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MV Patria Seaways (ex Stena Traveller (1992)) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 8917390

MV Patria Seaways

ex Lisco Patria, TT Traveller, Stena Traveller, TT Traveller, Stena Traveller

© Fotoflite

© Fotoflite

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.

Technical Data

  • 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/1800 lane metres 
  • Call Sign: SCQV, CSV, LRYC
  • IMO Number: 8917390
  • MMSI Number: 277291000
  • Registry: Gothenburg/Sweden 🇸🇪, Klaipeda/Lithuania 🇱🇹, Valletta/Cyprus 🇨🇾, Klaipeda/Lithuania 🇱🇹
  • Sister Ship: Gryf (19/43), Stena Challenger (20/50),  Kaptan Abidan Doran (22/44)

Current AIS Location

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March 26th 1991: Launched at Bruce Shipyard and towed to Norway for fitting out.

Edmund Ziegler Collection

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

© Simonwp (Felixstowe, 01/02/1992)

© Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Hook of Holland, 01/03/1992)

© Simonwp © Simonwp  

© Simonwp (Immingham 13/03/1992 (Left) and Hook of Holland 01/04/1992) (Right) 

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

© Capt Jan Melchers 

© Pieter Inpyn © Pieter Inpyn  

© 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

© Tony Garner

© Fotoflite © Fotoflite  

© Fotoflite

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

© Frank Heine (Trelleborg, 15/05/1994)

October 29th 1995: Refitted with Flender Werft AG, Lübeck.

© 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.

© Dave Rimmer

© Dave Rimmer (@ Dublin)

November 23rd 1995: Commenced service between Holyhead – Dublin.

© Marko Stampehl

© Marko Stampehl (Holyhead 1996)

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

© 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

© Pieter Inpyn (Rotterdam, 01/06/1997)

© Frank Heine   

© Frank Heine (Warnemünde, 10/01/1998)

December 1999 – February 2000: Rebuilt at Flender Werft, Lübeck with new cabins and engines parts.

© Wolfgang Kramer

© 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 © Andreas Wörteler  

© Andreas Wörteler

© Frank Heine © Frank Heine  

© 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

© 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

© 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 Anfimov © Gena Anfimov  

© Gena Anfimov (Klaipeda, August/September 2016)

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 Anfimov © Gena Anfimov © Gena Anfimov 

© Gena Anfimov (Klaipeda, 25/05/2017)

January 14th 2018 – March 5th 2018: Chartered to TT Line for services between Trelleborg – Rostock/ Travemünde.

March 5th 2018: Left Trelleborg for Klaipeda. Returned to service Karlshamn – Klaipeda

March 2018: Services Klaipeda – Karlshamn.

July 28th 2019:  “About to leave the Klaipeda port bound to Karlshamn, only moved to the quay of the 8th Klaipeda Stevedoring Company (Klasco) after the failure of one of its engines. While the ferry can sail with one engine, it was, however, decided to moor it and wait for a technical team to repair the faulty engine during the voyage. Accompanied by the tugs “Klasco 1” and “Klasco 3″, the ferry left the dock at about 11.30 p.m., 3,5 hours behind schedule. The ship arrived at Karlshamn around 4 p.m.”

© Gena Anfimov © Gena Anfimov © Gena Anfimov

© Gena Anfimov (Klaipeda, 26/01/2020)

July 7th 2020: Left Klaipeda for Paldiski.

July 8th 2020 – October 4th 2020: Services Paldiski – Kapellskär/ Paldiski – Hangö.

October 14th 2020: Services Paldiski – Kapellskär.

December 25th 2020: Left Paldiski for Klaipeda.

January 7th 2021 – February 14th 2021: Services Klaipeda – Karlshamn.

February 17th 2021: Services Kapellskär – Paldiski.

September 13th 2021: Left Kapellskär for Klaipeda.

September 14th 2021: Services Klaipeda – Karlshamn.

© Gena Anfimov

© Gena Anfimov (Klaipeda, 11/11/2021)

December 12th 2021: Arrived at Klaipeda and then to refit.

January 17th 2022: Services between Klaipeda – Karlshamn.

April 19th 2022: Services between Paldiski – Kapellskär.

June 26th 2022: Came off service at Paldiski and sailed to Klaipeda.

July 5th 2022: Kiel Canal.

July 6th 2022: Arrived in Cuxhaven.

July 7th 2022: Commenced services (Freight Only) between Immingham – Cuxhaven.

July 8th 2022: Services Cuxhaven – Immingham.

© Marcus S © Marcus S

© Marcus S (Cuxhaven, 14/07/2022)

© Kim Viktor

© Kim Viktor (Cuxhaven, 16/07/2022)

September 15th 2022: Left Immingham for Klaipeda.

September 21st 2022 – October 20th 2022: Laid up in Klaipeda.

October 20th 2022: Left Klaipeda for Paldiski.

October 22nd 2022: Services Paldiski – Kapellskär.

March 25th 2023: Services Karlshamn – Klaipeda.

April 25th 2023: Services Cuxhaven – Immingham.

May 13th 2023: Came off service at Cuxhaven and sailed to Sheerness, UK (eta 15/05/2023).

May 15th 2023: Arrived “Tongue Deep Water Anchorage” , Thames Estuary.

May 16th 2023: Arrived Sheerness.

May 16th 2023: Arrived “Great Nore Anchorage”, Thames Estuary.

May 17th 2023: Arrived Sheerness and took up “Freight Only” services Sheerness – Calais.

© Julien Carpentier © Julien Carpentier © Julien Carpentier © Julien Carpentier

© Julien Carpentier (Calais, 18/05/2023)

June 3rd 2023: Came off service at Sheerness and sailed to Vlaardingen.

June 3rd 2023: Arrived Vlaardingen.

© Rob De Visser

© Rob De Visser (Vlaardingen, 03/06/2023)

June 26th 2023: Left Vlaardingen showing destination as Algeciras.

© Rob De Visser © Rob De Visser

© Rob De Visser (Vlaardingen, 26/06/2023)

NB: Vessel will be used Sete – Yalova (click on DFDS schedule link)

July 4th 2023: Called at Sete.

July 8th 2023: Arrived Topcular, Turkey.

July 19th 2023: Arrived Tuzla, Turkey and took up services Tuzla – Treiste.

September 17th 2023:

“Collided with bulk carrier YASA PIONEER in Marmara sea some 6 nm south of Yasa island. PATRIA SEAWAYS was under way, shortly after she left Tuzla (understood undergoing repairs), bound for Trieste. Both ships were taken to Ahirkapi anchorage, anchored, and as of 1200 UTC Sep 17, remained in the same position. PATRIA SEAWAYS portside superstructure was damaged, YASA PIONEER sustained big hull dent, maybe breach, in cargo holds area.”.


September 17th 2023: Arrived Tuzla and, after repair, continued Tuzla – Treiste.

November 2nd 2023: Came off service at Tuzla and sailed to Yalova Anchorage.

November 4th 2023: Left Yalova Anchorage and sailed to Topcular (Turkey).

November 9th 2023: Arrived Sete (France).

November 9th 2023: Left Sete for Algeciras to act as relief for TANGER EXPRESS.

November 11th 2023: Arrived Algeciras.

November 15th 2023: Services Algeciras – Tanger Med.

© Manuel Hernández Lafuente © Manuel Hernández Lafuente

🆕 © Manuel Hernández Lafuente (Algeciras, 10/06/2024)

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 Anfimov, Julien Carpentier,  Fotoflite, Tony Garner, Frank Heine, Pieter Inpyn, Dirk Jankowsky, Wolfgang Kramer, Manuel Hernández Lafuente,  Jan Melchers, Dave Rimmer, Marcus S, Simonwp, Marko Stampehl, Kim Viktor, Rob De Visser and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in compiling this feature.

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

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