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Does anyone know what is happening with Stena Europe?  She was supposed to return to the Abergwaun/Fishguard route on 17 June after a major life-extending refit.  However she still seems to be in the shipyard near Istanbul.

 

 

 

 

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She's not due to return to service until at least July 22nd because of delays to her refit, it may even be later. P&O's 'European Highlander' is also suffering delays on her refit.

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16 minutes ago, VikingVoyager said:

What vessel is covering Fishguard for Stena?

Stena Nordica is covering for the Stena Europe.

 

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Just looked on MarineTraffic.

 

shes still in the Turkish ship yard.

 

i think she might miss the next busy weeks.

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'Stena Europe' left the dry dock this morning and is currently at anchor off Tuzla.

Edited by TonyMWeaver

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Is that good news or bad news? 

But of course the real question is will she be leaving in '24 hours from Tuzla'? 

Ed. 

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10 hours ago, Cabin-boy said:

Is that good news or bad news? 

But of course the real question is will she be leaving in '24 hours from Tuzla'? 

Ed. 

On her way to Amarillo?

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14 minutes ago, TonyMWeaver said:

'Stena Europe' is not set to return to service until September 1st at the earliest.

Any idea what is causing the delay? Ed. 

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From Stena August 7th

‘During the extensive refit and life extension of the Stena Europe, a number of unforeseen technical issues arose which have resulted in a delay to the ship returning on the Fishguard – Rosslare service.  We are awaiting some specialist parts for the vessel and will keep all our travel and freight customers updated. 

Stena Line will continue to operate its normal timetable with the Stena Nordica and would like to take this opportunity to apologise to any customers inconvenienced by the unfortunate delayed return of the Stena Europe.
 

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Stena Europe arrived at Liverpool at 17.00 on Sunday 15 September and is currently berthed in the Gladstone Dock, the opposite side to the P&O Ferries terminal.

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Do you know whether they're waiting for European Endeavour to leave Lairds before Stena send her across to finish the work?

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Travelled on Stena Europe Fishguard to Rosslare just before Christmas.  

Not a pleasant experience.  Side loading followed by two sharp right angle turns through narrow gates and then up a steep newly painted and rain wet ramp.

Even a low revs I skidded sideways taking 3 attempts to park. On board water was pouring though the ceiling outside my cabin on deck 7.

A litter bin was placed under the cascade but was soon filled and joined by another bin from another cabin !

Driving off at Rosslare the line of cars ground to a halt for about 15 minutes before continuing. As I drove off from the front of the ship in the darkness, BANG !

The car dropped at leas 6" onto the concrete dock side. It appeared the last part of the ramp was missing.

The car behind me saw what happened and took a lot of coaxing to slowly drive off.

Complaining only drew the response, "If you don't like it come back on board and go home in 2 hours time ! "

The ship may be only 9 years older than the Bretagne but to say its grim is being polite.

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13 hours ago, BZH29 said:

Travelled on Stena Europe Fishguard to Rosslare just before Christmas.  

Not a pleasant experience.  Side loading followed by two sharp right angle turns through narrow gates and then up a steep newly painted and rain wet ramp.

Even a low revs I skidded sideways taking 3 attempts to park. On board water was pouring though the ceiling outside my cabin on deck 7.

A litter bin was placed under the cascade but was soon filled and joined by another bin from another cabin !

Driving off at Rosslare the line of cars ground to a halt for about 15 minutes before continuing. As I drove off from the front of the ship in the darkness, BANG !

The car dropped at leas 6" onto the concrete dock side. It appeared the last part of the ramp was missing.

The car behind me saw what happened and took a lot of coaxing to slowly drive off.

Complaining only drew the response, "If you don't like it come back on board and go home in 2 hours time ! "

The ship may be only 9 years older than the Bretagne but to say its grim is being polite.

That's a shame - the pictures on NI Ferry look good. Nice modern lounges

https://www.niferry.co.uk/a-look-inside-stena-europe/

I didn't realise she was side loader.

 

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I've never really understood why Stena have continued with the side loading at Fishguard, entry through the bow doors was always available when we sailed on her. Mind you I've not understood why Stena would spend millions redesigning the vehicle decks on a 40 year ship either.

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The Stena Europe has been made good for another decade at a very low capital cost. For a route which makes no money the options were transfer another fully paid down ship which in turn would need replacing or spend a relatively small amount to keep her going. Or close the route, which is unpalatable.

She is in pretty good condition superficially and the hull will last forever so it's just a question of making sure she keeps going mechanically. 

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To be fair to Stena, my opinion of that trip was slanted by the dodgy loading and very hard landing in Rosslare and unsympathetic attitude of the loaders.

The public areas were bright and well furnished with comfortable seating, certainly in the enormous coffee lounge.  Coffee £3.20 a cappucino.

There was a free film show of Toy Story 4 and Santa's reindeer was there for the children to see.

I noticed a mysterious valve? in the cabin above the door, any ideas what it was for ?

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On the return crossing the "this is your captain speaking" announcement featured a different captain when docking at Fishguard to that departing Rosslare !

Back to Brittany onboard Bretagne on 29th December, her first Portsmouth sailing since her "holiday" and I felt "at home".

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28 minutes ago, BZH29 said:

To be fair to Stena, my opinion of that trip was slanted by the dodgy loading and very hard landing in Rosslare and unsympathetic attitude of the loaders.

The public areas were bright and well furnished with comfortable seating, certainly in the enormous coffee lounge.  Coffee £3.20 a cappucino.

There was a free film show of Toy Story 4 and Santa's reindeer was there for the children to see.

I noticed a mysterious valve? in the cabin above the door, any ideas what it was for ?

valve.JPG.1105c20bf7d2226ece7415aa0b3ce981.JPG

eyes.JPG.f8eb45aa8641c4b905d107de540344c1.JPG

On the return crossing the "this is your captain speaking" announcement featured a different captain when docking at Fishguard to that departing Rosslare !

Back to Brittany onboard Bretagne on 29th December, her first Portsmouth sailing since her "holiday" and I felt "at home".

A fire suppression system maybe ? .

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46 minutes ago, BZH29 said:

I noticed a mysterious valve? in the cabin above the door, any ideas what it was for ?

A cappuccino machine. You pay £3.20 for the first cup and refils are free. Ed. 

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1 hour ago, BZH29 said:

I noticed a mysterious valve? in the cabin above the door, any ideas what it was for ?

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Looks like a rather odd sprinkler head, you can see the red bulb on top. Very much a retrofit job by the looks of it.  I'm guess when the bulb breaks the system pressure forces an internal valve open rather then on a normal one where the bulb is the plug.

Re the Masters announcement, if she is doing two round trips a day she probably has a Night Master as the Master would be out of hours doing all the ins and outs as well as their admin role.

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