Stena Line Stena Nordica - Further Ferry Information and Vessel Description
MS Stena Nordica is a ro-pax ferry operated by Stena Line between Holyhead and Dublin. MS Stena Nordica was originally built MS European Ambassador for P&O Irish Sea. She initially entered service between Liverpool and Dublin. Soon after she was used on the new Mostyn - Dublin service. This service however, was short lived and closed in 2004. Following the closure of the Mostyn service, she was sold to Stena Line in 2004 and renamed MS Stena Nordica. For full information on Stena Line - Click Here.
She entered service on the Karlskrona - Gdynia route in May of the same year. The Stena Nordica replaced the Stena Traveller on the Karlskrona-Gdynia route as demand had increased on this route and Stena Traveller could no longer cope with Demand on the route. This transfer of vessel increased passenger capacity by around 60% on the route. To be able to operate fully on the route Stena Nordica underwent a refit including the fitting of new ramps to speed up loading and unloading.
In 2008, she returned to the Irish Sea route which she currently operates. She is a close relative to the P&O Irish Sea twins MS European Causeway and MS European Highlander, which operate between Cairnryan and Larne.
In 2008 it was announced that the Stena Nordica would be returning to the Irish Sea. The ship transferred to the Irish Sea initially providing cover on the Fishguard – Rosslare before taking up the fulltime route between Holyhead and Dublin.
In 2009 the Stena Nordica received a £2M refit and refurbishment as part of Stena Line's upgarde programme of it's Irish Sea Ferries. The refit included new passenger lounges and bar, a new Stena Plus lounge, a Food City restaurant, a new freight drivers area and refurbished seating and flooring throughout.
Stena Line Stena Nordica Ferry Statistics
- Length - 211.15 m
- Breadth - 29.9 m
- Draught -6.3 m
- Speed - 22.5 knots
- Engines - Sulzer
- Built - 2003
- Yard - Hyundai Heavy Industries, Korea
- Passengers - 1500