Photo: Stena Line
The companies have signed a five year-long charter agreement under which the third in a series of four new ro-paxes will fly Brittany Ferries’ colours.
In the meanwhile, the first steel cutting ceremony has been held at the Chinese AVIC Weihai Shipyard, where Stena Line's new ferries are to be constructed. The first ship will be delivered in 2019, while the remaining three one year later the latest. Stena Line's contract with AVIC includes an option for four more ships.
Each ro-pax will be 214.5 m long and 27.8 m wide, offering room for up to 1,000 passengers, as well as 3,100 lane metres of cargo space. The newbuilds, to burn conventional bunker for the time being, will be however gas-, scrubber-, and selective catalytic reduction-ready. According to Stena Line, the newbuildings are to emit 25% less CO2 per cargo unit than comparable in size ferries.
Stena Line plans to put the three new units on routes to and from its Belfast hub. Brittany Ferries, in turn, intends to link England and Spain with its chartered vessel.