Stena Line – our way to travel

Stena Line is one of the world’s largest ferry operators. The company offers a range of conventional ferry services around the Baltic sea, Scandinavia, the Uk, Ireland and Holland. Stena Line is part of the Stena AB group.


The company’s history

The foundation of the Stena Sphere, added on 18 november in 1939, when the ministry of trade – company Sten A Olsson Metallprodukter is formed in Gothenburg, sweden. Stena Line was founded by Sten A Olsson, who lived from 1916 to 2013, and was the son of captain Gustav Olsson. The year 1946 was, Sten Allan Olsson owner of his first vessel of 25 000 sek and the loan from the bank Handelsbanken. In the following years the company expanded its business abroad. The Stena Sphere consists of three parent undertaking:

Stena AB, which supports, inter alia, the Stena Line ferries. Subsidiary of Stena AB, is active in the development, sale and charter, and provides asset management services.
Stena Sessan AB is owned by the Stena Sphere since the 1980s
Stena Metall AB – the recovery of scrap metal, paper, electronics , hazardous waste and chemicals.

The company Stena Line was founded in 1962 by the said Stone, A Olssona in Gothenburg, sweden.Today his son, Dan Sten Olsson took over and the company has grown into a huge group. Initial shipping was conducted on a small scale. In the early 1960s, an attempt was made by a Danish ship owners to start a line between Gothenburg-Skagen – Skagenlinjen.

The year 1972 was the Stone one of the first färjeoperatörerna in Europe to introduce a computer-based booking system for the travel and business areas. The year 1978 began to also fraktaffärsområdet operate a computer-based booking system.

During the 1980s, acquired the Stena three other shipping companies. In the year 1981 Sessanlinjen, Stena’s biggest competitor on Sweden-Denmark routes, was acquired and incorporated into Stena Line. This included Sessans two new large ships, crown Princess Victoria, and Princess Birgitta, which became the largest ship operated by Stena by that date.
In 1983 acquired the Stena Line Varberg to Grenaa Line, and two years later also the right to the company’s previous name – the Lion Ferry. Lion Ferry continued as a separate marketing company until 1997, when it was incorporated into Stena Line. In 1989, acquired yet another ferry operator, Stoomvaart Maatschappij Zeeland (SMZ), which at the time traded under the name Crown Line. The route between Hoek van Holland-Harwich then became a part of Stena Line’s route network.
Stena Line doubled in size in 1990 with the acquisition of Sealink British Ferries from Sea Containers Ltd. This was the first Sealink Stena Line, then Stena Sealink Line and finally Stena Line (UK), who now runs all of Stena’s ferry services between the Uk and Ireland.
In the year 1996. Stena Line has introduced a ship HSS (High-speed Sea service) that weighed 20 000 metric tonnes – the ship to ply the route Belfast – Stranraer (Scotland), Holyhead (for Ireland) – Dun Laoghaire (Ireland) and the Hoek van Holland – Harwich ( Essex). In addition to the three ships have been ST ordered two smaller vessels, which housed 900 passengers on the route Gothenburg – Frederikshavn (Denmark).

During the 1998 cruises from Dover and Newhaven in England, together with P & O European Ferries has created a new company, P & O Stena, which 40% of the shares belonged to Stena Line, and 60% belonged to P & O. in 2002, P & O, the owner of P & O Stena, which soon changed its name to P & O Ferries.

In the year 2000 – Stena Line buys another scandinavian färjeoperatör, Scandlines AB in 2006 – the Stena ordered a pair of ”super ferries” with a gross tonnage of 62 000, from the Norwegian company Aker Yards. Delivery took place during 2010. Ferries were among the largest in the world and operated between Hoek van Holland and Harwich.

July 2009 – Stena Line buys the ship, the Stena Parisien (the company SeaFrance). The ship is now known as Stena Navigator. The ship plying on the route Stranraer – Belfast, next to the HSS Stena Voyager and Stena Caledonia.

December 2010 – Stena Line takes over the northern Ireland, sträcken Belfast to Heysham and Birkenhead (England), two ships for the Heysham (Scotia Seaways and Hibernia Seaways) and two ships at Birkenhead (Mersey Seaways and Lagan Seaways).<

Year 2012 – Stena Line has two new ships, Stena Super VII and Stena Super VIII, which replaced the Stena Navigator and Stena Caledonia. Stena Voyager was sold to Stena Recycling.


So here serious accidents happen very rarely.
In 2012 ferry Stena Spirit collided with containerkranen in Gdynia port – three port workers were injured.
October 2009 – Stena Baltica broke out in the gangway in Karlskrona. The gangway collapsed down on a oljetankbil that sprang a leak so that some oil spilled on the dock. The gangway collapsed down on a tanker with oil and 800 liters of heavy oil leaked out on the dock. The ferry had 170 passengers. Fortunately it came to nothing serious.

Gothenburg, sweden 2015 – 1 220 cubic meters gushed into the ship after the collision with the oil tanker Ternvind. On board the ferry was at the time of the accident, 600 people

However, you must remember that Stena Line handles thousands of destinations.

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