Stena’s new ro-pax ferries going into Irish water
The four new ro-pax ferries that Stena Line announced in 2016 will be deployed in the Irish Sea. The ships, which are being built in the AVIC yard in China, are to be delivered in 2019 and 2020. Stena’s contract with AVIC contains an option for four extra vessels.
In recent years, the shipping company has registered continuous growth in the freight and passenger segment in the Irish Sea. 2016 was the first time ever that the port of Belfast handled more than 500,000 freight units carried by Stena.
The new, 215 m long ferries, which will have a maximum speed of 22 knots, a capacity of 3,100 lane metres and 120 vehicles, can be converted to gas propulsion. The newbuilds will also be the biggest ferries ever to ply the route between Belfast and Great Britain. (kd)