In pictures: Stena Scotia returns to Belfast

Stena Line's former Belfast regular STENA SCOTIA made a return to Belfast on Friday. She is due to return to service on the Belfast to Heysham route.
STENA SCOTIAarrives in Belfast from Holland on 03.08.18. Copyright © Scott Mackey.

STENA SCOTIA arrives in Belfast from Holland on 03.08.18. Copyright © Scott Mackey.

Stena Line’s former Belfast regular STENA SCOTIA made a return to Belfast on Friday, having completed a journey of around 52 hours from Hoek van Holland near Rotterdam.

<strong>STENA SCOTIA</strong> passes <strong>STENA HOLLANDICA</strong> as she departs her home port of Hoek van Holland bound for Belfast. Copyright © Rob de Visser.
STENA SCOTIA passes STENA HOLLANDICA as she departs her home port of Hoek van Holland on 01.08.18 bound for Belfast. Copyright © Rob de Visser.

The Japanese-built freighter will cover for her sister STENA HIBERNIA from tonight so the latter can dry dock at Harland and Wolff.

<strong>STENA SCOTIA</strong> arrives in Belfast from Holland on 03.08.18. Copyright © Scott Mackey.
STENA SCOTIA arrives in Belfast from Holland on 03.08.18. Copyright © Scott Mackey.

STENA SCOTIA originally arrived in Belfast in 2009 as MAERSK EXPORTER for then Belfast – Heysham operator Norfolk Line.

<strong>STENA SCOTIA</strong> starts her turn to berth at VT4s after her arrival in Belfast from Holland on 03.08.18. Copyright © Scott Mackey.
STENA SCOTIA starts her turn to berth at VT4 after her arrival in Belfast from Holland on 03.08.18. Copyright © Scott Mackey.

She was displaced from the route, along with her sister, by the arrival on charter of SEATRUCK PERFORMANCE and SEATRUCK PRECISION in September 2012 which became STENA PERFORMER and STENA PRECISION respectively.

<strong>STENA SCOTIA</strong> turns to berth at VT4s after her arrival in Belfast from Holland on 03.08.18. Copyright © Scott Mackey.
STENA SCOTIA turns to berth at VT4s after her arrival in Belfast from Holland on 03.08.18. Copyright © Scott Mackey.

The two Seatruck ships are to return to their owner at the end of the month to expand capacity on their Warrenpoint to Heysham route.  As a result Stena Line have brought STENA SCOTIA back to Belfast, initially to release STENA HIBERNIA for dry dock then replace STENA PERFORMER on the Heysham run.

<strong>STENA SCOTIA</strong> has almost completed her turn to berth at VT4s after her arrival in Belfast from Holland on 03.08.18. Copyright © Scott Mackey.
STENA SCOTIA has almost completed her turn to berth at VT4s after her arrival in Belfast from Holland on 03.08.18. Seen from VT4. Copyright © Scott Mackey.

STENA SCOTIA now has a slightly different profile to her sister as a result of the addition of a funnel extension to house an exhaust gas scrubber system.  STENA FORERUNNER which will replace STENA PRECISION on the Belfast to Liverpool (Birkenhead) route also has scrubbers fitted, though they aren’t as visually obvious.

MAERSK EXPORTER. Copyright © Rob de Visser
STENA SCOTIA seen in her original colours as MAERSK EXPORTER. Copyright © Rob de Visser.

With thanks to Scott Mackey and Rob de Visser.

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