Gothenburg-based Stena RoRo has ordered E-Flexer number ten, eleven and twelve at China’s CMI Jinling (Weihai) Shipyard.
One of them has been ordered on the basis of a new charter agreement with Canadian federal Crown corporation, Marine Atlantic, a former customer of the Swedish shipowner. Upon delivery in 2024, the ship will operate between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.
Two further vessels will be chartered by French ferry company Brittany Ferries. They will be delivered in 2024 and 2025 and will operate between Portsmouth in the UK and Quistreham (Caen) and St Malo in France, respectively.
Five of the E-Flexer RoPax vessels have now been delivered and are in operation for different companies. The large vessels have a range of design advantages over similar ships in the sector, including more capacity, reduced emissions, and improved performance.
Stena RoRo managing director, Per Westling, commented: “Our focus is on adapting ship design to our customers’ specific wishes and, in this case, our E-Flexer platform is very well suited, as it meets the customer’s requirements for an optimal hull form combined with efficient dual-fuel engines and a battery-hybrid solution to minimise emissions. We were successful in executing this new charter contract after a very competitive and extensive procurement process.”
Speaking for Marine Atlantic, Chairman of the Board, Gary O’Brien, said: “Marine Atlantic is an essential service that is vital to the national supply chain. The design of the vessel combines key priorities such as manoeuvrability, safety, accessibility, while minimising environmental impacts, to provide our customers with a modern, efficient and reliable service.” Stena RoRo holds options for additional E-Flexer RoPax vessels with the Chinese shipbuilder.
Stena RoRo orders three further E-Flexer RoPax ferries