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Stena Line confirms order for four ropax ferries at Avic

Stena Line confirms order for four ropax ferries at Avic
Stena Line has confirmed an order for four new ropax ferries at China’s Avic Shipyard, with an option for four more similar units.

The four new ropax ferries, built for efficiency and flexibility, are scheduled to be delivered during 2019 and 2020. The contract value of each of the vessels is approximately $80m.

“During the course of the past 24 months our engineering staff has managed to develop a design that is not only 50% larger than today’s standard ropax vessels, but more importantly, incorporates the emission reduction and efficiency initiatives that have been developed throughout the Stena Group during the past years,” said Carl-Johan Hagman, managing director of Stena Line.

The newbuildings are planned to be used within Stena Lines route network in Northern Europe.

The vessels will have a capacity of more than 3,000 lane meters in a drive-through configuration and will accommodate about 1,000 passengers. The main engines will be ‘gas ready’, prepared to be fueled by either methanol or LNG.

“With this investment we are building on our successful ropax concept mixing freight and passengers,” Hagman pointed out.