The name Embla is connected to Stena Line’s Swedish heritage. Norse mythology, Embla was the first woman. Her name comes from the Old Norse word for 'elm'.
Stena Embla joins our E-flexer family
Stena Embla is the third of five new Stena Line next generation RoPax vessels that are being constructed at the CMI Jingling Weihai Shipyard in China by Stena Line and Stena RoRo. The new Stena Line ferries are amongst the most advanced vessels in operation.
They are 25% more fuel-efficient than existing vessels and with 215 metres in length they are much larger than today’s standard RoPax vessels, providing 30% more freight capacity with 3,100 lane meters. They also have the space to carry 120 cars and 1,000 passengers and crew. The roll-on roll-off design and the ability to load two vehicle decks simultaneously have reduced loading and unloading, resulting in quicker turnaround times in ports.
The global pandemic did not delay the build of the vessel, which is being delivered to the agreed schedule later this year and is planned to start operating on the Irish Sea in early 2021 alongside sister ship Stena Edda.
The sea trials are designed to test the vessel at sea in order to ensure that all systems are fully operational and in line with strict specifications outlined by Stena Line. The tests include areas as engine performance and fuel consumption, navigation and radio equipment, emergency systems, speed tests, manoeuvrability, engine, and thruster tests as well as safety tests.
“Sea trials are a critical phase in a new ship’s development; it is our first opportunity to test a new vessel out at sea and put her through her paces to ensure that she is up to our high standards. We systematically go through all aspects of the new ship and I am pleased to say that Stena Embla has successfully completed every trial. We now look forward to the full handover of the vessel by the shipyard and starting her journey to the Irish Sea.”
Paul Grant, Trade Director Irish Sea
Sailing home to Belfast
“It has been a very challenging year for our business. But I am proud that as Europe’s largest ferry company, Stena Line continues to shape the industry for life after the global pandemic and to put us into a position to support our customers after Brexit.”
Niclas Mårtensson, CEO Stena Line
Next up for Stena Embla is an official handover ceremony at the shipyard before she sets sail on the long journey from China to Belfast. Arriving home around Christmas in time start operating on the Belfast to Birkenhead route in early 2021 alongside sister ship Stena Edda, launched in March.
During the summer, the construction of two new larger E-Flexer ferries has begun in Weihai, China. Their keels were recently laid in the same shipyard in Weihai and the delivery is expected in 2022.