MV Stena Horizon
ex Celtic Horizon, Cartour Beta
Stena Horizon © Stena Line
Steel twin screw “NAOS 244” motor vessel, built in 2006 by C.N. “Visentini” di Visentini Francesco & C., Donada, Italy (Yard No. 214) as a Ro-Ro Passenger ship
- Length: 186.50 m (overall) 177.40 m (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth: 25.60 m
- Depth: 9.14 m
- Draught: 6.60 m
- Tonnage: 26500 gross/ net/7000t deadweight
- Engines: Two MAN B&W 9L48/60B diesels.
- Power: 21600 kW/14500 bHP
- Speed: 24 knots (Service)
- Capacity: 1000 passengers (limited to 972 in service), 2,275 lane meters + 186 cars
- Call Sign: IBPT
- MMSI Number: 247160400
- IMO Number: 9332559
- Official Number: 82342
- Port of Registry: Bari/Italy
- Sister Ship: Cartour Gamma
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December 12th 2005: Launched.
May 22nd 2006: Completed.
May 24th 2006 : Delivered to Levantina Trasporti, Bari, Italy.
May 2006: Chartered to Caronte & Tourist, Italy.
May 29th 2006: Services between Messina – Salerno.
Cartour Beta © Gianpaolo
November 9th 2010: Services between Termini Imerese – Salerno.
May 30th 2011: Laid up in Messina.
June 8th 2011 – June 19th 2011: Sailed from Messina to Genoa.
June 20th 2011: Chartered to Grandi Navi Veloci for services between Genoa – Porto Torres.
July 2011 – September 2011: Services between Genoa – Tunis.
September 2011: Laid up in Messina.
September 27th 2011: Arrived at Palermo for refit.
October 1st 2011: Chartered to Celtic Link and renamed CELTIC HORIZON.
October 11th 2011: Left Palermo for Rosslare.
October 16th 2011: Arrived Rosslare.
October 22nd 2011: Services between Rosslare – Cherbourg.
Celtic Horizon © Jörn Prestien (Cherbourg, 08082012)
March 31st 2014: Chartered to Stena Line Ltd, Holyhead, UK for services Rosslare – Cherbourg.
April 1st 2014: Renamed STENA HORIZON.
© Carsten Dettmer (Cherbourg, 15/02/2015)
January 14th 2016 – January 30th 2016: Refit at Harland & Wolff, Belfast.
© Scott Mackey (Belfast, 28/01/2016)
January 31st 2016 – March 7th 2016: Services between Holyhead – Dublin.
March 2016: Commenced services between Rosslare – Cherbourg.
© Eddie Walker (Cherbourg, 18/08/2017)
February 2018: Refit at A & P Falmouth.
© Ray Goodfellow
© Barrie Clark (Falmouth, 23/02/2018)
March 2018: Continued Rosslare – Cherbourg.
© Robbie Cox (Dublin, 18/03/2018)
© Scott Mackey (02/02/2019)
September 30th 2020: Services Holyhead – Dublin.
November 11th 2020: Withdrawn from service after seven crew members tested positive for COVID-19. The entire crew went into quarantine. The vessel herself was idled and put at anchor off the coast of Anglesey.
January 23rd 2021: Services between Rosslare – Cherbourg
February 3rd 2021: Services Dublin – Holyhead.
February 14th 2021: Services between Belfast – Birkenhead.
🆕 © Robert Foy (Birkenhead, 16/02/2021)
March 2nd 2021: Took up service between Holyhead – Dublin.
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