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Posts involving the now defunct ferry operator Sealink Stena Line

 

  • Ferry NewsST. COLUMBA in Sealink British Ferries livery. Image: © Fotoflite (259450).

    [Updated] Former Sealink / Stena Line Ferry Beached in Pakistan

    Former Sealink / Stena Line Ferry Beached in Pakistan. . The former ST COLUMBA and STENA HIBERNIA of Sealink / Stena Line's Holyhead - Dun Laoghaire route was beached in Pakistan earlier.

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  • Ferry NewsSTENA ANTRIM arrives in Belfast April 25, 1995. Copyright © Alan Geddes

    Happy 25th Birthday Stena Line UK & Ireland

    25 years after Sealink became Stena Line, we take a brief look at the changes that have occurred in Stena Line Uk & Ireland's first quarter century.

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  • Photo featuresStena Galloway departs Belfast with Stena Caledonia in the background. Taken on June 16th 1999. Copyright © Alan Geddes.

    Former ferries of NI Part 1: From Sealink to Stena Line

    A photographic look back at some of the ferries which have operated to or within Northern Ireland, including those which operated both for present operators and those which no longer exist. This first part looks at Sealink, Sealink Stena, Stena Sealink, and Stena Line.

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  • Ferry NewsSealink Stena Line publicity photograph of STENA ANTRIM. Sealink Stena Line.

    Former Stena Antrim on her way to Turkey with uncertain future.

    NI Ferry Site has learned that IBN BATOUTA, the former STENA ANTRIM and ST CHRISTOPHER which hasn't seen service for 6 years, is currently under tow from Durres in Albania to Turkey. At present it is uncertain whether the former North Channel and English Channel favourite is to be refurbished or scrapped.

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  • Ferry NewsChantry Classics postcard of Stena Galloway in Sealink Stena Line livery. (Steven Tarbox Collection)

    Update on Le Rif (former Galloway Princess)

    Reports from Spain indicate that former North Channel favourite, Le Rif (ex Stena Galloway, Galloway Princess) has yet to enter the Andalucia dry dock at Cernaval’s Mario Lopez shipyard in Malaga, despite it being a month since her arrival in the Spanish port.  It appears that the delay has been due to the ship requiring more work than previously thought to prepare her for entering the dry-dock for a €2.5m refurbishment concentrating mostly on her hull and mechanicals.  It is understood that onboard power is currently being provided by a generator on the dock side. With the above in mind, and the fact that the ship will need to be re-certified by the appropriate authorities, it is very unlikely that Le Rif will enter service…

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  • Ferry NewsStena Superfast VII in dry dock at Harland & Wolff Belfast. © Scott Mackey 2015.

    Stena Line Irish Sea refit schedule for 2016

    Majority of Stena Line Irish Sea fleet to visit Harland and Wolff in early 2016. As previously speculated, Stena Flavia will be the designated refit cover vessel for Stena Line’s Irish Sea refits in 2016.  Stena Flavia will leave the Baltic on 09/1/16 for Rosslare to take up service to Cherbourg from 14/1/16 until 8/3/16 in place of Stena Horizon.  Gothenburg to Frederikshavn vessel Stena Gothica is believed to be planned to cover for Stena Flavia in her absence.  The former Celtic Link vessel Stena Horizon will visit Harland and Wolff from 14/1/16 to 28/1/16, after which she will cover the Dublin to Holyhead route until approximately 7/3/16. On Stena Horizon‘s arrival at Dublin, Stena Superfast X will have an in…

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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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  • In Waters NewSTENA NAVIGATOR arriving in Belfast from Stranraer, 03.06.2010. Copyright © Alan Geddes.

    POETA LÓPEZ ANGLADA (ex Stena Navigator)

    Profile of the Baleària ferry POETA LÓPEZ ANGLADA, the former STENA NAVIGATOR. Includes an overview of her history, technical data, deck plans, and photographs.

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  • Ferry NewsIbn Batouta (ex St David, Stena Antrim) leaving Algericas on 12/8/15 under tow of the Italian registered tug Brucoli. Copyright © Juan Gabriel Mata, used with permission.

    Former Stena Antrim towed to Albania, unknown destination for the former Galloway Princess.

    Could further service beckon for Ibn Batouta? The Ibn Batouta (ex St Christopher, Stena Antrim) left the port of Algeciras under the tow of the tug Brucoli on Tuesday, having been helped from the position she was occupying in the port by local tugs VB Twenty and VB Algeciras.  Her apparent destination is Durres in Albania. Ibn Batouta had been sold at auction earlier this year for just €1,027,000, having been laid up since Janurary 2012 following the collapse of the COMARIT group (of which her operator COMANAV was a part).  It is believed that Ibn Batouta may be the only one of the group of 4 COMARIT group ferries which have left Algeciras in the past few weeks not purchased for breaking,…

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  • Ferry NewsSTENA SUPERFAST VIII backs down Musgrave Channel towards Harland & Wolff's Commisioning Quay, 10.09.20. Copyright © Steven Tarbox

    Further update on the former Stena Antrim

    From reading Spanish news reports it would appear that the former Stena Antrim (ex St Christopher, now Ibn Battouta) has been declared abandoned along with 3 other ships previously owned by the failed COMARIT/COMANAV ferry operation.  A demand for EUR 386,191.58 in fees owed to the port has been made to be paid within 15 days (of the 21st of March) it seems, or the ships will presumably be sold at auction.  As previously reported on this site the 4 ships have lain idle at Algericas  for almost 3 years now, and with COMARIT/COMANAV bankrupt (though I understand some legal proceedings are still underway) its hard to see where the money is going to come from.  Another of the ships, Al…

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  • Ferry NewsSTENA SUPERFAST VIII backs down Musgrave Channel towards Harland & Wolff's Commisioning Quay, 10.09.20. Copyright © Steven Tarbox

    Bad news about the former Stena Antrim (updated)

    In particularly sad news for Belfast and Northern Ireland, one of the final passenger vessels built by Harland and Wolff could soon be headed to a beach somewhere for scrapping.  The Ibn Batouta (ex Stena Antrim, St Christopher) is one of 4 ferries which have been laid up in Algericas for over 2 years following the failure of owners COMARIT.  The port authority is now pushing for them to be declared abandoned so they can be removed and auctioned to the highest bidder.  The most likely destination considering the age and condition of the 4 ships is for scrap.  Between 1991 and 1996 Stena Antrim served to Stranraer, first from Larne and then from Belfast when Stena moved there in…

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