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MV Stena Forecaster – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9214678

MV Stena Forecaster

© Scott Mackey (Belfast, 24/09/2019)

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2003 by Dalian Shipyard, Dalian, China (Yard No RO123-2) as a Ro-Ro Cargo Ship for Stena RoRo, Gothenburg, Sweden

Technical Data

  • Length: 195.30 m (overall) 179.2 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 26.80 m
  • Depth: 8.7 m
  • Draught: 7.5 m
  • Tonnage: 24688 gross/7407 net/12300t deadweight
  • Engines:¬†4 x Sulzer 8ZAL40S diesels
  • Power: 24000 kW/HP
  • Speed: 22.5¬† knots
  • Capacity: 12 passengers/ 3000 lane meters
  • Call Sign: MELO3, OYWT2
  • MMSI Number:¬†219027065
  • IMO Number:¬†9214678
  • DNV GL id Number: 22313
  • Port of Registry: London/UK 🇬🇧, Gothenburg/Sweden 🇸🇪, UK 🇬🇧, Douglas/Isle of Man 🇮🇲, Copenhagen/Denmark 🇩🇰
  • Sister Ships:¬† Stena Foreteller (RO123-1), Stena Forerunner (No RO123-2)

Current AIS Location

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July 12th 2000: Keel struck

December 26th 2000: Launched

April 24th 2003: Delivered to Stena Dragon Ltd, Hamilton, Bermuda

The second of the trio of “Stena¬†4-Runner Mk II”, Knud E Hansen designed, RoRo Freighters

April 29th 2003: Sold to Stena RoRo Ab, Gothenburg.

April 29th 2003: Left Dalian for Europe.

June 5th 2003: Arrived in Gothenburg.

June 2003: Chartered to Transfennica, Finland.

June 13th 2003: Sold to Stena North Sea Ltd, London, England.

June 17th 2003: Christened in Helsinki.

 Tim Becker (Travemunde, June 2003)

June 2003: Service between Hanko – Lubeck

November 25th 2003: Sold to Stena RoRo Ab, Gothenburg

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler (Lubeck, 27/03/2004)

December 8th 2004: Left Lubeck for refit in Gothenburg

December 22nd 2004: Returned to service between Hanko – Lubeck.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Kiel, January 2005)


© Aleksi Lindström (Hanko, 11/03/2007)


© Aleksi Lindström (Hanko, 04/01/2013)

2015: Chartered to Cotunav.

© Carlo Martinelli  

© Carlo Martinelli (Valletta, 27/04/2018) (Left) (Valletta, 09/05/2018) (Right)

February 2nd 2019: Left Rades (Tunisia) for St Nazaire.

February 9th 2019: Arrived in Birkenhead.

February 11th 2019: Sold to Stena Rederi A/S, Hellerup, Denmark.

February 12th 2019: Stena Line services between Birkenhead – Belfast.


© Scott Mackey (Belfast, 27/05/2019)

© Barry Graham  © Barry Graham 

© Barry Graham (Birkenhead, 27/07/2019)

June 1st 2020: Sailed from Belfast to Uddevalla, Sweden and laid up.

October 22nd 2020: Left Uddevalla.

October 23rd 2020: Arrived at A&P Tyne and due to replace MISIDA¬†on P&O Ferries Liverpool ‚Äď Dublin service.

October 30th 2020: Left the Tyne.

November 1st 2020: Arrived in Liverpool.

November 3rd 2020: Commenced services Liverpool – Dublin.

© Robert Foy  © Robert Foy

© Robert Foy

© Robert Foy (Birkenhead, 03/11/2020)

December 15th 2021: Laid up in Dublin owing to closure of Gladstone Lock, Port of Liverpool for emergency repairs.

April 3rd 2022 – May 8th 2022: Covered STENA HORIZON, Rosslare – Cherbourg

May 9th 2022: Left Rosslare for Zeebrugge.

May 12th 2022: Arrived Zeebrugge.

May 13th 2022: Left Zeebrugge for Mostaganem (Algeria).

May 19th 2022: Six month charter (September: extended 12 months from November 2022) to CMA CGM for services Marseille – Rades/Tunis.

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: Tim Becker, Robert Foy, Barry Graham, Emmanuel L, Aleksi Lindström, Scott Mackey, Carlo Martinelli, 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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