Ferry operator Stena Line has launched another E-Flexer vessel in Weihai, China
The new vessel took to the water 24 May. The fourth of five E-Flexer vessels, it was designed and built in collaboration with sister company Stena RoRo at the China Merchants Jinling Weihai Shipyard in China.
Slightly larger than its predecessors, the fourth and the fifth ships in the series will be 240 m long with a load capacity of 3,600 lane metres. The larger vessels also feature 50% more cabins and beds, a 30% increase in passenger capacity and an additional 15% cargo capacity.
The nameless vessel and its operating route will be revealed later this year. The vessel was ordered in 2018 and delivery is expected in 2022.
Both ships are “up to 30% more energy efficient” than existing vessels in the fleet and all five E-Flexers are delivered gas-ready, to allow conversion to methanol or LNG fuel. The two longer vessels are equipped to use shore power during port calls to reduce emissions and can be converted to battery hybrids in the future.
Stena Line managing director Niclas Mårtensson said “The E-Flexer vessels represent an important part of our sustainable growth journey for the future and we look forward to welcoming two more vessels to our fleet next year. The first three vessels are making waves with our appreciative customers across the Irish Sea and both their flexibility and efficiency has already made them great assets for the company during the pandemic and following Brexit.”
Stena Line’s fleet renewal programme is proceeding as planned despite challenges caused by the pandemic.
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