Sweden-based ferry company Stena Line has received its Ro-Pax ferry, Stena Scandica, modernised at Sedef Shipyard in Tuzla, Turkey.

The conversion project was started in August last year, with Stena Scandica being the first of two Visentini vessels to be lengthened and renovated by the company.

Starting from next month, the vessel will provide services on Stena Line’s route between Nynäshamn, Sweden, and Ventspils, Latvia, after a ten-day maiden voyage.

Stena RoRo has carried out the execution of the project as well as the design.

Under the extensive refurbishment, the vessel was split in half and a new 36m long midsection was inserted, increasing the total length to 222m.

The ship now has a 30% increased capacity of 2875 cargo metres.

After the modernisation, the number of cabins has been increased by 80 to a total of 202 cabins.

The interior of the vessel has also been upgraded, while the passenger capacity now stands at approximately 970 passengers.

Stena Scandica now features new shops, aft sundeck and passenger lounges.

In a statement, Stena RoRo said: “The conversion includes a new bow section enabling drive-through loading and unloading simultaneously on two levels. This, together with internal ramps in both directions, means more efficient loading and unloading, resulting in shorter turnaround times in port.”

Other improvements cover additional bow thrust capacity, deployment of hybrid emissions scrubbers and a new ballast water purification system.

The company stated that Stena Baltica is undergoing the same conversion, which will be completed by this autumn.

Built in 2005, Stena Baltica and Stena Scandica earlier operated on Stena Line’s route between Belfast and Birkenhead, both in the UK.

A month ago, Stena RoRo took delivery of its fifth E-Flexer vessel, named Côte d’Opale, from the Chinese shipyard CMI Jinling (Weihai), six weeks before schedule.