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STENA's FIRST EXTENDED E-FLEXER TAKES TO THE WATER IN CHINA

STENA's FIRST EXTENDED E-FLEXER TAKES TO THE WATER IN CHINA

Friday, May 28, 2021 

Stena Line's latest E-flexer ro-pax, fourth in the series and the first to be built to the extended design, has been floated out at the CMI Jinling shipyard in Weihai, China.

The vessel was ordered in 2018 and delivery is expected in 2022. The name of the ship and the route on which it will operate have not yet been disclosed. The E-Flexer vessels have been designed and built in collaboration with sister company Stena RoRo and are said to be among the most modern and efficient ro-pax vessels. The three first vessels are in operation on the Irish Sea routes.

Stena Line MD Niclas Mårtensson said: ”The E-Flexer vessels represent an important part of our sustainable growth journey for the future and we look forward to welcoming two more vessels to our fleet next year. The first three vessels are making waves with our appreciative customers across the Irish Sea and both their flexibility and efficiency has already made them great assets for the company during the pandemic and following Brexit.”

Per Westling, MD Stena RoRo added: ”Despite the challenges connected to the pandemic we have been able to deliver our newbuildings in time and thereby enabling Stena Line to perform their fleet renewal programme as planned."

The fourth and the fifth vessels will be 240m long with a load capacity of 3,600 lane metres, compared to the first three which are 214m and 3,100 lane metre capacity. The larger vessels have 50% more cabins and berths, 30% increased passenger capacity and an additional 15% cargo capacity.

The E-flexer ships are up to 30 % more energy efficient than existing vessels in the fleet, thanks to optimum design of the hulls, propellers, bulbs and rudders. All five vessels are delivered gas-ready, to allow conversion to methanol or LNG fuel. The two longer vessels will be equipped to use shore power during port calls to reduce emissions. The electricity connection also enables conversion to battery hybrid in the future.

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