Stena Scotia set for North Sea refit cover

By: Steven Tarbox
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 STENA SCOTIA will return to the North Sea during March it has been confirmed. The Japanese-built Ro-Ro will release STENA TRANSPORTER and STENA TRANSIT from the Killingholme – Hoek van Holland route for maintenance. STENA SCOTIA is no stranger to the North Sea. She previously served Killingholme and other North Sea routes for Stena, as well as Vlaardingen and Scheveningen – Felixstowe for previous owner Norfolkline

First to go to dry-dock will be STENA TRANSPORTER, with STENA SCOTIA currently scheduled to cover her sailings from March 14 until March 25. STENA TRANSIT is currently scheduled to be off the route from March 27, returning from April 8.

STENA TRANSIT.  Image: Stena Line.
STENA TRANSIT. Image: Stena Line.

In order to release STENA SCOTIA from her Belfast – Heysham timetable, SEATRUCK PANORAMA will move across from the Belfast – Liverpool (Birkenhead) route. With both STENA EDDA and STENA EMBLA in service on that route there should be sufficient freight capacity to cover for SEATRUCK PANORAMA’s absence which also takes in the slack Easter period.

STENA EDDA is currently still covering on the Belfast to Cairnryan route, but is timetabled to be back on the Birkenhead run from Tuesday March 2. STENA SUPERFAST VII is presently expected to leave dry-dock at Harland and Wolff within the next 24 hours.

All of the above dates are taken from the Stena Line Freight live timetable and, as ever, are subject to change.

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