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STENA LINE TO DEPLOY TWO NEW E-FLEXER RO-PAXES ON BALTIC ROUTE

STENA LINE TO DEPLOY TWO NEW E-FLEXER RO-PAXES ON BALTIC ROUTE

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 

Swedish-owned ferry company Stena Line is to continue its expansion on the Baltic Sea during 2022, when the company will deploy two new 240m fuel-efficient E-Flexer ferries on the Nynshamn-Ventspils route.

The ferries will have a capacity for 1200 passengers, an increase of 33% compared to existing ferries, and a total of 3600m of freight lane meters, an increase of 25%.

“We continue growing together with our customers by strengthen our position and fleet across the Baltic Sea. Demand for capacity in the region keeps increasing as freight customers continue to expand and travel passengers choose ferry travel as their preferred safe form of transport in the wake of the pandemic. These large, modern, and fuel-efficient next generation ferries are the flag ships in the modernisation of our fleet as well as our development of sustainable shipping” said Niclas Mårtensson, CEO Stena Line Group.

The new vessels are considered to be  among the most energy efficient ro-paxes, being up to 30 % more energy efficient than existing vessels, thanks to optimum design of the hulls, propellers, bulbs, and rudders. The vessels will be delivered gas-ready, to allow conversion to methanol or LNG fuel. The new ferries will be equipped to use shore power during port calls to reduce emissions and the electricity connection enables a conversion to battery hybrid in the future. The vessels will offer efficient loading and unloading with drive-through lanes on the two levels.

Stena Line is additionally increasing capacity on the Karlskrona-Gdynia route during 2022 with the deployment of the recently modernised and lengthened 222m vessels Stena Scandica and Stena Baltica.

The E-Flexer (MkII) ferries are designed in collaboration with Stena RoRo and are currently being built at the CMI Jinling Shipyard in Weihai, China, with expected delivery during 2022. Stena Line has previously introduced three 214m E-Flexer ferries Stena Estrid, Stena Edda and Stena Embla on the Irish Sea.

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