- Karlskrona-Gdynia route receives a boost in capacity and efficiency, with the two largest E-Flexer ferries being deployed in 2022. (STENA ESTELLE – STENA EBBA)
- Currently STENA ESTELLE stays at Remontowa shipyard in Gdansk for the final adjustments, so it can take up its regular service on Gdynia-Karlskrona.
- The first departure is planned for 4 September from Gdynia, and the new ship’s schedule is already available for bookings.
- Length: 240 meters | Capacity: 3,600 lane metre | 1,200 passengers | 263 cabins.
Stena Line introduces the second of the two large E-Flexer class vessels to be deployed on the route Karlskrona-Gdynia: In December 2022, the brand new STENA EBBA will join her sister STENA ESTELLE, which will connect Southern Sweden and Poland from August onwards.
The twin ferries are the two largest of the E-Flexer class of Stena Line and have an increased capacity of 50% more cabins, 30% more passengers and 15% more cargo vs existing E-Flexer vessels.
The French company has confirmed the introduction of a more tourism-oriented ferry GALICIA on to its Rosslare – Bilbao route from November 2022. (E-flexer, built 2020)
Currently the Rosslare-Bilbao route is served by ropax CONNEMARA, a predominantly freight vessel with limited facilities for holidaymakers.
In 2019, Ireland welcomed 431,000 Spanish visitors to the island.
The visit to Rosslare followed on from an earlier announcement that the twice-weekly service from Cork to France, which was launched earlier this year, will become a permanent feature of Brittany Ferries’ sailing schedule.
SALAMANCA, the second of five ships in the E-Flexer class ordered by Stena RoRo for Brittany Ferries was delivered on November 30.
- Sixth E-Flexer of twelve ordered from the Chinese shipyard CMI Jinling (Weihai).
- Chartered by Brittany Ferries on a long-term basis and has been especially adapted to the needs of the French ferry company.
- First ship in the E-Flexer series with gas engines.
- The interior has been designed by Richard Nilsson, Figura Architects.
- Length 214.5m| 2723 lanemeters | 1,100 persons (passengers & crew)
- Routes: Bilbao & Santander – UK (with SANTOÑA which joins fleet in 2023)
E-Flexer CÔTE D’OPALE started to operate on the Dover-Calais route on 4 August.
The CÔTE D’OPALE can carry 3,100 lane metres of freight, making it the longest ferry on the Channel, and has space for up to 1,000 passengers and crew. It replaces CALAIS SEAWAYS.
The new ferry offers the largest duty-free shopping experience on any cross-Channel ferry. The shop stretches across 1,100 square metres. It features separate ‘wings’ for each product category on offer, including perfume and cosmetics, wine and spirits, and electronics.
In addition, the ferry has a Premium Lounge, which offers an exclusive, laid-back space for passengers to enjoy a peaceful crossing, and three dining areas. The 7 Seas restaurant and Lighthouse Café are for leisure travellers.
Commercial drivers have their own dedicated area in the Road Kings lounge and restaurant, with showers and rest areas specially designed for drivers.
Our friends from NI Ferry Site have published the first onboard pictures of DFDS new ropax for the English Channel.
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Stena RoRo’s E-Flexer GALICIA Delivered to Brittany Ferries – with Higher Passenger Capacity
GALICIA, the first of three ships in the E-Flexer class ordered by Brittany Ferries was delivered on September 3. The vessel is the third E-Flexer of nine ordered by Stena RoRo from the Chinese shipyard CMI Jinling (Weihai). The Galicia will be chartered by Brittany Ferries on a long-term basis and has been especially adapted to the wishes of the French ferry company:
- The basic model car deck on Deck 7 has been converted to cabins. This, in combination with the deckhouse having been extended on both Decks 7 and 8, has enabled the number of cabins to be increased from 175 to 343.
- Two scrubbers, one for each main engine
- Two extra lifeboats added due to the ferry’s increased passenger capacity
- The public spaces on Decks 7 and 8 have been partially given over to other functions compared to the basic model, but largely follow the E-Flexer standard.
“GALICIA is special because she is the first in the E-Flexer series to be delivered to an external customer,” says Per Westling, CEO for Stena RoRo. “The design has been adapted to Brittany Ferries’ special requirements and the yard has been able to deliver according to schedule despite the ongoing pandemic, which we are very happy about.”
Stena RoRo has an agreement with Brittany Ferries for long-term charters of two more vessels in the Stena E-Flexer series. Both will be powered by LNG, are under construction and will be delivered in 2022 and 2023, respectively.
The AF MICHELA (STENA EGERIA) will be arriving in November 2019 for a one-year charter. She will be renamed KERRY.
This ship will cover the Cork to Santander route from November 2019 to November 2020.
The company’s third E-Flexer class ship, also to be chartered from Stena RoRo, will be named SANTOñA. She will arrive in 2023 and like sister ship SALAMANCA, she will be powered by LNG.
A steel cutting ceremony was held at the AVIC Weihai Shipyard in China on August 25. It marks the start of the construction of the first of four 3,100-lane-metre, 1,000-passenger, 175-cabin vessels ordered by Stena, all to be delivered in 2019-2020. Stena has an option for 4 more.