Construction of Swedish ferry operator Stena Line’s third E-Flexer RoPax ship has commenced at Avic Weihai Shipyard in China.
The shipyard is currently building all three E-Flexer RoPax vessels, which are expected to begin service on the Irish Sea between 2020 and 2021.
The first E-Flexer RoPax ship is scheduled to begin operation on the Holyhead to Dublin route in early 2020, while the remaining two vessels are expected to be deployed on the Liverpool to Belfast route in 2020 and 2021.
All ships will be bigger than the company’s existing RoPax vessels.
Each vessel will be 215m-long with a freight capacity of 3,100 lane metres and the capability to accommodate 120 cars and 1,000 passengers.
Stena Line chief operating officer Peter Arvidsson said: “With continued investment in our fleet, we want to lead the development of sustainable shipping and set new industry standards when it comes to operational performance, emissions and cost competitiveness.”
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Stena Line has ordered two additional E-Flexer RoPax vessels that feature a larger design. They are set to be deployed in 2022.
Both the ships will each be 240m-long with 3,600 lane metres of total freight capacity and space for 1,200 passengers.
Stena Line primarily serves the routes between Britain and Ireland, including Liverpool to Belfast, Heysham to Belfast, Cairnryan to Belfast, Holyhead to Dublin, and Fishguard to Rosslare.
The company currently serves 21 routes in Northern Europe and has a 38-vessel fleet.