The Stena owned freighter STENA FORERUNNER left Belfast bound for Birkenhead for the final time this afternoon ahead of her replacement next week. Sister-ship STENA FORECASTER will take over the Birkenhead shoulder sailings on Tuesday, having finished her charter carrying Airbus components across the Atlantic between Europe and America. As previously reported on this site, Stena RoRo announced late last year that they had sold STENA FORECASTER to an unnamed buyer. Although not officially confirmed, industry sources indicate that the purchaser was in-fact Stena Line. STENA FORERUNNER will return to the North Sea to operate between
STENA NORDICA will return to the Belfast – Cairnryan route on Monday with STENA SUPERFAST X returning to her normal Holyhead – Dublin route over the weekend. The latter vessel is currently expected to leave Belfast Dry Dock at lunchtime tomorrow. Once released from the Dublin service STENA NORDICA will make her way to Belfast for
As yet no plans to dry-dock STENA EUROPE have been announced, though rumours of a lengthy life-extending refit starting in March persist. The veteran vessel remains on the timetable throughout March and April. STENA NORDICA does not reappear on the timetable of her normal route between Karlskrona- Gdynia throughout March, which suggests the versatile Ro-Pax could be providing refit cover either at Rosslare or elsewhere in the Stena Line network.