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Stena Hollandica prior to insertion of new mid body

Lloyd Werft photo shows Stena Hollandica prior to insertion of new mid body section

May 18, 2007

Second Stena Superferry back in service

Stena Line has announced the return of Stena Hollandica to service on the Harwich, U.K. to Hook of Holland route following its lengthening and refurbishment at Lloyd Werft, Bremerhaven, Germany.

Stena Line has invested some $138 million in lengthening and refurbishing at Lloyd Werft of the two superferries used on this route, the Stena Brittanica and Stena Hollandica.

The 43,487 gt Stena Brittanica, built in 2002 by Hyundai Heavy Industries, Ulsan, Korea, was at Lloyd Werft from January 20 to March 9 for a conversion that included insertion of a 30 m long by 29.3 m midship section.

The smaller (33,360 gt) Stena Hollandica, built in 2001 by the AESA Puerto Real yard in Spain, was in the Bremerhaven yard from March 12 through May 3, where a 50 m long x 28.7 m wide midship section was inserted. This took the ship's length to 240 m from 188 m. According to Stena Line, this is "the largest lengthening ever undertaken."

The number of cabins aboard Stena Hollandica has been increased to 395 from 192 and new high-quality Dux mattresses help ensure a good night's sleep.

The two Superferries have completely renewed onboard features, including two restaurants, two bars, shop, cinema, Stena Plus lounge, onboard kennels for pets and a number of Captain Class and Comfort Class cabins with additional facilities. Passengers can also stay connected with both WiFi and mobile phone reception during the whole crossing.

Pim de Lange, Area Director North Sea, Stena Line welcomed the return of Stena Hollandica, saying, "The return of the newly extended Stena Hollandica completes this period of substantial investment in the Harwich--Hook of Holland route. It is now more convenient and comfortable than ever to travel to Holland-- instead of the hassle of airports, passengers can relax and enjoy the journey, whether it be a drink and dinner, followed by a film, or making the most of the quiet Stena Plus Lounge to catch up on business."

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