DESIGNED FOR THE FUTURE
Work with creating the most flexible RoPax concept thus far began in 2015, marking the beginning the Stena E-Flexer series, the largest RoPax order any operator had ever placed. The objectives were both to create a design for the best possible flexibility in terms of commercial and operational performance, and above all to create versatility to meet the rapidly growing environmental requirements and needs. These two objectives now go hand in hand.
“In 2016, we ordered four vessels with an option for another four,” says Per Westling, managing director for Stena RoRo. “The first four vessels were intended for service within the Stena Line network, but in connection with the order being announced, the concept gained the attention of other shipping companies and twelve vessels have now been ordered in the E-Flexer series. Seven of them have been ordered by Stena RoRo, which has chartered them to prominent shipping companies such as Brittany Ferries, DFDS and Marine Atlantic Inc.”
The twelve vessels in the E-Flexer series feature nine different configurations, all within the framework of the optimized hull designed especially for the series.
“The shipping industry will be rapidly changing in the next few years and the ability to adapt our vessels to new regulations and new fuels when they emerge is crucial,” adds Per Westling.
The E-Flexer concept now includes a wide range of propulsion systems, from conventional LNG-ready engines with scrubbers, to engines with dual fuel combustion in combination with large hybrid batteries or fuel cell systems, as well as shore connection systems with high power ratings.
“Our engines are also able to adapt to new fuels such as ammonia and green methanol when these become commercially available,” says Staffan Stenfelt, General Manager for new construction at Stena RoRo. “The Stena E-Flexer series is based on a future-proof concept that will continue to be developed in line with our customers’ needs and future environmental requirements.”
|ABOUT E-FLEXER NO. 12 ORDERED FOR BRITTANY FERRIES|
|Capacity||2,517 lane meters, of which 1,388 lane meters are intended for passenger cars, 1,400 passengers on board.|
ABOUT STENA E-FLEXER
Stena’s E-Flexer class has been developed with a basic concept but is flexible and adapted to customer needs, both commercially and technically. The concept combines cargo and passenger capabilities, and the vessels are substantially larger than today’s standard ferries. The Stena E-Flexer class is at the forefront in terms of sustainability and sets a new standard for emissions, costs and energy efficiency, as well as performance.
|SPECIFICATION OF STENA E-FLEXER ORDERS WITH CMI JINLING (WEIHAI), CHINA|
|1||Stena Line (in service between Holyhead and Dublin in early 2020)|
|2||Stena Line (in service between Belfast and Liverpool in 2020)|
|3||Brittany Ferries (long-term charter agreement for service between the United Kingdom and Spain)|
|4||Stena Line (in service between Belfast and Liverpool in 2021)|
|5||DFDS (long-term charter agreement for service between Dover and Calais, delivery 2021)|
|6||Brittany Ferries with LNG operation (long-term charter agreement, delivery November 2021)|
|7||Stena Line (extended version, delivery 2022)|
|8||Stena Line (extended version, delivery 2022)|
|9||Brittany Ferries with LNG operation (long-term charter agreement, delivery 2023)|
|10||Marine Atlantic with LNG operation (long-term charter agreement, delivery 2024)|
|11||Brittany Ferries with LNG operation (long-term charter agreement, delivery 2024)|
|12||Brittany Ferries with LNG operation (long-term charter agreement, delivery 2025)|
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