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How to strrrrretch a ship

2018-05-17 | Onboard | 2 Comments

During Stena Line’s history, we’ve extended several ferries to increase their capacity. The last time we did it was in 2007 when Britannica and Hollandica, on the Hoek van Holland – Harwich route, were extended by an astonishing 50 metres. (When we cut them in half.) We then renamed them Germanica and Scandinavica and moved…

How does it work - Free surfaces

Don’t let liquids rock the boat!

2018-02-22 | Onboard | No comments

Consider a large ship loaded with a liquid  – oil, for example (as is often the case). In a single large tank, the liquid tends to move around a great deal as the ship encounters waves. This is because the liquid has a lot of free surface to move around in. As...

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,…

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 do ships float? How does it work?

What really floats your boat?

2017-02-14 | Onboard | 2 Comments

Introducing “How Does it Work?” with Sigurd and Lillie. Ever wondered why some things float and others don’t? Sigurd, cruise host on the Stena Danica and co-host of our new bi-weekly video series “How Does it Work?” has been wondering too. And so did a Greek mathematician called Archimedes who was born almost 3000 years…

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