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Stena Hollandica arrived

In course of large investments Stena Line is currently making on strategically important routes, extensive conversions of ferries have been contracted to leading European yards.
The anticipated fleet changes include introducing the world’s largest ferries during the summer and autumn of this year on the Hook of Holland-Harwich route.
In connection with the vessel change on the Hook of Holland - Harwich route, there will be a positive domino effect, which will give the Scandinavian operations a lift, since the Gothenburg-Kiel route as well as the Karlskrona - Gdynia, will receive larger and more modern vessels.
The very modern Stena Hollandica and Stena Britannica will be transferred to the Gothenburg-Kiel route, where they will replace the existing four vessels that currently service Gothenburg-Germany. The vessels Stena Germanica and Stena Scandinavica will be moved to Karlskrona - Gdynia service. The total value of the investment, including the construction of the Superferries, amounts to slightly more than 8 billion Swedish kronor, where the investment in vessels alone totals 5 billion Swedish kronor.
However the ships will not just be moved between the routes "as they currently are". According to contract signed between Stena Line and Gdansk Shiprepair Yard "Remontowa" S.A. the two ships deployed so far on the Hook of Holland - Harwich route, ranking high among the world's largest ferries (at 44,327 gt), will be brought for upgrading to Gdansk, Poland.



The current Stena Hollandica and Stena Britannica, which today service the Hook of Holland - Harwich route, will be transferred successively, as the Superferries are delivered, to the Gothenburg-Kiel route. The first ferry has already arrived at Remontowa (see in the pictures). The exact data of arrival of the second one will depend on Superferries newbuildings delivery schedule, but it is expected that the ferry currently named Stena Brittanica will arrive at Remontowa in Autumn 2010.
The range of upgrade at Gdansk Shiprepair Yard "Remontowa" S.A. will be quite extensive.
The new part of superstructure (new deck) will be installed, which will extend the passenger spaces with both cabins and public spaces. Existing passenger spaces will be refurbished and rearranged.
Cargo space will be rearranged as well, with new ro-ro and cargo access equipment installed.
All ship equipment items and systems, necessary for the new or rearranged cargo and passenger spaces will be installed, extended or rearranged accordingly. The conversion work will ensure that the vessels are best suited to their new trading route.



Upgrading and refurbishing of Stena Hollandica and Stena Britannica in Gdansk constitutes the continuation of good business relations between Stena Line and Remontowa resulting also from Gdansk based yard's wide experience in ferry upgrades and extensive conversions, scheduled repairs and maintenance as well as damage repairs for several top European ferry operators bringing their ships to Remontowa sometimes even from the North Sea, English Channel or Irish Sea. Also Stena Line ferries have not been a rare sight at Remontowa's docks and quays over the several recent years, with such jobs accomplished in Gdansk as extensive upgrade of Stena Baltica or wide ranging repairs of Stena Nautica as well as numerous regular dockings and scheduled maintenance / repairs.


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