On 24th May, Stena RoRo delivered the first of two extended E-Flexer ropaxes to Stena Line.
She is the ’Stena Estelle’ and will operate on the Karlskrona/ Gdynia route.
Like all of the E-Flexer series, the new ferry is tailored to the customer’s specific preferences and needs.
In total, Stena Line will operate five E-Flexer vessels, two of which will be the extended version. The fourth has now been delivered.
Compared to the basic design, the ferry has been lengthened by 36 m giving her a length of 240 m. This increases their capacity by 50% more cabins, 30% more passengers and 15% more cargo.
Loading and unloading is aided with a drive-through configuration for both car decks.
Stena RoRo currently has 12 confirmed orders for the E-Flexer type. All are being built at the CMI Jingling Shipyard in Weihai, China.
‘Stena Estelle’ is the seventh in the series.
E-Flexers are based on a basic concept entailing a larger configuration than with today’s standard ropaxes and the design is claimed to be highly flexible.
Each ship is tailored to customers’ needs, both commercially and technically. Optimised design of the hull, propellers and rudders help ensure that the ropaxes are at the forefront when it comes to durability, performance and cost, as well as energy efficiency, Stena RoRo said.
“The ’Stena Estelle’ is the largest E-Flexer vessel to date that we have designed and built in the 12-ship series and, with its large capacity, it reduces total CO2 emissions per unit transported,” claimed Per Westling, Stena RoRo Managing Director.
She has a capacity for 3,600 lane m; 1,200 persons, including crew and is fitted with 263 cabins.