FERRY SHIPPING

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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.

FERRY SHIPPING

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Corsica Linea To Charter STENA SUPERFAST X

Corsica Linea has agreed with Stena RoRo to charter ropax STENA SUPERFAST X long term.

She is actually operating in the Irish Sea on Dublin – Holyhead

  • To be renamed A NEPITA
  • To serve the Marseille – Algeria route as from summer 2020
  • To be rebuilt with scrubber and with an extra 100 cabins, bringing total cabins to 158
  • French flagged and French crew (an extra 150 jobs)

TOP STORY

By | 2019 Newsletter week 26 | No Comments

Brittany Ferries to Charter Another Visentini Ferry from Stena RoRo

Brittany Ferries is going to charter an additional ferry ahead of the 2020 season. The ship is currently sailing in the Adriatic as AF MICHELA.

There are three main reasons for the charter:

  • During winter, Brittany Ferries have to send their ferry PONT-AVEN to a yard to have one of her four engines replaced. That will take almost 3 months.
  • To cope with potential delays in the delivery of HONFLEUR, under construction in Flensburg.
  • Generate additional capacity to prepare for the impacts of Brexit, should it happen at the end of October.

The chartered ro-pax will be operated from November 2019 until November 2020. She will take over Brittany Ferries sailings from Cork to Santander.

CONNEMARA, which operates between Cork and Santander today, will be brought under the French-flag. This is six months earlier than originally planned and reinforces Brittany Ferries commitment to the employment of French seafarers, a very important issue in France.

Following her re-flagging, CONNEMARA will be free to cover scheduled dry-dock periods for other vessels over the winter and to release ETRETAT (currently operating Portsmouth to Le Havre) to cover services from the UK to Spain in April.

Stena Roro Acquires Ropax Vessel In Japan

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Stena RoRo has purchased the ferry YAMATO from the Japanese shipping company Hankyu Ferry.  The vessel will be rebuilt at a shipyard in Europe and be fully adapted to European standards, after which it will be chartered out. This process will begin in spring 2020 and the ferry is estimated to be in traffic by the summer.

“On the European market, demand is greater than availability for this type of vessel, which is why we have turned to the Asian market, primarily Japan”, says Per Westling, CEO Stena RoRo.

Facts: Length 195m, Speed 23.5 knots, Lane metres 2,350, Build year 2003

SHORT NEWS

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Stena RoRo Updated Fleet List

Stena RoRo has recently updated its fleet list, with now 6 ro-ro vessels, and 7 ro-pax ferries, including the Chinese newbuildings.

Toll Shipping’s second Jinling newbuilding left the yard in December. She will be named VICTORIA RELIANCE II.

Stena Roro Places An Order For A Further Newbuild And Signs A 10-Year Charter Contract With Brittany Ferries

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Last Thursday, 24 May 2018, we had the pleasure to sending an extra news flash, with the announcement from Brittany Ferries. Indeed, the French company revealed that they made an agreement with Stena RoRo for the bareboat charter of a second E-Flexer class of ferries.

Now Stena RoRo confirmed the fact that this is the sixth vessel in the series of 4+4 units, to be built in China at the AVIC International Shipyard.

Stena RoRo also confirmed that she would be the first LNG-powered ferry. Now the Swedish company still has two more options.

Stena RoRo’s Charter To DFDS = Fifth Stena E-Flexer

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Last week we announced that DFDS is going to charter one of the Stena RoRo E-Flexers under construction in China. In fact the vessel is the fifth in the series, and Stena RoRo has a further three options on vessels for delivery from 2021 and onwards.

In 2016, Stena RoRo placed an order for four large ro-pax ferries with the Chinese shipyard AVIC International with an option for a further four vessels. The vessel now ordered is the fifth in the series.

From the first batch of four vessels, three will be operated by Stena Line on the Irish Sea, and one by Brittany Ferries.