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Bergen-based photographer Tom Gulbrandsen captured LNG-powered ferry FANAFJORD, on her way to Stavanger. During spring she will start to operate in the greater Hamburg area for ElbFerry.

Old and New

This picture courtesy of Rosslare Europort shows two generations of Stena Line ferries: the brand new STENA EMBLA (2020) and the veteran STENA EUROPE (1981). Look at the difference in size!

FESTOS PALACE in Malta for Repairs and Drydocking

Minoan Lines’ FESTOS PALACE is at the Palumbo Shipyards (Malta) since 15 January, undergoing scheduled repairs and dry docking (dock no 4). The ship is expected to be back on Piraeus-Heraklion as from 15 February.

Photo: Emmanuel L. Stafrace (Malta)

Stena Line Doubles Frequency and Capacity on Rosslare – Cherbourg Route

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The ferry capacity on Continent – Ireland continues to grow.

Stena Line will add an additional freight-only vessel to its Rosslare to Cherbourg route from 4 January 2021, doubling the service to six times each way weekly.

The STENA FORETELLER will join the STENA HORIZON which already operates on the route.

STENA FORETELLER will provide an additional 3,000 lane metres of freight capacity per trip and can accommodate a mix of accompanied and unaccompanied traffic with onboard facilities for up to 12 freight drivers.

Stena Line Launch New Freight Connection between Luxembourg and Sweden

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From 11 January 2021 Stena Line together with the multimodal service provider CFL multimodal and the ports in Rostock and Trelleborg will offer a new intermodal rail and ferry connection from Bettembourg in Luxembourg via their ferry route from Rostock to Trelleborg in Sweden. The combination of sea and rail is a cost-effective and sustainable transport solution that offers great capacity and flexibility as well as a CO2 reduction of 1.75 tons per unit compared to road transport.


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Stena Line Connects to Shore Power in Kiel

The new shore power facility in Kiel, inaugurated on 9 December, means that Stena Line now has the possibility to connect 14 vessels at seven terminals with onshore electricity during port stay.

The new connection in Kiel will reduce the COemissions from the two vessels STENA SCANDINAVICA and STENA GERMANICA with 2,700 tonnes per year.

In total Stena Line reduce its COemissions with shore power with 13,000 tonnes per year.

Rosslare Europort Welcomes DFDS New Route to Dunkirk

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As from 2 January 2021, DFDS join existing shipping operators Stena Line, Irish Ferries and Brittany Ferries at Rosslare Europort, with a new six-times weekly service direct to Dunkirk (see the extra news of last week 48)

Rosslare Europort has recently secured planning permission for a major transformation of Rosslare Europort, as part of its €30m Port Masterplan.

Further substantial investment will also take place both at the port and the surrounding area.

Mink Virus Forces Denmark to Shut Down Passenger Traffic to and from North Jutland

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On 9 November, the Danish authorities introduced restrictions in the Northern part of Jutland, to reduce the spreading and development of a mink virus variant.

It has been decided that all mink herds in Denmark must be slaughtered.

Stena Line has decided to temporarily stop the passenger operation between Frederikshavn and Gothenburg between 9 November and 3 December.

The freight operation on the route will continue to keep the vital supply lines open between Denmark and Sweden.

Passengers are during this period referred to the route between Halmstad and Grenaa, which are not affected by the new restrictions and will continue to operate with both passengers and freight.

Color Line operates its SUPERSPEED 1 and 2 in a freight-only mode.

Fjord Line does not take passengers on its already reduced number of crossings.

STENA FLAVIA Inaugurates Ports of Stockholm’s Norvik Port RoRo Terminal

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Stena Line’s STENA FLAVIA was the first to call at the roro terminal of Stockholm Norvik Port (in Nynäshamn).

The arrival coincided with the opening of the gates to the new roro terminal, offering substantially greater capacity and growth opportunities for multiple shipping companies.

The new ferry terminal is an important part of Stena Lines expansion plans in the Baltic Sea that includes the deployment of two new modern ferries and 30 % additional freight capacity on the Nynäshamn-Ventspils route in 2021 (the lengthened ferries).

Ferry Shipping

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Stena Line Continues the Baltic Reshuffle

Normally a press release contains all the answers. Not in the case of Stena Line’s latest, announcing the introduction of larger, faster ships on Germany – Latvia, without saying which ships.

An overview of changes on the Baltic Sea routes.

(all hyperlinks refer to each individual ship on the Stena Line fleet website)

Nynäshamn (Sweden) – Ventspils (Latvia)

Travemünde (Germany) – Liepaja (Latvia)

  • Currently: STENA GOTHICA and URD
  • Next year: two modern (unknown) ropax ferries.
  • 40% extra lane meter capacity
  • Shorter crossing time: 20 hours instead of 27
  • 12 weekly departures (6 in each direction)

Karlskrona (Sweden) – Gdynia (Poland)

  • 31 October 2020: STENA BALTICA charter ended, ship likely to be returned to Brittany Ferries as COTENTIN.
  • Replaced by STENA NORDICA
  • Other current ships on this route: STENA VISION, STENA SPIRIT


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Stena Line: Ropax Expansion on Nynäshamn – Ventspils

Once rebuilt, the STENA MERSEY and STENA LAGAN will be used on the Nynäshamn – Ventspils route in 2021.

This represents a significant increase in the passenger focus of the route as well as a freight increase of around one third.

  • STENA LAGAN is currently at the shipyard in Tuzla, Turkey.
  • STENA MERSEY is in the Irish Sea.


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Sunday 13 September. The meeting was the first between the two since STENA ESTRID left the shipyard in Weihai, China, last November. She is currently operating on the Belfast-Cairnryan route and STENA EDDA on the Belfast-Liverpool route.

In the beginning of 2021 their sister STENA EMBLA will join on the Liverpool route.