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[PR] Highly anticipated new Stena Line ferry arrives in Northern Ireland for final trials

The next generation of ferry travel proudly sailed into Belfast Harbour on Wednesday, with Stena Edda undertaking important final trials before it welcomes passengers on the Belfast to Liverpool route in the coming weeks.

Welcomed by a flotilla of boats, Stena Edda arrived at dawn after an epic four-week voyage and over six years’ in planning and construction, including design development in Sweden.  

STENA EDDA approaches the rebuilt berth at Belfast Victoria Terminal 2. Stena Line.
STENA EDDA approaches the rebuilt berth at Belfast Victoria Terminal 2. Stena Line.

As part of this momentous occasion on its journey, the new advanced vessel took part in successful berthing trials at Belfast Harbour’s VT2 Terminal. A new access ramp has been specially built to accommodate the multi-million-pound ferry in Belfast.  

With 40% more deck capacity, 40% more cabins and 30% more fuel efficiency than current vessels on the route, it will accommodate up to 1,000 passengers, 120 cars in its dedicated garage deck and 3,100 lane metres of freight.

STENA EDDA and STENA LAGAN face each other at Belfast's Victoria Terminal 2 and Victoria Terminal 1 respectively. Stena Line.
STENA EDDA and STENA LAGAN face each other at Belfast’s Victoria Terminal 2 and Victoria Terminal 1 respectively. Stena Line.

It is more spacious inside with a Sky Bar and Scandinavian design providing new levels of comfort for both freight and travel guests. Despite the 215 metres length of the ferry, the new port infrastructure will deliver easier and faster loading and unloading for all passengers.

Stena Edda is part of a nine-figure investment by Stena Line in three new vessels and port upgrades, redefining ferry travel in the Irish Sea. Stena Edda is the first of two new ferries that will run on the popular Belfast to Liverpool route.

STENA EDDA at Belfast's Victoria Terminal 2. Stena Line.
STENA EDDA at Belfast’s Victoria Terminal 2. Stena Line.

Steven Tarbox

Steven is a ferry enthusiast from Belfast in Northern Ireland. He founded what was then NI Ferry Site 2014. Since then the site has grown from nothing to an average of over 43k pageviews per month in 2020.
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