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Wednesday, October 30, 2019 

'Stena Estrid', the first of Stena Line's five vessels being built at AVIC Weihai in China, has successfully completed sea trials in China’s Yellow Sea.

Following three days of extensive testing, the new vessel performed excellently across a wide range of test criteria and is now on schedule to start operating on Stena's Dublin to Holyhead route in early 2020.

Three of the five next-generation ro-paxes will be operated on the company’s Irish Sea routes from Dublin to Holyhead and Belfast to Liverpool. Sister ship Stena Edda is due to commence operations from Belfast to Liverpool in spring 2020, with the third vessel Stena Embla expected to be introduced on the same route in early 2021.

“Today the first of our five next generation ferries achieved a very important milestone. Sea trials are a critical phase in a new ship’s development, as our first opportunity to take a new vessel out to sea, put her through her paces and test that she is up to the high standards required by Stena Line”, said Paul Grant, CCO Irish Sea and North Sea at Stena Line. “We systematically go through all aspects of the new ship and I am pleased to say that Stena Estrid has successfully completed every trial.  We now look forward to the full handover of the vessel by the shipyard and to starting her journey to the Irish Sea."

Stena Line CEO Niclas Mårtensson said that the introduction of the three ships reflected the company’s commitment to the routes. "The Irish Sea is very important to Stena Line’s business and represents a significant part of our overall revenue. This is a very exciting time for our business and I’m proud that as Europe’s largest ferry company, Stena Line continues to shape the industry for the next generation of freight and travel customers.”

Next up for Stena Estrid is an official handover ceremony at the shipyard before she sets sail on the journey from China to Holyhead.

At 215m in length, Stena Estrid and her two sister ships will provide freight capacity of 3,100 lane metres and the space to carry 120 cars and 1,000 passengers and crew.  The five Stena-operated ships in the nine-vessel class will be powered by twin MaK medium-speed engines capable of converting to LNG fuel, while two of the three vessels which will be chartered to Brittany Ferries will have dual-fuel engines from delivery. The ninth ship will be chartered to DFDS.

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