A deal at Scandinavian level
Stena RoRo signs contract with DFDS for newbuilding on long-term charter
Stena RoRo has signed a contract with DFDS for a newbuilding to be given on long-term charter of 10 years. In 2016 Stena placed an order for 4 large RoPax vessels with Chinese shipyard AVIC International with an option for 4 more vessels. The vessel now ordered is the fifth in the Stena E-Flexer RoPax class and Stena RoRo has a further 3 options for delivery from 2021 and onwards.
Under the DFDS brand, once completed the new ferry - with a capacity of 3,100 lane metres and 1,000 passengers - will operate in the English Channel between Dover and Calais, thus being DFDS’s largest ferry operating in this trade. The order is consistent with DFDS’s fleet renewal and will replace one of its 6 ferries currently operating in the English Channel.
“The design of the ship will be worked out in close cooperation with DFDS. This deal is a good example of how we work being the largest and most well-known tonnage provider in the RoPax segment” says Per Westling, MD of Stena RoRo. “These ships have been conceived not only to the highest standards of technical and environmental performance but also with a high degree of flexibility, thus ensuring that the design can be modified in order to fulfill our clients specific needs. As a tonnage provider we are very pleased and proud to be trusted by DFDS to develop this vessel for intensive English Channel service. In addition to this order we recently concluded a similar deal with French operator Brittany Ferries; left 3 ships will be operated by Stena Line on the Irish Sea”.