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Seventh Stena E-Flexer Ferry Floated Out in China

Ship will be the fourth to be delivered to Stena Line

The seventh vessel in the Stena E-Flexer class has been floated out at the China Merchants Jinling shipyard in Weihai. The vessel, which carries the yard number W0270 and is yet to be named, is the first of two 240m long MkII variants for Stena Line.  

The launching ceremony for the new ferry took place on May 24, with the ship leaving the building dock the following day.  Despite the latest ship being the largest to-date, she was also the quickest to be assembled so-far.  Her keel was laid, along with those for the next two ships in the series, on October 14, 2020.  Block assembly started during February 2021 and was completed in just 105 days according to the shipyard.

The first MkII E-Flexer, W0270, with DFDS's just-delivered CÔTE D’OPALE and Brittany Ferries SALAMANCA in the background. Image: Stena RoRo.
The first MkII E-Flexer, W0270, with DFDS’s just-delivered CÔTE D’OPALE and Brittany Ferries SALAMANCA in the background. Image: Stena RoRo.

The ship remains on schedule despite problems encountered during assembly. As a result of the Suez Canal being blocked the stern shafts were delayed and only cleared customs over the May Day holiday.  There were also personnel issues earlier in the year, with workers unable to reach the shipyard due to adverse weather.

The first MKII Stena E-Flexer, W0270, is guided to the outfitting quay at China Merchants Jinling Wehai. Image: China Merchants Jinling
The first MKII Stena E-Flexer, W0270, is guided to the outfitting quay at China Merchants Jinling Wehai. Image: China Merchants Jinling

W0270 is scheduled to be delivered in May 2022, with an identical sister to follow in November the same year.  Stena Line has yet to announce which route the pair will be deployed on. The company has said that the name and route should be announced before the end of the year.

New DFDS ferry leaves for Europe

Separately, DFDS’s CÔTE D’OPALE has left the Weihai shipyard and begun her journey to the Dover Straits.  The vessel is being brought to Europe by a Stena (Northern Marine Management) crew though there are some DFDS officers onboard.   CÔTE D’OPALE was the fifth vessel in the E-Flexer series to be delivered.  The next delivery will be Brittany Ferries’ SALAMANCA which is currently being fitted out.

Stena E-Flexer Mk I vs Mk II Comparison

Construction of the two longer Stena Line ferries began with a steel cutting ceremony for the two vessels on April 2 and May 29 this year on site in Weihai, China. Due to COVID-19, only site teams were present. Mild Design / Stena Line
An artists impression of the extended 240m long version of the Stena E-Flexer. Mild Design / Stena Line
Class nameStena E-Flexer Mk I
(standard – 215m)
Stena E-Flexer Mk II
(lengthened – 240m)
DesignStena AB / DeltamarinStena AB / Deltamarin
Construction YardAVIC Weihai, Shandong Province, ChinaAVIC Weihai, Shandong Province, China
Vessel OwnerStena RoRoStena RoRo
Vessel OperatorsStena Line (3), Brittany Ferries (3), DFDS (1)Stena Line (2)
DeliveryLate 2019 – 20232022
Length214.5m239.7m
Breadth27.8m27.8m
Draught6.4m6.4m
Gross TonnageApprox 40,500Approx 45,000
Total number of decks1010
Number of passenger decks33
Design Speed22 knots22 knots (?)
Approx. Passenger Capacity (including crew)10001200
Freight Capacity3100 lane metres*3600 lane metres
Capacity of dedicated passenger vehicle and small van deck
(*not included on the Brittany Ferries examples)
120200

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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