STENA LINE has confirmed that the first of its new RoPax ferries currently under construction in China is planned to enter service on its Dublin to Holyhead route early 2020.

Last year Stena announced a new build contract for a new generation of RoPax ferry vessels, Stena E-Flexer, with planned deliveries during 2020 and 2021. Stena has ordered the construction of six new vessels from the AVIC Shipyard in China and the plan is to locate three of these ships on Stena Line’s Irish Sea routes.

Stena Line’s CEO Niclas Mårtensson said: ‘Our Irish Sea routes are strategically important to Stena Line, with the freight market between Ireland and the UK experiencing significant growth over the last five years. That’s why we have invested almost £200m in our ports and vessels across the region. The deployment of three new vessels is a tangible example of our strategic growth plan for the Irish Sea. I can also confirm that two other vessels will be assigned to our Belfast to Liverpool service, also planned for spring of 2020 and early 2021.’