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Quick News: Stena Scotia flag change

Stena Line’s Japanese-built freighter STENA SCOTIA has changed her home port to Douglas as the result of a change in flag from The Netherlands to the Isle of Man (UK Second Register). Previously she had a home port of Vlaardingen since April 2008, and Scheveningen [NL] since her delivery in 1996 until the change to Vlaardingen. The change of flag follows STENA SCOTIA‘s permanent transfer to the Irish Sea as the replacement for STENA PERFORMER on the Belfast – Heysham route. STENA FORERUNNER which also transferred to the Irish Sea as a replacement vessel will retain her Dutch flag as she will move back to the North Sea when replaced by similar sized tonnage early in 2019.

STENA SCOTIA turns to berth at VT4s after her arrival in Belfast from Holland on 03.08.18. Copyright © Scott Mackey.
STENA SCOTIA turns to berth at VT4s after her arrival in Belfast from Holland on 03.08.18. Copyright © Scott Mackey.

The change to STENA SCOTIA‘s flag took place alongside at Harland & Wolff’s Ship Repair Quay (SRQ) on September 3rd. Sister-ship STENA HIBERNIA is also flagged in the British Isles (London) as are STENA SUPERFAST VII/VIII (Belfast) and STENA LAGAN/MERSEY (Belfast).

Steven Tarbox

Steven is a former retail professional and a ferry writer and photographer. He created NI Ferry Site as a web design project in 2014 to be a news and information source for everyone with an interest in ferries, with a particular focus on Northern Ireland. Steven is the editor of the website and looks after all of the technical aspects.
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