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MV Stena Superfast VII – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9198941

MV Stena Superfast VII

ex Superfast VII

© Scott Mackey

Stena Superfast VII © Scott Mackey (Belfast)

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2001 by Howaltswerke Deutsche Werft AG, Kiel (Yard No 357) as a Passenger/RoRo Cargo Ship for Superfast Ferries, Athens, Greece

Technical Data

  • Length: 203.40 m (overall) 185.6 m (between perpendiculars
  • Breadth of Hull: 25.43 m (extreme)
  • Depth: 9.1 m
  • Draught: 6.715 m (design)
  • Tonnage: 30,285 gross/10,769 net/5525 deadweight
  • Engines: Four 16-cylinder Wärtsilä-Sulzer 12ZA V40S diesels
  • Power: 46,000kW
  • Speed: 28.6 knots (max) 22 knots (service)
  • Capacity: 626 passengers, 661 cars/110 trucks
  • Call Sign: SWFC, ESIH, 3EZR3
  • MMSI Number: 235089435
  • IMO Number: 9198941
  • Official Number: 5226875
  • Registry: Piraeus/Greece 🇬🇷, Tallinn/Estonia 🇪🇪, Paldiski/Estonia 🇪🇪, Belfast/UK 🇬🇧
  • Sister Ships: Superfast VIII (358), Superfast IX (359), Superfast X (360)

Current AIS Location

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June 29th 1999: Keel laid.

November 18th 2000: Launched.

Superfast VII – © Tim Becker (Rostock, 01/05/2001)

May 8th 2001: Delivered to Superfast Ferries, Piraeus, Greece. “First vessel of the four ship “Superfast VII” series completed by Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werft AG in Kiel, Germany.”

May 9th 2001: Left builders yard in Kiel for Rosyth, Scotland.

May 11th 2001: Displayed in Rosyth.

May 13th 2001: Arrived in Rostock and the left for Helsinki and further display.

May 17th 2001: Commenced services between Rostock – Hanko.

© Carsten Dettmer  

Superfast VII © Carsten Dettmer (Rostock, 25/05/2001)

November 12th 2004: Entering Hanko harbour in heavy wind with the help of two tugs when she was grounded near the Hanko breakwater. The grounding resulted in no major damage and the ship was able to continue to the harbour soon afterwards. 140 passengers were on board at the time of the incident.

November 14th 2004: Sailed to Turku Repair Yard in Naantali, Finland.

November 26th 2004: Left Naantali for Hanko.

November 27th 2004: Returned to service.

March 31st 2006: Sold to Baltic SF VII Ltd (AS Tallink Group), Paldiski, Estonia.

April 10th 2006: Taken over by her new owners.

April 17th 2006: Services between Rostock – Paldiski – Hanko.

June 2006: Services Hanko – Rostock.

December 2006 – December 21st 2006: Services between Hanko – Rostock/ Hanko – Paldiski.

January 1st 2007: Services Helsinki – Rostock.

Superfast VII © Aleksi Lindström (Helsinki, 02/01/2007)

January 8th 2007 – January 14th 2007: Refit.

January 14th 2007: Services Tallinn – Helsinki – Rostock.

September 1st 2008: Services Helsinki – Rostock.

October 31st 2008: At the quayside in Helsinki, in severe weather, collided with BALTIC PRINCESS. Minor damage to both vessels.

January 3rd 2010: Taken out of service and laid up in Kopli (Tallinn).

April 26th 2010 – December 23rd 2010: Services Helsinki – Rostock.

March 7th 2011: Agreement on chartering out the vessel to Stena Line (3 + 1 years, with buying option).

April 1st 2011 – August 12th 2011: Services Helsinki – Rostock.

August 15th 2011: Arrived Tallinn.

August 22nd 2011: Arrived at Remontowa, Gdansk for refit/rebuild.

© Jakub Bogucki

Superfast VII © Jakub Bogucki (Gdansk, 09/09/2011)

© Jakub Bogucki  © Jakub Bogucki

Superfast VII and VIII © Jakub Bogucki (Gdansk, 30/09/2011)

© Jakub Bogucki  © Jakub Bogucki

Superfast VII and VIII © Jakub Bogucki (Gdansk, 22/11/2011)

© Jakub Bogucki  © Jakub Bogucki

Stena Superfast VII © Jakub Bogucki (Gdansk, 30/10/2011)

August 2011: Renamed STENA SUPERFAST VII.

November 9th 2011: Left Gdansk for Cairnryan.

November 21st 2011: Services Belfast – Cairnryan.

© Micke Asklander  © Micke Asklander

Stena Superfast VII © Micke Asklander (Loch Ryan, 21/11/2011)

November 26th 2011: Suffered bow-thruster problems. Missed several sailings.

February 19th 2013 – March 5th 2013: Refit at Harland & Wolff, Belfast.

March 6th 2013: Services Belfast – Cairnryan.

February 14th 2016 – February 16th 2016: Visited Harland & Wolff, Belfast.

July 12th 2017: Sold to Stena Ropax Ltd, Gothenburg for delivery in December

December 14th 2017: Taken over by Stena North Sea Ltd, Belfast, UK..

© Pieter Inpijn  © Pieter Inpijn

Stena Superfast VII © Pieter Inpijn (Belfast, 14/04/2018)

January 30th 2018: Sold to FPG Shipholding Bermuda 1 Co, (Care of Stena Line), Holyhead.

October 28th 2018: En-route from Belfast to Cairnryan, with 189 people on board, suffered a water coolant leak in the main engine. After repairs were completed, the vessel sailed back to Belfast.

November 6th 2018:

“Officer of the watch took urgent action to avoid a submerged submarine after its periscope had been spotted close ahead of the ferry. Post-event analysis showed that, prior to the ferry’s course alteration, there had been a serious risk of collision. This near miss happened because the submarine’s control room team had underestimated the ferry’s speed and overestimated its range, resulting in an unsafe situation developing. However, the submarine’s control room electronic tactical display presented a picture of a safer situation than reality; this meant that safety-critical decisions made on board the submarine may have appeared rational at the time”.

Source: Marine Accident Branch (MAIB) Report

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July 2022: Continues service Belfast – Cairnryan.

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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: Micke Asklander, Tim Becker, Jakub Bogucki, Carsten Dettmer, Pieter Inpijn, Aleksi Lindström, Scott Mackey and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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