The Swedish ferry company Stena Line officially took over its newest RoPax ferry, Stena Scandica, on Friday, June 18. The ship is the first of two Visentini ships to be extended and modernized by Stena RoRo at Sedef Shipbuilding in Tuzla, Turkey. Stena Scandica will start operations on the Stena Lines route between NynÃ¤shamn in Sweden and Ventspils in Latvia in early July.
Stena Line is well on its way to modernizing its large European ferry fleet and the ongoing pandemic has not affected these ambitious plans. On Friday June 18, Stena Line officially took delivery of its newest RoPax ferry, the Stena Scandica, after a handover ceremony at the Sedef shipyard in Tuzla, Turkey.
Niclas MÃ¥rtensson, CEO of Stena Line, said the delivery of Stena Scandica is an important step in the company’s expansion in the Baltic Sea.
â€œThe takeover of the large, modern and efficient ship Stena Scandica is an important milestone for Stena Line and enables us to continue growing together with our customers in the Baltic Sea. In the course of the year we will increase capacity by 30% on the NynÃ¤shamn-Ventspils route and 40% on the Liepaja-TravemÃ¼nde route. “
A groundbreaking renovation
The groundbreaking conversion and extension of the Stena Scandica (ex Stena Lagan) and sister ship Stena Baltica (ex Stena Mersey) are being managed by Stena RoRo at the Sedef shipyard in Tuzla, Turkey.
The two ships are extended with a 36 meter long middle section; After the renovation, they are 222 meters long and have a capacity of 970 passengers, 202 cabins and 2,875 freight lane meters. To increase loading efficiency, the ships are equipped with passageways on two levels. The interior and on-board facilities have been updated in the well-known Scandinavian, light and spacious design by Stena Line. The ships are equipped with several sustainable features and fuel efficiency improvements, such as: B. Hybrid scrubbers, ballast water purification systems, twisted leading edge rudder with Costa pear.
Per Westling, Managing Director Stena RoRo:
â€œThis expansion of the ship’s capacity as well as the new and unique efficiency measures that are included in the design lead to a significant reduction in emissions for each truck as well as shorter handling times in the port and enable a lower speed at sea. We are pleased that this complex conversion was possible despite the challenges posed by the pandemic. “
Stena Scandica will now embark on a 10-day journey to her new home on the Baltic Sea, where she will start service on the route between Ventspils in Latvia and NynÃ¤shamn in Sweden in early July. Later this year, the sister ship Stena Baltica will join Stena Scandica, and with both ships the total capacity increase on the route is 30%.
SHIP FACTS: Stena Scandica
Route: NynÃ¤shamn-Ventspils from July 2021
Name: Stena Scandica
Year of construction: 2005 at the Italian shipyard Cantiere Navale Visentini
Modified / Extended: by Stena RoRo during 2020/2021 at the Sedef shipyard in Tuzla, Turkey.
Length: 222 meters
Passenger capacity: 970
Freight capacity: 2,875 gauge + car deck
Cabin capacity: 202
Baltic Sea expansion: 40% capacity expansion to TravemÃ¼nde-Liepaja in 2021
As part of the ongoing expansion in the Baltic Sea, Stena Line will relocate the two ships currently operating on NynÃ¤shamn-Ventspils, Stena Livia and Stena Flavia, on the route between Liepaja in Latvia and TravemÃ¼nde in Germany. The ships will increase cargo capacity on the route by 40% and reduce crossing time from 27 to 20 hours. This enables a reliable transport service with a fixed timetable with 12 weekly departures, six in each direction. The new ships will also offer improved on-board facilities and increase the number of cabins, making the route an attractive choice for transportation and travel between the Baltic countries and Germany.
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