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MV Stena Scotia – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9121625

MV Stena Scotia

ex Scotia Seaways, Maersk Exporter

© Scott Mackey

© Scott Mackey (04/08/2018)

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1996 by Miho Shipyard, Shimizu, China (Yard No 1459) 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: 23.20 m
  • Depth: 7.40 m
  • Draught: 5.40 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: PFSN, MDVO8
  • MMSI Number: 232018002
  • IMO Number: 9121625
  • Port of Registry: Scheveningen/The Netherlands 🇳🇱, Vlaardingen/The Netherlands 🇳🇱, Douglas/Isle of Man 🇮🇲
  • Sister Ships: Maersk Importer  (1460), Maersk Anglia (7130011), Maersk Flanders (7130010)

Current AIS Location

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February 16th 1996: Launched as MAERSK EXPORTER

April 23rd 1996: Delivered to Norfolk Line B.V., Scheveningen, Holland.

July 1996: Norfolk Lines services between Scheveningen – Felixstowe.

August 1998: Sold to Dansk Supermarked Invest A/S, Højbjerg, Aarhus, Denmark (Management Norfolk Line B.V).

© Pieter Inpyn  © Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Scheveningen, September 1999)

November 18th 2006: Services between Vlaardingen – Felixstowe.

© Cee De Bijl  © Cee De Bijl

© Cees De Bijl (Scheveningen, 08/06/2006)

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

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

March 2nd 2009: Services between Belfast – Heysham.

July 12th 2010: Sale of Norfolkline to DFDS Seaways.

July 2010: Renamed SCOTIA SEAWAYS.

© Robbie Cox  © Robbie Cox

© Robbie Cox (Dublin, August 2010)

© Alan Geddes

© Alan Geddes (Belfast, 27/09/2010)

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

© Stephen Brown

© Stephen Brown (Belfast, 23/01/2011)

July 23rd 2011: Renamed STENA SCOTIA.

September 15th 2012: Final service between Belfast – Heysham then laid up in Belfast.

February 22nd 2013 – March 6th 2013: Services between Dublin – Holyhead.

March 2013: Chartered to CMA CGM, France for services between Marseille – Oran/Mostaganem (Algeria).

June – July 2014: Chartered to P&O Ferries for refit cover Tilbury-Zeebrugge.

© Ken Smith  © Ken Smith

© Ken Smith

© Ken Smith (Gravesend, 27/06/2014)

August 1st 2014: Arrived River Fal for lay up.

© Geoff Hoather

© Geoff Hoather (River Fal, 14/08/2014)

September 2nd 2014: Services between Hoek Van Holland – Killingholme.


© Ray Goodfellow (Rotterdam, October 2015)

May 2017: Fitted with an exhaust scrubber by Damen Shipyards.

January 4th 2018: Services between Rotterdam – Harwich.

February 27th  2018: Taken out of services with technical problems.

March 2018: Returned to service after repairs.


© Aleksi Lindström (May, 2018)

August 1st 2018: Left Rotterdam for Belfast to cover for STENA HIBERNIA.

August 4th 2018: Transferred to Belfast – Heysham route.


© Scott Mackey (Flickr)(14/06/2019)

August 3rd 2020: Entered Harland & Wolff, Belfast for maintenance.

September 5th 2020: Left Harland & Wolff.

September 6th 2020: Resumed service on the Belfast – Heysham route.

March 12th 2021: Left Belfast for Killingholme via Rotterdam.

© Hans Esveldt

© Hans Esveldt (Rotterdam, 14/03/2021)

March 15th 2021: Arrived Killingholme.

March 19th 2021: Took up service, as refit cover, Killingholme – Hoek Van Holland.

April 10th 2021: Left Hoek Van Holland to return to services Belfast – Heysham.

April 12th 2021: Resumed service Belfast – Heysham.

June 14th 2021: Belfast berthing switched from Victoria Terminal to Albert Quay for approx six months (redevelopment in preparation for the arrival of Stena’s new E-Flexer series).

© Aubrey Dale

© Aubrey Dale (Albert Quay, June 2019)

July 9th 2023: Came off service at Heysham and sailed to Liverpool Anchorage.

July 10th 2023: Arrived Birkenhead for refit.

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

© Robert Foy (Birkenhead, 10/07/2023)

August 1st 2023: Left Birkenhead and sailed to Liverpool Anchorage.

© Robert Foy © Robert Foy © Robert Foy

© Robert Foy (Birkenhead, 01/08/2023)

© Ian Collard

© Ian Collard (Birkenhead, 01/08/2023)

August 2nd 2023: Returned to Birkenhead.

August 12th 2023: Left Birkenhead for trials.

© Robert Foy © Robert Foy © Robert Foy

🆕 © Robert Foy (Birkenhead, 12/08/2023)

© Ian Collard

© Ian Collard (Birkenhead, 12/08/2023)

August 13th 2023: Arrived Heysham and resumed service Heysham – Belfast.

© Trevor Kidd

🆕 © Trevor Kidd (Belfast, 26/04/2024)

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: Cees De Bijl, Stephen Brown, Ian Collard, Robbie Cox, Aubrey Dale, Fotoflite, Robert Foy, Alan Geddes, Geoff Hoather, Pieter Inpyn, Trevor Kidd, Aleksi Lindström, Scott Mackey (Flickr), Simonwp, Ken Smith and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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