The return of Stena Superfast VIII to service yesterday afternoon saw the completion of the 6th refit in Stena’s Irish Sea North refit schedule. Stena Performer, Stena Mersey , Stena Lagan, Stena Hibernia, Stena Superfast VII, and Stena Superfast VIII have all been refitted since November of last year. Stena Precision will refit in April, meaning all 7 local vessels have been refitted in 5 months. All of the refits have been completed by Belfast yard Harland & Wolff with the exception of Stena Lagan (which visited A&P Falmouth instead), in what is a £6 million pound investment by Stena Line. The refit of Stena Superfast VII and VIII was covered by Stena Nordica, which herself was displaced by the arrival of Stena Superfast X on the Dublin – Holyhead route. Stena Nordica is currently laying over at D1 in Belfast having transferred her crew and stores back to Stena ... Read more
As of last weekend, four of Stena’s Irish Sea ships should have completed overhauls: Stena Performer, Stena Mersey, Stena Lagan and Stena Hibernia. Stena Hibernia had been expected to resume service to Liverpool (Birkenhead) at 15:00hrs on Monday, but is still at Harland & Wolff. Stena Precision is currently en-route from Birkenhead to Belfast so may well swap places with Hibernia after discharging in Belfast as she is the next vessel scheduled to visit Harland & Wolff. Stena Superfast VIII and then Stena Superfast VII are expected to visit Harland & Wolff in March with Stena Nordica providing cover on the North Channel service following being displaced on the Dublin – Holyhead route by Stena Superfast X. Of 7 ships a total of 6 have been/will be handled by Harland & Wolff – Stena Lagan being the exception as she went to A&P Falmouth in December as the H&W where busy handling ... Read more
Stena Feronia is expected to enter into service on Thursday operating the 10:30 sailing ex Belfast, freeing up the currently inbound Stena Mersey to visit the dry dock at Harland and Wolff. On Mersey’s return to service, Feronia will substitute for Stena Lagan so she can visit A&P at Falmouth. Stena’s online booking engine indicates that ‘Lagan’s’ last sailing will be the 10:30 on the 3rd of December ex Birkenhead with Stena Mersey taking over her schedule from then onwards (22:30 ex Belfast on the 3rd) with Feronia staying on the same roster. According to the booking engine (at time of writing) there is no space available for passengers on Stena Feronia until Saturday ex Belfast and next Tuesday ex Birkenhead. Photograph © Scott Mackey.
Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey will be out of service on the following dates: Stena Lagan dry-docking at A&P Falmouth confirmed for the 3-15 December 2014.. Stena Mersey dry-docking at Harland & Wolff Belfast confirmed for the 20 November -1st December. This will be Stena Lagan‘s first trip to Falmouth. Stena Feronia (ex Mersey Viking, Dublin Viking, Dublin Seaways) will return to Belfast to cover both ships in their absence. With Stena Nordica also visiting Harland and Wolff on the 15th and 16th of November, Belfast photographers will have the opportunity to capture 2 visiting Stena ferries this month.