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New Stena Line ship to begin Belfast service next year

The new Stena Edda is scheduled to enter service on the Belfast-Liverpool route in spring 2020

LEADING ferry company Stena Line has launched a new ship for its popular Belfast to Liverpool service.

The firm has just held the 'float out' ceremony for the second vessel in its next generation E-Flexer series.

The Stena Edda is one of five new vessels being constructed at the Avic Weihai Shipyard in China and is scheduled to enter service on

Belfast-Liverpool route in spring 2020.

It is the second of three new E-Flexer vessels bound for the Irish Sea during 2020 and 2021, representing a multi-million pound investment by Stena Line

Stena Line CEO Niclas Mårtensson said:

“This investment underscores our commitment to our operations on the Irish Sea and our determination to deliver the best possible freight and travel experience for our customers. This is a very exciting time for our business and I'm proud that as Europe's largest ferry company, Stena Line continues help shape the industry for the next generation of freight and leisure passengers.”

At 215 metres, all three vessels being built for the Irish Sea will be larger than the standard RoPax vessels and will provide freight capacity of 3,100 lane meters and the space to carry 120 cars and 1,000 passengers and crew.

For the Belfast – Liverpool route capacity will increase by almost 20 per cent compared to the current vessels in service.

Stena Line is the largest ferry operator on the Irish Sea, offering the biggest fleet and the widest choice of routes between Britain and Ireland including Holyhead to Dublin, Fishguard to Rosslare, Liverpool to Belfast and Cairnryan to Belfast, a total of 232 weekly sailings. The company also offers a direct service from Rosslare to Cherbourg with three return crossings a week.

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