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MV Stena Scandinavica (Ex Stena Britannica II (2003)) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9235517

MV Stena Scandinavica

Ex Stena Scandinavica IV, Britannica, Stena Britannica, Stena Britannica II

© Frank Behrends

© Frank Behrends (Kiel, 31/05/2021)

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2003 by Hyundai Heavy Industries, Ulsan, South Korea (Yard No 1392) as a Passenger/Ro-Ro Cargo Ship for Stena RoRo AB, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Technical Data

  • Original Cost: €100 million
    Length: 211.56 – 241.06 – 243.30 m (overall) 226.45 m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 29.30 m
    Depth: 9.5 m
    Draught: 6.30 m
    Tonnage: 43487 – 55050 – 57639 gross/24087 net/9200 – 1200t deadweight
    Engines: 4 x MAN-B&W 9L40/54 diesels
    Power: 25920 kW/HP
    Speed: 22.5 knots
    Capacity: 900 – 1300 passengers/ 500 cars/3400 – 4220 lane meters
    Callsign: VIYU5, SJLB
    MMSI Number: 266343000
    IMO Number: 9235517
    Port of Registry: Harwich/United Kingdom 🇬🇧, Gothenburg/Sweden 🇸🇪
    Sister Ships: Stena Adventurer (1393

Current AIS Location

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September 7th 2002: Launched.

January 7th 2003: Delivered to Stena RoRo, Gothenburg.

January 10th 2003: Left Korean builders for Europe.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Eastern Anchorage, Singapore, January 2003)

January 2003: Registered to Seaspray Leasing Ltd, London, UK. (Management Stena Line BV).

2003: Suffered engine failure in one of her engines. Vessel then ran on 3 main engines until a replacement could be supplied/fitted.

February 13th 2003: Arrived Harwich for berthing trials.

February 13th 2003: Left Harwich for Hook of Holland.

February 13th 2003: Arrived Hook of Holland for berthing trials.

February 14th 2003: Left Hook for Rotterdam United Shipyard and modifications.

February 25th 2003: Services Harwich – Hook of Holland.

March 17th 2003: Renamed STENA BRITANNICA.

© Pieter Inpyn © Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Hook of Holland, 01/08/2003)

March 28th 2003: Officially named in Harwich.

May 8th 2005 – May 17th 2005: Refit at Keppel Shipyard, Rotterdam.

January 18th 2007: Taken out of service for rebuilding.

January 20th 2007: Arrived Lloyd Werft, Bremerhaven for lengthening by 29.3m.

© Christian Eckardt © Christian Eckardt

© Christian Eckardt (Bremerhaven, 29/01/2007)

March  2007: Arrived Hook of Holland.

March 11th 2007: Returned to service.

© Cees de Bijl © Cees de Bijl

© Cees de Bijl (Hook of Holland, 11/03/2007)

September 21st 2010: Renamed BRITANNICA.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Felixstowe, Sept 2010)

October 9th 2010: Final day in service Harwich – Hook of Holland.

© Andreas Wörteler © Andreas Wörteler © Andreas Wörteler © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler (Rotterdam, 09/10/2010)

October 10th 2010: Left Hook of Holland for Gdynia, Poland and rebuild/refit.

November 9th 2010: During refit, suffered a minor fire on board. Extinguished by crew.

© Jakub Bogucki

© Jakub Bogucki (Gdansk, 19/03/2011)

April 11th 2011: Renamed STENA SCANINAVICA IV and management changed to Stena Line Scandinavia Ab.

April 12th 2011: Left Gdansk for Gothenburg (via Kiel).

April 19th 2011: Services Gothenburg – Kiel.

© Andreas Wörteler © Andreas Wörteler © Andreas Wörteler © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler (Kiel, 24/04/2011)

May 10th 2011: Renamed STENA SCANDINAVICA.

© Frank Lose

© Frank Lose (Gothenburg, 19/05/2011)

November 14th 2012: Sold to Stena North Sea Ltd, Clydebank, UK and chartered to Stena Line.

June 24th 2015: Sold to Juteskaren Ab, Gothenburg and chartered to Stena Line.

November 25th 2015: Left Kiel for Nadendal.

November 27th 2015: Arrived Turku Shipyard to repair issues with one of the port propellers. The propeller was removed for repair and the the shaft “plugged” in order that the vessel could continue service.

December 2nd 2015: Left Turku for Kiel.

December 4th 2015: Services Kiel – Gothenburg.

January 11th 2016: Left Gothenburg for Remontowa, Gdansk to have the missing propeller replaced.

January 21st 2016: Returned to service.

March 2017: To mark the 50 years anniversary of Stena Line services between Gothenburg – Kiel, had “50” painted on her funnels.

© Cedric Hacke

© Cedric Hacke (Kiel, 21/06/2017)

January 6th 2018: Left Gothenburg for refit at Remontowa, Gdansk.

January 7th 2018: During refit also had “Scrubbers” fitted.

February 20th 2018: Left Gdansk for Gothenburg.

February 21st 2018: Resumed service Gothenburg – Kiel.

March 16th 2018:

“ Owing to stormy weather and a malfunctioning stabiliser, her arrival at the Schweden Quay in Kiel was delayed by several hours. Instead of docking at 9.15 a.m. the ship reached the terminal at 12.30 p.m. The ship had already arrived in Kiel but turned around and headed to a waiting position in the Mönkeberg bight due to heavy wind gusts from the East with a force of 10 Beaufort. The stabiliser could not be retracted. It was impossible to enter the port stern first, and no tugs were available to assist.”.

© www.shz.de

© www.shz.de

January 13th 2020:

“Suffered a malfunction of its stern ramp upon its departure from Kiel to Gothenburg. A mobile crane was called to assist in the situation. After hours of delay she finally berthed in Gothenburg.”.

© Carsten Dettmer

© Carsten Dettmer (Gothenburg, 05/07/2021)

January 5th 2023: Left Kiel for refit in Gdansk.

January 24th 2023: Resumed service Gothenburg – Kiel.

© Wolfgang Fricke © Wolfgang Fricke

🆕© Wolfgang Fricke (Kiel, 24/06/2023)


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: Frank Behrends, Cees de Bijl, Jakub Bogucki, Carsten Dettmer, Christian Eckhardt, Wolfgang Fricke, Cedric Hacke, Pieter Inpyn, Dirk Jankowsky, Frank Lose, Simonwp and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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