Stena Line’s New RoPax Vessels Taking Shape

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

February 5, 2018

Photo: Stena Line

Photo: Stena Line

On Friday, February 2, 2018, an official keel-laying ceremony took place at the AVIC Weihai Shipyard in China, marking the start of the construction phase of the hull and the exterior parts of the vessel. 

The new vessels, which Stena said will be 50 percent larger than today’s standard RoPax vessels, have a planned delivery timetable during 2019 and 2020.
According to Niclas Mårtensson, CEO Stena Line, “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.  In particular, we are placing heavy emphasis on developing a range of exciting new digital features which will provide our customers with unique additional services connected with their journey as well as developing a new, integrated digital onboard experience.”
The new RoPax vessels will be deployed on the Irish See.
“We have a positive outlook on the future and foresee continued growth within ferry transportation so this is an important strategic step in helping us to prepare our business to leverage that anticipated growth,” Mårtensson said.
Length: 214.5 m
Draught: 6.4 m
Breadth: 27.8 m
Car deck capacity: 3,100 lane meter + 120 cars
Passenger capacity: 1,000 
Cabins: 175 
Engines: 2 x V12 4-stroke diesel (2 x 12,600 kW)
Speed: 22 knots 
Built: AVIC Weihai Shipyard, China


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