Stena Embla is the third new ship to be added to Irish Sea routes in last 12 months   

Stena Line’s newest addition to its fleet, the brand-new Stena Embla will make its Irish Sea debut on the Rosslare-Cherbourg service.  Originally scheduled for service on the Belfast-Liverpool route, due to the current Brexit related shift for direct routes and increasing customer demand, Stena Line has decided to temporarily deploy the Stena Embla on Rosslare-Cherbourg.  The first sailing will be the 20.25 hrs departure from Rosslare on Thursday 14th January 2021.

Stena Embla has the capacity to carry 3,100 freight lane meters, will increase freight capacity by 20% on the Rosslare-Cherbourg route and provide 60% more cabins for freight drivers.  Stena Embla is the third E-Flexer ferry to be commissioned for Stena Line’s Irish Sea routes in the last 12 months, three of the most modern ferries in the world as part of a €400m investment.

Paul Grant, Stena Line’s Irish Sea Trade Director said: “Given the short-term market distortion, we have decided to temporarily deploy our new Stena Embla vessel on the Rosslare – Cherbourg route. Clearly Brexit has created an increase in the demand for direct freight routes, and in particular driver accompanied freight, so the addition of Stena Embla,whilst temporary, plus the recently introduced Stena Foreteller to the route will provide a welcome addition for our customers at this time.”    

“Stena Line has always prided itself on being flexible when it comes to the efficient deployment of its fleet.  Having very experienced onshore and onboard teams means that we are able to respond to market and customer demands rapidly.  At present we are currently reviewing our Rosslare-Cherbourg operations and will keep engaging with our customers to identify the most appropriate Stena Line operation for the route.”

Glenn Carr, General Manager, Rosslare Europort said: “We warmly welcome Stena Embla to Rosslare for its maiden in-service voyage. We have been working closely with Stena Line to facilitate the unprecedented demand for capacity directly to and from the Continent, and the boost in capacity Stena Embla delivers has been mobilised swiftly through our close cooperation. On behalf of Irish industry and all of our customers and stakeholders, we thank Stena Line for their ongoing commitment to Rosslare Europort.”

Stena Embla will make three weekly return trips between Rosslare and Cherbourg, which alongside the Stena Foretellerwill see Stena Line operate 12 crossing per week between Ireland and the Continent. Stena Line is the largest ferry operator on the Irish Sea, with the biggest fleet offering the widest choice of routes including, combined passenger and freight services from Belfast to Cairnryan and Liverpool, Dublin to Holyhead, and Rosslare to Fishguard routes, as well as a freight only route from Belfast to Heysham, a total of up to 238 weekly sailing options between Ireland and Britain.

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Builder

CMJL (Weihai) – China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (Weihai) Co Ltd

Type

Ro-Pax ship

Ferry route

Rosslare – Cherbourg

Operator

STENA LINE

Speed

22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph

Length (LOA)

215 m / 705 ft

Beam (width)

28 m / 92 ft

Gross Tonnage

41,671 gt

Deadweight Tonnage

9,777 gt

Lane Meters

3,100

Passengers

1,000

Cars

120

Freight vehicles

210

Cabins

175

 

For further information please contact:

Simon Palmer, Stena Line | simon.palmer@stenaline.com | Tel: +353 868858789      

Lawrence Duffy, Duffy Rafferty Comms | lawrence@duffyrafferty.com |  Mobile +44(0)7785 782410             

 

About Stena Line:

Stena Line is one of Europe’s leading ferry companies with 37 vessels and 18 routes in Northern Europe operating 28,000 sailings each year. Stena Line is an important part of the European logistics network and develops new intermodal freight solutions by combining transport by rail, road and sea. Stena Line also plays an important role for tourism in Europe with its extensive passenger operations. The company is family-owned, was founded in 1962 and is headquartered in Gothenburg. Stena Line has 4,300 employees and an annual turnover of 14 billion SEK.

For more information, please visit www.stenaline.com