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Steel cutting underway for Stena’s new Belfast ferries

Construction of E-Flexer series now underway.

Steel cutting for Stena’s 4 new E-Flexer RoPax ferries started in China earlier today.  Stena Line had previously announced that all four vessels would be based in Belfast, however following the purchase of STENA SUPERFAST VII and STENA SUPERFAST VIII from Tallink for €135m, it looks likely that only two of the new vessels will be coming to Belfast (replacing STENA LAGAN and STENA MERSEY), with the Cairnryan route retaining its current vessels.  Earlier this week Brittany Ferries confirmed that they have agreed the charter (with option to purchase) one of the four vessels, likely the third of the series, which is due for delivery in early Autumn 2020.  The first of the series is due for delivery form the AVIC shipyard in Weihai in late 2019.

 

Title image:  Picture of the steel cutting ceremony for the first of Stena’s four new Chinese built RoPax ferries. Stena Roro

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