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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.

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