by Ulf Jahnke
Stena Line anniversary trip
The ferry line Kiel-Gothenburg turns 50 on 27th April
(Kiel, 15th March 2017) On Monday (13/03), the ferry “Stena Scandinavica” appeared at the Schwedenkai terminal in Kiel with a large “50” painted on its funnel. This is because the Stena Line route Kiel-Gothenburg celebrates its 50th anniversary on 27th April 2017. Half a century ago, the founder of Stena Line, Mr Sten A. Olsson, established the route between Kiel and Gothenburg - the foundation for a maritime success story. The ferries “Stena Scandinavica” and Stena “Germanica” both showcase the big “50” on their prominent red funnels throughout the anniversary year. After “Stena Scandinavica” presented the new looks already on 13th March, the anniversary label will follow shortly on the funnel of “Stena Germanica”,too.
The first „Stena Germanica“ (built in 1967, length: 110 m, tonnage: 5,200 GT) transported as many as 125,000 passengers and 21,000 motor vehicles from and to Kiel in its first year of operation already. Demand has constantly increased in the course of the years so that ever larger ships have been put into operation and the terminal facilities have been extended. Stena Line moved into Kiel’s Schwedenkai in 1982, which was fundamentally redesigned for the new ferry generation in 2010. Today, “Stena Germanica” (III) and “Stena Scandinavica” (IV) are the longest RoPax-ferries operating in the Baltic Sea, starting from Kiel. Every year, 400,000 passengers and 2 million tons of cargo are transported by Stena Line from and to Gothenburg.
Impression Stena Line in Kiel: