Freight News, Sea

Stena Embla ready to set sail

[ October 21, 2020   //   ]

Stena Line’s Stena Embla, the last of its three new ro-pax ferries destined for the Irish Sea, has successfully completed its sea trials in China’s Yellow Sea. The new Stena Line ferries are amongst the most advanced vessels in operation. They are 25% more fuel-efficient than existing vessels provide 30% more freight capacity with 3,100 lane meters. The ability to load two vehicle decks simultaneously also reduces turnaround times in port. 

The Stena Embla will be officially handed over before setting sail from China to Belfast and will start operating on the Belfast to Birkenhead route in early 2021 alongside sister ship Stena Edda, launched in March.  

The new vessel replaces the Stena Mersey, which will then head off to join sister ship the Stena Lagan in Turkey where both ships are being extended, before re-deployment on the Baltic Sea.  

During the summer Stena Line also confirmed that the construction of two new larger E-Flexer ferries has begun in Weihai, China. Their keels were recently laid in the same shipyard in Weihai and the delivery is expected in 2022.