MS SNAV Adriatico

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  • 1986–2002: Koningin Beatrix
  • 2002–2013: Stena Baltica
  • 2013 onwards: SNAV Adriatico
Port of registry:
Route: Palma de Mallorca - Valencia
Builder: Van der Giessen de Noord[1]
Yard number: 935[1]
Laid down: 5 January 1985[1]
Launched: 9 November 1985[1]
Christened: 9 November 1985 by Beatrix of the Netherlands[1]
Completed: 1986
Acquired: 22 April 1986[1]
Maiden voyage: April 1986[1]
Status: In service
General characteristics
Tonnage: 31,910 GT[1]
Length: 164.61 m (540.1 ft)
Installed power: 4 x MAN 8L 40/45 diesel engines
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
  • 1,200 passengers
  • 524 vehicles
In her previous Stena Baltica livery

MS SNAV Adriatico operating under the Ferry Xpress Panama line is a roll-on/roll-off ferry currently operated by Trasmediterránea. She used to be owned by Stena Line and operated on the Karlskrona - Gdynia service. She was built in 1986 by Van der Giessen de Noord as MS Koningin Beatrix for SMZ. In 1989 she passed under Stena Line's ownership and in 2002 was renamed Stena Baltica.[1] In 2013 she was sold to SNAV. On October 23, 2014, Snav leased the ship to Panamanian company Ferry Xpress Panama to start operations on the Colon - Cartagena - Colon and Colon - Bocas del Toro - Colon routes. Since 2015 is operated by Trasmediterránea.

She was built to a similar design to the SNAV Lazio, SNAV Sardegna, Princess of Norway and King of Scandinavia.


The SNAV Adriatico was built in 1986 by Van der Giessen de Noord as the Koningin Beatrix. It entered service the same year sailing between Hoek van Holland and Harwich for SMZ. In 1989 Stena Line took over the route. She remained on that route until 1997 when she was replaced by the Stena Discovery.

Following the arrival of the Stena Discovery the Koningin Beatrix was transferred to the Fishguard - Rosslare route, replacing the Stena Felicity. She remained on the Fishguard - Rosslare Harbour route until 2002, when it was replaced by former Stena Line BV fleetmate Stena Europe.

In 2003 the Koningin Beatrix was transferred to the Karlskrona - Gdynia route and renamed Stena Baltica.

In 2005 the Stena Baltica was rebuilt at the Remontowa yard. The SEK 235 million.[2] investment included the refurbishment of the passenger facilities on decks 7, 8 and 9. A new vehicle deck was created from stripping the cabin accommodation on decks 5 and 6. Externally, a large vehicle door and ramp was constructed at the bow and number of lifeboats were removed.

The Stena Baltica and her running partner MS Finnarrow were replaced on the Karlskrona - Gdynia route in 2010 by the Stena Vision and Stena Spirit. The ship was laid up in Lysekil. On 24 January 2013, Stena announced the sale of the ship to SNAV.[3] In February 2013 the ship was sold to SNAV, renamed SNAV Adriatico, and started the service by operating the route AnconaSplit.

In 2014, the SNAV Adriatico left SNAV service and was chartered to the Panamanian company, Ferry Xpress for services between Colon - Cartagena - Colon and Colon - Bocas del Toro - Colon. She left the service in late 2014/early 2015 where she departed for Europe, shortly after arriving in Napoli on 12 May, she left bound for Barcelona on the 21 May 2015 where it arrived two days later.

She arrived in Barcelona prior to a charter to Acciona Trasmediterránea to replace the burnt out MV Sorrento (2003) which caught fire in May 2015, she is due to sail between Palma de Mallorca and Valencia.

External links[edit]

Media related to Stena Baltica at Wikimedia Commons


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Asklander, Micke. "M/S Koningin Beatrix (1986)". Fakta om Fartyg. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
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  3. ^ Stena Baltica sold to SNAV