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Stena Superfast X leaves the UK for the last time bound for Greece

Stena Line’s STENA SUPERFAST X left Belfast for Pireaus this evening for refit and conversion back into an overnight ferry. The as-built sister of STENA SUPERFAST VII and STENA SUPERFAST VIII‘s last commercial voyage for Stena Line was this mornings 11:30 sailing from Cairnryan. She had been covering ‘VIII’ since Sunday while she underwent maintenance checks at Harland & Wolff.

Side profile drawing of A NEPITA. Corsica Linea
Side profile drawing of A NEPITA. Corsica Linea

STENA SUPERFAST X is to be chartered to Corsica Linea and renamed A NEPITA. While in Greece she will be fitted with around 100 additional cabins on Deck 8 and transformed back into a night ferry. Like her as-built sisters, she was originally conceived and built as an overnight ferry for Superfast Ferries.

STENA SUPERFAST X seen berthed at Rosslare on Thursday Jan 24th 2020. Copyright © Brian Boyce.
STENA SUPERFAST X seen berthed at Rosslare on Thursday Jan 24th 2020. Copyright © Brian Boyce.

The Corsica Linea charter is a long-term arrangement with Stena Line sister company Stena RoRo. The deal is also thought to include an option to purchase the vessel outright. STENA SUPERFAST X was replaced in the Stena Line fleet by STENA ESTRID during January.  Since then she has acted as a relief vessel on the Belfast – Cairnryan, Rosslare – Cherbourg, and Dublin – Holyhead routes. She originally joined Stena Line in 2015 as a replacement for STENA NORDICA on the Dublin – Holyhead route. ‘Nordica’ no longer had sufficient passenger capacity for the route she served, especially after Stena Line terminated the seasonal Dun Laoghaire – Holyhead HSS service. Prior to her Stena Line career she was DFDS’s DIEPPE SEAWAYS and SeaFrance’s SEAFRANCE MOLIERE on the Dover – Calais route.

Steven Tarbox

Steven is a ferry blogger and photographer from Belfast. He founded NI Ferry Site in 2014, and still acts as the editor. Steven also looks after all of the technical aspects of the website.
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