As a response to increased customer demand in the Baltic Sea South region, Stena Line will launch its two new E-Flexer vessels on the route between Karlskrona and Gdynia. The E-Flexers are modern, fuel-efficient ferries, and a vital part of Stena Lines strategy for expansion as well as the company’s aim to develop sustainable shipping.
Stena Line will launch two E-Flexer ferries on the route between Swedish Karlskrona and Polish Gdynia in 2022. The first E-flexer will commence operations in July and the second in November. Both was originally planned to deploy the route between Swedish Nynäshamn and Latvian Ventspils, but due to a particular strong freight development in Baltic Sea South, Stena Line has decided that the E-Flexers are at the moment best used there.
The recently lenghtened and modernised Stena Scandica and Stena Baltica will continue to serve the route between Nynäshamn and Ventspils, thus continuing to add a 30% freight and 70% cabin space boost in capacity.
The E-flexers are part of the company’s ambition to further strengthen its position in the Baltic Sea and grow together with its customers.
“Flexibility and growing with our customers is key for Stena Line, and with the E-Flexers that we are now deploying on the route Karlskrona-Gdynia we are striving to offer a fleet that is as flexible as possible, responding to the needs of our customers,” says Niclas Mårtensson, CEO Stena Line.
The name E-Flexer was chosen to reflect two of the main goals of the design – efficiency and flexibility. The ships are some of the most fuel efficient in the world for their size, while also being flexible enough to operate across different routes. Moreover, they are delivered ready both for conversion to battery hybrid operation and for conversion to methanol or liquid natural gas (LNG) fuel, when the necessary bunkering infrastructure is in place.
Over the past years, Stena Line has expanded heavily in the Baltic Sea, driven by an increased customer demand for sea transportation – for both freight and passengers. Besides deploying Stena Scandica and Stena Baltica between Nynäshamn and Ventspils in July 2021 (Scandica) and January 2022 (Baltica), Stena Line has added 40% more freight capacity between Liepāja in Latvia and German Travemünde, by deploying the RoPax-ferries Stena Livia and Stena Flavia on this route.
Stena Line has also opened a completely new route between Swedish Nynäshamn and Finnish Hanko on 1 February 2022, served by the vessel Urd. A second vessel (Stena Gothica) will be added mid-May.
Quick facts on E-Flexers:
- Will be deployed between Swedish Karlskrona and Gdynia in Poland
- The first E-Flexer will commence operations in July, the second in November
- Lenght: 240 meters
- Capacity: 1.200 passengers and 3.600 freight lane meters each
Our next E-Flexers will be deployed on the Karlskrona-Gdynia route
The E-Flexers are our next-generation, 240-meter fuel-efficient ferries. We have already three E-Flexers in traffic, (Stena Estrid, Embla and Edda), all in the Irish Sea. When our next two E-Flexers are delivered in June and November 2022, they will be deployed on the route Karlskrona-Gdynia, as a step in our ambition to further strengthen our position in the Baltic Sea and grow together with our customers.
There were earlier plans to launch the E-Flexers between Nynäshamn and Ventspils, but due to a particularly strong freight development and increased demand for our services in Baltic Sea South, we have now decided that the E-Flexers are at the moment best used there.
Our recently lengthened and modernized 222-meter Visentini vessels Stena Scandica and Baltica will continue to serve the route between Nynäshamn and Ventspils, thus continuing to add a 30% freight and 70% cabin space boost in capacity, as well as a modern on-board experience.
“Flexibility and growing with our customers is key for Stena Line, and with the E-Flexers that we are now deploying on the route Karlskrona-Gdynia we are striving to offer a fleet that is as flexible as possible, responding to the needs of our customers”, says Niclas Mårtensson, CEO Stena Line.
About Stena Line:
Stena Line is one of Europe's leading ferry companies with 37 vessels and 18 routes in Northern Europe. Stena Line is an important part of the European logistics network and develops new intermodal freight solutions by combining transport by rail, road and sea. Stena Line also plays an important role in tourism in Europe with its extensive passenger operations. In 2012 Stena Line acquired the ferry route between Nynäshamn in Sweden and Ventspils in Latvia. The company has more than doubled its operations from one vessel and 10 departures per week, to its current fixed timetable, which sees two vessels making 24 voyages a week for passengers and freight.