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MV Stena Superfast VIII – Past and Present

MV Stena Superfast VIII

ex Superfast VIII

© Steven Brown

Stena Superfast VIII – © Steven Brown (Belfast 21/11/211)

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2001 by Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werft AG, Kiel (Yard No 358) as a Passenger/RoRo Ferry

Technical Data

  • Length: 203.30m (overall) 185.6m (between perpendiculars
  • Breadth of Hull: 25.43m (extreme)
  • Depth: 9.1m
  • Draught: 6.715m (design)
  • Tonnage: 30,285 gross/10,769 net/5525 deadweight
  • Engines: Four 16-cylinder Wärtsilä-Sulzer 16ZA V40S diesels
  • Power: 46,000kW
  • Speed: 28.6 knots (max) 22 knots (service)
  • Capacity: 626 – 1200 passengers, 661 cars/110 trucks
  • Call Sign: 3EZR4
  • MMSI Number: 235089436
  • IMO Number: 91898953
  • Official Number: 5226889
  • Registry: Piraeus/Greece, Paldiski/Estonia, Limassol/Cyprus, Belfast/UK
  • Sister Ships: Superfast VII, Superfast IX, Superfast X

Location Data

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June 26th 1999: Keel laid.

November 28th 2000: Launched.

© Simonwp

Superfast VIII – © Simonwp (Kiel (fitting out), 01/05/2001)

July 12th 2001: Delivered to Superfast Ferries, Piraeus, Greece as SUPERFAST VIII.

July 16th 2001: Services between Rostock – Hanko (Finland).

© Wolfgang Kramer

Superfast VIII – © Wolfgang Kramer (Baltic, 16/07/2001)

March 21st 2006: Sold to SF VIII Ltd (AS Tallink Group), Paldiski, Estonia.

April 10th 2006: Handed over to her new owners.

Superfast VIII – © Aleksi Lindström (Hanko, (with homeport Piraeus painted over) 16/04/2006)

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

June 2006: Services between Hanko – Rostock.

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

January 1st 2007: Services between Helsinki – Rostock.

January 11th 2007: Services between Helsinki – Tallinn/ Helsinki – Rostock.


Superfast VIII – © Aleksi Lindström (Helsinki, 04/04/2007)

April 5th 2007 – April 12th 2007: Services between Tallinn – Helsinki.

April 13th 2007: Services between Helsinki – Tallinn/ Helsinki – Rostock.

© Simonwp

Superfast VIII – © Simonwp (Rostock, 01/07/2009)

September 1st 2008: Services between Helsinki – Rostock.

December 24th 2009: Taken out of service and laid up in Kopli (sub-district Tallin).

March 18th 2010 – March 29th 2010: Services between Tallinn – Helsinki.

March 30th 2010: Laid up in Paljassaare harbour, Tallinn.

April 30th 2010 – December 23rd 2010: services between Helsinki – Rostock.

December 23rd 2011: Laid up in Tallinn.

March 7th 2011: Agreement announced to charter the vessel to Stena Line  for 3 years (+ 1 year extra option).

April 3rd 2011 – August 12th 2011: Services between Helsinki – Rostock.

© Marko Stampehl  © Marko Stampehl

Superfast VIII – © Marko Stampehl (Warnemunde, 28/06/2011)

August 14th 2011: Left Helsinki for Tallinn.

August 15th 2011: Moved from Tallinn till Muuga (Estonia).

August 22nd 2011: Arrived at Remontowa, Gdansk for rebuilding. Passenger capacity increased.

© Jakub Bogucki  © Jakub Bogucki

Superfast VIII – © Jakub Bogucki (Gdansk, 09/09/2011)

September 1st 2011: Renamed STENA SUPERFAST VIII.

© Jakub Bogucki

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

© Jakub Bogucki

Stena Superfast VIII – © Jakub Bogucki (Gdansk, 19/10/2011)

© Jakub Bogucki  © Jakub Bogucki

© Jakub Bogucki

Stena Superfast VIII – © Jakub Bogucki (Gdansk, 22/10/2011)

© Jakub Bogucki  © Jakub Bogucki

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

November 16th 2011: Left Gdansk for Cairnryan.

November 21st 2011: Services between Belfast – Cairnryan.

February 2nd 2013 – February 18th 2013: Refit at Harland & Wolff, Belfast.

February 19th 2013: Resumed service between Belfast – Cairnryan.

February 1st 2016 – February 14th 2016: Refit at Harland & Wolff, Belfast.


Stena Superfast VIII – © Scott Mackey (Belfast, 07/02/2016)

February 15th 2016: Resumed service between Belfast – Cairnryan.

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

Stena Superfast VIII – © Scott Mackey (2017)

December 14th 2017: Transferred to Stena North Sea Ltd, Belfast, UK. Continued Belfast – Cairnryan.

© Pieter Inpyn   © Pieter Inpyn

Stena Superfast VIII – © Pieter Inpyn (Belfast, 09/09/2019)

September 10th 2020: Refit at Harland & Wolff, Belfast.

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: Jakub Bogucki, Steven Brown, Pieter Inpyn, Aleksi Lindström, Scott Mackey, Simonwp, Marko Stampehl and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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