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MV Stena Hibernia – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9121637

MV Stena Hibernia

ex Hibernia Seaways, Maersk Importer

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Travemunde, 01/12/2012)

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1996 by Miho Shipyard, Shimizu, China (Yard No 1460) as a RoRo Cargo/Ferry ship for Norfolk Line B.V., Scheveningen, Holland

Technical Data

  • Length: 142.50 m (overall) 134 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 23.47 m
  • Depth: 7.40 m
  • Draught: 5.50 m
  • Tonnage: 13017 gross/3905 net/5928t deadweight
  • Engines: 2 x Sulzer 8ZAV40S diesels
  • Power: 10.736 kW/14.596 bhp
  • Speed: 18.6 knots
  • Capacity: 12 passengers/ 1562 – 1710 lane meters
  • Call Sign: PFSP, 2HBG6
  • MMSI Number: 235102224
  • IMO Number: 9121637
  • Port of Registry: Scheveningen/The Netherlands 🇳🇱, Vlaardingen/The Netherlands 🇳🇱, London/UK 🇬🇧
  • Sister Ships: Maersk Exporter (1459), Maersk Anglia (7130011) , Maersk Flanders (7130010)

Current AIS Location

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July 1st 1996: Launched.

October 1996: Delivered to Norfolk Line B.V., Scheveningen, Holland as  MAERSK IMPORTER.

November 29th 1996: Christened in Felixstowe.

November 1996: Services between Scheveningen – Felixstowe.

© Pieter Inpyn  © Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Scheveningen, April 1997)

© Wil Weijsters  © Wil Weijsters

© Wil Weijsters

© Wil Weijters (New Waterway, 01/08/2005)

November 18th 2006: Services between Vlaardingen – Felixstowe.

© Cees De Bijl  © Cees De Bijl

© Cees De Bijl (Nieuwe Waterweg, 15/05/2007)

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler (New Waterway, 16/06/2007)

May 15th 2009: Services between Dublin – Heysham.

July 12th 2010: Sale of Norfolk Line to DFDS Seaways.

July 2010: Renamed HIBERNIA SEAWAYS.

December 14th 2010: Sold to Stena Line Ltd, Holyhead.

July 30th 2011: Renamed STENA HIBERNIA.

September 16th 2012: Completed Belfast – Heysham sailings.

September 27th 2012: Left Belfast for Hoek Van Holland.

© Cees De Bijl  © Cees De Bijl

© Cees De Bijl (Rotterdam, 01/10/2012)

October 2012 – October 8th 2012: Services between Hoek Van Holland – Harwich.

November 2012 – December 2012: Chartered to SOL Continent Lines for services between Helsingborg – Travemunde.

© Dirk Jankowsky  © Dirk Jankowsky

© Dirk Jankowsky (Travemunde, 16/11/2012)

December 2012: Laid up in Lubeck.

© Dirk Jankowsky

© Dirk Jankowsky (Lubeck, 14/02/2013)

November 5th 2013: Services between Liverpool – Belfast.

© Robert Foy  © Robert Foy

© Robert Foy (Birkenhead, 14/12/2013)

2014: Provided support on the Belfast – Cairnryan route.

November 2014: Services Belfast – Heysham as relief for STENA PERFORMER.

August 28th 2017: Taken out of service with crankshaft problems.

September 18th 2017: Relief services Liverpool – Belfast.

October 2017: Resumed services Belfast – Heysham.

© Aubrey Dale

© Aubrey Dale (Belfast, April 2019)

© Scott Mackey (Flickr) (18/06/2019)

August 13th 2023: Came off service at Heysham and sailed to Liverpool  Anchorage.

August 14th 2023: Left Liverpool Anchorage and sailed to Birkenhead for refit.

© Robert Foy © Robert Foy

© Robert Foy (Birkenhead, 14/08/2023)

September 6th 2023: Left Birkenhead for Belfast.

© Robert Foy © Robert Foy © Robert Foy © Robert Foy

© Robert Foy (Birkenhead, 06/09/2023)

September 7th 2023: Arrived Belfast to resume service Belfast – Heysham.

© Trevor Kidd © Trevor Kidd

🆕 © Trevor Kidd (Belfast, 02/05/2024)

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: Aubrey Dale, Cees De Bijl, Robert Foy, Pieter Inpyn, Dirk Jankowsky, Trevor Kidd, Aleksi Lindström, Scott Mackey (Flickr), Simonwp, Wil Weijsters and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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