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Friday, January 19, 2018

Stena Line News

Digital Naming of Stena Immortal

Photo: Stena Bulk AB

The digital naming of the MR tanker Stena Immortal took place January 18 at Stena's new office in Hellerup in the north of Copenhagen. The 50,000 dwt Stena Immortal was built at the Guangzhou Shipbuilding International (GSI) shipyard in southeast China and is jointly owned on a 50-50 basis by Stena Bulk and Indonesian Golden Agri Resources (GAR). Following her delivery in September 2016, the 183-meter-long tanker has sailed in one of Stena Bulk's global logistics systems, which currently employ some 60 vessels, with a focus on refined petroleum products, vegetable oils and chemicals.

Stena Line Ferry Joins Marlink's Multi-band Comms Network

Photo courtesy of Stena Line

Marlink has added the first out of four additional Stena Line ships to its multi-band communications network. Marlink now serves the entire fleet of Stena Line vessels, ensuring high levels of connectivity for passengers and crew, in addition to operational applications and commercial businesses on board. Marlink will also further increase available capacity to Stena Line vessels with an additional 10-15%, following the tripled bandwidth increase in June 2016, ensuring that Stena Line can meet the on-going growth in demand for bandwidth at sea.

Stena Buys Scandlines

Ferry operator Stena Line purchased smaller Swedish ferry group Scandlines AB from the state owned railway group SJ for $67.5 million. Scandlines, with 1,180 staff, runs ferries on five routes from Helsingborg and Trelleborg in southern Sweden to Helsingor and Copenhagen in Denmark, and to Sassnitz, Rostock and Travemunde in Germany. Stena Line said the opening of the Oresund Bridge in July 2000, linking Sweden and Denmark, would hit Scandlines' operations. The ferry group already closed a Limhamn-Dragor service, and Helsingborg-Copenhagen ferries will stop next July. "The Oresund Bridge is expected to have a negative effect on Scandlines' operations and this has affected Stena Line's valuation of the Scandlines AB…

Standard & Poor's Puts Stena Line On Credit Watch

Standard & Poor's placed its single-'B'-plus long-term corporate credit ratings, and its single-'B' senior unsecured debt ratings on Stena Line AB on CreditWatch with negative implications. The CreditWatch placement follows the company's announcement of weaker-than-expected earnings for the first nine months of the year, and the announcement that Stena Line has acquired Scandlines AB (a ferry company operating five routes linking Sweden, Denmark, and Germany) for $67 million in cash. Stena Line, one of the world's largest ferry companies, operates 25 vessels on 12 routes in Northern and Western Europe. It also owns a 40 percent interest in P&O Stena Line.

Stena Line Upgrades Ferry VSAT Connectivity

Photo: Stena Line

Stena Line’s ferry passengers are set to experience new levels of communication services following a upgrade to the VSAT connectivity on board, says Marlink, who has more than trebled the bandwidth in Stena Line’s fleet-wide Closed User Group (CUG) service and integrated GSM 3/4G services for connectivity during voyages in addition to in-port Internet Wi-Fi networks. The upgrade enables Stena Line to offer its passengers faster Internet speeds to meet the growing demand for access to social media and connectivity for working while travelling.

Stena Line Charters Two New Ferries For North Sea

Sweden's Stena Line reportedly chartered two new ferries for its Hook of Holland to Harwich route

Stena Reports Losses After Abolition of Duty-Free Sales, Remains Optimistic

The chief executive of Swedish ferry operator Stena Line AB shrugged off fears of losing sea travelers as fares rise and more bridges and tunnels are built, saying that he was still optimistic about the future. With the loss of duty-free sales in Europe since July 1, Stena has already seen a drop in on-board retailing and slashed 660 jobs. To add to its woes, a bridge connecting Sweden and Denmark is being built, reducing a potential market for Stena. "We've taken a lot of the pain already to adjust to the abolition of duty-free," said Stena CEO Bo Severed. "I'm not satisfied with the results level, and we need to improve on that. ... Stena Line posted a pre-tax loss of $27.9 million for the first six months of 1999 versus a loss of $63.5 million in the 1998 period.

Stena Line Says Sustainability Goals Paying Off

Image: Stena Line

“Our belief is that a reduced environmental impact is also essential for long-term profitability,” said Stena Line's CEO, Niclas Mårtensson. Stena Line, a ferry operator serving Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden and the U.K., said its increased strategic focus on sustainability and environmental improvements over recent years is paying off. Through the years Stena Line’s experience in investing in energy efficiency transport has been extensive. An example: the launch of the world's first methanol-powered ferry, Stena Germanica, in 2015.

Stena Line Announces Super Ships for NI Ferry Travel

Stena Line has announced the refurbishment of two giant ships that the company will be introducing on the Irish Sea later this year. The identical 'sister' ships 'Stena Superfast VII' and 'Superfast VIII' will be the biggest ferries ever to sail between Northern Ireland and Scotland and will undergo a refit programme at the Remotova shipyard in Poland which the company claims will ensure that they are the most modern, comfortable and best designed ferries ever to ply the Irish Sea. Stena Line has appointed specialist marine outfitters MJM Marine from Newry, a company with considerable experience in the global cruise ship industry, to ensure that the new ships are fitted out to the highest standards in order to provide customers with a unique top quality ferry travel experience.

EC Grants P&O, Stena Exemption

The European Commission granted P&O and Stena Line a six-year exemption from competition rules to operate a cross-Channel ferry service for passengers and freight. "The Commission's recent investigation has not revealed any valid market changes which could justify forcing P&0 of Britain and Stena Line, a subsidiary of Sweden's Stena Line AB, to undo their alliance," it said. The new exemption period, which expires on March 7, 2007, will permit P&0 Stena Line to continue competing with Eurotunnel, Sea France, Hoverspeed and NorfolkLine, the Commission said. The new exemption replaces a three-year exemption that expired March 10. The old exemption, while granted in 1999, had been retroactive to 1998. - (Reuters)

DNV GL to Class Gas Ready Stena RoPax Newbuilds

DNV GL has signed a contract to provide classification services for Stena Line’s new RoPax ferries, to be constructed at AVIC Weihai Shipyard in China, the classification society announced today at the Posidonia trade fair in Athens, Greece. “During the course of the past 24 months our engineering staff has managed to develop a design that is not only 50 percent larger than today’s standard RoPax vessels, but more importantly, incorporates the emission reduction and efficiency initiatives that have been developed throughout the Stena Group during the past years,” Hagman continued. Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime, said,…

Stena Line Selects Bekaert

Stena Line selects Bekaert to help conserve energy among its fleet of ships. With the installation of Bekaert advanced solar control window film, industry leader Stena Line minimizes fuel consumption, improves comfort for passengers and employees and significantly lowers air conditioning use. The savings based on the cost of air conditioning has been calculated to be approximately 247,000 kWh/year, which could equal fuel savings of 58 cubic meters/15,321 U.S. gallons for one ship. The collaboration between Stena Line and Bekaert creates vast opportunities, both for the maritime industry leader and the environment. Bekaert window film was developed after years of research by the company's scientists active in its pioneering research and development centers in San Diego…

P&O Stena Lines Resumes Operations

P&O Stena Line has resumed full passenger and freight services from the British port of Dover after French fishermen began to lift their blockade of French ports. P&O spokeswoman Gail Isted said that the company's vessel 'Dover' had left Calais in France for Dover in mid-afternoon. "P&O Stena Line ferries will now leave Dover and Calais every 45 minutes and will revert to their usual sailing patterns overnight," the company said in a statement. Isted added that delays to passenger cars of about nine hours and to trucks of six hours were being reduced and would be cleared some time on Friday (Sept. 1). P&O Stena Line ran six tourist ferries from Dover to the Belgian port of Zeebrugge both on Wednesday and Thursday to avoid the blockade, she said.

Sale Of Stena Line Possible

The chairman of Swedish international shipping operator Stena Line AB told press he can imagine selling the loss-making ferry group. However, said Dan Sten Olsson, "it has to be a serious buyer who is not just out to shop up the company." Stena Line - which also operates the English Channel with British shipping operator P&O under the P&O Stena Line company - posted a loss after financial items of $57.15 million for 1999. The group has cut costs to meet changes following the end of tax-free shopping in Europe. Olsson said he expected the loss-making group to break even in 2001. He said there were several buyers who may be interested in the Swedish group, one of the world's largest shipping operators.

Stena Line Providing Free Internet

Highly customized least cost routing solution helps leading ferry operator to meet customer expectations for free connectivity. Stena Line, the established ferry operator in north west Europe is using a customer-specific solution from Marlink to provide improved free Internet connectivity for passengers on seven ferries serving Norwegian, Swedish and Danish routes. The CoastalRoam solution is a specially developed addition to the Marlink Sealink customized VSAT services already in use aboard the ferries.

Port of Kiel welcomes “Stena Scandinavica”

Kiel, April 20th, 2011: today’s first call by “Stena Scandinavica” at Kiel’s Schwedenkai Terminal rounds off Stena Line’s new ship generation switch on the Kiel-Gothenburg ferry route. During a reception on board, Kiel Port head Dr Dirk Claus presented the traditional first-call plaque to Captain Jan Sjöström. “We are delighted that as of today the Baltic’s longest and most modern ferries are sailing from Kiel and that all the transport capacity they can offer is now available”, said Dirk Claus, who is the Managing Director of the Port of Kiel (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG.).

Stena Adds Vessel on Gdynia-Karlskrona Line

(Photo: Stena Line)

Stena Lines reports the number of units carried by its Baltic Sea South freight business increased significantly in the first eight months in 2017, following strong growth through 2016. This calls for increased capacity, and from Monday, August 28, a fourth ship, M/V Gute, has been taken into operation between Gdynia and Karlskrona. “Over these last few years we have experienced a very positive volume development and we believe this will continue and we are very happy to introduce a fourth ship since we are in need of extra capacity to be able to continue to grow.

Stena Line Celebrates National Ferry Fortnight

Stena Line, the leading ferry operator, has announced it will be offering 15 per cent off bookings made between 14 and 28 May 2011, for travel completed by 8 January 2012 to mark the Passenger Shipping Association's third annual National Ferry Fortnight. The offer is valid for all vehicle types, "dutchflyer" (rail and sail) and foot passenger bookings, as well as all elements of booking from cabins to pre-booked meals and Stena Plus lounge access. The 15% discount on travel to Holland offer means a family of four (two adults…

Stena Line Renews Agreement with MCP

Maritime Communications Partner (MCP) announced the renewal of a major four-year management contract with the Stena Line for the deployment of maritime communications solutions onboard 16 passenger ferry vessels including two new super ferries. Services covered by the contract, which lasts until 2013, include GSM and GPRS. Stena Line also confirms future partnering with MCP to streamline dedicated wireless solutions to ship staff and unique SMS-driven marketing solutions to passengers. "This contract maintains and builds a positive environment for our customers. Today, 95% of our GSM business comes from Voice and SMS, but we are seeing an increased volume of data traffic.

Stena Line Extends Contract with MCP

Maritime Communications Partner (MCP) has signed an extended contract to deliver wireless communication services to Stena Line’s European ferry operations. MCP, a  onboard communications provider, has announced  the extension of its partnership with Stena Line. The new contract is an extension of the existing contract, and expands MCP’s wireless communication services on to an additional two Stena Line vessels. These vessels include the former Scandlines vessels Sassnitz and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The new contract will ensure the most reliable end-to-end wireless services available. Passengers will have access to state of the art mobile communication services, with MCP enhancing today’s GSM service with higher bandwidth systems like 3G and LTE in the coming years.

Stena Tries To Adjust To Loss Of Duty-Free Sales, Reports Losses

With the loss of duty-free sales in Europe from July 1, Swedish ferry operator Stena Line AB has already seen a drop in on-board retailing and slashed 660 jobs. On Thursday, Stena Line posted a pre-tax loss of $27.9 million for the first six months of 1999 versus a loss of $63.5 million in the 1998 period.

V&A Completes Hydraulics Projects for Stena Ferries

Photo courtesy of V&A Hydraulics

V&A Hydraulics reportes that it has completed two specialist projects for ferry operator Stena Line to support cargo loading functions and the release of a fast-rescue boat. The company was tasked with upgrading a tweendeck ramp on the Stena Mersey, which is maneuvered to help the vessel accommodate hundreds of cars and trucks. Vic Seddon, V&A managing director, said the work, carried out at the Twelve Quays ferry terminal, added to another project for Stena Line delivered on the Superfast X at Holyhead. “The Stena Mersey has a very high car deck to allow trucks to enter underneath.

P&OSL Dover Returns to A&P Falmouth

The P&O Stena Line passenger/car ferry P&OSL Dover has dry docked in A&P Falmouth after arriving on 15th April 2002. This will be the final vessel from the P&O Stena Line fleet to undergo refit this season. The P&OSL Dover has dry docked in Falmouth every year since 1990 (when she first came in as Pride of Dover). The vessel will undergo various repairs whilst in dock similar to the repairs which were recently undertaken on her sister ship the P&OSL Calais, including tail shaft and tank surveys, stern seal maintenance, bow thrust unit repairs, hull and deck preparation and painting, main engine overhaul and survey, maintenance to bow and stern doors…

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