Stena orders E-Flexer for Corsica Linea

2024-01-13T14:08:37+00:00 January 13th, 2024|Ships|

Stena RoRo has placed an order for another ropax E-Flexer from the Chinese shipyard CMI Jinling (Weihai).

This vessel will be delivered in the first quarter of 2026 to Corsica Linea and will operate between Marseille and Corsica.

This order is Stena RoRo’s 13th in the E-Flexer ropax series and the first to be delivered to a Mediterranean regional operator.

“The arrival of this new LNG vessel in the fleet is a strong signal that is in line with the ambitious course set for Corsica Linea the coming years: to become the most modern shipping company in the Mediterranean by 2030.

“This new and highly efficient ship will be an important factor in our green transition and a part of our objective to reduce our CO2 emissions with 40 % by 2030,” said Pierre-Antoine Villanova, Corsica Linea CEO.

The E-Flexer series is based on a concept of larger vessels than today’s standard ropaxes. Each ship can be very flexible and tailored to the customers’ needs, both commercially and technically.

Optimised design of the hull, propellers and rudders help to ensure that the E-Flexer vessels are at the forefront when it comes to sustainability, performance and cost, Stena claimed.

The vessels’ engines are of the multi-fuel type and can run on LNG, conventional marine fuel (MGO) or biodiesel. They have been designed to qualify for future environmental requirements and, will be able to meet both existing and future international reegulations by a wide margin.

They will also be designed with a classification society notation ‘Battery power’, which means that in the future the vessels will also be able to utilise batteries as a means of propulsion.

“This ship is a further development of our previous ropax concepts, where the focus on sustainability and future-proofing has been a top priority,” added Per Westling, Managing Director, Stena RoRo.

“Through the further development and optimisation of the hull shape in combination with multi-fuel engines and battery hybrid technology, ordering new vessels will be the most important and powerful measure to reduce CO2 emissions from shipping in the future,” he said.

Stena RoRo currently has 13 confirmed orders for E-Flexers, as well as two so-called ‘New Max’ freight ro-ro vessels, at the CMI Jinling shipyard in Weihai, China.

Six vessels will be under construction at the shipyard at the same time and thus far, nine vessels have been delivered.

The 203 m long ropax will have a beam of 27.8 m and a draught of 6.5 m. She will be able to accommodate 1,000 pax and 2,500 cargo m of freight.