(Updated to include revised plans for Rosslare – Cherbourg refit cover).
In our final look at Stena Line’s 2022 fleet moves, we visit the Irish Sea.
STENA NORDICA from the Karlskrona – Gdynia route will be the Irish Sea refit cover this year. The ex-EUROPEAN AMBASSADOR will leave her normal route on 11 February to take up her overhaul duties. Replacing the STENA NORDICA on the Polish crossing will be the STENA GOTHICA.
Please note, dates and information is provided in good faith, based on reliable information. However, given the nature of ship refits, all details are subject to change. Please make enquiries before relying on any of this information.
Belfast – Cairnryan
STENA NORDICA will provide cover for STENA SUPERFAST VII and STENA SUPERFAST VIII.
Both of the regular North Channel ships will have short refits at Harland and Wolff, Belfast this year.
STENA SUPERFAST VII will be out of service from 14 to 18 February. Meanwhile, STENA SUPERFAST VIII will have her short maintenance period from 18 to 23 February.
Belfast – Birkenhead
Although subject to confirmation, it is believed that STENA FORETELLER will overhaul in March. Refit cover is currently expected to be provided by sistership STENA FORECASTER. The Stena RoRo controlled STENA FORECASTER’s charter to P&O Ferries is believed to be ending in the Spring.
Dublin – Holyhead
STENA ESTRID and STENA ADVENTURER swapped schedules on 26 December 2021. This put ‘Estrid on mornings and evenings ex Dublin and ‘Adventurer on the reverse schedule from Holyhead.
The decision was based on putting increased passenger capacity on key Dublin departures for the post-Christmas and New Year passenger traffic ex Dublin. Thanks to the travel restrictions in place at the time, this probably proved unnecessary. Stena will be hoping the usually significant Rugby traffic in early February can run normally and make use of this capacity.
The current plan is for the two ships to switch back to their “normal” schedules after the STENA ADVENTURER’s overhaul
The refit of the STENA ADVENTURER will be at Cammell Laird, Birkenhead from 7 to 24 March. STENA NORDICA will take her place on the Dublin – Holyhead route.
STENA NORDICA will remain on the Dublin – Holyhead route until around 9/10 April to allow the STENA ESTRID to cover the Rosslare – Cherbourg route in place of the STENA HORIZON. Having completed Irish Sea overhaul duties, it is not yet clear if the ‘Nordica will return to the Polish service or whether there are other plans for her.
Rosslare – Fishguard
STENA EUROPE will refit at A&P, Falmouth from 24 February to 5 March.
STENA NORDICA will provide cover. Industry information continues to suggest that STENA NORDICA will become the permanent Fishguard ship in the next twelve months.
Rosslare – Cherbourg
STENA HORIZON is expected to refit from approximately 26 March to 9 April. It is not yet clear if this will take place at Falmouth or Belfast.
STENA ESTRID will operate on the Rosslare – Cherbourg route during this period, as shown on the Port of Cherbourg website. The STENA ESTRID is no stranger to the French route having spent a period operating there in the first half of 2021.