MS Stena Nordica (2004)

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Name: 2000-2004: European Ambassador
2004 onwards: Stena Nordica
Operator: 2000-2004: P&O Irish Sea
2004 onwards: Stena Line
Port of registry: United Kingdom London
Route: Holyhead - Dublin Port
Builder: Mitsubishi Heavy Industry, Japan
Yard number: 1068
In service: 2000
Identification: IMO number: 9215505
Call sign SCBK
Status: In service
General characteristics
Tonnage: 24,206 GT (gross tonnage)
4,768 metric tons deadweight (DWT)
Length: 169.8 m (557 ft 1 in)
Beam: 24.0 m (78 ft 9 in)
Draught: 6.0 m (19 ft 8 in)
Installed power: 2 x Wärtsilä 18V38
2 x Wärtsilä 12V38
Capacity: 405 passengers
222 berths
375 cars
1,949 lane metres

MS Stena Nordica is a ro-pax ferry operated by Stena Line between Holyhead and Dublin.

Early career

Stena Nordica was originally built European Ambassador for P&O Irish Sea. She initially entered service between Liverpool and Dublin. Soon after she was used on the new Mostyn - Dublin service. This service however, was short lived and closed in 2004.

Sale to Stena Line

Following the closure of the Mostyn service, she was sold to Stena Line in 2004 and renamed Stena Nordica. She entered service on the Karlskrona - Gdynia route in May of the same year.

In 2008, she returned to the Irish Sea route which she currently operates. She is a close relative to the P&O Irish Sea twins European Causeway and European Highlander, which operate between Cairnryan and Larne.