Sweden’s international freight and passenger marine transport operator Stena Line, based in Gothenburg, has signed a contract (subject to Board approval by the end of April) for an order of four new RoPax ferries with planned delivery during 2019 and 2020, with an option for another four vessels. The vessels, to be built by AVIC Shipyard in China, will have “gas ready” main engines to enable the use of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) for propulsion.
The intention is that the four initial vessels will be used within Stena Lines route network in Northern Europe.
“We are very pleased that Stena have signed a contract for four vessels with an option for another four. During the course of the past 24 months our engineering staff has managed to develop a design that is not only 50% larger than today’s standard RoPax vessels, but more importantly, incorporates the emission reduction and efficiency initiatives that have been developed throughout the Stena Group during the past years. These ships will be the most fuel efficient ferries in the world and will set a new industry standard when it comes to operational performance, emissions and cost competitiveness, positioning Stena Line to support its customers in the next decades”, says Carl-Johan Hagman, Managing Director of Stena Line.
The vessels will have a capacity of more than 3,000 lane meters in a drive-through configuration and will accommodate about 1,000 passengers and offer a full range of passenger services.
“We foresee a continued demand growth for short sea services in Northern Europe and in many other parts of the world. Ferry transportation will play an essential part in shaping tomorrow’s logistics infrastructure if we are to have sustainable societies. Not only is transportation on sea the most environmentally efficient way of moving goods, it is also infrastructure that provides reliable and speedy logistics with very limited public cost. Through this investment we prepare Stena Line for further growth”, says Dan Sten Olsson, Chairman in Stena Line.
According to Stena’s press release, the vessels will be designed to the Class notation “gas-ready” and prepared to be fueled by a wide range of fuels, such as methanol and LNG.
(Source: Stena Line)