Stena Estrid is the first of five ferries to be delivered by the AVIC Weihai shipyard in China (Image: Stena Line)
Stena Line has taken delivery of its newest ferry Stena Estrid following a handover ceremony at the AVIC Weihai shipyard in China.
Owner of Stena Line Dan Sten Olsen attended the ceremony, which was officiated by Reverend Stephen Miller, before officially taking ownership of the vessel.
Stena Estrid will now depart on a six-week journey to the Irish Sea, where she will enter service on the Dublin to Holyhead route in January 2020. At 215 metres in length, the vessel will have the space to carry 120 cars and 1,000 passengers and crew.
“Taking ownership of Stena Estrid is a major milestone for Stena Line,” said Niclas Mårtensson, CEO of Stena Line. “It is the result of a very significant investment in our Irish Sea operations that reflects our commitment to the region and will ultimately see three of the world’s most modern ferries operating between Ireland and Britain.”
The new ferry will be joined in the Irish sea by two more vessels. Stena Edda is scheduled to enter operation on the Belfast to Liverpool route in spring 2020, while Stena Embla will be introduced on the same route in early 2021.
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