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MV Stena Horizon – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9332559

MV Stena Horizon

ex Celtic Horizon, Cartour Beta

© Stena Line

© 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

Technical Data

  • 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 (215)

Current AIS Location

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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.

© Gianpaolo  © Gianpaolo

© 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.

© Jörn Prestien  © Jörn Prestien  

© Jörn Prestien (Cherbourg, 08/08/2012)

March 31st 2014: Chartered to  Stena Line Ltd, Holyhead, UK for services Rosslare – Cherbourg.

April 1st 2014: Renamed STENA HORIZON.

© Carsten Dettmer

© 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

© Eddie Walker (Cherbourg, 18/08/2017)

February 2018: Refit at A & P Falmouth.

© Ray Goodfellow 

© Ray Goodfellow

© Barrie Clark

© Barrie Clark (Falmouth, 23/02/2018)

March 2018: Continued Rosslare – Cherbourg.

© Robbie Cox  © Robbie Cox  

© Robbie Cox

© 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.

© Rob Wicks © Rob Wicks

© Rob Wicks (Belfast, 15/01/2021)

January 23rd 2021: Services between Rosslare – Cherbourg

February 3rd 2021: Services Dublin – Holyhead.

February 14th 2021: Services between Belfast – Birkenhead.

© Robert Foy © Robert Foy © Robert Foy

© Robert Foy (Birkenhead, 16/02/2021)

March 2nd 2021: Took up service between Holyhead – Dublin.

© Robbie Cox

© Robbie Cox (Dublin, 05/04/2021)

May 24th 2021: Came off service at Holyhead and sailed to Rosslare.

May 25th 2021: Returned to service Rosslare – Cherbourg.

© Stephen Brown © Stephen Brown

© Stephen Brown (January & May 2022)

March 29th 2022: To Belfast Dry Dock then to Stormont Wharf and into the Building Dock for refit.

© Scott Mackey

© Scott Mackey (Stormont Wharf)

April 6th  2022 : Resumed service Rosslare – Cherbourg.

December 31st 2022: Suffered a “blackout”, lost all power and left adrift 10 nautical miles southeast of Lizard Point. After approximately 30 mins the port engine followed by the remainder were restarted and she was able to continue to Rosslare.

September 4th 2023: Came off service at Rosslare and sailed to Holyhead as cover for STENA ESTRID  Holyhead – Dublin.

September 10th 2023: Came off service.

September 12th 2023: Took up service Rosslare – Cherbourg.

January 7th 2024: Came off service at Cherbourg and sailed to Rotterdam.

January 8th 2024: Took up service (Refit cover for STENA BRITANNICA and STENA HOLLANDICA) Hoek van Holland – Harwich.

© Derek Sands © Derek Sands

© Derek Sands (Harwich, 09/01/2024)

February 10th 2024: Came off service at Hoek van Holland and sailed for Holyhead.

February 12th 2024: Arrived Holyhead.

February 14th 2024: Left Holyhead.

February 14th 2024: Arrived Dublin.

February 15th 2024: Took up, freight only, services Dublin – Liverpool.

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

© Robert Foy (Twelve Quays, Birkenhead, 15/02/2024)

March 22nd 2024: Came off service at Liverpool.

March 23rd 2024: Arrived at Falmouth for refit.

© Roger Salter

© Roger Salter (Falmouth, 23/03/2024)

© Jack Broderick © Jack Broderick © Jack Broderick

© Jack Broderick (Falmouth, 10/04/2024)

April 14th 2024: Left Falmouth and anchored in Falmouth Bay.

April 14th 2024: Left Falmouth Bay.

April 16th 2024: Arrived Rosslare to resume service Rosslare – Cherbourg.

© George Holland

🆕 © George Holland (24/04/2024)

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: Jack Broderick, Stephen Brown, Barrie Clark, Robbie Cox, Carsten Dettmer, Robert Foy, George Holland, Scott Mackey, Jörn Prestien, Derek Sands, Eddie Walker, Rob Wicks and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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