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More and bigger E-Flexers for Stena

[ July 18, 2018   //   ]

Stena Line is to exercise an option for a seventh and eighth new E-Flexer ships at the Avic Weihai Shipyard in  China with a planned delivery in 2022.  Additionally, Stena has taken an option on the construction of a further four similar vessels.

Stena Line chief executive Niclas Mårtensson, said that it had yet been decided where the new ships would be deployed.

The first of the eight vessels on firm order is due to operate on Holyhead-Dublin and the next two delivered on the Liverpool-Belfast route. Three other vessels will be chartered out to external ferry operators by the company’s chartering arm, Stena RoRo.

The two new ships on order will be larger than the three E-Flexer designs currently being built – 240 versus 215 meters long and 3,600 lane metres freight capacity instead of 3,100lm.

Mårtensson added: “We are building on our successful RoPax concept mixing freight and passenger traffic. Through standardisation we can secure a reliable operation and by investing in tonnage that is flexible we can provide an even better product that will ultimately support our customers and help them to grow.”