Fleet changes is the New Year theme for one of Europe’s biggest ferry companies, Stena Line. A series of both temporary and permanent fleet and route moves will kick off 2022.
Over the next days, NIFS provides an overview of the changes, as they appear to stand at present. Note that all dates and events could be subject to change.
In our first update, we look at what is ahead on the North Sea.
A change of port
One of the biggest changes is the move of the Killingholme – Rotterdam Europoort route to the alternative River Humber port of Immingham. This change was announced in June 2021, but only kicks in on 4 January.
The Killingholme – Rotterdam route has been served by the POL STELLA and POL MARIS since early 2020. However, the two vessels aren’t moving to the new service.
As an interim measure, STENA FORERUNNER replaces POL MARIS, commencing with the Rotterdam – Killingholme sailing on 20 December. POL MARIS will, for now, take STENA FORERUNNER’s place on the Rotterdam – Harwich route. She will operate alongside the SOMERSET, which has recently had her charter extended for 12 months from January 2022.
New ships for a new route
For the move to Immingham, Stena Line is taking the FIONIA SEA and JUTLANDIA SEA on charter for four years from January, reportedly at a rate of €18,000 per day.
The timetable of change for the move of routes is follows.
|Ex UK||Ex Netherlands|
|Final Sailings Killingholme – Rotterdam||1945 ex Killingholme 30/12/21 POL STELLA||1845 ex Rotterdam 30/12/21 STENA FORERUNNER|
|First Sailings Immingham – Rotterdam||1945 ex Immingham 4/1/22 STENA FORERUNNER||1945 ex Rotterdam 4/1/22 JUTLANDIA SEA|
Final duties then fleet exit
STENA FORERUNNER will return to the Rotterdam – Harwich route on 6 February. The final POL MARIS trip for Stena Line is currently scheduled as 5 February from Harwich.
After finishing on the Killingholme – Rotterdam route, POL STELLA will cover for the STENA BRITANNICA from the afternoon sailing from Hoek van Holland on 10 January until the evening sailing from Harwich on 19 January. She then covers for the STENA HOLLANDICA from the evening sailing from Hoek van Holland on 20 January until the morning sailing from Harwich on 29 January.
There are industry reports that the Polish Ocean Lines owned POL MARIS and POL STELLA will go on charter to DFDS. Whilst industry information has suggested the Rosslare – Dunkerque route, these could well be the vessels needed for the Killingholme – Rotterdam space-charter capacity increase announced.by DFDS and CLdN.