Stena’s rebuilt ropax ‘Stena Baltica’ has started operating from Ventspils to Nynäshamn.
With the continued expansion of Stena Line’s operations in the Baltic Sea, on 19th January, ‘Stena Baltica’ undertook her maiden voyage on the route.
She will share this route with ‘Stena Scandica’, replacing ‘Stena Flavia’, which will join ‘Stena Livia’ on the Liepāja/Travemünde route.
‘Stena Baltica’ is identical to the ‘Stena Scandica’, which has operated between Ventspils and Nynäshamn since last summer.
She is of 222 m in length and has 202 cabins to accommodate up to 970 passengers and has freight capacity of 2,875 lane metres, as well as an extra car deck.
Her interior has been refurbished and she now offers new cabin categories, spacious shops, lounge areas and several dining facilities, as well as a sun deck.
“Transporting passengers and freight in the Baltic Sea region for almost a decade now, we keep constant track of our customers’ needs and demand, and are delighted to improve our customers’ experience. Compared to ferries that previously operated the route, ‘Stena Scandica’ and ‘Stena Baltica’ provide 30% more freight capacity and 70% more cabin space, more extensive leisure options, and a more pleasant travel experience on our vessels and routes to and from Latvia.
“Both new ferries are outstanding additions to Stena Line’s fleet of vessels for our customers, and this is just the first step on the path to our major plan to double the number of passengers on this Baltic Sea route over a three-year period,” said Johan Edelman, Stena Line Trade Director, Baltic Sea North.
The ropaxes are fitted with several features and fuel efficiency improvements, such as hybrid scrubbers, ballast water cleaning systems and other solutions to offer more sustainable transport across the Baltic Sea. The increased tonnage also means lower emissions per transported unit.
Ventspils/Nynäshamn is the shortest route between Latvia and Scandinavia.