Stena Lagan & Stena Mersey

Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey (previously Lagan Seaways and Mersey Seaways, Lagan Viking (II) and Mersey Viking (II))

The Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey are two members of the prolific Visentini class ro-pax vessels.  They were the lead vessels in the current “flex-bow” hull design series, and feature the revised fore superstructure shape of Euro Star Valencia and Euro Star Salerno, the previous 2 ships in the series.

Mersey Viking at Birkenhead on 2nd April 2007. Roger Marks (Displayed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ ).
Mersey Viking at Birkenhead on 2nd April 2007. Photo Copyright © Roger Marks and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey were acquired by Stena along with the route they serve from DFDS in 2010/2011.  The Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey had initially been chartered from EPIC shipping but where purchased outright by Stena Line in 2012.  As a result the company spent a total of £4.6 million refurbishing the two vessels at Harland and Wolff in 2013 in addition to the £4 million spent on the same vessels the previous year.  This means the vessels are totally transformed and unrecognisable from their days under previous operators DFDS, Norfolk Line, and Norse Merchant Ferries on the same link, and from their 22 part-sister ships.  Although the layout of the interior is broadly the same (with the exception of the shared restaurant space which is now split into the Met Bar and Grill and a separate truckers restaurant), the original (rather functional) Studio Ancora interior design has almost totally been replaced by Stena’s favoured architects Figura.  The Stena Group of companies currently own or operate more than half of all the Visentini ro-pax vessels built.

Part of the
Part of the “Stena Plus” lounge on Stena Mersey, taken during July 2015. Copyright © Steven Tarbox.

In terms of overall hull design, Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey are very similar to their predecessor vessels (also launched as Lagan Viking and Mersey Viking and lead vessels of the entire Visentini ro-pax series) even sharing the exact same dimensions, however the newer ships feature a newer, steeper angled an more efficient design in order to reduce drag and improve seakeeping.  They also have a larger passenger accommodation module and more space for vehicles (an additional 84 cars and 9 trailers) than their predecessors.

Stena Mersey and Stena Lagan at 12 quays, 3/4/15. Copyright © Christopher Brindle 2015
A rare view of Stena Mersey and Stena Lagan together at 12 quays terminal, Birkenhead, on 3/4/15. Copyright © Christopher Brindle.

Interior photographs

For a look around inside Stena Mersey during July ’15, click here

Some interior views of Stena Lagan taken during November ’15 are displayed here

Part of the
Part of the “Met Bar and Grill” seating onboard Stena Mersey. Copyright © Steven Tarbox

Technical Data

 

Stena Lagan Stena Mersey
IMO Number

9329849

9329851

Design

NAOS Ship and Boat Design S.R.L, Trieste, Italy

Design P241

Building Yard

Classification

Cantiere Navale di Visentini Francesco & C., Donada, Italy

Lloyds Register of shipping 100A1

roll on-rolloff cargo/passenger ship

Hull Number

212

213

Owner

Stena Line AB

Operator

Stena Line UK

Year Completed

July 2005

November 2005

In service (original)

July 2005

November 2005

In service (Stena Line)

December 2010

December 2010

Call sign (Stena)

2BGR6

2BPR6

Previous names and operators (oldest first)

Lagan/Mersey Viking (Norse Merchant Ferries)

Lagan/Mersey Viking (Norfolk Line)

Lagan/Mersey Seaways (DFDS)

Length overall

186.5m

Beam

26m

Draft

6.6m

Gross Tonnage

27,510

Deadweight

7,000

Machinery
  • 2 x MAN B&W 9L 48/60B – 10,800 kW each @ 500 rpm
  • 3 x Caterpillar 3516B diesel generators 1825kW each, plus 2 shaft generators 2200kW
  • 2 x KaMeWa 4.8m diameter CPP type propellers
  • 2 x KaMeWa/Rolls Royce TT2000 AUX CP 1300kW bow thrusters
  • 2 x Rolls Royce Fin stabilisers
Power(Max/Pme  @ 75%)

21,600/16,200kW

Operational speed (Max/Normal)

24/20-22 kts

Capacity (max)

900

Capacity (for Stena)

770 (in 492 berths)

Vehicle decks

Decks 2,3 & 4 – 120 trailers (4.90 metres free height)

Deck 6 – 85 cars (2.50 metres free height)

2240 total lane metres

Access is via a stern door opening onto deck 3 with ramps between decks 3 and 4, and 3 and 6.  Lower hold ramps between deck 3 and 2.

 

Onboard Facilities in use

(Click here for the onboard gallery)

  • Stena Plus (chargeable extra)
  • Metropolitan Bar and Grill
  • Truckers restaurant
  • Barista coffee house
  • Childrens play area
  • Pod lounge
  • Stena Shopping
  • Cinema
  • Teen Town (gaming machines)
  • Guest Services
  • Dog hotel and exercise area
  • Free WiFi
  • Family cabins
  • Disabled cabins
Flag (Stena)

Flag (DFDS/Norfolk Line/Norse Merchant Ferries)

United Kingdom (Belfast)

Italy (Bari)

Refit video

Stena Line time-lapse video of the Stena Lagan refit at Harland & Wolff in 2012

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Photographs

Lagan Seaways in her short-lives DFDS Seaways livery. Copyright © Das Boot 160 <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/das_boot_160/">Flickr.
Lagan Seaways in her short-lived DFDS Seaways livery. Copyright © Das Boot 160 Flickr.

 

Mersey Viking with her original funnel colours in March 2007.  Copyright © Scott Mackey.
Mersey Viking with her original funnel colours in March 2007. Copyright © Scott Mackey.

 

Stena Mersey pictured arriving at Birkenhead from Belfast in her transitional livery with Stena funnel colours. 16/8/2011. Copyright © Das Boot 160.
Stena Mersey pictured arriving at Birkenhead from Belfast in her transitional livery with Stena funnel colours. 16/8/2011. Copyright © Das Boot 160 Flickr.

 

Stena Mersey with one of the Belfast pilot boats during the Tall Ships 2015. Copyright © Ross McDonald.
Stena Mersey with one of the Belfast pilot boats during the Tall Ships 2015. Copyright © Ross McDonald.

 

Stena Mersey approaching the entrance to Belfast Lough. © 2014 Steven Tarbox.

 

Stena Lagan passes Admiral in Belfast as she begins another crossing to Birkenhead. Copyright © Scott Mackey.
Stena Lagan passes Admiral in Belfast as she begins another crossing to Birkenhead. Copyright © Scott Mackey.

 

Stena Mersey entering Belfast Lough. © 2014 Steven Tarbox/NIFerrySite

 

Stena Mersey sailing down the River Mersey towards Birkenhead's 12 quays terminal. © 2014 Steven Tarbox/NIFerrySite
Stena Mersey sailing down the River Mersey towards Birkenhead’s 12 quays terminal following another crossing from Belfast. © 2014 Steven Tarbox/NIFerrySite

 

Stena Mersey passing New Brighton on the River Mersey in September 2014. Copyright Gordon Hislip.
Stena Mersey passing New Brighton on the River Mersey in September 2014. Copyright Gordon Hislip.

 

Stena Lagan. Copyright © Steven Tarbox.
Stena Lagan evening arrival in Belfast. Copyright © Steven Tarbox.

 

 

Lagan Viking in Norfolk Line livery (note the Maersk funnel colours), fresh from a dry-docking in 2008. Also pictured is the former Harwich-Hook of Holland HSS Stena Discovery, which was laid-up at Belfast awaiting sale
Lagan Viking in Norfolk Line livery (note the Maersk funnel colours), fresh from a dry-docking in 2008. Also pictured is the former Harwich-Hook of Holland HSS Stena Discovery, which was laid-up at Belfast awaiting sale. She was sold to South American interests but unfortunately never saw service again, having been caught up in an alleged fuel smuggling exercise. After a lengthy layover in the Caribbean, HSS Discovery was scrapped in Turkey during 2015. Albert Bridge [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Lagan Viking undergoing maintenance in Belfast, back in 2008. Ross [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Mersey Seaways pictured in 2011 before her route was taken over by Stena Line. Unlike her sister, Lagan Seaways, she never received a blue DFDS hull. © Copyright Albert Bridge and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ .
Mersey Seaways pictured in 2011 before her route was taken over by Stena Line. Unlike her sister, Lagan Seaways, she never received a blue DFDS hull. © Copyright Albert Bridge and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

 

Lagan Seaways pictured in her short-lived full DFDS livery during 2011. The DFDS name would soon be painted out and the funnel colours replaced with those of Stena Line. © Copyright Albert Bridge and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ .
Lagan Seaways pictured in her short-lived full DFDS livery during 2011. The DFDS name would soon be painted out and the funnel colours replaced with those of Stena Line. © Copyright Albert Bridge and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

 

Lagan Seaways pictured in 2011 after her route was taken over by Stena Line. Although not yet in Stena Line livery, the DFDS name has been painted out and the Stena funnel colours added. She would later receive another full repaint at Harland and Wolff and be renamed Stena Lagan. The blue paint in this picture was quite new as DFDS had only repainted the vessel shortly before agreeing to sell the route to Stena. © Copyright Albert Bridge and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ .
Lagan Seaways pictured later in 2011 after her route was taken over by Stena Line. Although not yet in Stena Line livery, the DFDS name has been painted out and the Stena funnel colours added. She would later receive another full repaint at Harland and Wolff and be renamed Stena Lagan. The blue paint in this picture was quite new as DFDS had only repainted the vessel shortly before agreeing to sell the route to Stena. © Copyright Albert Bridge and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Article Copyright © Steven Tarbox (NIFerrySite).

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