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Stena Estrid Update: Next Stop Gibraltar!

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.

BON VOYAGE: Stena Line’s newest ferry Stena Estrid departs the AVIC Weihai Shipyard in north-western China, bound for its new home on the Irish Sea between Ireland and Britain. Manned by a much-reduced crew of 27, with no passengers on board, the ship will travel on a journey of well over 10,000 miles, taking just over one month and making a number of stops on the way, before finally arriving in Wales from where it will start service in January on the Dublin to Holyhead route.

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.

Steven Tarbox

Steven is a former retail professional and a ferry writer and photographer. He created NI Ferry Site as a web design project in 2014 to be a news and information source for everyone with an interest in ferries, with a particular focus on Northern Ireland. Steven is the editor of the website and looks after all of the technical aspects.
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