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‘Stena Vinga’ Arrives in Ireland for the First Time

Stena Line’s STENA VINGA arrived in Rosslare for the first time on Monday. The Dutch-built ferry, which is on loan from Stena Line Scandinavia, has released STENA HORIZON from the Rosslare – Cherbourg route so that she can cover STENA ESTRID‘s continued absence from the Dublin – Holyhead route. On her way to Ireland for Sweden, ‘Vinga’ made a quick call at Cherbourg for berthing trials.

STENA ESTRID will continue to provide cover on the Belfast – Cairnryan route. STENA VINGA began her first crossing from Rosslare to Cherbourg earlier tonight. At present she is scheduled to continue on the Cherbourg route until Sunday October 25.

STENA ESTRID and STENA SUPERFAST VIII meet for the first time in Belfast Lough, 10.09.20. Copyright © Steven Tarbox
STENA ESTRID and STENA SUPERFAST VIII meet for the first time in Belfast Lough, 10.09.20. Copyright © Steven Tarbox

At present STENA SUPERFAST VIII is at Harland & Wolff, but is expected to leave on tomorrow (Wednesday) morning to release sister-ship STENA SUPERFAST VII. As a consequence, STENA ESTRID will continue to sail on the schedule normally operated by ‘VIII’, departing Belfast at 07:30, etc.

Update 30.09.20 am: STENA SUPERFAST VIII is now not expected to leave dry dock until 02.10.20. As always, this may change.

STENA VINGA and STENA HORIZON, seen in Rosslare, 28.09.20. Copyright © Patrick Healy.
STENA VINGA and STENA HORIZON, seen in Rosslare, 28.09.20. Copyright © Patrick Healy.

STENA VINGA is a much smaller ship than STENA HORIZON with around 700 lane metres less freight space and much less passenger accommodation. Her 400 passenger capacity is also much lower than the regular Rosslare – Cherbourg route, but this won’t be an issue as she is operating in freight-only mode. Passenger demand between Ireland and France remains low even for the time of year, partially as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.

Stena Line's chartered Visentini RoPax STENA HORIZON is seen in Dublin on 22nd March 2018. She was in Dublin providing refit cover for STENA ADVENTURER. Copyright © Gordon Hislip.
Stena Line’s chartered Visentini RoPax STENA HORIZON is seen in Dublin on 22nd March 2018, having recently gained the Stena Line livery for the first time while undergoing refit/overhaul at Falmouth. She was in Dublin providing refit cover for STENA ADVENTURER. Copyright © Gordon Hislip.

Although STENA VINGA is similar in appearance to BEN-MY-CHREE and COMMODORE CLIPPER, she is not a direct sister-ship. Built as HAMMERODDE, STENA VINGA was built to modified plans and at a different shipyard – Merwede rather than Van Der Giessen. During 2010 she received an additional trailer deck at STX Europe, Helsinki. As-built, STENA VINGA also had a slightly different length to both BEN-MY-CHREE and COMMODORE CLIPPER and different superstructure.

Steven Tarbox

Steven is a ferry enthusiast from Belfast in Northern Ireland. He founded what was then NI Ferry Site 2014. Since then the site has grown from nothing to an average of over 43k pageviews per month in 2020.
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