In August 2020, Stena RoRo began a unique conversion of the RoPax vessel Stena Scandica (formerly the Stena Lagan) and has been responsible for design and project execution, according to the company's release.\r\nThe ship was split in half and a new 36-meter-long mid-section inserted. As a result, cargo capacity has been increased by 30 percent. Completion of the conversion was marked with a ceremony at the shipyard in Tuzla, outside Istanbul.\r\nAfter a 10-day maiden voyage, the Stena Scandica will enter service at the beginning of July on Stena Line's route between Nyn\u00e4shamn and Ventspils in Latvia.\r\n\r\nThe extensive refurbishment increases both the cargo and passenger capacity of the ships. The 36-meter-long mid-section gives the ship a new total length of 222 meters and a capacity of 2875 cargo meters, entailing an increase in capacity by 30 percent. With the refurbishment, the number of cabins has been increased by 80 to a total of 202.\r\nThe ship's interior has been modernized and expanded with new shops, as well as passenger lounges and a new sundeck aft. The passenger capacity now stands at 970 passengers.\r\nThe 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 modifications include additional bow thrust capacity, as well as installation of hybrid emissions scrubbers and a new ballast water purification system to reduce the ship's environmental impact.\r\nSister ship Stena Baltica (formerly the Stena Mersey) is undergoing the same extensive conversion and will be ready in the autumn. The two ships were built in 2005 and previously sailed on Stena Line's route between Belfast and Birkenhead. They will now become part of Stena Line's expansion on the Baltic Sea.\r\nStena Line CEO Niclas M\u00e5rtensson said the delivery of Stena Scandic is an important step in the Company's expansion in the Baltic Sea.\r\n\r\nRefurbishment includes\r\nThe 36-meter extension (total new length, 222 meters)\r\n30 percent increased cargo capacity (total 2875 length meters)\r\n80 new cabins for a total of 202\r\nIncreased passenger car capacity with 100 cars\r\nNew bow section with bow doors and ramp\r\nStraight drive-through configuration on two levels\r\nNew internal ramps\r\nExhaust gas cleaning with hybrid emission scrubbers\r\nFlap rudders for better maneuverability\r\nThree bow thrusters (compared to the previous two)\r\nNew purification system for ballast water\r\nModernized passenger areas\r\nNew shops\r\nNew lounges with reclining chairs etc\r\nNew aft sundeck\r\nSince 1977, Stena RoRo has led the development of new marine RoRo, cargo, and passenger concepts. The company leases about fifteen vessels to operators worldwide, both other Stena companies and third parties. Stena RoRo specializes above all in applying its technical expertise to the design and production of new ships and the conversion of existing ships for delivering tailored transport solutions to its customers.\r\nStena Line is one of Europe's leading ferry companies with 37 vessels and 17 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.\r\nStena Line also plays an important role in 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 15 700 employees and an annual turnover of around 37 billion SEK.