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[PR] Stena Line takes delivery of new Holyhead ferry Stena Estrid

Stena Line has officially taken ownership of its newest ferry Stena Estrid* following a handover ceremony at the AVIC Weihai Shipyard in north-western China. Stena Estrid is the first of five next generation Stena Line RoPax vessels that are currently being constructed. Stena Estrid will now embark on a six-week journey to its new home on the Irish Sea, where it will begin service on the Dublin to Holyhead route in January 2020.

Stena Line's first E-Flexer STENA ESTRID at her delivery ceremony, 15.11.19. © Stena Line.
Stena Line’s first E-Flexer STENA ESTRID at her delivery ceremony, 15.11.19. © Stena Line.

A further two of the new ferries are also destined for the Irish Sea with Stena Edda expected to commence operations from Belfast to Liverpool next spring, and a third vessel Stena Embla to be introduced on the same route in early 2021.

Dan Olsson owner of Stena Line CEO Niclas Martensson meet staff of the AVIC Weihai shipyard in China at the signing ceremony for Stena Estrid. Stena Line.
Dan Olsson owner of Stena Line CEO Niclas Martensson meet staff of the AVIC Weihai shipyard in China at the signing ceremony for Stena Estrid. Stena Line.

Stena Line owner Dan Sten Olsson attended a service officiated by the Reverend Stephen Miller of the Mission to Seafarers, who undertook the long held maritime tradition of blessing the ship, in order to bring it good luck at sea.

Reverend Cannon Stephen Miller Senior Chaplain at the Mission to Seafarers based in Hong Kong blesses the Stena Estrid. Stena Line
Reverend Cannon Stephen Miller Senior Chaplain at the Mission to Seafarers based in Hong Kong blesses the Stena Estrid. Stena Line

Following the signing ceremony, Stena Line’s Technical Operations Director Bjarne Koitrand and Stena Estrid’s Senior Master Matthew Lynch and crew officially took ownership of the vessel.

 “Today has been six years in the planning,” said Bjarne Koitrand, “and we are delighted to finally take ownership of the first of our five new ships.  With the new crew now in place, they can start the long journey to the Irish Sea, where Stena Estrid will make her new home serving customers between Dublin and Holyhead.”

Dan Olsson owner of Stena Line The guests from Stena as well as the site team signed a framed picture of Stena Estrid that will hang on the walls at the AVIC Shipyard. Stena Line.
Dan Olsson owner of Stena Line The guests from Stena as well as the site team signed a framed picture of Stena Estrid that will hang on the walls at the AVIC Shipyard. Stena Line.

Stena Line CEO Niclas Mårtensson said that the delivery of Stena Estrid marks the start of a very important few months for Stena Line’s Irish Sea operations:  

“Taking ownership of Stena Estrid is a major milestone for Stena Line,” said Mr Mårtensson, “and is the result of a very significant investment in our Irish Sea operations that reflects our commitment to the region and will ultimately see three of the world’s most modern ferries operating between Ireland and Britain.

Niclas Mårtensson, CEO Stena Line in front of Stena Estrid. Stena Line.
Niclas Mårtensson, CEO Stena Line in front of Stena Estrid

“A first-class customer experience is a priority for us, so we are determined to deliver the best possible freight and travel service to our customers. Stena Estrid will provide a more environmentally sustainable way to travel with more efficient loading and unloading operations, increased freight capacity and the best Scandinavian quality, style and design in our facilities,” he added.

Dan Olsson owner of Stena Line CEO Niclas Martensson at the AVIC Weihai shipyard in China at the signing ceremony for Stena Estrid. Stena Line.
Dan Olsson owner of Stena Line CEO Niclas Martensson at the AVIC Weihai shipyard in China at the signing ceremony for Stena Estrid. Stena Line.

Part of a multi-million-pound investment in the region, the new Stena Line ships will be amongst the most advanced vessels in operation and larger than today’s standard RoPax vessels. At 215 metres in length, Stena Estrid will provide freight capacity of 3,100 lane meters, meaning a 50 per cent increase in freight tonnage, and the space to carry 120 cars and 1,000 passengers and crew.

Dan Sten Ollson, owner of Stena Line, boards new ferry STENA ESTRID at the AVIC Weihai shipyard in China, following the signing ceremony for the latest addition to Stena Line’s fleet. Stena Line
Dan Sten Ollson, owner of Stena Line, boards new ferry STENA ESTRID at the AVIC Weihai shipyard in China, following the signing ceremony for the latest addition to Stena Line’s fleet. Stena Line

*The name Estrid is connected to Stena Line’s Scandinavian heritage. It is an Old Norse eastern-Nordic version of the name Astrid. Estrid is commonly found on old runestones and means ‘divinely beautiful’.

For more information on STENA ESTRID, see her dedicated page here.

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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