Stockholm-based Stena RoRo has taken delivery of the reclining passenger ship (Ro-Pax) Stena Scandica for operation in the Baltic Sea.
Formerly named Stena Lagan, the ship arrived at the Sedef Shipyard in Tuzla, Turkey, near Istanbul, in August to undergo a conversion to lengthen the ship to 36 meters. The vessel was split in two and a new mid-section was inserted in place, giving the vessel a new overall length of 222 meters. The aspect ratio increases cargo capacity by around 30 percent, to 2,875 meters of freight, while the number of cabins is also increased by 80, bringing its total to 202 cabins and 970 total passengers.
After a 10-day maiden voyage, the Stena Scandica will enter service on the Stena Line route between Nynäshamn in Sweden and Ventspils, Latvia, scheduled to kick off next month.
Stena Scandica’s sister ship the Stena Baltica (formerly the Stena Mersey) is undergoing the same in-depth transformation and is expected to be ready this fall. Both ships were built in 2005 and previously sailed the Stena Line route between Belfast and Birkenhead.
“Expanding a ship is a cost effective way to increase cargo capacity, while also making room for more passengers,” says Per Westling, Managing Director of Stena RoRo AB. “The new interior design and the application of modern technology imply an improved passenger concept, with more efficient operation and lower emissions per unit of cargo.”
Stena RoRo is part of Stena Line, one of Europe’s leading ferry companies with 37 ships and 17 routes in Northern Europe. Once completed, Stena Baltica will also join Stena Scandica in the Baltic Sea, as part of Stena Line’s expansion in the region.
“The delivery of the modern and efficient large ship Stena Scandica is an important milestone for Stena Line and allows us to continue to grow with our Baltic Sea customers. During the year we will increase capacity by 30% on the Nynäshamn-Ventspils route and by 40% on the Liepaja-Travemünde route ”, said Niclas Mårtensson, CEO of Stena Line.
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