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Keel-laying ceremony for first of Stena Line’s new Chinese-built RoPax vessels

Friday, 09 Feb 2018

The keel for the first in a series of four, option four, RoPax ferries has been laid at AVIC Weihai Shipyard in China.

The first of the RoPax vessels will be delivered in 2019

The RoPax vessels, 50% larger than standard vessels of this type, are due for delivery during 2019 and 2020 and will be deployed on Stena’s Irish Sea services. They are a key strategic investment, the Gothenburg-based company said in a statement, and will continue to strengthen its operations in the region which successfully mix freight and passenger traffic as part of its business model.  
“This is an important milestone in our exciting new ship building project,” said Niclas Mårtensson, Stena Line’s CEO. “Our overall target is that these vessels will be the absolute state-of-the-art when it comes to energy efficiency, flexibility and customer service.”
The 214.5m-long vessels, with a speed of 22 knots, will have a capacity of 3,100 lane metres and 120 cars. They will carry up to 1,000 passengers with 175 cabins. Propulsion will be provided by two V12 four-stroke diesels, each providing 12,600 kW of power.