Overview of Stena Hibernia
Stena Hibernia is one of 4 ro-ro freighters constructed in the Far East for Norfolk Line to operate services to Scheveningen (Holland) from Felixstowe. Her sister is Stena Scotia, while DFDS' Anglia Seaways and Flandria Seaways are near-sisters. While Stena Hibernia and Stena Scotia were built in Japan by the Miho Zosensho, 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 slightly more powerful engines in the newer pair. Both newer vessels currently operate for DFDS who previously acquired the Norfolk Line ferry services.
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 has 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.
Miho Zosensho, Shimizu, Shizuoka, Japan
Stena Ropax Ltd
Stena Line UK
Lloyds Register of Shipping, LR – 100 A1 Roll on Roll off Cargo Ship
In service (original)
November 1996 (Norfolk Line)
2 x (Hitachi-Zosen built) Sulzer 8ZAV40S 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
Power(Max/Pme @ 75%)
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
Stern door with internal ramps from main deck to top deck and main sect to tank top.
United Kingdom (London)
Hibernia Seaways (Stena/DFDS), Maersk Importer (DFDS/Norfolk Line)
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