Chinese yard launches Stena’s LNG-powered ferry

China Merchants Jinling Shipyard in Weihai has launched a new LNG-fueled ferry for Sweden’s Stena and France’s Brittany Ferries.

The Chinese yard said in a statement it held the launching ceremony for Saint-Malo (hull number W0278) on October 7. Representatives from Stena and DNV attended the event as well.

This is the eleventh E-Flexer class RoPax vessel China Merchants Jinling Shipyard in Weihai is buidling build for Stena RoRo.

In September last year, the yard started building this vessel. This ship will serve Brittany Ferries under a deal for two ferries the firm signed with Stena RoRo in 2021.

China Merchants Jinling Shipyard in Weihai held in February this year a steel-cutting ceremony for the twelfth and final E-Flexer class RoPax vessel.

China Merchants yard launches Stena's LNG-powered ferry
Image: China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (Weihai)

Both of the 194.7 meters long hybrid vessels will sail on LNG but they will also feature batteries and shore-side power.

The Chinese yard expects to deliver the first vessel in July 2024, followed by the second in January 2025.

These two vessels add to the LNG-powered Salamanca and its sister vessel Santona that was delivered in December last year.

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