The first of two brand-new Belfast – Liverpool ferries, STENA EDDA, left her builders yard in China for the first leg of her journey to the U.K. earlier. The new ferry will follow a similar route to the Irish Sea as that taken by direct-sister STENA ESTRID. STENA EDDA is the first of two new ships replacing STENA LAGAN and STENA MERSEY in 2020 and 2022.
At present STENA EDDA is expected to arrive in Singapore or on around January 29. After taking on stores/bunkers and off-loading garbage she will then proceed to the Suez Canal – likely via Galle in Sri Lanka to Europe. She will make then make a stop in Southern Europe before beginning the final leg of her journey to the U.K. Like with STENA ESTRID, the journey will exceed 10,000 nautical miles and take in the region of six weeks.
According to a Recent Sky News interview with Stena Line CEO Niclas Mårtensson, the company are investing in the region of £400-500m in its Irish Sea routes in the space of two years in the form of the three new E-Flexer vessels and other improvements.