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Stena Line trusts its luck in China with float-out of Stena Edda

Stena Line was taking no chances in China when the float out Stena Edda signalled another major milestone for its fleet investment program.

The float out started at 13.18 local Weihai time on Monday (15 April), and at 18.00 Stena Edda floated out of the dock. The timings were chosen especially because 18 is a lucky number in China.

Stena Edda is the second vessel in the new generation E-Flexer series and is scheduled to enter service on the Belfast-Liverpool route in spring 2020.

Stena Edda
Stena Edda just before she gets her first taste of water

The new addition follows the Scandinavian heritage decided for the five new vessels being constructed at the Avic Weihai Shipyard. Edda is an old Norse term that refers to a central medieval collection of poems and divine mythology.

Stena Line CEO Niclas Mårtensson said: “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.”

At 215 metres, all three vessels being built for the Irish Sea will be larger than today’s standard RoPax vessels and will provide freight capacity of 3,100 lane meters and the space to carry 120 cars and 1,000 passengers and crew. Belfast – Liverpool capacity will increase by almost 20 per cent.

The next generation vessel is also 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,” said Paul Grant, Stena Line’s trade director for Irish Sea North

“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.”

In addition to the three Irish Sea E-Flexer vessels, Stena has also ordered a further two E-Flexer RoPax vessels with a larger design, to be deployed within Stena Line’s network in 2022. These larger ships will be 240 meters long with a total freight capacity of 3,600 lane meters, and passenger capacity of 1,200.

Posted on 16th April 2019 at 10:51 am in Ferry Operators | Stena Line | Ferry News |

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