Ferry lines


On 1 January 2015, a new emission directive came into force for ships operating in the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, the English Channel and along the coasts of North America.

Under the new directive, the maximum permissible sulphur content for marine fuels is 0.1%, compared with 1% pre­viously and currently 3.5% in the rest of the world. The consequences for the shipping industry are substantial, as vessels sailing in these areas either have to switch to more expensive low-sulphur fuels or invest in various types of exhaust cleaning systems on board. However, it will result in more energy efficient shipping and a further reduction in emission levels, particularly sulphur oxides (SOX) but also dust and particulate matter (PM), and will allow shipping to consolidate its position as the “green” transportation option.

To meet the new directive in the best way for each vessel’s special conditions in terms of engine type, speed, age and route, Stena uses several alternative solutions. An exciting project involves evaluating brand new fuels for shipping. Stena has, for example, been working for several years to investigate the feasibility of using methanol as a sustainable marine fuel.

In 2014, it was decided to convert the large RoPax ferry Stena Germanica to run on methanol. The conversion will significantly further reduce emissions of SOX, PM and nitrogen oxides (NOX). Following the conversion during the first quarter of 2015, Stena Germanica will be the world’s first methanol-powered ferry. The project has received a lot of attention and is supported by the EU.


To avoid accidents in operations as far as possible, Stena Line works in a proactive and structured way on a risk management system aimed at assessing and minimising potential risks that may arise. All shore-based and seagoing employees must have an understanding of the risks involved in their work, and how these risks should be managed.

LTIF in Stena Line’s operations has decreased for three consecutive years. Despite this, and to great sorrow, a tragic accident occurred during the year in which an employee died after an accident while unloading a ship in Fredrikshamn. As a result, safety procedures have been reviewed and routines in the interface between ship and quay has been strengthened to the effect that, for example, there must always be two sailors present during loading and unloading so that one can keep watch.

2015 will also see the start of the implementation of a new common digital safety system for terminals and ports.


Since Stena Line’s energy-saving programme was initiated in 2006, over 200 projects have been implemented under the programme. The overall target is an annual reduction of 2.5% in bunker consumption per nautical mile. The target was exceeded in 2013, but a higher cargo intake, increased displacement and unusually severe weather in the Irish Sea in the first quarter meant that consumption was only reduced by 1.4% in 2014.

One of Europe’s largest logistics network

Stena Line’s about 40 vessels and 22 ferry routes link key ports, rail and road connections in Europe and Russia. Carrying 50 million tonnes of cargo, 11 million ­passengers, 2.2 million cars and 2.0 million trucks or trailers per year1), Stena Line is a large and important part of trading and logistics in Europe. On average, a Stena Line ferry departs from a port every 20 minutes, 24 hours a day, all year round. Below are some examples of this flow.

1) Stena Line in 2014 including 100% of the traffic Helsingborg–Helsingør.

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