Swedish arms company Stena Belfast (Northern Ireland) and Liverpool (England) are establishing a third-largest e-flexor type cruise ship. After the Stena Estrid and Stena Edda, which were delivered by Chinese shipyards CMI Jinling Weihai in November 2019 and January 2020, the new entrant Stena Embla arrived in Belfast on January 2 to operate in the same line as their elders. It will be operational by the end of this month and will allow the company to increase its capacity by 20% on the Belfast-Liverpool (Birkenhead) service, which Stena expects to see a sharp increase in traffic due to Brexit.
Stina Embla of Belfast (© STENA LINE)
The 215 m long, 28 m wide and 41,670 GT e-Flexer has 3,100 linear meter garages. With 175 cabins, it can accommodate 1,000 passengers, 120 cars and 210 cargo.
Stena will deliver two larger e-flexors in 2022, up to 240 meters in length and 3,600 linear meters in cargo.
Stena now offers 238 trips a week between Ireland and Great Britain, not only on the Belfast-Liverpool connection, but also on the Belfast-Canaryan, Dublin-Holyhead and Rosslair-Fishguard services. In addition, there is the Rosslair-Cherberg line, which has 12 trips a week.
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