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New Belfast – Liverpool ferry arrives in Europe

Stena Line’s newest ferry, STENA EMBLA, arrived in Europe for the first time earlier today. The ship, which is the final of three brand-new E-Flexer ferries allocated to the Irish Sea, arrived at Algeciras earlier after a 28-day voyage from China.  

It had originally been intended that STENA EMBLA would arrive at around 17:45 local time on Sunday, but she was required to hold off the Spanish coast.  She briefly visited the Bay of Gibraltar/Algeciras in the early hours of Monday morning before going back out to sea.  

STENA EMBLA seen alongside at her builders yard at Weihai before she left for the Irish Sea. The ship forward of her is DFDS's COTE D'OPALE which is currently undergoing outfitting ahead of her delivery in the new year. Stena Line.
STENA EMBLA seen alongside at her builders yard at Weihai before she left for the Irish Sea. The ship forward of her is DFDS’s COTE D’OPALE which is currently undergoing outfitting ahead of her delivery in the new year. Stena Line.

After a full day back at sea, the new ferry approached Algeciras again in the early hours of Tuesday.  By shortly after 5am local time this morning, STENA EMBLA was at anchor off Algeciras. She is currently taking on bunkers from local tanker BUNKER BAY.

The new ship is currently forecast to arrive in Belfast for the first time on January 2.  This, however, may be subject to change.  At present STENA EMBLA expected to make her first arrival at D1 (Belfast Cruise Terminal).  

STENA EMBLA will release STENA MERSEY from the Belfast – Liverpool (Birkenhead) route early in the new year. The ship will not be ready for service until all required berthing trials, type rating, crew training and familiarisation, drills, etc have been completed.

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Steven Tarbox

Steven is a former retail professional and a ferry writer and photographer. He created NI Ferry Site as a web design project in 2014 to be a news and information source for everyone with an interest in ferries, with a particular focus on Northern Ireland. Steven is the editor of the website and looks after all of the technical aspects.
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