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Stena Germanica is one of the two sister ferries sailing on the route from Kiel in Germany to Gothenburg in Sweden and the largest ferry in the Nordic region. She is also about to become the world’s first methanol-powered vessel with a new fuel arrangement which will combine methanol as the primary fuel with marine gas fuel (MGO) as a back-up. SOx emissions are expected to be cut by 99%; NOx by 60%; particulates by 95% and CO2 by 25%. The conversion which be overseen by Lloyds Register began on January 28 at Poland’s Remontowa shipyard and is scheduled to take 45 days. The current Stena Germanica is the third vessel to be given the name by the company.
Built by Astilleros Espanoles, Spain in 2001
Owned and operated by Stena Line, Gothenburg
GRT 51,837 tons
DWT 10,670 MT
Machinery: 4 x Sulzer8ZAL40S diesel engines, 2 controllable pitch propellers, 3 bowthrusters
Speed: 21.5 knots
Passenger capacity 1,300
Vehicle capacity 300
Registered in Gothenburg
Sister ship: Stena Scandinavica
Preliminary tests on a methanol-modified Wartsila engine 6ZAL40S similar to the Stena Germanica’s were overseen in Trieste by five Lloyds Register teams from Copenhagen, Trieste, Gotheburg, Venice and Southampton offices. If the project proves to be a success, Stena Line is on record as saying they will look to convert several additional vessels “in the quest for alternative, more fuel-efficient sources of power in the shipping industry”.
Stena Germanica offers 24 different categories of cabins varying from standard cabins to family cabins and luxury themed suites complete with jacuzzi and a private terrace. The vessel also offers two high-end restaurants. The sale of beer, wines and spirits is a key source of revenue on the Stena Line fleet of 36 ferries.
For the European ferry buffs out there, the first Stena Germanica built in 1967 is shown above left, and 2nd Stena Germanica built 1987 is shown above right.