Maiden Voyage: Stena Line's New Ferry Arrives In Sweden (GALLERY)
Swedish ferry company Stena Line's new ferry Stena Scandica arrived in the port of Nynäshamn in Sweden this morning when it completed its overnight maiden voyage from Ventspils, Latvia.
Stena Scandica is the first of two new large and modern ferries on the route between Ventspils and Nynäshamn in Sweden this year.
The vessel adds another 70% more cabins and 30% more freight capacity compared to the existing vessels and offers an attractive alternative way to travel on the Baltic Sea, Stena Line said.
Johan Edelman, Trade Director Baltic Sea North said: “We have been carrying passengers and freight in the Baltic Sea region for almost ten years. During this period, we have experienced a strong yearly growth. Furthermore, we have more than doubled our operations from one vessel and 10 departures per week in 2012 up to two vessels and 24 departures per week for passengers and freight in 2021. Our expansion is driven by increased demand for sea travel and the requirement for additional freight capacity from our customers on the Baltic Sea."
"We are now strengthening our position and customer offer further with two new modern and bigger vessels that will add extra 30 % freight capacity and provide an attractive onboard experience on both our routes to and from Latvia during 2021."
Stena Scandica is 222 meters long and has a capacity of 200 cabins, 970 passengers and 2,875 freight lane meters, plus an extra car deck.
The vessel is fitted with hybrid scrubbers, ballast water cleaning systems, twisted leading edge rudder, and others to offer more sustainable transportation across the Baltic Sea.
"The larger tonnage also means a lower emission per transported unit. The interior includes new cabin categories, spacious shop with great deals and well-known brand products, lounge areas and several dining facilities, as well as a sundeck," Stena Line said.
“We see RoPax as our key competitive advantage and an integral part of our success story, therefore, we will continue to combine freight and passengers. These two new vessels represent a fantastic addition to the fleet for our customers, and it is just a first step towards our ambitious plan to double the number of passengers on the Baltic Sea route in three years,” Edelman said.
Ventspils – Nynäshamn is the shortest route between the Baltics and Scandinavia.
When Stena Scandica and Stena Baltica take over the route Ventspils – Nynäshamn and they will replace the Stena Livia and Stena Flavia, which will then be redeployed on the route Liepāja – Travemünde.