A sixth in the so-called Stena E-Flexer ropax has been ordered by Stena RoRo at AVIC.
This vessel will burn LNG as a fuel and following her delivery in Autumn 2021, she will be chartered to Brittany Ferries for 10 years.
Stena RoRo confirmed it had a further two options with the Chinese shipyard AVIC International.
This vessel, together with another vessel in the series ordered last winter, will supplement Brittany Ferries’ fleet operations between Portsmouth in the UK and Bilbao and Santander in Spain.
The new ferries will have a capacity of 3,100 lane metres and will accommodate up to 1,000 pax.
In 2016, Stena RoRo placed an order for four large ropaxes with AVIC International with options for a further four vessels. Recently, a 10-year charter contract was signed with the Danish shipping company, DFDS for one of the vessels, which will operate in the English Channel.
The other three vessels will join Stena Line’s Irish Sea service.
“These ships have been designed to satisfy our customers’ demanding standards with respect to both operational efficiency and the environment. The Stena E-Flexer class is designed to offer the highest possible flexibility as regards future fuels and Brittany Ferries has chosen LNG operation for this ship,” said Per Westling, Stena RoRo managing director.