THE BALTIC SEA

EXPANSION CONTINUES

Over the past year, Stena Line has expanded in the Baltic Sea, increasing both freight and passenger capacity, to cater for increasing demand of sea transportation in the region. This year Stena Line has already introduced new large and modern ferries on both of their two Latvian routes Nynäshamn-Ventspils and Travemünde-Liepaja. The ferry company has announced that the expansion on the Baltic Sea will continue during 2022, increasing both freight- and passenger capacity. The company has announced that they will deploy their two new 240-meter-long fuel-efficient E-Flexer ferries, on the Nynäshamn-Ventspils next year. Stena Line has also announced plans to increase the capacity on the Karlskrona-Gdynia route with the deployment of the two large and modern ferries Stena Scandica and Stena Baltica.

Two new ferries to join Stena Line’s Baltic Sea fleet next year

Next year Stena Line will deploy their two new longer 240-meter-long fuel-efficient E-Flexer ferries on the Nynäshamn-Ventspils route. The ferries will have a capacity for 1,200 passengers, an increase of 33 per cent compared to existing ferries, and a total of 3,600 meters of freight lane meters, an increase of 25 per cent.

“We continue to grow together with our customers by strengthening our position and fleet across the Baltic Sea. Demand for capacity in the region keeps increasing as freight customers continue to expand and travel passengers choose ferry travel as their preferred safe form of transport in the wake of the pandemic. These large, modern, and fuel-efficient next generation ferries are the flag ships in the modernisation of our fleet as well as our development of sustainable shipping” says Niclas Mårtensson, CEO Stena Line Group. 

Stena Line’s position as the leader in sustainable shipping is clearly visible and the new vessels are among the most energy efficient RoPax ferries in the world. The E-Flexer ferries are up to 30 per cent more energy efficient than existing vessels, thanks to optimum design of the hulls, propellers, bulbs, and rudders. The vessels are delivered gas-ready, to allow conversion to methanol or liquid natural gas fuel. The new ferries will be equipped to use shore power during port calls to reduce emissions and the electricity connection also enables a conversion to battery hybrid in the future. The vessel will offer efficient loading and unloading with drive-through lanes on the two levels.

Capacity increase on Karlskrona-Gdynia

Stena Line has announced their plans to increase the capacity on the Karlskrona-Gdynia route further during 2022 with the deployment of the two large and modern 222-meter RoPax ferries Stena Scandica and Stena Baltica. The two new Visentini vessels have recently been lengthened and modernised and will add 30 per cent freight capacity and a brand new modern on-board experience for both drivers and passengers on the Karlskrona-Gdynia route.

STENA E-FLEXER The two 240-meter E-Flexer (MkII) ferries are designed in collaboration with Stena RoRo and are being built at the CMI Jinling Shipyard in Weihai, China, with expected delivery during 2022. Stena Line has previously introduced the three 214-meter E-Flexer ferries Stena Estrid, Stena Edda and Stena Embla on the Irish Sea during 2019-2020. The E-Flexer ferries are among the most energy efficient RoPax ferries in the world, up 30% more energy efficient than existing vessels, thanks to optimum design of the hulls, propellers, bulbs, and rudders.

STENA SCANDICA The lengthened Visentini vessel Stena Scandica joined the Baltic Sea fleet in July 2021 and is currently operating on Nynäshamn-Ventspils. When replaced by the newly built E-Flexers next year both Stena Scandica and Stena Baltica will move south and add another 30% freight capacity on the Karlskrona-Gdynia route.

STENA LIVIA Stena Livia joined the Baltic Sea fleet in April 2021 and together with Stena Flavia the Visentini vessel adds 40% freight capacity to the Travemünde-Liepaja route and shorten the crossing time substantially.

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