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Stena Line announces new names for ‘Stena Lagan’ and ‘Stena Mersey’

Ferry company Stena Line announced the new names for the rebuilt STENA LAGAN and STENA MERSEY earlier today. As STENA SCANDICA and STENA BALTICA respectively, they will join the Nynashamn – Ventspils route during 2021.

STENA LAGAN is currently being lengthened by 36m and rebuilt at SEDEF Shipyard, Tuzla. As a result she will have about 30% more freight capacity than at present.

STENA LAGAN undergoing rebuilding at SEDEF Shipbuilding, Tuzla, Turkey. Copyright © Stena RoRo.
STENA LAGAN undergoing rebuilding at SEDEF Shipbuilding, Tuzla, Turkey. In this view, the first section of her 36m long extension has been inserted. Copyright © Stena RoRo.

Her passenger accommodation is also being increased. This will allow her to carry 970 passengers and offer 200 cabins. 88 new cabins have been added to the same design as the brand-new Stena E-Flexer’s.

STENA LAGAN undergoing rebuilding at SEDEF Shipbuilding, Tuzla, Turkey. The rebuilt bow, through which the ship will now be able to load vehicles, can be clearly seen. Copyright © Stena RoRo.
STENA LAGAN undergoing rebuilding at SEDEF Shipbuilding, Tuzla, Turkey. The rebuilt bow, through which the ship will now be able to load vehicles, can be clearly seen. Copyright © Stena RoRo.

The interior of STENA SCANDICA will be updated to Stena’s latest design. Local company Cita Marine have been helping with the design process. Interior will be completed by Accomar Marine Interior.

The lengthened STENA LAGAN undergoing fitting out at SEDEF Shipbuilding. She will be renamed STENA SCANDICA for service between Nynashamn and Ventspils. © Stena Line.
The lengthened STENA LAGAN undergoing fitting out at SEDEF Shipbuilding. She will be renamed STENA SCANDICA for service between Nynashamn and Ventspils. © Stena Line.

STENA MERSEY will go to SEDEF for her own rebuild once she is released from the Belfast – Liverpool route by STENA EMBLA. The recently completed E-Flexer ferry is currently on her delivery voyage to the Irish Sea. As the new STENA BALTICA, she is expected to be in service on the Ventspils route for summer 2021.

According to Stena Line the company received almost 600 name suggestions for the ships from customers online. The company says that the rebuilt ships will include the following

  • 200 cabins, including 88 brand new modern cabins with same design as our E-flexer ferries . All cabins include TV screens.
  • Family cabins, as well as pet friendly cabins, and new pet kennels added onboard.
  • Restaurant & Bar area with sea view and a café for lighter meals. 
  • Several lounge areas with reclining seats and TV screens available.
  • Outdoor sundeck to enjoy fresh sea air and sun in the summer. 
  • Digital info screens and 24/7 guest service.
  • Wi-Fi available in all public areas.
  • 120 sqm. shop with great assortment and low prices.

Although originally designed for 1,000 passengers, STENA LAGAN and STENA MERSEY have sailed at a reduced capacity of 720 in Stena Line service. According to the company, this is to guarantee passenger comfort.

The lengthened STENA LAGAN following painting at SEDEF Shipbuilding. She will be renamed STENA SCANDICA for service between Nynashamn and Ventspils. © Stena Line.
The lengthened STENA LAGAN following painting at SEDEF Shipbuilding. She will be renamed STENA SCANDICA for service between Nynashamn and Ventspils. © Stena Line.

The two ships were originally built specifically for the Belfast – Liverpool route which was then operated by Norse Merchant Ferries.

MERSEY VIKING seen in her original livery at Belfast during 2006. Copyright © Gordon Hislip.
MERSEY VIKING seen in her original livery at Belfast during 2006. Copyright © Gordon Hislip.

STENA LAGAN was replaced by the brand-new E-Flexer ferry STENA EDDA earlier this year.

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