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MV Stena Vision (ex Stena Germanica) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 7907659

MV Stena Vision

ex Stena Germanica, Scandinavica, Stena Scandinavica

© Fabian Vornholt (Gdynia, 25/05/2022)

Steel twin screw “B494 Design” motor vessel built in 1987 by Gdynia Stocznia i Komunii Paryski, Gdynia, Poland (Yard No B494/1) as a Passenger/RoRo Cargo/Ferry for Stena Line AB, Gothenburg, Sweden

Technical Data

  • Length: 175.37 m (overall) 154.18 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 29.04 – 30.80 m
  • Depth: 8.62 m/
  • Draught: 6.701 – 6.75 m
  • Tonnage: 24967 – 26071 – 39178 gross/14092 – 14815 – 22089 net/4500t – 4000t deadweight
  • Engines: 4 x Vee Oil 4SA 16-cylinder Zgoda-Sulzer 16ZV49/48 diesels.
  • Power: 29422 kW/40000 bHP
  • Speed: 21.5 knots
  • Capacity: 2500 – 1700 passengers/550 – 569 – 700 cars/1628 lane meters
  • Call Sign: SKPZ, 5BUE5
  • MMSI Number: 210231000
  • IMO Number: 7907659
  • Official Number:
  • Port of Registry: Gothenburg/Sweden 🇸🇪, Karlskrona/Sweden 🇸🇪, Limassol/Cyprus 🇨🇾
  • Sister-Ship: Stena Scandinavica (B494/2), El Venizelos (B494/3), Regent Sky (B494/4)

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The first of a quartet of Knud E Hansen A.S designed vessels and cousins to the 1973 designed pair, STENA DANICA and STENA JUTLANDICA.

1979: Ordered.

August 22nd 1981: Launched under the name STENA SCANDINAVICA

1982: Renamed SCANDINAVICA but, political turmoil in Poland led to various delays in delivery.

1985: Sold to Barclay´s Mercantile Industrial Finance, London, England.

November 1986: Renamed STENA GERMANICA. Stena enlisted the Swedish construction company Skanska to complete the outfitting.

Stena Line  Stena Line

Stena Line

November 29th 1986: Trials.

1987: Sold to P/R Finance, Gothenburg.

February 21st 1987: Left Gdansk for Kiel.

February 22nd 1987: Arrived Kiel for berthing trials.

February 23rd 1987: Arrived Gothenburg for further trials and completion of outfitting.

April 1987: Transferred to PK Finance, Gothenburg.

April 5th 1987: Delivered to Stena Ab, Gothenburg.

April 6th 1987: Press visits.

April 7th 1987: Services Gothenburg – Kiel.

1987 – 2000: During the summer months, also operated services Gothenburg – Frederikshavn

February 1988: Rebuilt at Cityvarvet AB, Gothenburg with new bulbous bow and trim plane on the stern.

April 1988: Back in service.

© Capt Jan Melchers

© Capt Jan Melchers (20/04/1989)

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Kiel, 22/06/1989)

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Kiel, 01/06/1990)

© Pieter Inpyn  © Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Gothenburg, 01/06/1991)

© Frits Olinga

© Frits Olinga (Kiel, 06/08/1991)

January 1st 1993: Accommodation rebuild.

August 1st 1994: With 1475 passengers on board, suffered an electrical fault causing the rudder to lock. Ran aground off Böttö (Island in Sweden). Freed herself but required repairs.

February 22nd 1999 – March 26th 1999: Rebuilt at Cityvarvet in Gothenburg with side sponsons together with the removal of 80 cabins to facilitate the loading of more trailers.

December 2000: Sold to Scandlines Ab, Helsingborg.

June 8th 2002: Cruise to monitor the start of the Volvo Ocean Race.

© Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Kiel, 01/06/2003)

January 19th 2004 – February 4th 2004: Refit.

February 16th 2004: Assisted in the evacuation of 1,000 passengers from the STENA NAUTICA following her collision with a freighter off the Southern coast of Sweden which resulted in major flooding of her engine room.

© Pieter Inpyn  © Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Gothenburg, 01/06/2004)

© Torge Hartig

© Torge Hartig  (STENA SCANDINAVICA & STENA GERMANICA, Kiel, 19/10/2005)

January 2007: Rebuilt at Cityvarvet, Gothenburg.

March 4th 2007: Exhibited at the Danmarksterminalen, Gothenburg.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler (Kiel, 10/05/2008)

© Rob de Visser

© Rob de Visser (Gothenburg, 11/05/2008)

August 29th 2010: Last service between Gothenburg – Frederikshavn.

August 31st 2010: Last service between Gothenburg – Kiel.

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler (Kiel, 29/08/2010)

September 1st 2010: Arrived at Cityvarvet, Gothenburg for conversion pre new service.

September 7th 2010: Renamed STENA VISION.

November 4th 2010: Services Karlskrona – Gdynia.

October 2012: Registered to Stena Line Öresund Ab, Helsingborg.

December 18th 2012: Sold to Stena Line Scandinavia AB, Gothenburg.

June 14th 2021: Transferred to Cypriot flag, home port Limassol.

© Kim Viktor © Kim Viktor © Kim Viktor © Kim Viktor © Kim Viktor © Kim Viktor © Kim Viktor © Kim Viktor © Kim Viktor © Kim Viktor © Kim Viktor © Kim Viktor © Kim Viktor © Kim Viktor © Kim Viktor

© Kim Viktor

August 9th 2021: “A passenger behaved threateningly on board, while the ship was enroute from Karlskrona to Gdynia. He claimed that he had placed bombs on board. He was overpowered by staff and was arrested when the ship docked at Gdynia. An investigation was conducted by the police. After a short time the ship left Gdynia for Karlskrona.”.

© Cedric Hacke  © Cedric Hacke

© Cedric Hacke (Karlskrona, 09/06/2022)

November 29th 2022: It was announced that the vessel would be transferred to the Rosslare – Cherbourg route increasing passenger capacity. She would run alongside the STENA HORIZON.

Stena Line has Euro Vision

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Major boost in choice and capacity for travel passengers and freight operatorswith the addition of a cruise-ferry on Ireland-France service

Irish tourists looking to holiday in France next year received a welcome boost today as Ireland’s leading ferry company Stena Line announced it was introducing a second cruise ferry on its Rosslare to Cherbourg service. Providing best in class comfort and choice for passengers on the route in 2023, the new ship Stena Vision will increase frequency on the route to six departure days a week on the shortest, quickest, and most frequent ferry service to the European Continent.

The addition of Stena Vision to the Ireland-France route, will provide Stena Line with a significant increase in capacity operating alongside its existing vessel, Stena Horizon. Stena Vision is scheduled to begin service in June and will have space for 1,300 passengers and 485 passenger cabins, more than any other ferry current sailing from Ireland. It will offer a wide selection of accommodation ranging from standard and deluxe cabins, to suites.  There’s also good news for dog owners with 42 pet cabins, so passengers can travel with their furry friends to and from France*. 

Travel guests can sit back, relax and start their holiday as soon as they board the bigger and more spacious Stena Vision. The new travel experience includes a wide choice of bars and restaurants, as well as an onboard Nordic Spa. Whether passengers are going to hit the beaches on the Riviera, chill out in Provence, or party in Paris they can arrive in comfort, style and refreshed after their cruise.

Paul Grant, Irish Sea Trade Director at Stena Line, says: “Ahead of what is expected to be a busy summer in 2023, we will be doubling our sailing frequency and tripling our passenger capacity for tourists on our Rosslare – Cherbourg service as well significantly increasing freight capacity. We’ve seen increased demand for more services and bigger vessels and are pleased to announce that from next June we will have 12 sailings weekly on the shortest and most frequent direct service between Ireland and France. We are delighted to offer more options and choice for our customers with this significant addition to our Irish Sea fleet.”

The introduction of the Stena Vision is welcome news for the freight sector, which has seen demand grow for direct services to France from hauliers since Brexit. Stena Vision will alsoincrease driver accompanied capacity with more cabin space for freight drivers.

Stena Vision will come fresh from the Baltic Sea, where it has been operating on the busy Swedish/Polish Karlskrona to Gdynia route. It will be replaced by the Stena Line’s new larger E-Flexer Stena Ebba early next year.

Starting service in June 2023, with a choice of fares from as little as €289 for a car and driver, crossings can be secured with only a €100 deposit.”

Source: Stena Line

March 26th 2023: Last sailing Karlskrona – Gdynia.

March 26th 2023: Arrived Gdynia.

March 28th 2023: Sailed from Gdynia to Gdansk for refit.

© Paulina Pawłowska

© Paulina Pawłowska (Gdansk, 03/04/2023)

June 14th 2023: Left Gdansk for Gothenburg,

© Port Gdansk

© Port Gdansk (Webcam)

© Göran Olsson

© Göran Olsson (Passing Helsingborg, 15/06/2023)

June 18th 2023: Arrived in Rosslare, Republic of Ireland.

© Stephen Brown  © Stephen Brown

© Stephen Brown (Rosslare, 18/06/2023)

June 24th 2023: Inaugural sailing (freight only) Rosslare – Cherbourg.

June 25th 2023: Arrived Cherbourg. Remained in port for berthing trials and crew familiarisation.

June 27th 2023: Left Cherbourg.

June 28th 2023: Arrived Rosslare.

© Stephen Brown

© Stephen Brown (Rosslare, 30/06/2023)

June 30th 2023: Commenced full service Rosslare – Cherbourg.

© Nicolas Lévy  © Nicolas Lévy

© Nicolas Lévy  © Nicolas Lévy

© Nicolas Lévy  © Nicolas Lévy

© Nicolas Lévy  © Nicolas Lévy

© Nicolas Lévy (Cherbourg, 01/07/2023)

October 8th 2023: Sailed from Rosslare and conducted berthing trials in Fishguard.

© George Holland

© George Holland (Fishguard, 08/10/2023)

October 8th 2023: Returned to Rosslare and continued service Rosslare – Cherbourg.

January 8th 2024: To operate departures from Rosslare on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and returning from Cherbourg on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

April 23rd 2024: Came off service at Cherbourg and sailed to Rotterdam for repairs (believed rudder problems).

© Rob de Visser © Hans Esveldt

© Rob de Visser (24/04/2024) (Left) © Hans Esveldt (Rotterdam, 24/04/2024)(Right)

April 24th 2024: Arrived Schiedam Damen Shipyard.

May 8th 2024: Left Dry dock.

© Rob de Visser

© Rob de Visser (08/05/2024)

May 10th 2024: Left Schiedam.

May 11th 2024: Arrived Cherbourg,

May 11th 2024: Returned to service Cherbourg – Rosslare.

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, Stephen Brown, Hans Esveldt.   Cedric Hacke, George Holland, Pieter Inpyn, Frank Lose, Capt Jan Melchers, Frits Olinga, Göran Olsson, Dirk Jankowsky, Nicolas Lévy, Paulina Pawłowska, Simonwp, Dieter Streich, Km Viktor, Rob de Visser, Fabian Vornholt and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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