Stena RoRo takes delivery of MS Santona (9th E-Flexer cruiseferry)

   December 23, 2022 ,   Cruise Industry

China Merchants Jingling Shipyard (Weihai) delivered the 9th E-Flexer RoRo ship, Santona, to its owner Stena RoRo.

The online delivery ceremony was held on Thursday, December 22nd.

The dual-fuel LNG-powered vessel has been chartered by Brittany Ferries on a long-term basis.

Stena has an agreement with Brittany Ferries for long-term charters of 5x E-Flexers (of a total of 12 ships ordered by Stena RoRo at the Chinese shipyard). In 2020, Brittany Ferries took delivery of Galicia. The sistership Salamanca was delivered in Dec 2021.

Santona was classed by the DNV Classification Society and is compliant with the IMO Tier 3 requirements. It has a length of 214.5 m, a width of 27.8 m, and a design speed of 23 knots. The ship has 10 decks (3 of them house all the 379 passenger and truck-driver cabins), cargo capacity 2705 lanemeters and passenger capacity 1015 (max 1680).

Santona has been designed in line with the Safe Return to Port requirements which means that the essential systems remain operational after a fire casualty that doesn't exceed the casualty threshold/flooding of any single watertight compartment so that the vessel is able to proceed to a safe port under its own power.

The ferry is equipped with twin Wartsila 12V46DF four-stroke dual-fuel engines, each generating 13,740 kW, run on natural gas, heavy fuel oil, or marine diesel oil enabling the vessel to eliminate sulfur oxide emissions and cut CO2/nitrogen oxide emissions.

The LNG-powered ships also feature Wartsila 20DF dual-fuel auxiliary engines; 2 gearboxes; 2 controllable pitch propellers; tunnel thrusters, and a fuel gas supply system.

The construction of the E-Flexers is based on a design created for flexibility, and each ship is tailored to customer needs.

Santona ferry

Brittany Ferries has taken on 2 more LNG-powered E-Flexer ships on long-term charters. The remaining 2 ferries are scheduled for delivery in 2023-2025.