The ground-breaking conversion and lengthening of Stena Scandica has been completed with Stena Line taking delivery of its newest ropax ferry
The vessel is the first of two Visentini vessels that are being lengthened and modernised by Stena RoRo at the Sedef Shipbuilding in Tuzla, Turkey. Stena Scandica will start operating on Stena Lines’ route between Nynäshamn in Sweden and Ventspils in Latvia in the beginning of July.
Stena Line is well underway in modernising its large European fleet of ferries and has not let the ongoing pandemic affect its ambitious plans.
Stena Line chief executive Niclas Mårtensson said the delivery of Stena Scandica is an important step in the company’s expansion in the Baltic Sea. “Taking delivery of the large, modern and efficient vessel Stena Scandica is a major milestone for Stena Line and enables us to continue to grow together with our customers in the Baltic Sea. During the year we will increase capacity 30% on the Nynäshamn-Ventspils route, and 40% on the Liepaja-Travemünde route”.
Stena Scandica (ex Stena Lagan) and sister vessel Stena Baltica (ex Stena Mersey) were lengthened with a 36m mid-section; after the conversion they are 222 m long and have a capacity of 970 passengers, 202 cabins and 2,875 freight lane metres. To increase the loading efficiency, the vessels are modified with drive-through capabilities on two levels. The interior and onboard facilities are updated to Stena Line’s Scandinavian, light and spacious design. The vessels are fitted with several sustainable features and fuel efficiency improvements, such as hybrid scrubbers, ballast water cleaning systems and twisted leading edge rudder with costa bulb.
Stena RoRo managing director Per Westling said “This enlargement of the vessels’ capacity as well as the new and unique efficiency measures included in the design results in a significant reduction of the emissions as well as shorter turnaround time in the port enabling a lower speed at sea. We are pleased that this complex conversion has been possible to perform despite the challenges caused by the pandemic.”
Stena Scandica will now embark on a 10-day journey to its new home in the Baltic Sea where it will begin service early July.
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