MS Stena Mersey
Stena Mersey on the River Mersey.
|Name:||2005–2010: Mersey Viking
2010–2011: Mersey Seaways
2011–: Stena Mersey
|Owner:||2005–2012: Levantina Trasporti Srl
2012–: Stena Ropax Ltd
|Operator:||2005–2006: Norse Merchant Ferries
2010–2010: DFDS Seaways
Dec 2010–: Stena Line
|Port of registry:||2005–2008: Bari, Italy
2008–present: Belfast, United Kingdom
|Builder:||Cantiere Navale Visentini|
|Maiden voyage:||December 2005|
|Identification:||IMO number: 9329851|
|General characteristics |
|Length:||186.46 m (611.7 ft)|
|Beam:||25.6 m (84 ft)|
|Draft:||6.63 m (21.8 ft)|
|Installed power:||2 x MAN B&W 9L 48/60B|
|Propulsion:||2 x Controllable pitch propellers
2 x bow thrusters
|Speed:||24 knots (44 km/h)|
She was built in Italy by Cantiere Navale Visentini. She is 26,500GRT and can carry up to 980 passengers in her two lounges, and can sleep up to 480 in cabins. She has four vehicle decks and room for around 200 lorries. Her maximum speed is 27 knots, but usually sails at 23 knots maximum.
Stena Mersey was launched in December 2005 as Mersey Viking, entering service with Norse Merchant Ferries later the same month. A few months later, Norse Merchant Ferries was acquired by Norfolkline. Mersey Viking received Norfolkline lettering on her red hull but retained her Norse Merchant Ferries funnel for several years.
In July 2010 Norfolkline was acquired by DFDS. The vessel was renamed Mersey Seaways during her refit in August 2010. Later that same year, DFDS sold its Northern Irish operations to Stena Line. In August 2011, the vessel was renamed Stena Mersey
Stena Mersey operates on the Birkenhead–Belfast route with her marginally older sister ship Stena Lagan. The total journey time on board the ship is 8 hours.
The ship has several facilities on board such as restaurants, bars, shops and a cinema. There are four-bunk cabins for sleep on the overnight sailing and rest during the day. The truckers' restaurant is at the bow of the ship with views across the sea.
- "DFDS Seaways - Ferry Fleet - Mersey Seaways". DFDS Seaways. Retrieved December 2010.
- "Stena ends Larne to Fleetwood line and buys Belfast routes". BBC News. 3 December 2010. Retrieved December 2010.
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