DFDSFerriesIrish FerriesPast and PresentStena LineStena RoRoTransfennica

MV Stena Foreteller – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9214666

MV Stena Foreteller

ex Cetam Massilia, Stena Foreteller

© Neil C McBride (Tyne, 03/11/2020)

Steel twin screw ‘Stena 4Runner Mk II’ motor vessel built in 2002 by Dalian Shipyard, Dalian, China (Yard No RO123-1) 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 Wartsila 8ZAL40S diesels
  • Power: 24000 kW/HP
  • Speed: 22.5  knots
  • Capacity: 12 passengers/ 3000 lane meters
  • Call Sign:  OYYI2
  • MMSI Number: 219195000
  • IMO Number: 9214666
  • Official Number: D4962
  • DNV GL ID Number: 22314
  • Port of Registry: London/United Kingdom 🇬🇧, Gothenburg/Sweden 🇸🇪, Copenhagen/Denmark 🇩🇰
  • Sister Ships:  Stena Forecaster (RO123-2), Stena Forerunner (RO123-3)


Current AIS Location

Please note that this specific vessels AIS position data may be over an hour old and that the vessels position will only be displayed when it is within range of the VesselFinder AIS system. The AIS transponder/ship position data featured on this page is intended for information purposes only and it is in no way related to the 'Safety of Navigation at Sea'. All the AIS ship position data featured within this article is provided by VesselFinder and we are therefore not responsible for its content or its accuracy.


February 1st 2000: Keel struck.

October 14th 2000: Launched and named STENA FORETELLER

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

© Steven Hayward © Steven Hayward

© Steven Hayward

© Steven Hayward

© Steven Hayward (Trials)

May 7th 2002: Delivered to Stena Sailor Ltd, Hamilton, Bermuda.

May 7th 2002: Sold to Stena Rederi Ab, RoRo division, Gothenburg.

July 25th 2002: Chartered to Cetam, France for services between Marseille – Tunis and renamed CETAM MASSILIA.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Marseilles, 01/09/2002)

November 10th 2003: Charter completed and renamed STENA FORETELLER.

November 2003: Chartered for one trip Montreal – Southampton.

December 2003: Refit at A&P Tyne, Hebburn, England.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Refitting Tyne, 01/02/2004)

February 19th 2004: Services between Gothenburg – Travemünde.

© Tim Becker (Travemunde, March 2004)

March 26th 2004: Laid up in Gothenburg.

April 5th 2004: Left Gothenburg for Marchwood.

2004: Chartered to Oceanex, Canada for services between Halifax – St Johns – Corner Brook/ Montreal – St Johns.

© Kent Malo  © Kent Malo

© Kent Malo ( Vercheres Quebec, 02/08/2004)

2004: Chartered for a trip between Salerno – Alexandria.

November 2004: Registered manager; Northern Marine, Sweden.

December 6th 2004: Arrived in Lübeck.

December 8th 2004 – December 22nd 2004: Chartered to Transfennica, Finland for services between Lubeck – Hanko – Paldiski.

December 2004: Services between Hamina – Antwerp.

December 29th 2004: Services between Lubeck – Hanko – Paldiski.


© Aleksi Lindström (Hanko, Finland. 06/03/2005)

May 17th 2006 – May 31st 2006: Chartered to NATO for a trip between Zeebrugge – Cape Verde.

© Robert J Smith  © Robert J Smith

© Robert J Smith (Gravesend, 02/05/2006)

May 31st 2006: Completion of charter to Transfennica.

June 2006: Chartered to Stora Enso.

June 15th 2006 – June 28th 2006: Refit with Gdansk Shipyard, Gdansk, Poland.

June 28th 2006: Services between Gothenburg – Kemi (Finland).

2007: Services between Gothenburg – Kotka (Finland).

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler (Lubeck, 11/05/2008)

September 2009: Chartered to Transatlantic. 

© Dirk Jankowsky  © Dirk Jankowsky

 © Dirk Jankowsky (Lubeck, 10/04/2010)

© Ken Smith  © Ken Smith

© Ken Smith (Gravesend, 14/12/2010)

© Dirk Jankowsky

© Dirk Jankowsky (Lubeck, 06/02/2012)

January 2018: Chartered to DFDS Seaways for services between Cuxhaven – Immingham.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Immingham, 05/08/2018)

March 4th 2019: Sold to Stena Rederi A/S, Hellerup, Denmark.

August 2019 – September 2019: Services between Vlaardingen – Felixstowe.

© Pieter Inpyn  © Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Maassluis, 24/08/2019)

September 2019: Services between Cuxhaven – Immingham.

December 2019: Charter to DFDS completed.

January 2020 – March 31st 2020: Chartered to Irish Ferries for services Dublin – Cherbourg (weekend, Holyhead services as cover for EPSILON).

March 31st 2020: Laid up at Rosslare Anchorage.

May 26th 2020: Left its anchorage for Uddevalla.

May 29th 2020: Arrived in Uddevalla for further lay up due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

October 11th 2020 – October 13th 2020: Arrived in Antwerp.

October 12th 2020: Chartered to NMT Shipping for their West Africa service.

October 20th 2020: Arrived in Dakar.

October 26th 2020 – October 27th 2020: Conakry (Guinea)

November 3rd 2020 – November 5th 2020: Tyne.

© Neil C McBride  © Neil C McBride

© Neil C McBride (Tyne, 03/11/2020)

November 11th 2020: Arrived Sheerness

November 13th 2020 – November 14th 2020: Las Palmas

November 24th 2020 – November 25th 2020: Walvis Bay (Namibia).

December 11th 2020: Arrived at Rosslare.

December 11th 2020: Sailed to Rosslare Anchorage.

December 12th 2020: Conducted berthing trials at Rosslare.

December 13th 2020: Sailed to Rosslare Anchorage.

December 13th 2020: Left Rosslare Anchorage.

December 14th 2020: Arrived Rosslare. 

December 15th 2020: Arrived Loch Ryan.

December 17th 2020: Arrived Belfast.

December 17th 2020: Arrived Birkenhead

December 19th 2020: Arrived Belfast Anchorage.

December 19th 2020: Arrived Belfast.

December 19th 2020: Arrived Loch Ryan.

December 21st 2020: Left Loch Ryan for Rosslare.

December 22nd 2020: Commenced services between Rosslare – Cherbourg.

© Dogan © Dogan

© Dogan (Cherbourg, 28/08/2021)

September 6th 2021: Services Birkenhead – Belfast.

© Ashley Hawkins

© Ashley Hawkins (Belfast, 29/03/2022)

April 2022: Stena livery.

© Stephen Brown

© Stephen Brown (01/07/2022)

© Robert Foy © Robert Foy © Robert Foy

© Robert Foy (Birkenhead, 10/04/2023)

September 9th/10th 2023: Single trip Rosslare – Cherbourg.

September 12th 2023: Resumed Birkenhead – Belfast.

© Luke Wilson © Luke Wilson © Luke Wilson © Luke Wilson © Luke Wilson

© Luke Wilson (Belfast, 07/10/2023)

November 3rd 2923: Came off service at Birkenhead and sailed for Rotterdam to replace SOMERSET (about to complete her charter).

November 5th 2023: Arrived Rotterdam.

December 28th 2023: Left drydock to lay by berth at Damen shipyard Botlek.

© Rob de Visser

© Rob de Visser

January 2nd 2024: Returned to service Rotterdam – Harwich.

April 17th 2024: Took up service Hoek Van Holland – Killingholme as relief for STENA TRANSPORTER,

April 5th 2024: Came off service at Hoek Van Holland.

April 5th 2024: Moved berths in anticipation of resuming Rotterdam – Harwich.

April 6th 2024: Resumed service.

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, Stephen Brown, Dogan, Robert Foy, Ashley Hawkins, Steven Hayward, Pieter Inpyn, Dirk Jankowsky, Aleksi Lindström, Kent Malo, Neil C McBride, Simonwp, Ken Smith, Robert J Smith, Rob de Visser and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Back to top button