MS Stena Nordica (2000)

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Name: 2000-2004: European Ambassador
2004 onwards: Stena Nordica
Operator: 2000-2004: P&O Irish Sea
2004 onwards: Stena Line
Port of registry: United Kingdom London
Route: Holyhead - Dublin Port
Builder: Mitsubishi Heavy Industry, Japan
Yard number: 1068
In service: 2000
Identification: IMO number: 9215505
Call sign SCBK
Status: In service
General characteristics
Tonnage: 24,206 GT
4,768 t DWT
Length: 169.8 m (557 ft 1 in)
Beam: 24.0 m (78 ft 9 in)
Draught: 6.0 m (19 ft 8 in)
Installed power: 2 x Wärtsilä 18V38
2 x Wärtsilä 12V38
Capacity: 405 passengers
222 berths
375 cars
1,949 lane metres

MS Stena Nordica is a ro-pax ferry operated by Stena Line between Holyhead and Dublin.

Early career[edit]

Stena Nordica was originally built European Ambassador for P&O Irish Sea. She initially entered service between Liverpool and Dublin. Soon after she was used on the new Mostyn - Dublin service. She opened a direct DublinCherbourg route making one round trip at the weekend, with a call to Rosslare outbound in the winter. In 2004, she transferred to Stena Line with P&O's FleetwoodLarne and Dublin – Mostyn vessels. The Dublin - Mostyn and Dublin - Cherbourg routes were closed following the Stena Line takeover.

Sale to Stena Line[edit]

Following the closure of the Mostyn service, she was sold to Stena Line in 2004. The European Ambassador sailed for Scandinavia and was renamed the Stena Nordica. She entered service between Karlskrona - Gdynia where she increased capacity significantly. After a major refit including the fitting of new ramps to speed up loading and unloading, the ship entered service under the Swedish flag in May 2004. She returned to Dublin as a relief ship in January 2008, when she arrived from Fishguard and Rosslare, where she had conducted berthing trials. After trials in Dublin she then sailed to Holyhead to take up the roster covering the Stena Seatrader's refit. She then covered the MS Stena Europe's refit and returned to the Baltic in February.

In October 2008 it was announced that the Stena Nordica would be returning to the Irish Sea replacing the Stena Seatrader and to increase capacity between Dublin and Holyhead. In March 2009 the Stena Nordica received a £2 Million refit[1] which improved passenger areas and brought the vessel into line with the rest of the Irish sea fleet.

The Stena Nordica is a close relative to the P&O Irish Sea twins European Causeway and European Highlander, which operate between Cairnryan and Larne.