Stena Embla Successfully Completes Sea Trials

Published: 21.10.2020 kl. 14.02 | Updated: 10.11.2020 kl. 19.33
Stena Line is the largest ferry operator on the Irish Sea. The new ferry Stena Embla  is on schedule and set to arrive in Belfast at the end of 2020. Photo: Stena Line
Stena Line is the largest ferry operator on the Irish Sea. The new ferry Stena Embla is on schedule and set to arrive in Belfast at the end of 2020. Photo: Stena Line
Ferry company Stena Line has announced that Stena Embla, the last of its three new ferries destined for the Irish Sea, has successfully completed its sea trials in China’s Yellow Sea. 

Stena Embla is the latest new Stena Line next generation RoPax vessel that is being constructed at the CMI Jingling Weihai Shipyard in China, marking the end of significant recent investment on the Irish Sea by the Swedish owned ferry company. The global pandemic did not delay the build of the vessel, which is being delivered to the agreed schedule.

 “It is great to see that the shipyard has not missed a beat during this year’s final stages of the build. Today the last of our three next generation ferries achieved a very important milestone bang on time” said Stena Line’s Paul Grant, Trade Director, Irish Sea. 

Part of a multi-million-pound investment in the region, the new Stena Line ferries are amongst the most advanced vessels in operation. They are 25 percent more fuel-efficient than existing vessels and with 215 metres in length they are much  larger than today’s standard RoPax vessels, providing 30% more freight capacity with 3,100 lane meters. They also have the space to carry 120 cars and 1,000  passengers and crew.  The roll-on roll-off design and the ability to load two vehicle decks simultaneously has reduced loading and unloading times, resulting in quicker turnaround times in ports.

Kurt W. Vadset

kurt[a]maritimt.com

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