Stena has announced it will withdraw Stena Carrier and Stena Freighter from the service between Rotterdam and Killingholme due to economic reasons. As replacement Stena has chartered Cobelfret's smaller ferries Capucine and Severine for 5 years. These new vessels were surplus to Cobelfret's requirements. The switch will be effected next month. The future of Stena Carrier and Stena Freighter is unsure.
This is concerning the Harwich to Rotterdam service. Cobelfret has pulled the plug on its Ipswich to Rotterdam service on 17th Aug and the 2 ships (newly built for that run) Capucine and Severine have been bare boat chartered to Stena for 5 years to replace the larger Stena Carrier and Stena Freighter on the Harwich to Rotterdam. Interesting to see if they appear in Stena colours.