Due to a steady recovery in freight volumes on the north sea during the last weeks, RoRo ships MV Hatche and Stena Forerunner will return to commercial service on our freight routes Rotterdam (Europoort) – Killingholme and Rotterdam (Europoort) – Harwich, respectively. As of 15 June 2020, Stena Line will be back to having 8 ships operating on our 4 routes on the North Sea.
In April Stena Line temporarily reduced the freight capacity on our two Rotterdam routes by scaling down from two RoRo ships to one per route due to effects of COVID-19. The RoRo ships, MV Hatche and Stena Forerunner, were put on standby to be put back into commercial service at short notice.
Over the past few weeks we have seen a gradual and steady recovery in freight volumes from the bottom levels recorded in April and an increased demand for our services. We have therefore decided to bring the two RoRo ships MV Hatche and Stena Forerunner back into commercial service and as of next week we are happy to be back to having 8 ships operating on our 4 routes on the North Sea; 4 ships to/from Killingholme and 4 ships to/from Harwich.
- Rotterdam (Europoort) – Killingholme route: As of 15 June, we will reinstating our earlier sailing schedule with daily departures Sun-Fri, thereby increasing the total number of sailings from currently 6 to 12 per week serviced by MV Hatche and MV Qezban.
- Rotterdam (Europoort) – Harwich route: As of 15 June, we will resume a two RoRo ship operation serviced by MV Somerset and Stena Forerunner. The total number of sailings per week will remain at current level but with daily evening departures Sun-Fri, from both Rotterdam and Harwich. We are ready to increase frequency when overall volumes recover.
Attached please find our amended schedule as from this coming weekend onwards and note a schedule update for a 24 hrs last minute docking of one of our Killingholme – Hoek vessels.