The delivery of Stena Line’s first “next-generation” E-Flexer ferry STENA ESTRID is imminent it has been confirmed. The brand-new ship, built in China, is expected to enter service between Holyhead and Dublin early in 2020
Industry publisher Shippax has confirmed reports from China earlier in the month that delivery of STENA ESTRID is expected to take place tomorrow, 15.11.19. Following completion of her handover at the shipyard to Stena, she is likely to take around a month to sail to UK & Irish waters.
STENA ESTRID is the first of three new E-Flexer class ships to enter service on Irish Sea routes during 2020/21. STENA EDDA will start service on the Belfast – Liverpool (Birkenhead) route before the summer peak in 2020, with sister ship STENA EMBLA joining her the following year in place of STENA LAGAN.
As previously reported, the current Belfast to Liverpool ships STENA LAGAN and STENA MERSEY are to go for lengthening and rebuilding for service on a different route.
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For more information on STENA ESTRID, visit her vessel profile on NI Ferry Site here. Further information on the eight other E-Flexer vessels currently on order, including three for Brittany Ferries and one for DFDS, can be found on the E-Flexer overview page.