Stena Line, the Swedish ferry company, commenced the ‘launching’ ceremony of the first of its next generation of RoPax vessel taking place at the Avic Weihai Shipyard in China.
Stena Estrid, the name of the first new vessel, floated in the water for the first time on 16th January 2019 at the Avic Weihai Shipyard and is now on schedule to enter service on the Dublin to Holyhead route in early 2020, the first of three new E-Flexer vessels bound for the Irish Sea by 2021.
According to Niclas Mårtensson, Stena Line CEO, the “float out” maneuver is a very important milestone for Stena Lines new generation vessels
“The Stena Estrid successfully completed her ‘float out’ maneuver from dry dock at the Avic Shipyard and now enters a busy phase of works ahead of her Irish Sea launch early next year,” he said.
“Stena Estrid will bring many benefits to ferry users including speedy and efficient loading/unloading operations plus further development of our Scandinavian inspired facilities including our restful and bespoke Hygge Lounge and the latest upgrade of our premium product, the Stena Plus concept. The new ships will be spacious, light and make use of panoramic views. This is a very exciting time for our business and I’m proud that as Europe’s largest ferry company, Stena Line continues help shape the industry for the next generation of freight and leisure customers,” he said.