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The two ro-paxes, to be built for Stena RoRo at the Chinese Avic International Weihai shipyard, will be chartered for 10 years to Britanny Ferries for its England-Spain traffic.
Each of the gas-ready vessel will be 214.5 m-long and 27.8 m-wide, offering space for 1,000 passengers as well as some 3,100 lane metres of cargo capacity.
The first cruise ferry is to arrive before the 2021 holiday season.
The new ships will be based in Portsmouth. Last year, Brittany Ferries made 844 sailings on routes from Portsmouth, Poole, and Plymouth to Santander and Bilbao, taking care of 331k passengers and 150k cars, along with around 40k ro-ro cargo units.
"Spain is by far the most popular foreign destination for UK holidaymakers, and we have seen significant growth in demand. Post-Brexit, we expect this to continue and today's announcement is a clear statement of intent. As well as passenger traffic, we believe that an increase in freight capacity will open the door to more hauliers seeking direct access between Britain and the Iberian peninsula," Jean-Marc Roué, President, Brittany Ferries, commented.
In total, Stena RoRo has ordered six E-Flexers, of which three will sail across the company's network in the Irish Sea, while the remaining two will be chartered by DFDS Seaways to serve its traffic across the English Channel.
"These vessels have been designed to fulfil our customers' demand when it comes to both operational efficiency and the environment. The E-Flexer-class is designed to offer the highest possible flexibility concerning future fuels and Brittany Ferries have chosen LNG for those ships," Peter Westling, CEO, Stena RoRo, said.