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How does it work - Ballast

Balancing with ballast!

2018-01-25 | Onboard | No comments

Ever heard the word ballast? It comes from the old Nordic word “barlast” which means without (“bar”) cargo (“last”). And there’s a reason for that… When a ship is fully loaded (say, a ferry carrying hundreds of cars and trucks), the weight of the load submerges the hull in the water. This is good because,…

STENA GOTHICA leaving Gothenburg 20180107. by Rickard Sahlsten

Stena Gothica – A Stena Line veteran

2018-01-18 | Onboard | No comments

During the winter months, several of our ships enter the dry dock for their annual inspection and refurbishing. One of these is Stena Danica. While she’s being pampered at the shipyard, Stena Gothica, along with Stena Jutlandica and M/V Gute, are keeping up her route, Frederikshavn-Gothenburg. Who is this trusty ole dame? Ou...

New Stena Line Terminal in Gothenburg May 1972

From cheeky challenger to established shipping company

2018-01-11 | Onboard | No comments

1972 is the eventful year that Stena goes from being an upstart challenger to one of Gothenburg’s established shipping companies. The new, elegant terminal building on the southern shores of the river Göta marks the start of a new era in Gothenburg. Long before, the traditional harbor business left the southern r...

How does it work - how to weigh a ferry

How the heck do you weigh a ship?

2018-01-09 | Onboard | No comments

If you caught the first episode of our series, where we talked about buoyancy, you may remember that the weight of the water that a ship displaces is equal to the weight of the ship itself. This is known as the Archimedes principle. But how do you establish the weight of that water?   Ship builders…

How does it work - Center of gravity

What the king didn’t know …

2017-12-07 | Onboard | No comments

When Swedish king, Gustav II Adolf ordered the royal warship Wasa, he clearly knew nothing about the importance of center of gravity. He ordered an extra cannon deck built – and the Wasa capsized instantly on her maiden voyage in 1628. Not exactly a proud moment in history of Swedish shipbuilding … The center of…

STENA OLYMPICA At delivery in 1972

A Yugoslavian-built ferry with an Olympic aura and Scandinavian design

2017-12-05 | Onboard | No comments

Stena Olympica was built in Yugoslavia and delivered in the same year as the summer Olympics in Munich in 1972. The interior design was clearly influenced by the decade she was delivered in, as well as by her Scandinavian heritage. Read about her 40 year long history below. Ship Facts Delivered ...

How does it work - Episode3 DryDock

The strange case of the vanishing water …

2017-11-23 | Onboard | 2 Comments

No crane in the world is strong enough to lift a 20,000-tonne vessel up in the air. Nevertheless, every once in a while, a ship does need to have its underwater hull painted, maintained and repaired. And you can’t really do that while the ship is in the water. The solution? ...

Making a fellow traveller happy is my best travel memory!

2017-11-16 | Onboard | No comments

  Traveling doesn’t have to stop just because you’re back home again. Remembering and talking about trips is also a way of traveling. In your mind and in time. That’s something Arne and his friends do. Below is his story from a trip from Gothenburg to Kiel. – We love to reminisce a...

It’s not just a fancy nose job: we’re saving the planet!

2017-11-09 | Onboard | 3 Comments

You’ve probably seen a bulb-like shape protruding from the bow of a ship. Our ferries all have one. But what is it and what’s it doing there? Well, the bulb is a clever invention that helps to decrease a ships resistance as it travels through the water. The result: more speed, less fue...

Stena Germanica

The job is a little bit like a chess game

2017-11-07 | Onboard | No comments

Ron Gerlach has worked on several positions in the Stena Group and has been based in Glasgow and South Korea. Since 2015 he works as Trade Director for Stena Lines business in Germany. It is a job which in many means can is similar to the role of a chess player. Wh...

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