MS Stena Mersey

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Stena Mersey, River Mersey (geograph 4593080).jpg
Stena Mersey, seen from New Brighton, entering the River Mersey in 2015.
  • 2005–2010: Mersey Viking
  • 2010–2011: Mersey Seaways
  • 2011–: Stena Mersey
  • 2005–2012: Levantina Trasporti Srl
  • 2012–: Stena Ropax Ltd
Port of registry:
Route: Birkenhead-Belfast
Builder: Cantiere Navale Visentini
Yard number: 213
Completed: December 2005
Maiden voyage: December 2005
Status: in service
General characteristics [1]
Tonnage: 26,500 GRT
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
  • 2 × Controllable pitch propellers
  • 2 × bow thrusters
Speed: 24 knots (44 km/h)
Capacity: 980 passengers

MS Stena Mersey is a RoPax ferry operated by Stena Line between Birkenhead and Belfast.

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 as Mersey Viking in Liverpool

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.[2] In August 2011, the vessel was renamed Stena Mersey[3]

Early in 2012, Stena Mersey, along with her sister ship Stena Lagan, was given a complete interior and exterior refit and repaint at Harland and Wolff.


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.

On board[edit]

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.


  1. ^ "DFDS Seaways - Ferry Fleet - Mersey Seaways". DFDS Seaways. Retrieved December 2010.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ "Stena ends Larne to Fleetwood line and buys Belfast routes". BBC News. 3 December 2010. Retrieved December 2010.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
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