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Stena Embla to debut on Rosslare – France route

Update 15.01.2020: STENA EMBLA made her maiden commercial departure from Rosslare last night but is expected to return to Belfast soon.

Stena Line’s brand-new ferry, STENA EMBLA, looks set to debut on the Rosslare – Cherbourg route. The ship, which is currently in Belfast undergoing final preparations for service, is due to leave for Rosslare this evening according to Belfast Harbour booking.

Demand on services between Ireland and France continues to be strong. Both Stena Line and Irish Ferries have already taken steps to increase capacity on the route.

STENA EMBLA on the berth at Victoria Terminal 2 following her maiden arrival in Belfast, 02.01.2021. Ahead of her is the Belfast - Heysham freight ship STENA SCOTIA. In the background is SEATRUCK PANORAMA which is currently on charter to Stena Line as the third ship on the Belfast - Liverpool route. Stena Line.
STENA EMBLA on the berth at Victoria Terminal 2 following her maiden arrival in Belfast, 02.01.2021. Ahead of her is the Belfast – Heysham freight ship STENA SCOTIA. In the background is SEATRUCK PANORAMA which is currently on charter to Stena Line as the third ship on the Belfast – Liverpool route. Stena Line.

STENA EMBLA is due to operate two round-trips in place of the STENA HORIZON ex Rosslare Thursday and Saturday, and ex Cherbourg Friday and Sunday.

STENA HORIZON is the regular vessel on Stena Line's Rosslare - Cherbourg route. Stena Line
STENA HORIZON is the regular vessel on Stena Line’s Rosslare – Cherbourg route. Stena Line

It understood that Horizon needs some maintenance to be carried out which will take around 4 days. The Ro-Ro freighter STENA FORETELLER will remain in place as “second ship” according to the timetable.

STENA HORIZON is expected to return to service in place of STENA EMBLA once this maintenance is completed. STENA EMBLA is then expected to enter service between Belfast and Liverpool (Birkenhead) later this month.

Update 13.01.2020 @ 21:00: Following this article being published, Stena Line has confirmed that Stena Embla will be temporally deployed on the Rosslare – Cherbourg route.

Steven Tarbox

Steven is a ferry blogger and photographer from Belfast. He founded NI Ferry Site in 2014, and still acts as the editor. Steven also looks after all of the technical aspects of the website.
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