Former NI Ferries of Sealink Stena Line/Stena Sealink Line

Stena Sealink/Sealink Stena Line

Following the takeover of Sealink British Ferries by Stena Line in 1990/91, the Swedish company rebranded the UK operation first as Sealink Stena Line and then Stena Sealink line in late 1992.  During this period the Larne to Stranraer service was operated almost exclusively by the trio of Stena Galloway, Stena Antrim, and Stena Caledonia.

Stena Galloway. Copyright © Gary Andrews.
Stena Galloway. Built as the Galloway Princess, she was the first of a series of 4 ferries built in Belfast by Harland & Wolff for Sealink, which where to be the last new ferries ordered by that operator before privatisation.  She was built for the Larne to Stranraer run, but like her sisters was designed with the flexibility to operate across the Sealink route network.  She operated the Larne to Stranraer run for almost 22 years before her sale to Morrocan operators ITMC due to the introduction of the HSS craft.  Named Le Rif, she had be laid up/abandoned in Morocco with a far from certain future for a few years, but as of August 2016 is undergoing renovation in Malaga. Copyright © Gary Andrews.

 

Stena Antrim. Copyright © Gary Andrews.
Stena Antrim. Copyright © Gary Andrews.

 

Stena Caledonia in Sealink Stena Line livery. Copyright © Scott Mackey.
Stena Caledonia in Sealink Stena Line livery. Copyright © Scott Mackey.

 

Another view of Stena Antrim, this time passing Ballylumford power station inbound to Larne. Copyright © Scott Mackey.
Another view of Stena Antrim in the Stena Sealink line livery, this time passing Ballylumford power station inbound to Larne. Copyright © Scott Mackey.

 

Stena Galloway at Larne in Stena Sealink Line colours. Copyright © Scott Mackey.
Stena Galloway at Larne in Stena Sealink Line colours. Copyright © Scott Mackey.

 

Stena Caledonia approaching Larne. Copyright © Alan Geddes.
Stena Caledonia approaching Larne following the change to the Stena Sealink branding. Copyright © Alan Geddes.

 

Norrona was chartered by Sealink Stena Line for refit cover. Copyright © Gary Andrews.
On a number of occasions the Faroe islands ferry Norrona was chartered by Stena Sealink Line for refit cover on the Irish Sea routes. She made the news in the Belfast Telegraph for selling Faroese cuisine such as puffin alongside more traditional favourites such as fish and chips.  She also had some operational problems in Stranraer due to being less manoeuvrable than the regular vessels.  Copyright © Gary Andrews.

 

Stena Antrim approaches Larne. Copyright © Neil Tierney.
Stena Antrim approaches Larne. Copyright © Neil Tierney.

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