MV Patria Seaways
ex Lisco Patria, TT Traveller, Stena Traveller, TT Traveller, Stena Traveller
Steel motor vessel, built by Bruces Verkstad AB, Landskrona , Sweden (Yard No. 21) and fitted out by Mekaniske Verksted, Trondheim, Norway (Yard No. 51) in 1992 as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry, for Stena Rederi AB, Goteborg
- Length on Deck: 158 m (overall), 142.0m (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth of Hull: 24.30 (moulded)
- Depth: 13.2m
- Draught: 5.90 m (maximum)
- Tonnage: 18,332 gross/ 5,499 net/ 4598 – 6003t deadweight
- Engines: Two 4SA 8-cylinder Sulzer Wartsila 8ZA 40S diesels
- Power: 7,920 kW/10,767 bhp
- Speed: 17.5 knots (service)19.0 knots (max)
- Capacity: 245 passengers/480 cars – 100 commercial vehicles
- Call Sign: SCQV, CSV, LRYC
- IMO Number: 8917390
- MMSI Number: 277291000
- Registry: Gothenburg/Sweden, Klaipeda/Lithuania, Valletta/Cyprus, Klaipeda/Lithuania
- Sister Ship: Gryf, Stena Challenger
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March 26th 1991: Launched at Bruce Shipyard and towed to Norway for fitting out.
February 1992: Delivered to Stena Rederi Ab, Göteborg.
February 29th 1992: Arrived Hook of Holland.
March 1992: Chartered to Tor Line for service between Helsingborg – Immingham.
© Simonwp (Felixstowe 01/02/1992)
© Pieter Inpyn (Hook of Holland 01/03/1992)
Immingham 13/03/1992 (Left) and Hook of Holland 01/04/1992 (Right) © Simonwp
April 1st 1992: Chartered to Stena Line B.V. Holland. Commenced service as a freight only vessel between Hook of Holland – Harwich.
© Capt Jan Melchers (Left)
© Pieter Inpyn (Hook of Holland 01/06/1992)
May 1992 – September 16th 1992: Chartered to Sealink Stena Ferries Ltd, Ashford. Operated between Southampton – Cherbourg.
© Tony Garner
September 17th 1992: Chartered to a Turkish company service unknown.
December 5th 1992 – October 29th 1995: Chartered to TT-Line, Germany as a freight only ferry and renamed TT-TRAVELLER. Commenced service between Trelleborg – Travemünde.
© Frank Heine (Trelleborg 15/05/1994)
October 29th 1995: Refitted with Flender Werft AG, Lübeck.
🆕 Stena Traveller – © Dirk Jankowsky (Lubeck, 05/11/1995)
November 10th 1995: Completed sea trials after refit.
November 11th 1995: Renamed STENA TRAVELLER.
November 15th 1995: Arrived in Dublin for berthing trials.
November 23rd 1995: Commenced service between Holyhead – Dublin.
September 16th 1996: Final day operating between Holyhead – Dublin.
December 1996: Chartered to Grimaldi & Cobelfret.
December 1996: Chartered for services between Santander – Harwich.
January 1997: Chartered to Tor Line for services between Immingham – Rotterdam.
© Simonwp (Rotterdam 01/01/1997)
February 1997: Chartered to TT-Line, Germany and renamed TT-TRAVELLER. Transferred to Stena RoRo & Ferry Division, Göteborg.
February 11th 1997: Commenced service between Trelleborg – Rostock.
© Pieter Inpyn (Rotterdam 01/06/1997)
© Frank Heine (Warnemünde 10/01/1998)
December 1999 – February 2000: Rebuilt at Flender Werft, Lübeck with new cabins and engines parts.
© Wolfgang Kramer (24/02/2001)
January 5th 2002: Arrived again at Flender Werft, Lübeck for overhaul.
January 9th 2002: Renamed STENA TRAVELLER.
January 14th 2002: Left Lübeck for Karlskrona (Sweden).
January 15th 2002: Arrived at Karlskrona.
January 20th 2002: Commenced service between Karlskrona – Gdynia (Poland).
February 21st 2002: During a journey between Gdynia – Karlskrona excessive roll caused a 30 ton container of asphalt to capsize on her vehicle deck. No damage or injuries.
October 9th 2002: En route between Karlskrona – Gdynia suffered engine failure and drifted until she was towed to Karlskrona.
May 6th 2004: Final day in service between Karlskrona – Gdynia.
May 10th 2004: Sold to Ab Lisco Baltic Service, Klaipeda, Lithuania (DFDS Tor Line). Renamed LISCO PATRIA.
May 17th 2004: Commenced service between Karlshamn – Klaipeda.
© Andreas Wörteler
© Frank Heine (Karlshamn 07/07/2004)
June 10th 2005: Services between Karlshamn – Baltiysk (one trip per week).
January 6th 2006: Services between Kiel – Klaipeda.
April 27th 2006: Company name change to AB DFDS Lisco.
May 2007: Services between Karlshamn – Klaipeda.
© Andreas Wörteler (Karlshamn 20/06/2007)
January 25th 2009 – February 8th 2009: Services between Swinoujscie – Ystad covering WAWEL refit.
January 30th 2010 – February 14th 2010: Services between Swinoujscie – Ystad covering WAWEL refit.
May 6th 2011: Chartered to Scandinavia Baltic Lines.
May 11th 2011: Services between Paldiski – Kapellskär.
September 14th 2011: DFDS Seaways buys 64% of the company and all services are absorbed by DFDS.
December 23rd 2011 – January 13th 2012: Refit in Kopli, Estonia.
January 5th 2012: Renamed PATRIA SEAWAYS .
January 22nd 2012: Services between Paldiski – Kapellskär.
© Frank Heine (Kapellskär 15/06/2013)
October 6th 2014: Final day in service between Kapellskär – Paldiski.
October 7th 2014: Laid up in Paldiski.
November 4th 2014: Services between Fredericia – Copenhagen – Klaipeda.
December 5th 2014: Arrived in Gdansk, for lay up.
2015: Used as a floating hotel for wind energy projects. She sailed to the Danish port of Esbjerg where she was prepared for her new job. This meant, for instance, that a special boat platform was installed on the aft of the vessel so all ships that transport the workers to and from the ‘floating hotel’ could safely berth.
May 16th 2015: Anchored about 36 km off the Danish coast for her new job at Butendiek Wind Farms.
November 16th 2015: Services between Kiel – Klaipeda.
December 29th 2015: Chartered to P&O Ferries.
January 4th 2016: Services between Zeebrugge – Hull.
April 2016: Services between Karlshamn – Klaipeda.
© Gena Amfimov
December 2016: Laid up in Klaipeda.
January 13th 2017: Left Klaipeda for Paldiski.
January 14th 2017 – February 1st 2017: Services between Paldiski – Kapellskär.
February 2nd 2017: Services between Klaipeda – Karlshamn.
February 19th 2017: Left Klaipeda for Copenhagen.
February 2017: One trip per week between Klaipeda – Fredericia.
March 4th 2017 – March 25th 2017: Services between Klaipeda – Karlshamn.
March 25th 2017: Services between Klaipeda – Karlshamn – Fredericia.
© Gena Amfimov (Klaipeda 25/05/2017)
January 14th 2018 – February 2018: Chartered to TT Line for services between Trelleborg – Rostock/ Travemünde.
March 5th 2018: Left Trelleborg for Klaipeda. Returned to service Karlshamn – Klaipeda
All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions found. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Gena Amfimov,Tony Garner, Frank Heine, Pieter Inpyn, Dirk Jankowsky, Wolfgang Kramer, Capt Jan Melchers, Simonwp and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in compiling this feature.