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The past couple of years have been seismic for the port of Holyhead, which Stena Line owns and operates. Above, Afloat adds the freight check-in booths including those for rival operator, Irish Ferries at the north Wales port on Anglesey.
Holyhead as Welsh towns go has had to reckon with more upheaval than most. The largest town on the Isle of Anglesey is home to just over 10,000 people but is also one of the UK's largest commercial and ferry…
Brexit Booster: In response to change in demand, the larger Stena Foreteller is to be deployed to the popular Belfast-Birkenhead (Liverpool) route adding a much needed additional 13% freight capacity.
Ferry company Stena Line has once again realigned its NI freight services to better reflect market demand created by Brexit related trade distortions. To accommodate this change in demand, the operator has redeployed its larger Stena Foreteller ship to the…
Storm Barra: The historic breakwater at the north Wales port has been badly hit by Storm Arwen and Storm Barra. Afloat adds the Holyhead Port Authority is operated by Stena Line Ports.
The Port of Holyhead's breakwater has been closed by Stena after recent storms have left it too unsafe for public access. The historic breakwater - that protects Holyhead port - has been badly hit by Storm Arwen and Storm Barra.…
Stena Line in early 2022 is to launch into the Finnish market with a new Baltic Sea linking Swedan using Urd, a former Irish Sea freight ferry that served the Dun Laoghaire-Holyhead route. The Italian built freighter was the largest ever to serve the Ireland-Wales route when supporting the passenger car ferry St. Columba which too is in the news as the stalwart having served almost 20 years latterly with Stena until 1996, has finally gone to the shipbreakers in Pakistan last month.
Another Finnish port in the news (see story) involves Hanko from where Stena Line is to enter the Nordic state's market with a new Baltic Sea route to Nynäshamn in Sweden, the operator's homecountry, writes Jehan Ashmore. The new Sweden-Finland route…
Brexit Impact: The ferry firm said that trade between Wales and Ireland is around 30% down on previous years. Above Stena Europe berthed at Fishguard in south Wales which links Rosslare.
Ferry firm Stena Line says its remains "committed" to Holyhead and Fishguard ports despite a slump in trade after Brexit. As BusinessLive reports, the UK's exit from the EU has seen trade diverted away from both the ports - with…
Decade at Cairnryan; Stena Line Superfast VIII OSS crew Caitlan Nicholl (left) Morgan Cowan (right) joined Paul Grant (Trade Director) and Senior Master Steve Millar on board the Bridge of Superfast VIII to mark (today’s Sun. 21 Nov) the 10th anniversary of Stena Line’s relocation of Scottish port, from Stranrear to nearby Cairnryan Port back in 2011.  Since then, the North Channel route has enjoyed a number of notable milestones including transporting over 11.1m passengers, 2.6m cars, 1.9m freight units during 40,747 sailings.
Stena Line mark’s the 10th anniversary today (21 Nov.) of the opening of its Loch Ryan Port facility at Cairnryan, Scotland and the introduction of two new ‘Superfast’ vessels which heralded the start of its then new Belfast-Cairnryan service back…
Shortage of skilled seafarers in the shipping sector due to Brexit and Pandemic, requires women to take up a career says Stena Line. Among them is Captain Lynette Bryson, Master of the Stena Adventurer on the Dublin-Holyhead route. The Ireland-Wales link is also operated by Stena Estrid.
Stena Line believes that if the shipping industry is going to solve its jobs’ crisis due to Brexit and the Pandemic, there is a simple solution; it urgently needs to encourage more women to work in careers at sea, in…
The Stena Superfast VIII launched its fast rescue craft
In the early evening of Saturday, 2nd October, Belfast Coastguard put out a MAYDAY in response to a 20ft yacht with four people on board reportedly taking on water and without power, a mile north of Corsewall Point, at the…
Stena Estrid enters Dublin Port on her maiden voyage in January 2020
Duty-free shopping is making a big impact as it proves popular with passengers once again on routes between Ireland and Wales. Early sales figures show the huge potential it has to help the travel sector bounce back after the pandemic.…
At just shy of 240-meters each in length, two 'E-Flexer' (MkII) ro-pax class ferries designed in collaboration with Stena RoRo and under construction at the CMI Jinling Shipyard in Weihai, China, are expected to be delivered to the Baltic Sea during 2022. The newbuilds are larger versions of their Irish Sea counterparts currently serving between Belfast-Birkenhead (Liverpool) and Dublin-Holyhead.
Stena Line which operates three of their 'E-Flexer' ro-pax class ferries on the Irish Sea, is to continue its expansion on the Baltic Sea during 2022, increasing both freight-and passenger capacity with larger versions of the new class. The Swedish…
Stena Line in Scandinavia on their Gothenburg(Sweden)-Fredrikshamn (Denmark) route is to introduce before 2030 the world's first fossil-free ferries of its kind
Stena Line, the Danish Port of Fredrikshamn and the Fredrikshamn Municipality recently signed an historic agreement, to take their share of responsibility for the Gothenburg-Fredrikshamn route to become the world's first fossil-free ferry line of its kind. The agreement on…
At the north Wales ferry port of Holyhead, Afloat adds operated by Stena, is also where another Swedish company, the travel retailer R&F has opened 'probably' the world's smallest border shop!
According to NorthWalesLive, the Port of Holyhead, the "world's smallest" border duty free store has opened using the inside of a shipping container. Irish daytrippers were a regular sight on the streets of Holyhead during the 1980s and 90s, with…
 Ferry sailings on Stena Line's Cairnryan-Belfast route have resumed following an earlier positive test by a crew member. Above one of the North Channel route's pair of 'Superfast' ferries.
Ferry services run by Stena Line have resumed between Scotland and Northern Ireland, which were earlier disrupted due to a positive Covid-19 test among its crew. One crew member on the Cairnryan to Larne ferry received a positive result from a…
Only one Stena Line ferry is affected but four sailings on the Cairnryan-Belfast route were cancelled. Above AFLOAT adds a Stena 'Superfast' ferry on Loch Ryan, Scotland.
Operator Stena Line cancelled four of its ferry sailings between Scotland and Northern Ireland after one crew member tested positive for Covid-19. Its 19:30 BST departure from Cairnryan and 23:30 BST departure from Belfast were cancelled on Wednesday. On Thursday,…
Port of Holyhead on Anglesey, north Wales where above is how the breakwater would look after the repair work was completed. The pier is the longest breakwater in Europe, with the Grade II listed structure measuring 1.7 miles long. Stena Line has previously warned that a failure could eventually result in the closure of the port and the loss of the international link between Ireland and Wales.
At the Port of Holyhead, operated by Stena Line Ports which has revealed plans for major repair works to Europe’s longest breakwater, which includes changing its appearance to ensure it continues to protect the north Wales town. The ferry port and…
Quarantine restrictions in the UK were lifted (yesterday, 2 Aug.) for fully-vaccinated EU and US passengers. Above AFLOAT's photo of Stena Britannia, (outward bound off Harwich), is one of pair of giant 63,500gt ferries that operates Stena Line's only 'combined passenger & freight' route connecting the UK and mainland Europe through the Dutch port of Hook van Holland. The North Sea route also acts as a UK 'landbridge' for trade travelling between Ireland and Europe and beyond, where in Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea, Stena operate a more larger route network.
In the UK, the North Sea ferry and cruise port of Harwich is set to benefit from an influx of tourists after quarantine restrictions were lifted (yesterday) for fully-vaccinated passengers arriving from amber countries in Europe and the USA. It comes as…

About Stena Line

Stena Line is one of Europe's leading ferry companies with 37 vessels and 17 routes in Northern Europe operating 25,000 sailings each year. Stena Line is an important part of the European logistics network and develops new intermodal freight solutions by combining transport by rail, road and sea. Stena Line also plays an important role for tourism in Europe with its extensive passenger operations. The company is family-owned, was founded in 1962 and is headquartered in Gothenburg. Stena Line has 4,300 employees and an annual turnover of 14 billion SEK.

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