The ropax ‘Stena Europe’, which operates on the Fishguard/Rosslare ferry service is currently undergoing a three-month refit at Gemak Shipyard in Tuzla, Turkey.
The vessel is scheduled to return to service in late June, 2019 and during the refit a number of upgrade projects will be completed.
One of the most significant work undertaken includes modifications to the deckhead levels on the main vehicle deck to allow for the carriage of full-height trailers across the whole of the main vehicle deck.
Prior to arrival at Tuzla, ‘Stena Europe’ was restricted to carrying full-height trailers on its port side only.
Other work includes the renewal of the majority of the ship’s windows, engine and hull overhauls including blasting of the whole hull to remove all the existing paint work to improve fuel efficiency and the ships appearance.
Internally, the passenger stairwells will be revamped, a redesign of the Barista Coffee outlet, as well as upgrades to the passenger Information Desk and other decor improvements will be undertaken.
During the refit period, the ropax has been replaced by the ‘Stena Nordica’ on the service.
Ian Davies, Stena Line Trade Director (Irish Sea South), said: “Our ongoing ship refit programme is an important part of our business operation ensuring that our fleet operates to its maximum efficiently and is further evidence of Stena Line’s rolling investment programme for the region.
“The ‘Stena Europe’ is an important part of our Irish Sea South fleet and we look forward to welcoming a revamped vessel back to our Rosslare/Fishguard service in the summer with the capacity to accommodate even more full-height trailers while still carrying up to 1, 400 passengers.
“This is an important year for Stena Line on the Irish Sea as preparations are made to receive the first of its new generation ‘E-Flexer’ series vessels, the ‘Stena Estrid’, which is scheduled to enter service on the Dublin/Holyhead route in early 2020, the first of three new ‘E-Flexer’ vessels bound for the Irish Sea region,” he said.