In just under three months, Stena RoRo has converted the former ’Stena Superfast X’ day ropax into a night ferry.
The conversion was carried out in Piraeus, Greece.
Under the name ’A Nepita’ she is to operate on the Marseille /Corsica/North Africa route for French shipping company, Corsica Linea.
During the refurbishment, she was repainted, fitted with custom furnishings, more cabins and had hybrid scrubbers installed.
The number of passenger cabins on board was increased from 45 to 176, of which 94 were newly built and 33 former crew cabins were converted.
She has also been fitted with hybrid scrubbers, an exhaust gas treatment system that reduces emissions of sulfur into the air.
“The conversion has gone extremely fast and we’re very happy with the results,” said Niklas Andersson, General Manager for Operations at Stena RoRo. “The Mediterranean is a familiar market for us, but in this case we have a new customer, which makes it especially nice. This type of assignment – taking a customer’s wishes and realising them with rapid execution – is what we’re best at.”
“The process has moved extremely fast and collaboration with affected suppliers has gone smoothly,” added Stena RoRo’s site Manager, Claes Tisell, at the shipyard in Greece. “Despite major difficulties related to the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic, with shipyard workers and sub-contractors, among others, forced to quarantine, we have managed to keep the timetable.”
The site where the conversion took place was not a traditional shipyard, as the ship was berthed where land was available for sub-contractors to gain access. All the work was co-ordinated by a local firm. A local floating dock was also used.
“This is a known and appreciated concept in the Mediterranean and not least in Piraeus, which entails extensive freedom in planning and execution,” Tisell explained.
The ropax, built in 2002, was formerly called ‘Stena Superfast X’ and has operated on the Dublin /Holyhead route under Stena Line’s management, among others.
She now has 1,930 lane metres, plus space for 411 cars, 1,200 pax and is fitted with 176 cabins.