Stena RoRo has purchased the ropax ‘Yamato’ from the Japan’s Hankyu Ferry.
The vessel will be rebuilt at a European shipyard to European standards, after which she will be chartered out.
This process will begin in spring 2020 and the ferry is estimated to be operational by the summer of next year, the company said.
“This is a typical Stena RoRo project. Through adaptation and flexibility, we design and rebuild vessels to meet our customers’ specific requirements. It’s what we call Stenability,” explained Mikael Abrahamsson, Stena RoRo[‘s Conversion and Project Manager.
“On the European market, demand is greater than availability for this type of vessel, which is why we have turned to the Asian market, primarily Japan,” added Per Westling, Stena RoRo CEO.
The 2003-built ferry is 195 m in length, 26.4 m I wide, has a draft of 6.85 m, a speed 23.5 knots and has 2,350 lane metres for freight.