MS Stena Leader

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Name: Stena Leader (2004-Present)
European Leader (1998-2004)
Buffalo (1975-1998)
Owner: Stena Line (2004-Present)
P&O Irish Sea (1975-2004)
Port of registry: Hamilton, 22x20px Bermuda
Builder: J.J. Sietas KG, Schiffswerf GmbH, Hamburg, Germany
Yard number: 756
Launched: 1975
Identification: IMO number: 7361582
General characteristics
Tonnage: 12,879 GT
Length: 125 m
Beam: 19.05 m
Draught: 5.77 m
Propulsion: 2 x Deutz RBV12M540
Speed: 18.5 kn

MS Stena Leader is a ship/ferry that operates on the Stena Line service from Larne, Northern Ireland to Fleetwood, England.

The ship was built in 1975 [1] for Pandoro Ltd and was named Buffalo [2]. In 1998 the ship was renamed European Leader [2] in preparation for rebranding of Pandoro Ltd to P&O Irish Sea the same year. In 2004 Stena Line bought the route [3]and the ship was renamed Stena Leader. [2]

The ship takes 8 hours to travel between Larne and Fleetwood but can take up to 12 hours depending on the tide depths at Fleetwood.[citation needed]

Stena Leader is the lightest out of the three ships that operate on the Larne to Fleetwood route.[citation needed]

Sister ships

The Stena Leader is one of three vessels based on the same design. The other two vessels are the Stena Pioneer and the Stena Seafarer.