Reduced Service on Stena Line’s Belfast to Liverpool Route This Week

By: Steven Tarbox
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STENA MERSEY. Copyright Scott Mackey.
STENA MERSEY. Copyright Scott Mackey.

Update 30.07.19: STENA MERSEY moved to Liverpool’s Gladstone Dock 2 this evening.

Stena Line has confirmed that there will be a reduced service on their ferry route between Belfast and Liverpool (Birkenhead) this week.  One of the two passenger vessels, STENA MERSEY, has had to be withdrawn from service for the rest of the week due to a technical issue.  As a result, the route will only have STENA LAGAN and the Ro-Ro freight vessel STENA FORECASTER in operation.  This means that there will be no passenger daytime sailings from Belfast, and no overnight passenger sailings from Birkenhead this week. STENA FORECASTER has moved onto STENA MERSEY‘s roster but can only carry freight, with her “shoulder” sailings cancelled.  Passengers booked on affected sailings should contact Stena Line directly to rearrange their travel. As always, passengers can check the latest sailing status for all of Stena Line’s routes using “ferry check” at

Freightlink has published the following statement from Stena Line:

“Please be advised – owing to a technical problem the Stena Mersey has been withdrawn from service. As a result there will be a restricted services this week on the Belfast / Birkenhead route.
The 0330hrs services from Birkenhead and the 1530hr services from Belfast are CANCELLED ALL WEEK.

The Stena Forecaster will operate on the following schedule to carry unaccompanied traffic:
1030 ex Belfast
2230 ex Birkenhead

Anyone with driver accompanied traffic on the affected departures are advised to contact us to seek alternative crossings on our Belfast / Cairnryan or Dublin / Holyhead services.

We apologize for any inconvenience this will be causing to yourselves and your customers and thank you for your understanding and patience.

Please be advised – from 29th July until further notice the 22:00hrs departures on Monday evenings from both Belfast and Birkenhead are retimed to 21:30hrs.
Normal Check-in Times will apply.

Accompanied Units – 60 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time
Unaccompanied Units – 90 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time
Hazardous Units – 180 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time”

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