MV Stena Hollandica

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NameStena Hollandica[2]
OwnerStena Ropax Ltd
OperatorStena Line
Port of registryHarwich
RouteHarwich - Hook of Holland
BuilderWadan Yards, Wismar, Germany.
Yard number159
Launched7 June 2009[1]
Maiden voyageJune 2010
IdentificationIMO number9419163
StatusIn service
General characteristics
Tonnage64,039 GT[3]
Length240.87 m (790.3 ft)
Beam32.00 m (105.0 ft)
Height51 m (167.3 ft)
Draught6.5 m (21.3 ft)
Installed power33600 Kw
Propulsion2 x 8L48/60CR and 2 x 6L48/60CR MAN 4 stroke diesel engines.
Speed22 knots (41 km/h)
  • Passengers
  • 1200
  • 538 cabins
  • 1376 passenger beds
  • Vehicles
  • 230 car capacity
  • 5500 lane meters
NotesSister ship is the MV Stena Britannica

Stena Hollandica, launched in January 2010, is the first of two identical Ropax ferries built by Wadan Yards in Warnemünde and nearby Wismar, Germany for Stena Line.[4] The second of the two ships, launched towards the end of 2010, is Stena Britannica. Both ships operate (2012) across the southern North Sea between Harwich and Hook of Holland providing a twice daily service (taking seven hours[5]) from each side. The ships were specifically designed for this route.

Power and its transmission[edit]

Stena Hollandica has four main MAN diesel engines, producing between them 33,600 kW, and providing for a maximum speed of 22 knots (25 mph). Two of the engines are rated at 9,600 kW and the other two at 7,200 kW. The engines are connected via two gearboxes to two controllable pitch propellers. The two rudders, one behind each propeller, are of the Becker flap type with twisted leading edges. Control of the bow while docking is by two tunnel thrusters.

Heat from the main engines is also used to heat the ship.[6]

Loading characteristics[edit]

The vehicle decks can be loaded on two levels from both the bow and stern on decks 3 and 5 and there are two tier linkspans at both Harwich and Hook of Holland to accommodate the ship.

Extended gestation[edit]

The ferries, then designated "RoPax 55" ferries, were originally ordered from the ship builders Waden Yards (subsequently subsumed into Nordic Yards Wismar) by Stena Line in 2006. The total value of the order amounted to approximately €400 million.[4] Delays arose when Stena temporarily withdrew the order in response to economic difficulties being experienced by Waden Yards. After further negotiations the order was reinstated, but the new agreement included a price cut of 6% or approximately €24 million.[7] The ships having been completed, naming ceremonies took place on 8 June 2010 for the "Stena Hollandica" at the Hook of Holland and on 19 October 2010 at Harwich for the "Stena Britannica".[8]


  1. ^ "M/S Stena Hollandica". Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 July 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Stena Hollandica Lloyds register". Retrieved 2 February 2022.
  4. ^ a b RoPax-Fähre bei Wadan Yards aufgeschwommen, Schiff&Hafen, 10. Juni 2010. Abgerufen am 1. Juli 2013.
  5. ^ Timetable on Stena Line homepage
  6. ^ Größte RoPax-Fähre Stena Britannica sticht in See, lifePR, Pressemitteilung der Stena Line vom 30. September 2010. Abgerufen am 1. Juli 2013.
  7. ^ New Stena Hollandica (PDF; 1,0 MB), RoPax International Magazine for Ferry and RoRo Shipping
  8. ^ Stena Britannica Ferry to Holland, Stena Line

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