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Stena Europe to return to Belfast tomorrow

Visit to Harland & Wolff will be second within six months

Stena Line’s Rosslare – Fishguard ferry Stena Europe is expected to arrive at Harland & Wolff tomorrow morning. The visit will be for the 39-year-old ship’s second dry-docking at the yard this year. Her absence on the Fishguard – Rosslare route will be covered by STENA VINGA. ‘Vinga’ remains on loan to Stena Line Irish Sea from Stena Line Scandinavia.

After completing tonights scheduled 18:10 sailing from Rosslare, STENA EUROPE is expected to stand-down from service before heading for Belfast. STENA VINGA is timetabled to operate tonight’s 23:45 sailing from Fishguard.

STENA EUROPE makes her way along Belfast Lough following her annual dry-docking at Harland & Wolff, 02.07.2020. Copyright © Steven Tarbox.

At present, STENA VINGA is timetabled to cover the route until at least Sunday December 6. There have been unconfirmed reports online, however, that STENA EUROPE could be in Belfast for up to eight weeks for deck replacement work.

STENA VINGA, STENA HORIZON, and STENA EUROPE together in Rosslare. Copyright © Patrick Healy.
STENA VINGA, STENA HORIZON, and STENA EUROPE together in Rosslare. Copyright © Patrick Healy.

This latest dry-docking follows a visit to Belfast Building Dock from June 17 to July 2 this year. STENA EUROPE also underwent significant life extension work in Turkey last year.

Stena Line’s Rosslare to Fishguard ferry STENA EUROPE in dry dock at the Gemak shipyard in Tuzla, Turkey. Stena Line.
Stena Line’s Rosslare to Fishguard ferry STENA EUROPE in dry dock at the Gemak shipyard in Tuzla, Turkey. Stena Line.

As a result, she was absent from service for over 6 months from mid-March until the end September 2019.

Steven Tarbox

Steven is a ferry enthusiast from Belfast in Northern Ireland. He founded what was then NI Ferry Site 2014. Since then the site has grown from nothing to an average of over 43k pageviews per month in 2020.
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