Feature, Freight News, Sea

Norse poetry in motion

[ April 15, 2019   //   ]

Stena Line has held a ‘floating out’ ceremony in China for its second E-Flexer series ferry, which will be named Stena Edda after the old Norse canon of medieval poems and mythology.

Scheduled to enter service on the Belfast-Liverpool route in spring 2020, she is the second of three new vessels bound for the Irish Sea during 2020 and 2021.

At 215 metres, all three vessels being built for the Irish Sea will be larger than today’s standard RoPax vessels and will provide freight capacity of 3,100 lane meters and the space to carry 120 cars and 1,000 passengers and crew.  Capacity on the Belfast-Liverpool route will increase by almost 20% compared to the current vessels in service.

In addition to the three Irish Sea bound E-Flexer vessels, Stena Line has also ordered a further two E-Flexer RoPax vessels with a larger design, to be deployed within Stena Line’s network in 2022.  These larger ships will be 240 meters long with a total freight capacity of 3,600 lane meters.