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Stena Line’s deployment plan for bigger E-Flexers revealed?

Update 29.03.2021: Following the publication of this story, Stena Line has released a statement confirming that a final decision on the deployment of these vessels has not been finalised. It is reproduced in full here.

It appears that Stena Line’s next new ferries will be deployed on the Nynäshamn – Ventspils route. That is according to a now edited article by Stena AB CEO and majority shareholder Dan Sten Olsson. The two ships, which are currently under construction at the China Merchants Jinling shipyard in Weihai, are a lengthened version of the standard Stena E-Flexer platform as used in STENA ESTRID, STENA EDDA, and STENA EMBLA.

Writing in the Stena Sphere’s internal magazine ‘Sfarnytt’, Mr Olsson also states that Stena is “contemplating an investment case a for battery pack” to be fitted to the vessels. This would allow the ships to run on battery power part of the time while at sea in order to reduce exhaust gas emissions. The design already incorporates a shore power connection. This will mean the ships can switch off their engines whilst alongside at a suitable port.

The two vessels that are now under construction are both 30% larger and more energy efficient than previous vessels. Mild Design / Stena Line.
An artists impression of the 240m long version of the Stena E-Flexer. Two examples will be deployed on the Nynäshamn – Ventspils route during 2022. Mild Design / Stena Line.

The as-yet unnamed ships are both expected to be delivered during 2022. Their arrival will presumably displace the slightly smaller STENA SCANDICA and STENA BALTICA (the rebuilt former STENA LAGAN and STENA MERSEY) from the Ventspils – Nynäshamn route, should plans remain unchanged. It is likely ‘Scandica’ and ‘Baltica’ will then be transferred to another Stena Line route.

One possible candidate would be the Karlskrona – Gdynia route, which many had expected to receive the lengthened E-Flexers.

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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