• Ferry NewsSTENA SCOTIA seen returning from dry dock on July 7th 2018. Copyright © Rob de Visser.

    Former Heysham vessel Stena Scotia to make Belfast return

    Former Belfast to Heysham vessel STENA SCOTIA (ex SCOTIA SEAWAYS, MAERSK EXPORTER) is to return to Belfast as widely expected.

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  • A Look Inside: Stena LineStena Hibernia drivers lounge. Copyright © Scott Mackey

    A look inside: STENA HIBERNIA

    A series of images taken onboard the Stena Line Irish Sea freighter STENA HIBERNIA by Scott Mackey.  

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  • Local (NI) ferry newsSTENA HIBERNIA. Copyright © Scott Mackey

    Stena Hibernia technical problems

    The Belfast - Heysham freight vessel STENA HIBERNIA has been out of service since Monday 28/08/17 with what is understood to be engine problems.

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  • Local (NI) ferry newsStena Superfast VIII freshly painted in the revised Stena Livery for 2017. Copyright © Steven Tarbox

    Latest local ferry news (wk2 April ’17)

    A quick roundup of local ferry news from the past couple of weeks. Carlingford Lough Ferry to start later this year. Scenic Carlingford ferry have announced that they expect the service between Greenore (Co. Louth) and Greencastle (Co. Down), which has caused controversy in some quarters, to begin this coming June.  It is expected that the vessel to be used on the service will be the former (Magilligan to Greencastle (Co. Donegal)) Lough Foyle Ferry FOYLE VENTURE (ex Shannon Willow) which is owned by parent company, Frazer Ferries. FOYLE VENTURE rests at Bangor enroute to Lough Foyle during March 2008, whilst returning from refit in Dublin. Copyright © Ross McDonald. FOYLE VENTURE is currently laid up at Wicklow EDIT 14/4/17 operating on the…

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  • Photo featuresStena Europe in Rosslare showing off her new livery. Stena Line.

    In strange waters #2: Stena Line Irish Sea dry docking’s/refits 2017.

    This page will be continually updated throughout the refit period which is expected to run until May 2017. Last years “in strange waters” can be found here. Please note that due to the nature of their content, both pages are very heavy in photographic material and may take a while to load on slower connections.  The second part of this year’s feature can be found here. This year Stena Line will complete all Irish Sea dry docking’s at Belfast’s Harland and Wolff shipyard, that’s a total of 9 ships from the fleet of 11.  At the end of 2016 Stena announced that the entire fleet would be receiving the latest livery and strap-line “Connecting Europe for a Sustainable Future” during their…

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  • Local (NI) ferry newsStena Superfast VII (outbound) and Stena Superfast X pass in Belfast Lough. Stena Line.

    2016: A (brief-ish) review.

    A look back at 2016 from a ferry perspective.

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  • Local (NI) ferry newsStena Hibernia in Belfast Lough.

    Stena kicks-off Irish Sea refit programme

    Stena Hibernia first of 9 Stena Line vessels to visit Harland and Wolff. Stena Line kicked off their 2017 Irish Sea refit programme today (Wednesday), with Stena Hibernia making the short journey across the River Lagan to Harland and Wolff’s ‘Belfast Dry Dock’. Stena Superfast VII dry docked at Belfast during 2016. Stena Line. Stena Europe will be next to go for refit on Jan 4th, covered by Stena Nordica which is returning to the Irish Sea as the refit cover vessel this year. This follows spells on the English Channel and Mediterranean with DFDS and GNV respectively, following her displacement on the Dublin to Holyhead route by Stena Superfast X.  Stena Nordica is of course a part-sister ship to P&O’s…

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  • Ferry NewsStena Precision and Stena Performer in Belfast. Stena Line.

    PR: Stena Line Adds Extra Pre-Christmas Freight Capacity

    Leading ferry company Stena Line is adding additional freight capacity to its busy Belfast-Liverpool service in support of the retail sector as it starts to ramp up for its key pre-Christmas trading period. Stena Line is adding an extra two sailings per week, from Fri 21St October until 16th Dec, it will operate an additional Friday departure from Belfast (15.30hrs) and from Monday 24th October until 19th December it will operate and additional Monday departure (08.00hrs) from Birkenhead, Liverpool. The extra sailings will provide increased freight capacity for up to 2 000 more freight units across the Irish Sea at a crucial time for businesses seeking to maximise their Christmas trade.  Richard Horswill, Stena Line’s Head of Freight (UK and Ireland)…

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  • Local (NI) ferry newsA pretty full looking STENA PERFORMER departs Belfast for Birkenhead. Viewed from Stena Lagan's monkey island.

    Stena add additional freight sailing between Belfast and Birkenhead?

    Looking at the live timetable on the Stena Line freight website this evening, it appears that an extra sailing has been added on Friday afternoon between Belfast and Birkenhead, returning Monday morning ex Birkenhead at 08:00. How this will work in practice remains to be seen though, as with an 08:00 departure from Birkenhead Stena Performer would not be able to operate the 15:30 from Belfast as she would not be back in time. More if/when I hear it (as there has been nothing official from Stena), but I assume some sort of rotation will be worked out with the Heysham ships (Stena Precision and the smaller Stena Hibernia). Edit 18/10/17:  Stena have officially announced these extra sailings which will add…

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  • Local (NI) ferry newsStena Superfast VII and Stena Superfast VIII passing in Belfast Lough. Copyright © Alan Geddes.

    Stena in Belfast – Celebrating 20 years of Stena Line operating from Belfast.

    20th anniversary of Stena Line switching the historic Larne – Stranraer service to Belfast. Today marks 20 years from the last sailing of what was then Stena Sealink Line, into the Port of Larne from Scotland, with tomorrow the anniversary of the first Stena ferry sailing from Belfast. Few could have predicted at the time that 20 years, and 2 bespoke Belfast-Scotland terminals later, Stena Line would also offer services from Belfast to Birkenhead and Heysham, as well as operating a pair of 203 metre long ferries to Scotland from Belfast.  Just six weeks after the switch, on the 31st December 1995, the “Sealink” name would disappear altogether with all UK operations being rebranded as “Stena Line”. STENA ANTRIM arrives in…

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  • Local (NI) ferry newsSTENA PERFORMER approaching Belfast. Copyright © Steven Tarbox

    Stena move to further boost capacity on Belfast – Liverpool link

    Stena Line are to boost freight capacity on the important Belfast – Liverpool (Birkenhead) route from Monday 7th of September, with the introduction of Stena Performer (ex Seatruck Performance) to the route.  Current freight only vessel Stena Hibernia will transfer to the freight only Belfast – Heysham route in order to replace Stena Performer.  The change comes due to the amount of freight traffic continuing to grow from the Stena freight hub in Belfast, to Merseyside. The Belfast-Birkenhead route has grown from a two ship service to a 3 ship service since Stena purchased the route from DFDS in 2010/11.  Up to 3 daily departures are now offered for freight, with up to two daily departures in each directions for freight, cars,…

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    DFDS sell Flandria Seaways

    Copenhagen, 2015-03-27 14:08 CET (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Announcement no. 25 DFDS has today entered into an agreement to sell the ro-ro freight ship Flandria Sea-ways following an optimisation of the allocation of the fleet deployed by the route network on the North Sea. The freight capacity of the ship, built in 2000, is 1,692 lane metres. The sales price of the ship was DKK 90m. The profit on the sale of the ship is expected to be approximately DKK 14m. The sale does not entail changes to the previously announced expectations for 2015. Chinese built Flandria Seaways is of course a near sister to the slightly older Japanese built Stena Hibernia and Stena Scotia, and also a sister to Anglia Seaways, which…

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