New Stena Line ferry route officially opened

Feb 06, 2020

On Saturday 1 February 2020 Stena Line’s new ferry route between Halmstad in Sweden and Grenaa in Denmark was officially opened. Thousands of people visited the opening ceremonies on both sides of the sea, including both the infrastructure and transport ministers of Sweden and Denmark.

On Friday 31 January 2020 Stena Line closed the Varberg-Grenaa route. The day after, on Saturday 1 February the Halmstad-naa route was officially opened.

The inauguration started early Saturday morning in Grenaa with almost a thousand visitors attending. The Transport minister of Denmark Benny Engelbrecht attended the ceremony in Grenaa and joined the sea journey to Halmstad where 8,000 people waited for Stena Nautica on the quay when she arrived at 1 pm.

There was an open day for the ferry during where thousands of people visited the ship, to enjoy the entertainment and performances that were held on board.

The official inauguration ceremony was conducted by Dan Sten Olsson, the owner and CEO of Stena AB, the infrastructure minister of Sweden Tomas Eneroth, the governor of Halland Lena Sommestad and Transport minister of Denmark Benny Engelbrecht.

The new route will be operated by the 135-metre-long RoPax ferry Stena Nautica built in 1986 with a capacity of 900 passengers and 1265 lane meters. The crossing time is 4 h 35 minutes and Stena Nautica will make up to two departures per day.

Stena Line’s ambition is to double both the passenger and freight volumes within five years.

“This new route strengthens the connections between our two countries and from a freight perspective we believe there is a lot of potential to carry more trailers from Denmark to Sweden. Between both destinations on either side of the Kattegat we will create a great travel experience for our passengers now and for years to come”, says Tony Michelsen, Group Head of Travel Stena Line.
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Photographer: Lasse Partanen/Destination Halmstad AB

Photographer: Lasse Partanen/Destination Halmstad AB

Stena Line is one of Europe's leading ferry companies with 37 vessels and 20 routes in Northern Europe. Stena Line is an important part of the European logistics network and develops new intermodal freight solutions by combining transport by rail, road and sea. Stena Line also plays an important role for tourism in Europe with its extensive passenger operations. The company is family-owned, was founded in 1962 and is headquartered in Gothenburg. Stena Line is part of the Stena AB Group, which has about 15 000 employees and an annual turnover of around 35 billion SEK.

Stena Line, press release