Ships: Stena Britannica II (1392)


Current AIS Location

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October 31st 2002: Launched and named STENA ADVENTURER.

May 15th 2003: Delivered to Stena Ferries Ltd, London, England.

May 2003: Registered to Swan National, Holyhead, Wales. Registered manager; Stena Line Ltd.

June 16th 2003: Arrived in Dublin for berthing trials, before sailing to  Holyhead for further trials.

June 17th 2003: Arrived at A&P Falmouth for modifications.

July 1st 2003: Commenced service Dublin – Holyhead.

© Trevor Kidd  © Trevor Kidd

© Trevor Kidd

July 10th 2003: Christened in Dublin Port by Georgia Ahern, daughter of former Irish Prime Minister “Bertie” Ahern. She then sailed on a celebration mini-cruise.

2009: New livery.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Dublin, 01/07/ 2010)

July 16th 2010: Docking in Holyhead during severe weather suffered hull damage. Repaired in Holyhead the same day.

© Mike Griffiths

© Mike Griffiths (Holyhead, 30/04/2013)

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow

 © Ray Goodfellow (Dublin Bay bound for Holyhead (11/10/14) 

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

 © Ray Goodfellow (Berthed in Holyhead alongside Irish Ferries ‘Ulysses‘ (11/10/14)) 

February 16th 2016 – March 7th 2016: Refit at Harland & Wolff, Belfast. New Livery.

©  Carsten Dettmer

©  Carsten Dettmer (Holyhead, 16/10/2016)

©  Carsten Dettmer

© Carsten Dettmer (Dublin, 22/04/2017)

March 2018: Received new livery during refit at A & P Falmouth.

© Barrie Clark  © Barrie Clark

© Barrie Clark (Falmouth, 09/03/2018)

© Geoff Hoather

© Geoff Hoather (Falmouth, 16/03/2018)

© Pieter Inpyn  © Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Dublin, 10/09/2019)

July 7th 2020 – July 24th 2020: Sailed to Damen Dunkirk, believed stabiliser problems.



© Julien Carpentier Arriving at the Port of Dunkerque (07/07/20)


© Julien Carpentier (In drydock at Damen Dunkerque, 21/07/2020) 

July 25th 2020: Sailed to Holyhead and resumed service.

© Robbie Cox

© Robbie Cox (Dublin, 23/10/2020)

October 25th 2020: Sailed overnight from Holyhead to Belfast Dry Dock, Harland & Wolff, for further stabiliser repairs.

November 2nd 2020: Resumed service Dublin – Holyhead.

March 6th 2022 – March 23rd 2022: Drydock at Cammell Laird, Birkenhead.

March 24th 2022: Resumed service Holyhead – Dublin.

© Trevor Kidd © Trevor Kidd © Trevor Kidd

© Trevor Kidd (Dublin, 12/11/2023)

March 2nd 2024: Came off service at Holyhead and sailed to Birkenhead.

© Stena Line © Stena Line © Stena Line © Stena Line
© Stena Line

March 2nd 2024: Arrived Cammell Laird, Birkenhead for biannual schedule refit.

March 21st 2024: Left Birkenhead for Holyhead.

© Robert Foy © Robert Foy © Robert Foy

🆕© Robert Foy (Birkenhead, 21/03/2024)

© Ian Collard

🆕© Ian Collard (Birkenhead, 21/03/2024)

March 21st 2024: Arrived Holyhead.

March 22nd 2024: Took up services Holyhead – Dublin.

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: Barrie Clark, Ian Collard, Robbie Cox, Carsten Dettmer, Robert Foy, Mike Griffiths, Geoff Hoather, Pieter Inpyn, Trevor Kidd, Simonwp, Julien Carpentier and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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