MS Strait Feronia

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Strait Feronia Wellington En Route to Picton (26693776091) (cropped).jpg
Strait Ferona departing Wellington en route to Picton
NameStrait Feronia
OwnerStrait Shipping
OperatorStrait Shipping
Port of registry
RouteWellington to Picton
BuilderCantiere Navale Visentini, Italy
Launched7 December 1996
StatusIn active service, as of 2015.
General characteristics
Tonnage21,856 GT[1]
Length186.0 m (610.2 ft)[1]
Beam25.60 m (84.0 ft)[1]
Draught5.55 m (18.2 ft)[1]
Installed power2 x Wärtsilä 8R46 diesels
Speed21.5 knots (40 km/h)
  • 370 Passengers[2]
  • 2,150 Lane meters

The Strait Feronia is a passenger, freight & vehicle or ROPAX ferry owned and operated by StraitNZ as part of its Bluebridge subsidiary.[3] The ship is a twin of MS Liverpool Seaways.


The Strait Feronia was launched on 7 December 1996 as the Mersey Viking for Irish Sea ferry operator Norse Irish Ferries. The ship was built by Cantiere Navale Visentini in Italy.

The ship entered service in July 1997 operating between Liverpool and Belfast. She remained on this route until December 2005 when she moved to the Birkenhead - Dublin route. Prior to transferring to the Dublin route the ship was renamed Dublin Viking.

Another name change occurred In August 2010. The vessel was renamed Dublin Seaways following DFDS's acquisition of Norfolkline.

In January 2011 DFDS Seaways closed the Birkenhead - Dublin route. The Dublin Seaways was sold to Stena Line and renamed Stena Feronia.

In 2012, she was chartered to the Moroccan ferry operator; Inter Shipping for use between Tangier and Algeciras, she was used successfully for 2 years on that route before she was replaced in October 2014 by the LD Lines vessel, MS Norman Asturias which had been chartered to Inter Shipping, The Stena Feronia then left service and was anchored off the coast of Gibraltar for a short while before she headed back to Belfast. She was laid up in Belfast before she covered the MS Stena Mersey whilst she was off service when she was in dry dock at both Belfast and Falmouth at the beginning of December 2014, when the Stena Mersey returned to service Stena Feronia was removed from service on 21 December 2014 and was laid up in Belfast before she departed Belfast on the 23rd and arrived in Sweden after Christmas where she was laid up. Starting from 26 January 2015 the vessel operated between Kiel and Gotenborg for eight weeks as a temporary replacement for the Stena Germanica, which underwent a refit.[4]

In early 2015 Strait Shipping in New Zealand purchased the Stena Feronia and renamed her the Strait Feronia. She was delivered in June 2015 after a 45-day sailing from Sweden.

Sister ships[edit]

The Strait Feronia was the first of two identical ships built by Cantiere Navale Visentini for Norse Irish Ferries. The second ship was launched as the Lagan Viking and is currently operating in the Baltic as the Liverpool Seaways.


On 7 August 2007 a mooring rope at the ship's stern parted whilst preparing to depart Dublin. Two people were injured by the parting rope. A member of the ship's crew later died of their injuries.[5]

On 7 March 2012 the Stena Feronia collided with the cargo ship Union Moon just before entering the fairway of Belfast Lough.[6] The Stena Feronia was holed above the waterline but was able to berth safely in Belfast.


External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Det Norske Veritas "Stena Feronia", accessed 9 March 2012
  2. ^ Stena Line RoRo "Stena Feronia" Archived 2012-12-25 at the Wayback Machine, accessed 9 March 2012
  3. ^ "New Bluebridge ferry arrives in Wellington", accessed on 1 June 2015
  4. ^ "Stena Feronia von Kiel nach Göteborg" Archived 2014-12-31 at the Wayback Machine, accessed on 27 February 2015
  5. ^ "Report on the investigation of the parting of a mooring line on board Dublin Viking", accessed 11 March 2012
  6. ^ "Stena Line ferry collides with cargo ship in Belfast Lough", accessed 9 March 2012