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MV Stena Scandica – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9329849

MV Stena Scandica

ex Stena Lagan, Lagan Seaways, Lagan Viking

© Barry Graham

© Barry Graham (Liverpool, 14/09/2019)

Steel twin screw “NAOS241” motor vessel, built in 2005 by Cantiere Navale Visentini di Visentini Francesco & C, Porto Viro yard, Italy (Yard No. 212) as a Passenger Roll on – Roll off cargo ferry for Levantina Trasporti, Bari, Italy

Technical Data

  • Length: 186.00  – 222.08 m (overall) 177.40 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 25.60 m
  • Depth: m
  • Draught: 6.60 m
  • Tonnage: 27510 gross/ net/7000  – 10000t deadweight
  • Engines: Two MAN B&W 9L48/60B diesels.
  • Power: 21600 kW/14500 bHP
  • Speed: 24 knots (Service)
  • Capacity: 980 – 1000 passengers, 2,243 – 2875 lane meters + 186 – cars
  • Call Sign: 2BGR6, C6EO6, OZNO2
  • MMSI Number: 219029263
  • IMO Number: 9329849
  • Port of Registry: Bari/Italy 🇮🇹, Belfast/United Kingdom 🇬🇧, Nassau/Bahamas 🇧🇸, Hellerup/Denmark 🇩🇰
  • Sister Ship: Stena Mersey (213)

Current AIS Location

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May 25th 2004: Keel Laid

June 6th 2005: Completed

July 2nd 2005: Delivered to Levantina Trasporti, Italy.

July 2005: Chartered to Norse Merchant Ferries for service between Birkenhead – Belfast

Norsemerchant Ferries  © Gary Andrews

© Norse Merchant Ferries (Left) and © Gary Andrews (Right)

July 2nd 2005: Christened at Chioggia. Sailed to Liverpool where she underwent berthing trials at Norse Merchant Ferries’ Twelve Quays Terminal in Birkenhead.

July 20th 2005: Made her maiden commercial.

December 23rd 2005: Spent the Christmas holiday at the Liverpool Bar anchorage.

February 21st 2006: Emerged from NSL Birkenhead bearing Maersk funnel markings and “norfolkline.com” hull branding.

March 2006: For one week, services between Birkenhead – Dublin.

2006: Norfolk Line services between Birkenhead – Belfast.

© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton (Belfast, 27/06/2007)

July 2008: Registered to Lagan Viking Ltd Hong Kong.

© Alan Geddes

© Alan Geddes (Belfast, 30/11/2008)

July 12th 2010: Norfolk Line were sold to DFDS Seaways Irish Sea Ferries Ltd.

August 12th 2010: Renamed LAGAN SEAWAYS.

© Stephen Brown

© Stephen Brown

© Robert J Smith  © Simonwp

© Robert J Smith (Mersey, 22/09/2010) (Left) and © Simonwp (Mersey, 08/10/2010) (Right)

December 14th 2010: Sale of DFDS Seaways Irish Sea Ferries Ltd to Stena Line. Stena took over her charter.

© Robert Foy  © Robert Foy

© Robert Foy

© Robert Foy (Mersey, 06/05/2011)

© Malcolm Cranfield

© Malcolm Cranfield (Mersey, 02/07/2011)

July 2011: Renamed STENA LAGAN.

April 29th 2012: Sold to Stena Ropax Ltd, Gothenburg.

© Pieter Inpyn  © Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Belfast, 13/09/2012)

© Simonwp

© Simonwp

© Pieter Inpyn  © Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Belfast, 09/09/2019)

March 9th 2020: Final day in service between Belfast – Birkenhead.

March 9th 2020: Moved from Birkenhead to Gladstone Dck, Liverpool

March 14th 2020: Left Liverpool for Sedef Shipbuilding, Tuzla, Turkey. She will be extended by 36 metres and rebuilt with more cabins and facility to unload on two decks. She will also have exhaust scrubbers fitted.

March 28th 2020: Arrived at Tuzla, Turkey.

May 22nd 2020: Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic it was announced that the lengthening project would be postponed until a later date. She left Tuzla for Piraeus, Greece.

© Dimitris Mentakis (Piraeus, 25/08/2020)

May 27th 2020: Arrived at Limassol Anchorage.

June 12th 2020: Left Limassol Anchorage destination Tuzla.

June 14th 2020: Arrived at Tuzla for lengthening.

Conversion and Lengthening


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© Stena RoRo

© Sedef Shipbuilding Inc.

© Sedef Shipbuilding Inc.  © Sedef Shipbuilding Inc.

© Sedef Shipbuilding Inc.  © Sedef Shipbuilding Inc.

© Sedef Shipbuilding Inc.  © Sedef Shipbuilding Inc.

© Sedef Shipbuilding Inc.  © Sedef Shipbuilding Inc.

© Sedef Shipbuilding Inc.

© Sedef Shipbuilding Inc.

© Stena Line

© Sedef Shipbuilding Inc.  © Sedef Shipbuilding Inc.

© Sedef Shipbuilding Inc.  © Sedef Shipbuilding Inc.

© Sedef Shipbuilding Inc.

December 16th 2020: Announcement from Stena.

Stena Line reveals the names of the new Baltic Sea vessels

WED, DEC 16, 2020 12:05 CET

Ferry company Stena Line has announced the new names of the two modern ferries that are due to start operating on the route between Nynäshamn in Sweden and Ventspils in Latvia during 2021. The new ferries will add a further 30 percent freight capacity and offer an attractive alternative way to travel on the Baltic Sea. After receiving close to 600 name suggestions from customers online the new names are – Stena Scandica and Stena Baltica.

In October Stena Line announced the strengthening of their Baltic Sea fleet  with the deployment of two modern RoPax vessels on the route between Nynäshamn in Sweden and Ventspils in Latvia during 2021, which will add 30 percent more lane metres freight capacity and offer a brand new modern onboard experience. The two modern RoPax vessels were built at the Italian shipyard Visentini in 2005 and have been operating on Stena Line’s Irish Sea route between Belfast and Liverpool for the last 10 years, with the names Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey. Before they start operating on their new route in the Baltic Sea the two vessels will be modernised and lengthened by sister company Stena RoRo, as well as receive new names.

“The new vessel names connect with our Scandinavian heritage as well as the region where they will operate. They vessels will add a brand new modern onboard experience for both travel and freight customers on the Baltic Sea”, says Johan Edelman, Trade Director Baltic Sea North.

The first of the two vessels, Stena Scandica (ex. Stena Lagan) is currently undergoing a ground-breaking conversion at the Sedef Shipyard in Tuzla, Turkey. It will join the Stena Line fleet and start operating on the Nynäshamn-Ventspils route during the first quarter of 2021.

The second vessel, Stena Mersey, is still operating on the Irish Sea where it will be replaced by Stena Line’s new E-flexer, Stena Embla, when it arrives from China in the new year. It will be modernised and lengthened during the spring at the same shipyard and will rejoin the fleet and start sailing on the Baltic Sea before the summer. She will inherit the classic Stena Line vessel name Stena Baltica.

A ground-breaking conversion

The two vessels will be lengthened with a 36 metre mid-section; after the conversion they will be 222 metres long and have a capacity of 200 cabins, 970 passengers and 2,875 freight lane meters plus the additional car deck; adding another 30 percent freight capacity on the route. To increase the loading efficiency, they will also be modified with drive through capabilities on two levels. The vessels will also be fitted with hybrid scrubbers.

“We have seen an increase in demand from our customers across the Baltic Sea region. We are now strengthening our position and customer offer further with new modern vessels, more capacity and an attractive onboard experience on both our routes to and from Latvia during 2021, says Johan Edelman, Trade Director Baltic Sea North.

The interior will be updated to Stena Line’s familiar Scandinavian, light and spacious design. The modern onboard facilities provide a safe and comfortable journey, and include:

  • 200 cabins, including 88 brand new modern cabins with same design as our E-flexer ferries . All cabins include TV screens.
  • Family cabins, as well as pet friendly cabins, and new pet kennels added onboard
  • Restaurant & Bar area with sea view and a café for lighter meals.
  • Several lounge areas with reclining seats and TV screens available
  • Outdoor sundeck to enjoy fresh sea air and sun in the summer
  • Digital info screens and 24/7 guest service.
  • Wifi available in all public areas.
  • 120 sqm. shop with great assortment and low prices.
  • FAST FACTS:  New vessels on Nynäshamn-Ventspils
  • Route: Nynäshamn-Ventspils in 2021
  • Name: Stena Scandica & Stena Baltica
  • Built: 2005 at the Italian shipyard Cantiere Navale Visentini
  • Modified/Lengthened: by Stena RoRo during 2020/2021 at the Sedef Shipbuilding in Tuzla, Turkey.
  • Length: 222 metres
  • Passenger capacity: 970
  • Freight capacity: 2,875 lane metres + car deck
  • Cabin capacity: 200

New vessels on Liepaja-Travemünde in 2021

In November Stena Line also announced that the existing vessels on the Liepaja-Travemünde route, Stena Gothica and Urd, will be replaced with modern RoPax ferries during 2021. The new vessels will increase the lane metre freight capacity on the route by 40% and shorten the crossing time from 27 to 20 hours. The new vessels on the Liepaja-Travemünde have not yet been named by Stena Line.

Source: Stena Line

2021: Renamed STENA SCANDICA and re-registered.

© Stena Line

© Stena Line

June 18th 2021: Redelivered to Stena RoRo. Left Tuzla showing destination as Ventspils (eta: 2021-06-30 15:00 LT (UTC +3))

June 29th 2021: Arrived in Ventspils

July 1st/2nd 2021: Sailed to Klaipeda.

© Gena Anfimov© Gena Anfimov  © Gena Anfimov

© Gena Anfimov (Klaipeda, 02/07/2021)

July 3rd 2021: Re-registered to Hellerup/Denmark

July 24th 2021: Left Klaipeda for Ventspils.

July 26h 2021: Services Ventspils – Nynäshamn.

August 29th 2022: In strong winds and heavy seas, a trucks refrigeration unit caught fire on the vehicle deck. The ship lost power and began drifting. The fire was extinguished by the crew using the vessel’s onboard systems. Although prepared for, no total evacuation took place. Owing to the heavy sea state only 25 passengers were airlifted off the vessel. Power was eventually restored and, at reduced power, made her way to Nynäshamn.

September 15th 2022: Arrived Remontowa, Shipyard, Gdansk for repairs.

October 19th 2022 – November 4th 2022: Dry-docked.

December 2nd 2022: Left Gdansk.

December 3rd 2022: Resumed service Ventspils – Nynäshamn.

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: Gena Anfimov, Gary Andrews, Stephen Brown, Malcolm Cranfield, Robert Foy, Alan Geddes, Barry Graham, Pieter Inpyn, Dimitris Mentakis, Simonwp, Robert J Smith and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

Special thanks go to Sedef Shipbuilding Inc & Stena RoRo.

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

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