Stena Hibernia and Stena Scotia (Vessel profile)

An overview of the Stena Line freight ferries STENA SCOTIA and STENA HIBERNIA. Includes history, technical information, and photographs of the Belfast based sisters.

IMO Number: 9121637 / 9121625, Also known as: HIBERNIA SEAWAYS, MAERSK IMPORTER / SCOTIA SEAWAYS, MAERSK EXPORTER

Constructed by: Miho Zosensho, Shimizu [JP] #1460 / #1459

Stena Hibernia in Belfast Lough.

STENA HIBERNIA in Belfast Lough. Copyright © Steven Tarbox.

Overview of Stena Hibernia & Stena Scotia

STENA HIBERNIA and STENA SCOTIA are two of four ro-ro freighters constructed in the Far East for Norfolk Line to operate services to Scheveningen (Holland) from Felixstowe.  STENA HIBERNIA and STENA SCOTIA are direct sisters, while DFDS’ ANGLIA SEAWAYS and FLANDRIA SEAWAYS (as of 2015 SAN JORGE and operating in Mexico) are near-sisters.

While STENA HIBERNIA and STENA SCOTIA were built in Japan by the Miho Zosen, ANGLIA SEAWAYS and FLANDRIA SEAWAYS were built by Guangzhou Wenchong in China almost 4 years later which means they differ slightly – the most notable difference being more powerful engines in the newer pair.

MAERSK IMPORTER. Copyright © Rob de Visser
MAERSK IMPORTER. Copyright © Rob de Visser.

STENA HIBERNIA and STENA SCOTIA first appeared on the Belfast to Heysham route during March 2009 for then operator Norfolk Line.  The vessels transferred to DFDS along with their route when that company absorbed Norfolk Line, and then transferred to Stena when DFDS sold the former Norfolk Line Irish Sea business to Stena in 2010/11.

MAERSK EXPORTER seen in Belfast Lough during June 2009. Copyright © Ross McDonald.
MAERSK EXPORTER seen in Belfast Lough during June 2009. She is the present STENA SCOTIA. Copyright © Ross McDonald.

From November 2013 STENA HIBERNIA operated during the week between Belfast and Birkenhead in order to provide additional capacity on the route for unaccompanied freight providing 5 return sailings per week.  She also provided support on the Belfast – Cairnryan route during 2014 when STENA SUPERFAST VII was undergoing maintenance, and returned to her former Belfast – Heysham route to provide cover whilst for STENA PERFORMER while she went to Harland and Wolff in November ’14.   STENA HIBERNIA has now returned to the Heysham route so that Stena can increase capacity on the Birkenhead link using the larger STENA PRECISION in her place.

STENA SCOTIA operated on Stena Line’s Rotterdam – Killingholme freight route until recently, but following the news that STENA PERFORMER and STENA PRECISION are returning to Seatruck after summer 2018 she was widely expected to return to the Belfast – Heysham service to operate opposite her sister due to the restricted maximum size of vessels able to operate into Heysham.  This was confirmed on the 28th July 2018 after the Stena Line Freight timetable was updated.  STENA SCOTIA now differs in side-profile from her sister following the installation of a modular AEC closed loop exhaust scrubber system by Damen in 2017, which has resulted in her having an extension added to her funnel.  This is believed to be the first modular installation of a scrubber system of its type.  STENA SCOTIA left Hoek van Holland on August 1st 2018 with a destination of Belfast.  After her arrival she will release sister-ship STENA HIBERNIA for dry docking at Harland & Wolff.

Near-sister ANGLIA SEAWAYS has been chartered to Seatruck on two occasions, firstly for the Dublin to Heysham service in February 2011 for 11 months, then for the Belfast and Warrenpoint to Heysham services from May 2012 until mid-2014.

ANGLIA SEAWAYS seen in Victoria Channel on June 28, 2012. She was on charter from DFDS (who had by then sold their Irish Sea ferry operation to Stena Line) to Seatruck, replacing the smaller ARROW on their short-lived Belfast - Heysham service in competition with Stena. Copyright © Alan Geddes.
ANGLIA SEAWAYS seen in Victoria Channel on June 28, 2012. She was on charter from DFDS (who had by then sold their Irish Sea ferry operation to Stena Line) to Seatruck, replacing the smaller ARROW on their short-lived Belfast – Heysham service in competition with Stena Line. Copyright © Alan Geddes.

Technical Data

Stena Hibernia side profile drawing. Copyright © Steven Tarbox
Stena Hibernia / Scotia (before the addition of her scrubber system) side profile drawing. Copyright © Steven Tarbox

STENA HIBERNIA

STENA SCOTIA

IMO Number

9121637

9121625

Design

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Building Yard

Miho Zosensho, Shimizu, Shizuoka, Japan

Hull Number

1460

1459

Launched

01/07/1996

16/02/1996 

Completed

 

06/06/1996

Current Owner

Stena Ropax Ltd

Current Operator

Stena Line UK

Classification

Lloyds Register of Shipping, LR – 100 A1 Roll on Roll off Cargo Ship

In service (original)

11/1996
(Scheveningen – Felixstowe)

07/1996
(Scheveningen – Felixstowe)

Call sign

2HBG6

PFSN

Length overall

142.5m

Beam

23.2m

Draft

5.4m

Gross Tonnage

13,017

Machinery

2 x (Hitachi-Zosen built) Sulzer 8 ZAV40S 8-cylinder diesel main engines – 4,500 kW each

3 x Sulzer 6S20 auxiliary engines – 700 kW each

2x 4m diameter Lips propellers

2x Lips 850kW bow thrusters

(STENA SCOTIA also has an AEC/Damen modular closed-loop exhaust scrubber system installed)

Power(Max/Pme  @ 75%)

9,000/6,750kW

Speed (Max/Operational)

18/16-18 kts

Capacity

1562 lane metres of freight (approx 120 trailers)

Upper deck: 637 lm – 4.75 metres free height

Main deck: 601 lm – 4.75 metres free height

Tanktop: 324 lm – 4.75 metres free height

Can accommodate 12 freight drivers

Cargo Access

Stern door with internal ramps from main deck to top deck and main deck to tank top.

Flag

UK flag - red ensignUnited Kingdom (London)

NL flagThe Netherlands (Vlaardingen)

Previous Names

HIBERNIA SEAWAYS (Stena Line / DFDS)

MAERSK IMPORTER (DFDS / Norfolk Line)

SCOTIA SEAWAYS (Stena Line / DFDS)

MAERSK EXPORTER (DFDS / Norfolk Line)

Photographs

For interior photographs please visit the ‘A Look Inside’ feature on STENA HIBERNIA here and STENA SCOTIA here.

 

Stena Hibernia. Copyright © Scott Mackey
STENA HIBERNIA. Copyright © Scott Mackey

 

Stena Hibernia dry docked at Harland and Woll at the end of 2016. Copyright Scott Mackey.
STENA HIBERNIA dry docked at Harland and Wolff at the end of 2016. Copyright © Scott Mackey

 

STENA SCOTIA. © Stena Line
STENA SCOTIA. © Stena Line

 

STENA HIBERNIA at the former Stena HSS berth at Victoria Terminal 4, 23rd October 2017. This is the first time a Stena ferry has berthed here since HSS STENA VOYAGER left for recycling. Copyright © Steven Tarbox
STENA HIBERNIA at the former Stena HSS berth at Victoria Terminal 4, 23rd October 2017. This is the first time a Stena ferry has berthed here since HSS STENA VOYAGER left for recycling. Copyright © Steven Tarbox

 

Stena Hibernia stern. Copyright © Scott Mackey
STENA HIBERNIA stern view whilst unloading. Copyright © Scott Mackey

 

STENA SCOTIA shortly after receiving the full Stena livery in 2012. Copyright Scott Mackey.
STENA SCOTIA in service between Heysham and Belfast, shortly after receiving the full Stena livery in 2012. Copyright © Scott Mackey.

 

<strong><em>MAERSK EXPORTER</em></strong>. Copyright © Rob de Visser
MAERSK EXPORTER. Copyright © Rob de Visser.

 

<strong><em>MAERSK IMPORTER</em></strong> and <strong><em>MAERSK Vlaardingen</em></strong>. Copyright © Rob de Visser
MAERSK IMPORTER and MAERSK VLAARDINGEN. Copyright © Rob de Visser.

 

<strong><em>MAERSK IMPORTER</em></strong>. Copyright © Rob de Visser
MAERSK IMPORTER. Copyright © Rob de Visser.

 

<strong><em>MAERSK IMPORTER</em></strong>. Copyright © Rob de Visser
MAERSK IMPORTER. Copyright © Rob de Visser.

 

<strong><em>MAERSK IMPORTER</em></strong>. Copyright © Rob de Visser
MAERSK IMPORTER. Copyright © Rob de Visser.

 

<strong><em>MAERSK IMPORTER</em></strong>. Copyright © Rob de Visser
MAERSK IMPORTER. Copyright © Rob de Visser.

 

STENA HIBERNIA approaching Kilroot Power Station on 9th July 2015. Copyright © Steven Tarbox
STENA HIBERNIA approaching Kilroot Power Station on 9th July 2015. Copyright © Steven Tarbox

This article is  Copyright © Steven Tarbox.  All images are Copyright © their acknowledged Copyright holders, and used with permission. With special thanks to Scott Mackey, Rob de Visser, and Alan Geddes.

Article created: 26/02/14
Last updated: 01/08/18

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