GI­ANT FERRY SET FOR 2020

Stena con­firm 1000-pas­sen­ger ves­sel for Ir­ish Sea route:

Bangor Mail - - FRONT PAGE -

STENA Line is set to bring a new gi­ant ferry into ser­viceon the Holy­head to Dublin route.

Stena has con­firmed that the first of its new RoPax fer­ries, un­der con­struc­tion in China, is planned to en­ter ser­vice on the Ir­ish Sea route early 2020.

The Stena E-Flexer ves­sel – which will be among the most en­ergy ef­fi­cient in the world – will re­place the Su­per­fast X on the route.

The new ship will have ca­pac­ity for 1,000 pas­sen­gers, 120 cars as well as ex­tra freight space as it de­liv­ers four daily sail­ings with an es­ti­mated cross­ing time of 3.5 hrs.

It is a ma­jor vote of con­fi­dence in Holy­head at a time where there are con­cerns about the po­ten­tial im­pact of Brexit on the port.

Ian Davies, Stena Line Trade Di­rec­tor Ir­ish Sea South, said: “Freight vol­umes have sur­passed the Celtic Tiger peaks of 2007 and we are con­fi­dent that this up­ward trend will con­tinue. 2017 was a record year for Stena Line in the Ir­ish Sea.

“We car­ried more than 800,000 freight units on our routes to and from the Is­land of Ire­land.

“We wel­come the ad­di­tion of the first of our new gen­er­a­tion RoPax ves­sels on Holy­head - Dublin,” he added.

“It will sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease freight ca­pac­ity and raise the ser­vice stan­dards for travel and freight cus­tomers.”

Last year Stena an­nounced a new build con­tract for a new gen­er­a­tion of RoPax ferry ves­sels, with planned de­liv­er­ies dur­ing 2020 and 2021.

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