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Two new Belfast to Liverpool ships under construction in China

The Stena Line E-Flexer RoPax ships are currently being constructed at the Avic Weihai Shipyard in China

TWO new Belfast to Liverpool ships are under construction in China.

It is part of Stena Line's new fleet investment programme, which will see a total of three new ships enter service on the Irish Sea during 2020 and 2021.

The Stena Line E-Flexer RoPax ships are currently being constructed at the Avic Weihai Shipyard in China.

The vessels will be bigger than the current standard RoPax vessels at 215 metres long with a freight capacity of 3,100 lane metres and the space to carry 120 cars and 1,000 passengers.

The first ship will begin operation on the Dublin to Holyhead route in early 2020, with the remaining two ships to be introduced on the Belfast to Liverpool route in 2020 and 2021.

Paul Grant from Stena Line said: "We are looking forward to welcoming two of the new fleet on our expanding Belfast to Liverpool service.

"These ships will be the biggest ever to operate on the route and will increase capacity for freight and travel customers as well as raising service standards.

"They will also be among the most energy efficient ferries in the world with significantly lower CO2 emissions per freight unit against comparable RoPax tonnage."

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