Swedish ferry company Stena Line is strengthening its position and expanding services in the Baltic Sea Region, by deploying two new large and modern ferries on the route between Ventspils in Latvia and Nynäshamn in Sweden this year.
The first of the two vessels, Stena Scandica, arrived at Ventspils port on Tuesday 29 June 2021 to prepare for her maiden voyage on the route. The vessel adds 70 per cent more cabin capacity compared to the existing vessels, as well increase freight capacity by almost one third.
Stena Scandica is 222m long and 30 per cent larger than the existing vessels on the route. The vessel brings a modern onboard experience. There are several restaurant and bar alternatives onboard with panoramic sea-views, as well a number of entertainment facilities for both adults and children.
Stena Scandica will stay in port to get ready for her maiden voyage to Nynäshamn. Ventspils-Nynäshamn is the shortest route between the Baltics and Scandinavia.
The Visentini vessel Stena Scandica has earlier sailed on the Belfast-Liverpool (Birkenhead) route as Stena Lagan. Since August 2020 the vessel has been lengthened and modernised in a conversion managed by Stena RoRo at the Sedef Shipyard in Tuzla, Turkey.
The vessel was lengthened by a 36m mid-section and now have a capacity of 970 passengers, 202 cabins and 2,875 freight lane meters. To increase the loading efficiency, the vessels are modified with drive through capabilities on two levels.
The interior and onboard facilities are updated to Stena Line’s familiar Scandinavian, light, and spacious design. The vessels are fitted with several sustainable features and fuel efficiency improvements, such as hybrid scrubbers, ballast water cleaning systems, twisted leading edge rudder with costa bulb.