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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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  • Blast from the PastSTENA ANTRIM arrives in Belfast, 1995, still in Stena Sealink livery. Copyright © Alan Geddes.

    [Blast from the Past] Stena Sealink announce move from Larne to Belfast

    A look back at the announcement that Stena Sealink Line would be moving their Larne to Stranraer service to Belfast.

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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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  • Blast from the PastBelfast Telegraph article about boiled puffin being served onboard the Larne - Stranraer refit relief vessel NORRONA. NIFS Archive

    Blast From The Past: Puffin on the North Channel!

    A look back at the NORRONA on the Larne to Stranraer service as a relief vessel of Stena Sealink Line. Features articles about a rather interesting restaurant menu and a rather lengthy crossing.

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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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  • 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

    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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