Deltamarin has signed design contracts with China Merchants Jinling shipyard (Weihai) for the complete basic and detail design packages of three ropaxes.
These are the 10th, 11th and 12th Stena E-Flexer types for two different operators.
Stena’s E-Flexer class has been developed as a basic concept, but it is a flexible design adaptable to customer needs, both commercially and technically.
The concept combines cargo and passenger capabilities, and the vessels are substantially larger than today’s standard ferries.
Vessel No 10 will be chartered by a Canadian Federal company, Marine Atlantic, from Stena RoRo. The ropax will have a capacity of 1,100 persons and around 2,600 lane metres.
She will be fitted with LNG dual fuel engines and a battery hybrid solution to minimise emissions. The ship is due to enter service in eastern Canada between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia in 2024.
Vessels Nos 11 and 12 will be chartered by Brittany Ferries also from Stena RoRo.
Both ships will have a capacity for 1,400 persons. Cargo capacities have been tailored for the planned services and differ in terms of total lane metres and lane metres intended for cars.
They will be equipped for LNG operation, meaning that they can run on LNG, biogas or other new fuels, such as ammonia. In addition, the ships will have a large battery hybrid solution of 10 MWh for propulsion and manoeuvring in port and an 8 MW electric shore connection for charging the batteries.
The two vessels will be delivered in 2024 and 2025, respectively and will operate on two of Brittany Ferries’ primary routes between Portsmouth in the UK and Ouistreham (Caen) and St Malo in France.
“We are pleased to continue the successful co-operation with Deltamarin. The collaboration between our two companies has always been smooth and we have been satisfied with the quality of work in these demanding projects. We look forward to working together and providing Stena RoRo with these modern and energy-efficient ropax vessels,” said Mei Zhong Hua, CMJL shipyard’s General Manager.
“With Deltamarin, we have an ideal partner enabling us to very efficiently develop and present new concepts to our potential clients. Our relationship has been strong for decades and with the CMI shipyard as the third partner, we know we can deliver high end vessels in time for our demanding clients,” added Per Westling, Stena RoRo Managing Director.
“We are extremely happy and proud to continue the strategic partnership with Stena RoRo and China Merchants Jinling shipyard. The new orders prove that Stena E-Flexer vessels are highly valued on the client side, and the design has proven to be best of its class. We look forward the cooperating with Stena RoRo and China Merchants Jinling shipyard (Weihai),” concluded Janne Uotila, Managing Director of Deltamarin.
Given the exceptional situation of the past two years, the contract is significant and strengthens Deltamarin’s workload, the designer said. Design work will start immediately and be carried out mainly at Deltamarin’s offices in Finland for completion during 2022.