The third of nine E-Flexer RoRo vessels, Galicia, ordered by Stena RoRo at CMI Jinling (Weihai) has been delivered by the Chinese shipyard. The 214.5m-long vessel, with a capacity of 3,100 lane metres and 1,100 persons including crew, has been long-term chartered by Brittany Ferries and adapted in several ways to meet the ferry company’s needs.
These include the conversion of one car deck into cabins and extension of the deckhouse on two decks, alterations which enable a near doubling of cabins from 175 to 343. The scrubber-equipped vessel has two additional lifeboats in line with its extra passenger capacity. The design and colour scheme in the ship’s public spaces reflect a Spanish influence from the region after which the ship is named.
Stena RoRo’s Per Westling, CEO, explained: “The Galicia is special because she is the first in the E-Flexer series to be delivered to an external customer. The design has been adapted to Brittany Ferries’ special requirements and the yard has been able to deliver according to schedule despite the ongoing pandemic, which we are very happy about.”
The Galicia is the first of three E-Flexer vessels to be long-term chartered by Brittany Ferries. The French company will take delivery of two new LNG-powered vessels, the first in 2022 followed by another in 2023. The E-Flexer RoRos are significantly larger than most ships of this type in service today. Combined with a range of sustainability features, this increases productivity and reduces emissions.