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MV Stena Forerunner – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9227259

MV Stena Forerunner

© Erwin Willemse

© Erwin Willemse (Europoort, 14/09/2019) 

Steel twin screw ‘Stena 4Runner Mk II’ motor vessel built in 2003 by Dalian Shipyard, Dalian, China (Yard No RO123-3) as a Ro-Ro Cargo Ship

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: PCPG
  • MMSI Number: 244030593
  • IMO Number: 9227259
  • DNV GL id Number: 22692
  • Port of Registry: London/UK 🇬🇧, Gothenburg/Sweden 🇸🇪, Hoek Van Holland/The Netherlands 🇳🇱
  • Sister Ships:  Stena Foreteller (RO123-1), Stena Forecaster (RO123-2)

Current AIS Location

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November 25th 1999: Ordered.

December 27th 2000: Keel struck.

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

April 24th 2001: Launched.

© Steven Hayward © Steven Hayward

© Steven Hayward

© Steven Hayward

© Steven Hayward (Trials)

August 29th 2003: Delivered to Stena North Sea Ltd, London, England.

October 8th 2003: Chartered to Transfennica for services between Hanko – Lubeck.

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

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Kiel, 01/09/2004)

February 2005: Services between Hamina – Hanko – Antwerp.

August 2nd 2006: Services between Lubeck – Paldiski – Hanko.


© Frank Behrends (Terneuzen, 13/04/2007)


© Aleksi Lindström (Paldiski, 22/05/2012)

January 2014: Transfennica services Zeebrugge – Bilbao.

April 27th 2014: Called at Portsmouth for berthing trials.

May 15th 2014: Portsmouth added to her normal schedule Zeebrugge – Bilbao.

November 2014: Service ceased owing to new SECA (Sulphur Emission Control Areas) legislation from 1 January 2015 which would impose increased fuel costs, with up to 50% of the trailer volumes expected to return to the road. Spliethoff Group decided that there is no profitable future for a ro-ro service on the route. 

2015: Services Lubeck – Paldiski – Hanko.

January 2018: Charter completed.

January 12th 2018: Sold to Stena RoRo Navigation Ltd, (Management Stena Line BV), Hoek Van Holland, Holland.

January 12th 2018: Stena Line services between Rotterdam – Harwich.


© Aleksi Lindström (Inbound Rotterdam, 15/05/2018)

© Pieter Inpyn  © Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Europoort, 17/08/2018)

August 27th 2018: Services between Belfast – Birkenhead.

© Scott Mackey (Belfast, 20/09/2018)


© Scott Mackey (Belfast, 20/09/2018)

January 5th 2019: Made a single sailing Rosslare – Cherbourg.

February 8th 2019: Left Belfast for her final sailing to Birkenhead, then sailed to Rotterdam. Took up services between Rotterdam – Harwich.

January 2022: Services Rotterdam – Immingham.

February 2022: Services Rotterdam – Harwich

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Maasvlakte, Rotterdam 09/06/2022)

June 7th 2023: Came off service at Rotterdam and sailed to Schiedam.

June 7th 2023: Arrived Schiedam for refit.

June 24th 2023: Refit completed left Rotterdam for sea trials.

© Rob de Visser

© Rob de Visser (Rotterdam, 24/06/2023)

June 25th 2023: Resumed service Rotterdam – Harwich.

 © Simonwp

© Simonwp (passing Felixstowe, out-bound from Harwich, 26/04/2024)

April 6th 2024: Came off service at Rotterdam. Took up services Rotterdam – Immingham as relief for FIONIA SEA.

June 9th 2024: Due to resume service Rotterdam – Harwich.

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: Steven Hayward, Pieter Inpyn, Aleksi Lindström, Scott Mackey, Simonwp, Erwin Willemse, Rob de Visser and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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