Stena RoRo takes delivery of E-Flexer number 10

2024-02-13T21:10:22+00:00 February 13th, 2024|Ships|

On 7th February, the 10th Stena RoRos E-Flexer was delivered from the CMI Jinling, Weihai Shipyard.

This vessel, named ‘Ala’suinu’, is to start operations on a long term charter to Canadian state-owned Marine Atlantic.

She will operate on a ferry route in eastern Canada between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.

“We are very excited to welcome the ‘Ala’suinu’ to our service,” said Gary O’Brien, Chair, Board of Directors, Marine Atlantic.

“With a focus on reducing our environmental impact, the latest accessibility features, state-of-the-art technologies, and enhanced customer amenities, I am confident our customers will be impressed with the newest addition to our fleet. I would like to thank the Government of Canada for their investment making it possible to add the ‘Ala’suinu’ to our fleet,” he said.

“I would like to thank our partner, Stena RoRo, for their dedication and commitment to ensuring the delivery of the ‘Ala’suinu’,” added Murray Hupman, President and CEO, Marine Atlantic.

“Our charter period has now begun, and we will have the option to purchase the vessel after the period.

“We are excited for the enhancements this vessel will offer our customers and I look forward to its arrival in April,” he said.

The E-Flexer series is based on a concept of larger vessels than today’s standard ropaxes and is very flexible. Each ship is 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, StenaRoRo claimed.

The vessels’ engines can run on LNG, conventional marine fuel (MGO) or biodiesel. They have been developed in line with future environmental requirements and, through their technical design, can meet both existing and future international requirements by a wide margin.

They are also designed with the class society notation “Battery power”, which means that in the future the vessels will also be able to utilise batteries as a means of propulsion.

“These vessels are a further development of our previous ropax concepts, where the focus on sustainability and future-proofing has been a top priority,” said Per Westling, Managing Director, Stena RoRo.

“In this vessel, another dimension of sustainability has been added, as the vessel has been designed to make a minimum of noise in the surrounding sea for the benefit of the sensitive underwater fauna of Canada’s coasts.

“Multi-fuel engines and battery hybrid technology further contribute to minimizing Marine Atlantic’s environmental impact,” he said.

Stena RoRo currently has 13 confirmed orders for its E-Flexer design, as well as two so-called ‘New Max’ RoRo vessels, at CMI Jinling, Weihai shipyard.

Five vessels will now be under construction at the shipyard at the same time.

Other operators of E-Flexers include Stena Line, Brittany Ferries, DFDS and Corsica Linea. The last named is still under construction.