PHOTO: Two new Stena Line ferries to be deployed on Ventspils-Nynäshamn route – Baltic News Network
True to the plan to expand operations in the Baltic Sea, the Swedish Stena Line invested 200 million euros in the Ventspils-Nynäshamn ferry line. In 2022, the company plans to deploy two new ferries on this route, reports the company.
These two new ferries will expand Stena Line fleet with 33% increased passenger capacity, 25% higher cargo capacity and 30% higher energy efficiency than its existing vessels.
E-flexeur type ferries will be 240 m in length and have 263 cabins, with a capacity of 1,200 passengers and 3,600 line freight units, which will help to increase the freight capacity by 25% and the capacity of passengers by 33%.
Stena Line reports that the new ships will offer passengers a whole new travel experience on the Ventspils-Nynäshamn route, which is the shortest route connecting the Baltic States and Scandinavia.
Ferries are being built to CMI Jinling Weihai shipyard, China.
The two new ferries cost Stena Line around € 200 million.
“We continue to grow with our customers, improving our positions and our fleet in the Baltic Sea region. There is increased demand for higher capacities in the region as the range of freight transport customers continues to expand and passengers often decide to travel by ferry during the pandemic. It is considered a safe means of transportation. These large, economical, modern and fuel-efficient vessels are the flagships of the modernization and sustainable development of our fleet ”, specifies Stena Line Group CEO Niclas Mårtensson during a presentation of development plans and to celebrate the addition of Stena Scandica ferry to the Stena Line floats at Ventspils on September 25.
Stena Line is at the top of sustainable shipping, and the new ships are among the most fuel-efficient RoPax ships in the world. Thanks to an optimal frame, propeller, lamp and steering structure, E-flexeur ferries are up to 30% more fuel efficient than other vessels of this type. The ferries will be powered by gas, which will allow a transition from methanol or liquefied natural gas fuels, the company explains.
Vessels will be equipped to ensure that when moored they use coastal power systems to reduce emissions. The electrical connection will facilitate the transition to hybrid batteries in the future.
In the last 12 months Stena Line expanded its operations in the Baltic Sea, increasing both freight and passenger transport.