In August 2020, Stena RoRo began a unique conversion of the ro-pax vessel Stena Scandica (formerly the Stena Lagan) and has been responsible for design and project execution. The ship was split in half and a new 36m mid-section inserted. As a result, cargo capacity has been increased by 30%. Completion of the conversion was marked with a ceremony at the shipyard in Tuzla, outside Istanbul. After a 10-day maiden voyage, the Stena Scandica will enter service at the beginning of July on Stena Line’s route between Nynäshamn and Ventspils in Latvia.
The extensive refurbishment increases both the cargo and passenger capacity of the ships. The 36m mid-section gives the ship a new total length of 222m and a capacity of 2,875 lane meters. With the refurbishment, the number of cabins has been increased by 80 to a total of 202. The ship’s interior has been modernised and expanded with new shops, as well as passenger lounges and a new sundeck aft. The passenger capacity now stands at 970 passengers.
“Extending a vessel is a cost-effective way of increasing cargo capacity, while gaining room for more passengers,” said Per Westling, managing director of Stena RoRo. “The new interior design and application of modern technology entail an upgraded passenger concept, with more efficient operation and reduced emissions per cargo unit.”
The conversion includes a new bow section enabling drive-through loading and unloading simultaneously on two levels. This, together with internal ramps in both directions, means more efficient loading and unloading resulting in shorter turnaround times in port. Other modifications include additional bow thrust capacity, as well as installation of hybrid emissions scrubbers and a new ballast water purification system to reduce the ship’s environmental impact. An additional bow thruster has been fitted taking the total to three and a new flap rudder installed to improve manoeuvrability.
Sister ship Stena Baltica (formerly the Stena Mersey) is undergoing the same extensive conversion and will be ready in the autumn. The two ships were built in 2005 and previously sailed on Stena Line’s route between Belfast and Birkenhead. They will now become part of Stena Line’s expansion on the Baltic Sea.
Stena Line CEO Niclas M årtensson said the delivery of Stena Scandica is an important step in the Companys expansion in the Baltic Sea. “Taking delivery of the large, modern and efficient vessel Stena Scandica is a major milestone for Stena Line and enables us to continue to grow together with our customers in the Baltic Sea. During the year we will increase capacity with 30% on the Nynäshamn-Ventspils route, and 40% on the Liepaja-Travemünde route”.