All Three New Irish Sea Stena Line Vessels On Schedule

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Stena Line has reached an important milestone in its major new fleet investment programme, with the steel cutting of a third E-Flexer ro-pax ship to be deployed on its Irish Sea routes.

This means that all three new E-Flexer ships, planned to enter into service on the Irish Sea during 2020 and 2021, are now under construction at the Avic Weihai Shipyard in China.

The first of the new vessels will commence operation on the Holyhead to Dublin route in early 2020, with the remaining two ships to be introduced on the Liverpool to Belfast route in 2020 and 2021.

Smooth Sailing For Stena Line’s Battery Hybrid Vessel

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The STENA JUTLANDICA has now completed its first month of operation as a battery hybrid vessel. Experiences from these first weeks have exceeded expectations.

The project to convert her to a battery hybrid vessel is being carried out in 3 steps.

1) Switching to electrical operation to reduce the use of diesel generators, for maneuvering and powering the bow thrusters when the ship is in port.

2) Battery power will be connected to two of the four primary machines, which means that she will be able to run on electrical power for about 10 nautical miles inside the Gothenburg archipelago out to Vinga Lighthouse.

3) All four primary machines will be connected to the batteries and the ship will be able to cover the 50 nautical miles between Sweden and Denmark solely on electrical power.

The technical solutions in the first step have been developed by Stena Teknik in collaboration with the Callenberg Technology Group, with half of the funding for the project coming from the Swedish Transport Administration and the EU.

FERRY PORTS

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Halmstad Is Getting Ready For Stena Line

Stena Line will move the Grenå line from Varberg to Halmstad. This was confirmed in June.

Now an agreement has been signed between the municipality of Halmstad and Hallands Hammnar (Hallands Ports). The port will invest SEK 126 million into a new ferry terminal: extended marshalling area and dock, and an additional ro-ro ramp,

The first ferries will sail from Halmstad in 2020.

TECHNOLOGY

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Stena Line Introduces First AI-Assisted Vessel

Stena Line is running a pilot study where artificial intelligence technology is implemented on board vessels.

  • Central idea: to reduce fuel consumption by 2.5% annually.
  • How: In close collaboration with Hitachi, an AI-model is being developed that will help predict the most fuel-efficient way to operate a certain vessel on a specific route.
  • Vessel: STENA SCANDINAVICA.
  • Goal: all Stena Line vessels assisted by AI in 2021.

VIKINGLAND Replaces BORE BAY On Gdynia-Nynäshamn

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It was mentioned in last week’s short news: since 15 August VIKINGLAND replaces BORE BAY on the Stena Line route from Gdynia to Nynäshamn. The larger ro-ro vessel adds as much as 30% freight capacity.

The route from Gdynia to Nynäshamn started in October 2017 and was operated by ELISABETH RUSS until April 2018 when she was replaced by BORE BAY. Due to tonnage changes on the North Sea BORE BAY will sail on the Hoek van Holland to Harwich route during the autumn.

Stena Line Adds Extra Freight Capacity To Its Liverpool – Belfast Service

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In response to growing market demand, Stena Line is planning to upweight its freight capacity on the popular Liverpool – Belfast route. This month (August 2018), Stena Line will initially deploy the 3,000 lane metre STENA FORERUNNER, before replacing it with a similar ship early in 2019 at which point the STENA FORERUNNER will return to service in the North Sea.

Agreement Signed: Stena Line To Move From Varberg To Halmstad

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Now it is final: Stena Line will move from Varberg to Halmstad at the end of 2019. It revives the memory of the former Lion Ferry operation, acquired by Stena Line in 1985. The reason for the move is that the city of Varberg plans to urbanize the district of Västerport where Stena Line is berthing today.

“We expect the new ferry terminal to be ready for traffic by the end of 2019,” says Björn Alvengrip, CEO HallandsHamnar. HallandsHamnar is the company managing both ports.

Photo: STENA NAUTICA in Varberg,  shortly before her departure to Grenaa in Denmark.

Stena Line’s SASSNITZ Will Operate Rostock – Trelleborg Some Days Per Week

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Stena Line is creating new capacities for rail transport and project cargo with the new Rostock-Trelleborg timetable.

As Stena Line saw an increase of 3% of ro-ro traffic, with demand for rail transports and project cargo rising, the company decided to have trainferry SASSNITZ operating Rostock-Trelleborg some days per week, as from September. Normally this vessel is serving the Sassnitz-Trelleborg route. (see also under: Ferry Ports)