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Stena Embla Fast Facts

IMO number: 9807322Built by: China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (Weihai) Co. Ltd. [CN], W0266
Also known as: ZHAO SHANG 266 (yard name) / China Merchants Jinling W0266 (yard name)As-built sister-ships: STENA ESTRID * , STENA EDDA * (* Stena Embla is built to a slightly different design but is virtually identical from a passenger perspective)
Usual route: Belfast [NI] - Liverpool (Birkenhead) [GB]Current operator: Stena Line Irish Sea
Passenger capacity: 1000 (including crew)Vehicle capacity: 3,100 lane metres of freight (plus 120 passenger cars in their own dedicated garage on deck 7)

Stena Embla Introduction

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

From the start of steel cutting to delivery, STENA EMBLA took 25 months to construct. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the shipyard and suppliers, STENA EMBLA was delivered on-time in November 2020. Senior Master Captain Neil Whittaker took delivery of the vessel with his team. Stena Line CEO Niclas Mårtensson took part in the delivery via video link from Gothenburg due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

STENA EMBLA made her first arrival in the UK at Holyhead, where she called for a couple of hours in the early hours of January 2. At around 11:45 the same day she arrived at Belfast, completing her month-long delivery voyage from China.

In early 2021, STENA EMBLA is expected to replace STENA MERSEY on the Belfast – Liverpool (Birkenhead) route. As a result, she will operate opposite sister-ship STENA EDDA on the route, and STENA MERSEY will go for rebuilding in Turkey. Once completed, ‘Mersey’ will join her sister-ship STENA LAGAN on the Baltic Sea Ventspils – Nynashamn route.

Embla?

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, Embla:

is an Old Norse name. In Norse mythology it was the name of the first woman. Its origin comes from the Old Norse word for ‘elm’. 

Onboard Passenger Facilities

The passenger facilities on STENA EMBLA are virtually identical to STENA ESTRID and STENA EDDA. Like those ships, passenger facilities are spread out over 4 decks as follows.  

Public facilities are housed on Deck’s 7 and 8. The latter of these also houses 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.  

Sky Bar. © Stena Line
Sky Bar on Stena Edda and Stena Estrid. © Stena Line

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 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 EMBLA looks inside, see our first look inside Stena Estrid feature. STENA EMBLA is virtually identical to her sisters, with only minor cosmetic changes inside. The photos below are from sister-ships STENA ESTRID and STENA EDDA. These will be replaced when detailed photos of STENA EMBLA become available.

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

Stena Embla Deck 7 Facilities and Layout Plan

  • 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, CCTV, and outside exercise area.
  • 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.

Stena Embla Deck 7 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

Stena Embla Deck 8 Facilities and Layout Plan

  • ‘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 separate 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 a ‘BazePort’ 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.

Stena Embla Deck 8 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

Stena Embla Deck 9 Facilities and Layout Plan

  • 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 a ‘BazePort’ 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.
  • Crew facilities and cabins
STENA ESTRID Deluxe Cabin. © David Faerder.
STENA ESTRID Deluxe Cabin. © David Faerder.

Stena Embla Deck 9 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

Stena Embla Deck 10 Facilities and Layout Plan

  • Sun Deck.
The sun deck. © David Faerder.
The sun deck, Stena Estrid. © David Faerder.

Stena Embla Deck 10 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

Key Dates – Stena Embla

11.03.2016Contract date 1
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 fourth of these would become Stena Embla.
15.10.2018Steel cutting started
18.04.2019Keel laid
15.11.2019Floated out and outfitting started
15.10.2020Start of sea trials
18.10.2020Sea trials completed
18.11.2020 / 19.11.2020Vessel completion and delivery
19.11.2020Switched from UK to Cypriot registry.
Home port now Limassol (previously Liverpool)
01.12.2020Stena Embla sets sail from Weihai to Europe
07.12.2020Arrival in Singapore to take on supplies and bunkers
08.12.2020Left Singapore for Galle, Sri Lanka
12.12.2020Outside port limits call at Galle to take on armed guard for transit to Suez Canal
Started transit of the Suez Canal
28.12.2020 / 29.12.2020Stena Embla’s first arrival in Europe (Algeciras)
02.01.2021First arrival in the UK (Holyhead)
02.01.2021First arrival in Belfast
Early 2021Entry into commercial service (route)
Early 2021First commercial arrival in Belfast and first sailing direct to Birkenhead

Stena Embla Technical Data

Side profile of how the first Stena E-Flexer MIGHT look based on renders and yard photographs. Note this is NOT an official image. Copyright © Steven Tarbox
Copyright © Steven Tarbox
 

Stena Embla

IMO Number9807322

Callsign

MGGH4
ClassStena “E-Flexer” Passenger and Ro-Ro Cargo (Ro-Pax) ferry
Building Yard

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

DesignStena / 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

W0266

Certification

Class: DNV GL Class 1A

Type: 410 – Car Ferry


Additional class notations: 1A Ferry(A) BIS BWM(T) Clean COMF(V-2) E0 Gas ready(D, MEC) Ice(1A) NAUT(AW) Recyclable TMON VIBR2

Operator

Stena Line Irish Sea Ferries Ltd, Birkenhead, England

Vessel Management

Stena Line

In service (Stena Line) TBC – Early 2020

Route

Belfast – Liverpool (Birkenhead)
Length Overall  214.481 m 1
Length BP 202.518 m 1

Beam

27.297 m (28.436 extreme) 1
Draught 6.7 m 1

Gross Tonnage

41,671 GT 1
DWT 7,700 1
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 “high lift” flap ruddersMitsubishi fin stabilisers
Power (Max)

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 and two cabins specifically adapted for people with physical disabilities)

Vehicle capacity

3,100 lane metres of freight (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 Flag
Cyprus (Limassol)
These details are believed to be correct at the time of publication, but may be subject to change.

Key Supplier Information

Shipyard 

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

Design and Concept Stena AB, Sweden
Consulting Naval Architect Deltamarin, Finland
Hull Design Deltamarin, Finland
Tank Testing MARIN, Netherlands
Technical Consultant Stena Teknik, Sweden
Project Management Stena RoRo, Sweden / China
Engineering, Procurement, & Construction Management Deltamarin, Finland / China
Interior Architecture Figura Arkitekter, Sweden
Interior Design Figura Arkitekter, Sweden
Certification Society DNV-GL, Norway
Outfitting R&M (Reinhold & Mahla), Germany / China
Additional Outfitting
Main Engines Caterpillar Motoren GmbH & Co. KG (MaK), Germany
Gearbox and Controllable Pitch Propellers Caterpillar Marine / Caterpillar Propulsion Production, Sweden
(Packaged gearbox’s manufactured by Renk, Germany)
Variable-Frequency Shaft Generators and Electrical Switchboard We Tech, Finland
Auxiliary Engines Wärtsilä, Finland (Manufactured in China)
Bow Thrusters Wärtsilä Netherlands B.V., Netherlands
Emergency Generator Mitsubishi Turbocharger and Engine Europe B.V., Netherlands
Stabilisers Mitsubishi
Rudders Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine, Norway
(became part of Kongsberg Marine during construction)
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Novenco, Denmark / China
Glazing Saint-Gobain S.A., France
Galley Equipment Aluminox S.A., Greece
Furniture

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

Lifts Kone, Finland
Lifeboats Jiangsu Jiaoyan Marine Equipment Co., Ltd, China
Marine Evacuation System Survitec / 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.  DFDS also intends to appoint its 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, however.

Sources & Further Reading

References and Further Reading
  1. Vesselregister.dnvgl.com. 2020. DNV GL Vessel Register. [online] Available at: <https://vesselregister.dnvgl.com/vesselregister/vesselregister.html> [Accessed 19 November 2020].[][][][][][][]
  2. Vesselregister.dnvgl.com. 2020. DNV GL Vessel Register. [online] Available at: <https://vesselregister.dnvgl.com/vesselregister/vesselregister.html> [Accessed 19 November 2020].[]

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