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THIRD E-FLEXER RO-PAX DELIVERED TO STENA

THIRD E-FLEXER RO-PAX DELIVERED TO STENA

Friday, December 4, 2020 

Swedish ferry company Stena Line has officially taken ownership of its newest ferry, 'Stena Embla', following a handover in Weihai, China.

The vessel is the third of five new next-generation E-Flexer ro-pax vessels that are being constructed at the CMI Jinling Weihai Shipyard, as part of an extensive modernisation of the company’s fleet. It is last of three new vessels due for the Irish Sea, which marks the end of a seven-year development programme totalling a £400m investment in new ferries and port infrastructure in the region

The vessel will embark on a six-week journey to the UK and Ireland, where it will begin service in January 2021, joining its sister vessels, the other two new E-Flexer ferries built in Weihai, which started in operation in earlier this year.

Stena Line COO Peter Arvidsson said: “Today marks the end of 7 years hard work so we are delighted to take ownership of the third new ship on schedule.  With the new crew in place they can start the long journey to the Irish Sea, where Stena Embla will begin serving customers in the UK and Ireland.”

CEO Niclas Mårtensson said: “Taking ownership of Stena Embla is a major milestone for Stena Line, as we look forward to better times ahead. While delivery of the vessel marks the end of a very tough period for us, it also marks the completion of a very significant investment in our Irish Sea operations. It reflects our strong support for the region that will see three of the world’s most modern ferries operating between Britain and Ireland. We recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of the relocation of our Northern Ireland operations to Belfast and 25 years since we commenced the Holyhead to Dublin route. Our three new ferries in the region is a sign of our strong commitment to another 25 years on the Irish Sea.”

The new Stena Line E-Flexer ships are amongst the most advanced and fuel-efficient vessels in operation and are larger than today’s standard ro-pax vessels at 215m in length, with freight capacity of 3,100 lane metres, and space to carry 120 cars and 1,000 passengers and crew.

The remaining two E-Flexer vessels under construction in China are even larger versions with a total length of 240m. The destination of the as-yet-un-named ferries has not yet been revealed.

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