Friday, April 9, 2021

Ferry Line Brings Freight and Passenger Services Up to Date

Voyage Times Cut with New Vessels
Shipping News Feature

SWEDEN – BALTIC SEA – Ferry group Stena Line has added 186 metre long Visentini RoPax vessel Stena Livia to its Baltic Sea fleet. The ship has space for 115 trailers on its 2,250 lane metres and will join sister vessel Stena Flavia on the Nynäshamn-Ventspils route from mid-April.

Later this year the pair will replace the existing tonnage on the ferry route between Travemünde and Liepaja, adding 40% freight capacity and shorten the crossing time substantially. The move is part of the company’s expansion of its Baltic Sea operations with modern and large RoPax vessels being added to the two ferry routes from Latvia to Sweden and Germany. The routes, Nynäshamn-Ventspils and Travemünde-Liepaja, were acquired by Stena Line in 2012.

Today these form an important part of the group’s European logistics network, connecting the Baltics, Russia and CIS countries with Germany and Sweden as well as the rest of Europe. Johan Edelman, Trade Director Baltic Sea North, commented:

“We have seen an increase in demand from our customers across the Baltic Sea region. We are now strengthening our position and customer offer further with new modern vessels, more capacity and an attractive on board experience on both our routes to and from Latvia during 2021. I am happy to welcome Stena Livia to the Baltic Sea fleet.”

Stena Livia was built in 2008 at the Cantieri Navale Visentini shipyard in Italy and formerly sailed under the names of Étretat and Norman Voyager. She will mean the crossing time between Travemünde and Liepaja will be cut from 27 to 20 hours. Stena Line earlier announced that the ferry company will replace the existing vessels Stena Gothica and Urd on the Travemünde-Liepaja route in 2021.

The name Livia connects with Stena Lines Scandinavian heritage and the vessels Italian heritage. ‘Liv’ means shelter or protection in Old Norse and ‘Livia’ means envy, from the Latin ‘lividus’.

Photo: Courtesy of Mild Design/Stena Line.