The UK and Ireland’s newest ferry, Stena Line’s STENA ESTRID, set a course for Gibraltar earlier today. The new Ro-Pax ferry is currently sailing from her builders yard in China to Holyhead from where she will operate to Dublin.
STENA ESTRID arrived at Galle, Sri Lanka, at around 16:00 yesterday evening (UK time). After slowing down for a brief period, she set a course for Gibraltar.
While at Gibraltar she is expected to take on bunkers as well as additional crew who will undergo familiarisation and training on the home leg of the journey to Holyhead. STENA ESTRID will sail to Gibraltar via the Suez Canal and is currently expected to arrive at the territory at the tip of the Iberian peninsula in the early hours of December 15. The new ferry is expected to enter service in mid-January once all trials, training, and final preparations for service have been completed.
So far, STENA ESTRID has covered around 4,000 nautical miles of her 10,000+ nautical mile delivery voyage, and has already called at Singapore and Galle since leaving Weihai on November 22. She is the first of three new ferries being introduced to Stena Line Irish Sea services in 2020/21.