Stena has ordered the construction of six new generation RoPax vessels, Stena E-Flexer, from the AVIC Shipyard in China and the plan is to locate three of these ships on Stena Line´s Irish Sea routes. The other three will be chartered out to external parties by Stena Line’s sister company Stena RoRo.
Our Irish Sea routes are strategically very important to Stena Line with the freight market in particular between Ireland and UK experiencing significant growth over the last five years. That is why over the last five years we have invested almost £200m in our ports and vessels across the region to improve and upweight our capacity to offer a frequent, reliable and high-quality service for our freight and travel customers. The deployment of three new vessels is a tangible example of our strategic growth plan for the Irish Sea. The first of our new vessels will be deployed on the Holyhead - Dublin service planned for early 2020. Two other vessels will be assigned to our Liverpool – Belfast service planned for spring of 2020 and early 2021.
Freight volumes have surpassed the Celtic Tiger peaks of 2007 and we are confident that this upward trend will continue. 2017 was a record year for Stena Line carrying over 800,000 freight units on our routes to and from the Island of Ireland. We welcome the addition of the first of our new generation RoPax vessels on Holyhead - Dublin. It will significantly increase freight capacity and raise the service standards for travel and freight guests.
The new vessel being deployed on the Dublin - Holyhead route will have capacity for 1 000 passengers, 120 cars as well as 3 100 freight lane meters delivering 4 daily sailings with an estimated crossing time of approximately 3.5 hrs.
The new vessels under construction are being built in line with our strategic business focuses on sustainability and digitilisation with the aim of providing state-of-the-art efficiency, flexibility and customer service.
E-Flexer Series Ship Stats
Length: 214.5 m
Draught: 6.4 m
Breadth: 27.8 m
Capacity: 3100 lane meter + 120 cars, 927 passengers (ex crew), 175 cabins
No of decks: 3 + car deck on dk 7
Free height: 5.2 m on dk 3+5
Engines: 2 x V12 4-stroke diesel
Speed: 22 knots