MS Stena Spirit

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Stena Scandinavica in Kiel Harbor.jpg
Stena Scandinavica in Kiel
Career
Name: 1983-1986: Stena Germanica[1]
1986-2011: Stena Scandinavica
2011 onwards: Stena Spirit
Operator: Stena Line
Port of registry: Gothenburg,  Sweden
Nassau,  Bahamas
Route: Karlskrona - Gdynia
Builder: Stocznia im Lenina, Gdansk
Yard number: B494/2
Launched: 1983
Completed: 1988
Identification: IMO number: 7907661
Status: In service
General characteristics (as built)[1]
Tonnage: 39,178 GT
Length: 175.37 m (575.4 ft)
Beam: 30.80 m (101.0 ft)
Draught: 6.75 m (22.1 ft)
Installed power: 4 × Zgoda-Sulzer 16ZV49/48
Propulsion: Two shafts; controllable pitch propellers
Two bow thrusters
Speed: 21.5 knots (39.8 km/h; 24.7 mph)
Capacity: 1,700 passengers
569 cars

Stena Spirit is a large cruiseferry owned by Stena Line. She entered service in 1988 as Stena Scandinavica and after a major refit in Gothenburg is now in service between Karlskrona and Gdynia.

History[edit]

Stena Scandinavica was the second of four ferries ordered in 1980 by Stena Line for Scandinavian routes.[2] She was launched in 1983 as Stena Germanica, but problems at the construction yard delayed her completion until 1988 when she entered service on the Gothenburg - Kiel route, joining her sister Stena Germanica (now Stena Vision). The remaining two hulls were planned to be Stena Polonica (completed for ANEK Lines as El Venizelos[3]) and Stena Baltica (now Regent Sky; lengthened by over 50 m, but still not completed[4]).

In April 2011 Stena Scandinavia was replaced on the Kiel - Gothenburg route by a new Stena Scandinavica. Following a major refit she was renamed Stena Spirit and entered service between Karlskrona and Gdynia.

Gdynia Accident, Poland[edit]

On the 17th May 2012 at 8:45am, the Stena Spirit was departing from Gdynia Ferry Terminal en route to Karlskrona, Sweden when she became involved in an accident at the Baltic Container Terminal. The bow (ship) of the cruiseferry struck one of the Gantry cranes causing it to catastrophically collapse onto the quay below as she was manoeuvring. Three employees of the container terminal were injured, all requiring hospital treatment. Two of the Three staff members are said to be in a serious condition. None of the passengers or crew on board the Stena Spirit were injured.

A full investigation is being carried out to determine and establish the cause of the accident.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "MS Stena Scandinavica" (in Swedish). Faktaom fartyg. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Album Stena Line Ferries". General-Cargo.de. Retrieved 18 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "El Venizelos ANEK Lines". Hengist, Horsa, Vortigern. Retrieved 18 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Regent Sky - IMO 7907685". Ship Spotting. Retrieved 18 June 2011.