Stena Edda | Stena Line

Current Route: Belfast [NI] – Liverpool (Birkenhead) [GB]
STENA EDDA seen at Birkenhead prior to entering service on the Birkenhead - Belfast route. Copyright © Das Boot 160 Photography.
STENA EDDA seen at Birkenhead prior to entering service on the Birkenhead - Belfast route. Copyright © Das Boot 160 Photography.

Stena Edda Fast Facts

  • IMO Number: 9807308
  • Constructed by: China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (Weihai) Co. Ltd. [CN], W0264
  • Also known as: Avic Weihai W0264 / Zhonghang 264 (yard names)
  • Passenger capacity: 1,000 (including crew)
  • Vehicle Capacity: 3,100 lane metres of freight (plus 120 passenger cars in their own dedicated garage on deck 7)
  • Current Operator: Stena Line Irish Sea
  • Usual Route: Belfast [NI] – Liverpool (Birkenhead) [GB]

Stena Edda is the first of two brand-new ferries being introduced on the Belfast to Liverpool (Birkenhead) route by Stena Line in 2020 and 2021. She is second of five new “next-generation” E-Flexer class ferries ordered by Stena RoRo for service with sister-company Stena Line, and is a direct-sister to the first in the series, STENA ESTRID.

STENA EDDA was delivered to Stena at Weihai on January 15, 2020 – exactly two months to the day after her sister was delivered. She left Weihai under the command of Senior Master Captain Neil Whittaker for the first leg of her delivery voyage on January 22. Captain Whittaker was also part of the Stena Line site team at Weihai overseeing the construction of STENA ESTRID and STENA EDDA. Because of the length of the journey, like STENA ESTRID, STENA EDDA made several stops on the way. The first of these was at Singapore, where the vessel took on sufficient bunkers to get to Europe. After a stop at Algeciras she set course for the Belfast.

Following arrival in Belfast Lough on 25.02.20, Stena Edda stayed at Anchor off Groomsport until the following morning. Prior to sunrise she made her way to Belfast Victoria Terminal 2 for berthing trials, becoming the first ferry to berth at the rebuilt berth. On the 28.02.20, STENA EDDA completed berthing trials at Belfast VT4, Loch Ryan Port, and 12 Quays South at Birkenhead. She remained at Birkenhead, apart from some trips up river as part of her commissioning, until she entered commercial service. During this period final adjustments were made to the passenger accommodation by both contractors and crew. Crew training and all required drills were also completed

Stena Line's STENA EDDA seen sailing in the River Mersey on 08.03.20. The new ship spent much of the day sailing in and out of her 12 Quays South berth ahead of her introduction to service the following day. Copyright © Rob Foy.
Stena Line’s STENA EDDA seen sailing in the River Mersey on 08.03.20. The new ship spent much of the day sailing in and out of her 12 Quays South berth ahead of her introduction to service the following day. Copyright © Rob Foy.

STENA EDDA‘s maiden commercial voyage took place under the command of Caption Krzysztof (Kris) Gadomski with the overnight voyage from Birkenhead to Belfast on 09.03.20.

Deployment

The brand-new ferry replaced STENA LAGAN which served the Belfast – Liverpool route since being delivered new to Norse Merchant Ferries in 2005.  The route and its ships were subsequently taken over by Norfolk Line and DFDS before passing into Stena Line ownership in 2010/11.  Initially, STENA EDDA will sail opposite one of the present ships until the latter goes for rebuilding Turkey.  In 2021 near-sister STENA EMBLA will join STENA EDDA on the Belfast – Liverpool (Birkenhead) service.  Both STENA LAGAN and STENA MERSEY are to be rebuilt for service elsewhere. STENA LAGAN left for her rebuild shortly after she was replaced by ‘Edda‘.

STENA EDDA rests on the south berth at 12 Quays while STENA LAGAN leaves for Belfast for the final time. Copyright © Das Boot 160 Photography.
STENA EDDA rests on the south berth at 12 Quays while STENA LAGAN leaves for Belfast for the final time, 08.03.20. Copyright © Das Boot 160 Photography.

Longest

At 214.5m in length, STENA EDDA is the joint longest passenger ferry (with STENA ESTRID) in operation on Irish Sea services. She is also currently the longest ferry to ever serve Northern Ireland and the largest ferry by gross tonnage (41,671 gt) to ever enter scheduled service at both Belfast and Birkenhead. To coincide with her introduction, Belfast Harbour and Peel Ports invested in upgrading the berthing facilities at Belfast VT2 and Birkenhead 12 Quays South to allow twin-level loading at both ports. As a result, STENA EDDA and STENA EMBLA will be able to load and unload within the same time as the existing ships, despite their far greater vehicle capacity.

Stena's second E-Flexer ferry STENA EDDA on sea trials. © China Merchants Jinling (Weihai).
Stena’s second E-Flexer ferry STENA EDDA on sea trials. © China Merchants Jinling (Weihai).

Design and Build

The E-Flexer class was designed by Stena RoRo and Deltamarin for use by sister company Stena Line and for charter to other operators. It is the product of a collaboration between Stena RoRo, Stena Line, marine architect Deltamarin, Stena Teknik, interior architect Figura, and Weihai Shipyard in China. Designed to be more environmentally friendly and efficient than existing ferries, Stena’s E-Flexer design has also be designed to be flexible and is suitable for numerous routes from short day crossings to overnight services. Because of this flexibility, it is possible that STENA EDDA could cover for STENA ESTRID on the shorter Dublin – Holyhead route and vice-versa. STENA ESTRID and STENA EDDA are the first of nine vessels currently ordered based on the E-Flexer design.

STENA EDDA took 25 months to construct from the start of steel cutting until delivery. Like most modern vessels, she was assembled from blocks in a building dock and floated out rather than launched from a traditional slipway. From keel laying to float out took 10 months. Nine months of fitting out, commissioning, and trials followed before the vessel was delivered five days early on January 15 2020. Although construction took place in China, European suppliers played a key role in the project with items such as glazing and the main engines shipped from Europe. Because of the scale of the E-Flexer project, outfitter R&M built a dedicated climate-controlled cabin production facility on-site in cooperation with the shipyard. STENA EDDA made her maiden commercial voyage with the 21:30 departure from Birkenhead on March 9, 2020. As expected, she has replaced STENA LAGAN in the fleet.

Time-lapse video from Stena Line showing the construction of Stena Edda from keel-laying to launch.

Edda?

Stena Line are using a new naming scheme with their E-Flexer vessels, choosing to use female Nordic names beginning with “E” with the usual Stena prefix. The names of the first three vessels were chosen via a staff competition.  According to Stena Line, Edda:

is an old Norse term that refers to a central medieval collection of poems and divine mythology.

Onboard Passenger Facilities

The facilities on STENA EDDA are spread out over 4 decks as follows.  Public facilities are housed on Deck’s 7 and 8, the latter of which also house approximately half of the passenger cabins.  Deck 9 is a cabin and crew deck while Deck 10 is at the top of the ship and has a passenger accessible sun deck.  A total of 175 passenger cabins are provided including six deluxe cabins and disabled cabins. This is a significant increase in the number of cabins provided on STENA LAGAN and STENA MERSEY. Outside deck space is plentiful, with promenade decks on both sides of deck 7, a sun deck on deck 10, and outside decks aft on decks 8 and 9. The spaces on decks 8 and 9 also double up as balconies for the deluxe cabins.

For a detailed impression of how STENA EDDA looks inside, see our first look inside Stena Estrid feature. STENA EDDA is virtually identical to her sister with only minor cosmetic changes inside.

Internal Layout plan

A photograph taken onboard STENA ESTRID of the side layout plan. On this plan you can see which staircases go to which decks. The green and purple staircases also have lifts. © NIFerry.co.uk
A photograph taken onboard STENA ESTRID of the side layout plan. On this plan you can see which staircases go to which decks. The green and purple staircases also have lifts. © NIFerry.co.uk

Deck 7

  • Dedicated car deck with direct walk-through access to the passenger facilities.
  • Guest Services.
  • ‘Barista’ Coffee House.
  • Outlet Onboard (shop).
  • ‘Happy World’ children’s play area and lounge.
  • ‘Taste’ restaurant with digital menu boards.
  • Two outside promenade decks with smoking section (port / starboard).
  • Twelve temperature controlled enclosed dog kennels with owner access via key code.
  • Male, Female, and Disabled Toilets and Baby Changing area.
  • Free Wi-Fi access.
'Taste' restaurant seating. © NIferry.co.uk.
‘Taste’ restaurant seating overlooking the bow of STENA ESTRID. © NIferry.co.uk.

Deck Plan

A photograph taken onboard STENA ESTRID of the Deck 7 layout plan. © NIFerry.co.uk
A photograph taken onboard STENA ESTRID of the Deck 7 layout plan. © NIFerry.co.uk

Deck 8

  • ‘Stena Plus’ premium lounge (additional fee applies) with table service and dedicated toilet facilities.
  • ‘Hygge’ recline lounge (additional fee applies).
  • Interactive ‘Experience wall’.
  • The ‘Living Room’ lounge.
  • ‘Truckers’ commercial drivers lounge and restaurant.
  • Video games and gaming area.
  • ‘Happy World’ children’s play room.
  • The ‘Sky Bar’ bar and lounge.
  • Two free movie lounges.
  • A selection of passenger cabins including three deluxe cabins with balcony access and disabled cabin.  All cabins are secured using a digital ‘VingCard’ system and have an infotainment TV system installed.
  • Male, Female, and Disabled Toilets.
  • Free Wi-Fi access.
  • Outside deck space aft.
The large atrium dominates the Sky Bar which is located on Deck 8, midships. © NIferry.co.uk.
The large atrium dominates the Sky Bar which is located on Deck 8, midships (STENA ESTRID). © NIferry.co.uk.

Deck Plan

A photograph taken onboard STENA ESTRID of the Deck 8 layout plan. © NIFerry.co.uk
A photograph taken onboard STENA ESTRID of the Deck 8 layout plan. © NIFerry.co.uk

Deck 9

  • A selection of passenger cabins including three deluxe cabins with balcony access and a disabled cabin.  All cabins are secured using a digital ‘VingCard’ system and have an infotainment TV system installed.
  • The remainder of Deck 9 is occupied by crew accommodation areas and the navigation bridge.
  • Free Wi-Fi access.
  • Outside deck space aft.

Deck Plan

A photograph taken onboard STENA ESTRID of the Deck 9 layout plan. © NIFerry.co.uk
A photograph taken onboard STENA ESTRID of the Deck 9 layout plan. © NIFerry.co.uk

Deck 10

  • Sun Deck.

Deck Plan

A photograph taken onboard STENA ESTRID of the Deck 10 layout plan. © NIFerry.co.uk
A photograph taken onboard STENA ESTRID of the Deck 10 layout plan. © NIFerry.co.uk

Stena Edda Key Dates

STENA EDDA turns to meet and salute STENA LAGAN while at anchor off Groomsport on the morning of her first arrival in UK waters. Copyright © Steven Tarbox.
STENA EDDA turns to meet and salute STENA LAGAN while at anchor off Groomsport on the morning of her first arrival in UK waters. Copyright © Steven Tarbox.

 

11.03.2016Contract date according to DNV-GL
05.04.2016Stena confirms that an order has been signed by Stena RoRo for 4 “E-Flexer” ferries plus four options at AVIC Weihai. The second of these would become Stena Edda.
15.12.2017Steel cutting started
15.6.2018Keel laid
15.4.2019Floated out and outfitting started
10.12.2019Start of sea trials
14.12.2019Sea trials completed
15.01.2020Vessel completion and delivery
22.01.2020 (at approx 13:30 local time, UTC +8)Set sail from Weihai to Europe
29.01.2020 Arrival in Singapore to take on supplies and bunkers
03.02.2020Outside port limits call at Galle
13.02.2020 (UK time) / 14.02.2020 (Local time UTC +8)Started transit of the Suez Canal
20.02.2020 (Projected)First arrival in Europe (Algeciras)
25.02.2020First arrival in the UK (Belfast)
26.02.2020Berthing trials at Belfast VT2
28.02.2020Berthing trials at Belfast VT4, Loch Ryan Port, and Birkenhead (PM)
9th March 2020Entry into service, Liverpool (Birkenhead) – Belfast, 21:30 ex Birkenhead
10.03.2020First commercial arrival in Belfast and first sailing direct to Birkenhead

Stena Edda Technical Data

 

Stena Edda

IMO Number

9807308

Callsign

5BLE5

Class

Stena E-Flexer

Building Yard

China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (Weihai) Co., Ltd., Shandong Province, China

(previously known as AVIC Weihai Shipyard Co., Ltd)

Design

Stena / Deltamarin

Naval Architect

Deltamarin, Turku, Finland

Project Management

Stena RoRo

Deltamarin, Turku, Finland (EPCM)

Interior designer and architect

Figura Arkitekter, Gothenburg, Sweden

Delivery and installation of public spaces, galleys, & cabins

R&M (Rheinhold & Mahla), Hamburg, Germany / Weihai, China

Galley Equipment

Aluminox SA, Greece

Contract date

Ordered by Stena RoRo on 11th March, 2016
(Part of a contract for 4 initial vessels with options for a further 2 + 2)

Hull Number

W0264

Certification

Class: DNV GL Class 1C
Type: 410 – Car Ferry

Additional class notations: 1A Ferry(A) BIS BWM(T) Clean COMF(V-2) E0 Gas ready(D, MEC) Ice(1C) NAUT(AW) Recyclable TMON VIBR

Operator

Stena Line Irish Sea Ferries Ltd, Birkenhead, England

Vessel Management

Stena Line

In service (Stena Line)

TBC

Route

Belfast – Liverpool (Birkenhead)

Length Overall 

214.5 m 

Length BP

202.5 m

Beam

27.8 m (28.43 extreme)

Draught

6.4 m

Gross Tonnage

41,671 GT

DWT

9,777

Number of decks

10
(3 passenger decks plus sun deck)

Machinery

  • Main-propulsion package supplied by Caterpillar Marine including 2 x Caterpillar MaK 12 M43 C gas (Methanol or LNG) ready V12 4-stroke marine diesel propulsion engines built by Caterpillar Motoren Rostock GmbH, Rostock, Germany.
    (Note that to run with Methanol or LNG the engines will require upgrading to MaK 12 M46 dual-fuel specification – this has been allowed for in the design).
  • Each main engine is coupled to a Caterpillar supplied gearbox (Renk RSHL-1120).  
  • 2 x Caterpillar Feathering Controllable-Pitch Propellers MPP 1410f (PB58547).
  • 3 x Wärtsilä Wärtsilä 8L20 auxiliary engines, supplied by Wärtsila Finland Oy.
  • 2 x Wärtsila WTT24 CP 2,400kW bow thrusters, supplied by Wärtsilä Netherlands.
  • S12A2-M(P)TA Emergency Generator, supplied by Mitsubishi Turbocharger and Engine Europe B.V
  • 2 x WE Tech 2,600kW permanent magnet shaft generators, with variable frequency drive (WE Drive) connected to a DC-link switchboard (WE Tech solution 4) for bow thrusters and Power Take Out (PTO) (WE Tech solution 1).
  • Novenco HVAC systems including chillers AHU, VAV cabin units, fans and all control systems. 
  • Gas ready and prepared for scrubber and catalytic converter installation should it be required.
  • 2 x Rolls-Royce “high lift” rudders
  • Fin stabilisers 

Power

25,200 kW

Design Speed

22 kts

Passenger Capacity

927

Crew

73*
(* figure quoted by Stena for standard layout)

Passenger Cabins

175 including six deluxe cabins and two disabled cabins.

Vehicle capacity

3,100 lane metres (on 3 decks – 1, 3, 5) plus 120 cars on an additional deck (deck 7)

5.2 m free height on deck 3 and 5

Twin-level drive-through loading configuration with bow and stern doors and tilting internal ramps between decks.

Flag state (port)

Cyprus (Limassol)

 

Key Supplier Information

Shipyard 

China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (Weihai) Co., Ltd., China
(previously known as AVIC Weihai Shipyard Co., Ltd)

Design and ConceptStena AB, Sweden
Consulting Naval ArchitectDeltamarin, Finland
Hull DesignDeltamarin, Finland
Tank TestingMARIN, Netherlands
Technical ConsultantStena Teknik, Sweden
Project ManagementStena RoRo, Sweden / China
Engineering, Procurement, & Construction ManagementDeltamarin, Finland / China
Interior ArchitectureFigura Arkitekter, Sweden
Interior DesignFigura Arkitekter, Sweden
Certification SocietyDNV-GL, Norway
OutfittingR&M (Reinhold & Mahla), Germany / China
Additional Outfitting (undertaken at Birkenhead)Norgi Marine, Poland
Main EnginesCaterpillar Motoren GmbH & Co. KG (MaK), Germany
Gearbox and Controllable Pitch PropellersCaterpillar Marine / Caterpillar Propulsion Production, Sweden
(Packaged gearbox’s manufactured by Renk, Germany)
Variable-Frequency Shaft Generators and Electrical SwitchboardWe Tech, Finland
Auxiliary EnginesWärtsilä, Finland (Manufactured in China)
Bow ThrustersWärtsilä Netherlands B.V., Netherlands
Emergency GeneratorMitsubishi Turbocharger and Engine Europe B.V., Netherlands
Stabilisers 
RuddersRolls-Royce Commercial Marine, Norway
(became part of Kongsberg Marine during construction)
Heating, Ventilation, and Air ConditioningNovenco, Denmark / China
GlazingSaint-Gobain S.A., France
Galley EquipmentAluminox S.A., Greece
Furniture

Various (including R&M; Capdell, Spain; vitra, Switzerland; and bespoke joinery by the outfitting teams)

LiftsKone, Finland
LifeboatsJiangsu Jiaoyan Marine Equipment Co., Ltd, China
Marine Evacuation SystemSurvitec / RFD, United Kingdom
Access Equipment

TTS, Norway

Simulator Training

Liverpool John Moores University Maritime Centre, England

 

Note that while the suppliers used on Stena Edda and Stena Estrid remain largely consistent throughout the E-Flexer series, Brittany Ferries and DFDS have opted to use their own choice of suppliers on some aspects of their vessels.  For instance, DFDS’s CÔTE D’ OPALE will have an HVAC system supplied by Heinen and Hopman rather than Novenco.  Both companies also intend to appoint their own interior designers in addition to Figura. Figura’s services are included as part of each company’s build and charter contracts with Stena RoRo.

Stena Edda Gallery

Sources & Further Reading