Stena RoRo ordered a 6th roll-on-roll-off passenger (ropax) ferry in Stena E-Flexer RoPax series of vessels it has under construction at Avic International shipyard, China.
Unlike the first 5 ferries in the series, that are being built as ‘LNG-ready’ ships, the propulsion system of the newest ferry will be able to run on LNG (liquefied natural gas) from the time of delivery, 2021.
At the confirmation of the new contract for the 6th ship in the series, the company announced that the dual-fuel ship will be chartered by Brittany Ferries for ten years for service on operator’s route between Portsmouth and Bilbao-Santander.
The E-Flexer ships are 42,400 GT ropax 215-metre long ferries. They can accommodate up to 1,000 passengers and will feature 3,100 lane metres for vehicles.
Of the 5 earlier, LNG-ready ferries in the E-Flexer series, Stena will operate 3 on its Irish Sea routes while the 4th ship will also sail in Brittany Ferries fleet on the UK-Spain route. The 5th is set to make English Channel crossings between Dover-Calais under a ten-year bareboat charter with shipping company DFDS.
The first 4 E-Flexer vessels are due for delivery between late 2019-late 2020, and the DFDS ship is due to be delivered in 2021.