Stena Europe

© Scott Mackey

© Scott Mackey

The Stena Europe arrives at Dublin from Rosslare on 28th November 2013

© Scott Mackey

© Scott Mackey

The Stena Nordica goes off service as the Stena Europe awaits her berth.

© Scott Mackey

© Scott Mackey

The Stena Europe on the South Quays.

© Dick Richards

© Dick Richards

Passing off Holyhead, the Stena Adventurer and the Stena Europe.

© Mick Hughes

© Mick Hughes

Stena Adventurer and Stena Europe in the River Liffey, Dublin. © Mick Hughes

© Ronnie Roberts

© Ronnie Roberts

Alongside at Holyhead 1st December 2013

© Ronnie Roberts

© Ronnie Roberts

Dublin-bound from Holyhead 30th November 2013

The Stena Europe takes up the Holyhead - Dublin service, 28th November 2013. © Scott Mackey

The Stena Europe was built by Götaverken Arendal Rederi AB in 1981 as the Kronprinsessan Victoria for Sessan Linjen's Göteborg-Frederikshavn service. Shortly after making her debut Stena line acquired a majority interest in Sessan Linjen, and the ship was transferred to the Göteborg-Kiel route. In 1988 she was renamed Stena Saga and transferred to the Oslo-Frederikshavn and Oslo-Frederikshavn-Göteborg services. 

In 1994 she became the Stena Europe on the Harwich-Hook of Holland services but three years later was transferred to the Karlskrona-Gdynia route as the Lion Europe, when replaced by HSS Stena Discovery. It was a short-lived renaming and in 1998 she became the Stena Europe once again when Stena dropped the Lion Ferry marketing name.

 

After a £4.5mn major refit the Stena Europe entered Irish Sea service on the Fishguard - Rosslare crossing on 13 March 2002, replacing the Koningin Beatrix which then transferred to the Karlskrona – Gdynia service as Stena Baltica. In January 2003 the “Europe” hit the news when she lost power near Tuskar Rock off the Irish coast. Five helicopters were scrambled to winch 155 passengers to safety, but the rescue was aborted as engineers brought the ship back under her own power. 

On 1 June 2005 the Holyhead - Dublin service was placed in the hands of the Stena Europe while the Stena Adventurer spent 11 days in Birkenhead on annual overhaul.

Stena Europe

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Gotaverken CityvarvetGothenburg, Sweden, 1981.
7901760

2692 tonnes

5.9m

DnV

149.0 m

26.0 m

 

1400 passengers

456 cars

1120 metres freight

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It was to be over eight years before the ship would again service the Holyhead - Dublin service. Taking up the scheduled 15.10 sailing from Dublin on 28th November the Stena Europe allowed the Stena Nordica off service for annual drydocking. The 'Nordica" was due back on the link on 1st December, thereby allowing the Stena Europe off for her own drydocking at Birkenhead.