MS Stena Baltica

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Name: 1986-2002: Koningin Beatrix
2002-present: Stena Baltica[1]
Operator: 1986-1989: Stoomvaart Maatschappij Zeeland
1989-1997: Stena Line Holland BV
1997-present: Stena Line
Port of registry: 1986—1997: Hoek van Holland,  Netherlands
1997—2002: London,  United Kingdom
2002-present: Nassau,  Bahamas[1]
Route: Karlskrona - Gdynia
Builder: Van der Giessen de Noord, Krimpen aan den IJssel, The Netherlands[1]
Yard number: 935[1]
Laid down: 5 January 1985[1]
Launched: 9 November 1985[1]
Christened: 9 November 1985 by Beatrix of the Netherlands[1]
Completed: 1986
Acquired: 22 April 1986[1]
Maiden voyage: April 1986[1]
Status: In service
General characteristics
Tonnage: 31,910 GT (gross tonnage)[1]
Length: 164.61 m (540.1 ft)
Installed power: 4 x MAN 8L 40/45
Speed: 20 knots
Capacity: 1200 passengers
524 vehicles

MS Stena Baltica is a cruiseferry owned by Stena Line and operated on their Karlskrona - Gdynia service. She was built in 1986 by Van der Gissen De Noord, Krimpen aan den IJssel, The Netherlands.

She entered service the same year, sailing between Harwich and the Hoek van Holland for Stoomvaart Maatschappij Zeeland N.V (S.M.Z.), as MS Koningin Beatrix. In 1989 Stena Line BV took over the route. She remained on that route until 1997 when she was transferred to the Fishguard - Rosslare service, following the arrival of Template:HSC at Harwich.

She remained on the Fishguard Service until 2002, when she was replaced by MS Stena Europe, whom she had previously operated alongside with on the Harwich - Hoek van Holland Service.

In 2003, she was renamed MS Stena Baltica and deployed on the route she operates at present. In 2005 she was rebuilt to reduce her passenger capacity and carry more freight.

She is build to a similar design to the MS Olau Brittania (1990), MS Olau Hollandia (1989), MS Nils Holgersson (1987) and MS Peter Pan (1986).


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Asklander, Micke. "M/S Koningin Beatrix (1986)". Fakta om Fartyg. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 

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