Military exercise jointly with blackout caused panic on ferry
During the return trip of the "Stena Spirit" from Gdynia to Karlskrona on Apr 8, 2017, Poland surprised many passengers on the ferry with a military exercise. Three military vessels approached the ferry at full speed, soldiers boarded with weapons drawn and searched the ferry and then left again. People panicked after the events in Stockholm thinking the ship had been hijacked. According to Stena Line, information should have gone out of the speaker system on what to expect, but in fact nobody knew anything about an exercise. A process has been started to find out what might have gone wrong. The situation worsened during the morning hours because of an unexpected technical problem a while after the exercise as the ferry experienced a blackout which cause a short stop. After half an hour, the vessel was operational again.
Repairs of fire damage completed
The "Stena Spirit" left the port of Gdynia finally on Sep 10 at 9.20 p.m. after repairs were completed. On Sep 11 at 7.45 a.m. she returned to service in Karlskrona, departing again at 9 a.m.
Repairs in Ostrow take longer than expected
The "Stena Spirit" will return to service only on Sep 6. The damage caused by the fire on the car deck was more extensive than first thought. It was including electrical cables and hydraulic installations after a truck caught fire. The Stena company was trying to move bookings from the "Stena Spirit" to the other two vessels plying the Karlskrona-Gdynia route.Upload News