Our next-generation ferry Stena Estrid will be the first to test an anti-fouling paint.
Life below water
Stena Estrid is the first of our five ordered next-generation ferries to start operating in 2020. She will be the first of our newbuilds ferries to test an ocean-friendly paint containing bio-repellant Selektope. This is an organic non-metal compound that is harmless to marine life.
Anti-fouling paint is used to prevent growth on the hull, which slows down the vessel and thereby increases fuel consumption. Five other ships in the Stena Line fleet use silicone-based anti-fouling paint, with lower levels of copper, making it less harmful to life underwater.