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Tuesday, April 16, 2019 

Stena Line reports another major milestone in its fleet investment program with the float out of the second vessel in its E-Flexer series.

The new vessel  is the second of five being constructed at the Avic Weihai Shipyard in China and will be named Stena Edda. The ship is scheduled to enter service on the Belfast-Liverpool route in spring 2020. Three of the E-Flexer vessels will operate on the Irish Sea during 2020 and 2021 and represent a significant investment by Stena Line in the region.  

Stena Line CEO Niclas Mårtensson said: “It’s very exciting to follow the building process and this is another very important milestone in our rolling construction programme. This investment underscores our commitment to our operations on the Irish Sea and our determination to deliver the best possible freight and travel experience for our customers. This is a very exciting time for our business and I’m proud that as Europe’s largest ferry company, Stena Line continues help shape the industry for the next generation of freight and leisure passengers.”

At 215m, all three vessels being built for the Irish Sea will be larger than today’s standard ro-pax 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%. The vessel is well in line with the Stena Line strategic commitment to sustainability and will be extremely fuel efficient to reduce emissions.

Stena Edda will deliver many benefits to our freight and travel customers including faster and easier loading/unloading with drive through decks and new port infrastructures. Our latest design in cabins and further enhancement of our Scandinavian inspired interiors will make these new ships the largest, most spacious and most comfortable ships ever to sail between Belfast and Liverpool,” said Paul Grant, Stena Line’s Trade Director, Irish Sea North.

In addition to the three Irish Sea bound E-Flexer vessels, Stena Line has ordered a further two E-Flexer ro-pax vessels to a larger design, to be deployed within Stena Line’s network in 2022. These larger ships will be 240m long with a total freight capacity of 3,600 lane meters, and passenger capacity of 1,200. Stena Lines sister company Stena RoRo is managing all the E-Flexer building projects that are ongoing on Avic Weihai Shipyard.

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