Stena ferry to be converted back to overnight ferry
The 'Stena Superfast X' has left Belfast for Piraeus in the evening of March 3, 2020, for a refit and conversion back into an overnight ferry. The last commercial voyage for Stena Line was the 11:30 a.m. sailing from Cairnryan. The ferry has been chartered to Corsica Linea and will be renamed 'A Nepita'. In Piraeus she will be fitted with around 100 additional cabins on Deck 8 and transformed back into a night ferry. She was originally conceived and built as an overnight ferry for Superfast Ferries. The Corsica Linea charter is a long-term arrangement with Stena Line sister company Stena RoRo. The deal is also thought to include an option to purchase the vessel outright. She was replaced in the Stena Line fleet by the 'Stena Estrid' in January. Since then she has acted as a relief vessel on the Belfast – Cairnryan, Rosslare – Cherbourg, and Dublin – Holyhead routes. She originally joined Stena Line in 2015 as a replacement for the 'Stena Nordica' on the Dublin – Holyhead route. The ‘Stena Nordica’ no longer had sufficient passenger capacity for the route she served, especially after Stena Line terminated the seasonal Dun Laoghaire – Holyhead HSS service.
Stena celebrates 20th anniversary of Dublin to Holyhead route
The anniversary was celebrated in Dublin Port with model and presenter Vogue Williams posing for photos on the company's Superfast X ship."The demand for this route has grown significantly since November 1995 and we now travel from Dublin to Holyhead and back four times daily," said Orla Noonan, Head of Travel at Stena Line Ireland. 20 isn't the only number circulated in a press release marking the occasion. In two decades, Stena has operated 39,000 sailings, carrying 8.9 million people on the route. Earlier this year, the company discontinued its seasonal service, which had run on the HSS Stena Explorer, between Dun Laoghaire and Holyhead. That service had also run since 1995. Stena Line Ireland has since looked to consolidate its services to and from Holyhead, and to expand its existing ferry service, at Dublin Port. Source: Irish Independent
Stena Superfast X: the new ferry set to link Wales with Ireland on her way to Holyhead
The ferry, which will sail from Holyhead to Dublin Port for the first time next week, has left the Polish shipyard in Gdynia where staff have been working round the clock to get the vessel ready for launch. The launch of the service comes just weeks after the ferry operator scrapped a fast ferry service between Anglesey and Dun Laoghaire. The ferry will have 10 decks, carry up to 1,200 passengers, and offer almost 2km of “lane space” for vehicles and freight traffic. Its facilities will include cabins, a cafe, bar and grill, a shop, two free cinemas and a family lounge featuring a play area and Xbox stations. Ian Davies, Stena Line’s route manager for Irish Sea South, said: “Providing additional capacity and facilities to expand our Holyhead-Dublin route with the introduction of Stena Superfast X is an important strategic development for Stena Line on the Irish Sea at this time.“Our freight and travel customers will now be able to benefit from an enhanced service on this key trade and tourism gateway at a time when commercial and leisure traffic between Ireland and Britain are both showing really encouraging signs of future growth. Source : walesonlineUpload News