Stena signs up for two additional E-Flexer ships

Ferry company Stena has given the go-ahead for two further E-Flexer vessels to be built at Avic Weihai Shipyard in China. The ships will be deployed within Stena Line’s route network with a planned delivery in 2022. As with the previous E-Flexer vessels ordered by the operator, energy efficiency and sustainability will be key design features.

In total, eight ships have now been ordered by Stena from the shipyard. The first is planned to sail the Holyhead-Dublin route while the next two delivered are expected to operate on the Liverpool-Belfast service. Three other vessels will be chartered out to external ferry operators by Stena RoRo.

Stena RoRo has also taken an option for the construction of a further four E-Flexer vessels, also to be built at the Shandong Province shipyard where production facilities include a slipway of 50,000DWT and two 100,000DWT drydocks.

The new order and the four further options are important milestones for Stena RoRo.

“These vessels are the result of good cooperation between Stena RoRo and the AVIC Weihai Shipyard. With their strong design capabilities, Stena Line will be able to optimise its capacity to accommodate the vessels within most parts of its route network,” confirmed Per Westling, MD Stena RoRo.

“We want to lead the development of sustainable shipping and set new industry standards when it comes to operational performance, emissions and cost competiveness,” said Niclas Mårtensson, CEO Stena Line.

The two new ships on order will be larger than the three E-Flexer designs currently being built. The first three E-Flexer ships will be 215 metres long with 3,100 lane metres whilst the next two ships will measure 240 metres with a freight capacity of 3,600 lane metres