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Wednesday 11 December 2019

Homeward bound: Stena's new ferry begins her long voyage from China

Slow boat from China: Stena Estrid leaving the Weihai shipyard
Slow boat from China: Stena Estrid leaving the Weihai shipyard

STENA Line's newest ferry, Stena Estrid has departed the AVIC Weihai shipyard in north-western China, bound for its new home on the Irish Sea between Ireland and Britain.

Stena Estrid is the first of five Stena Line RoPax vessels to be completed at the shipyard and will start service in January on the Dublin to Holyhead route.

Manned by a crew of just 27, with no passengers on board, the ship's journey of over 10,000 miles will take over a month with a number of stops on the way. The first stage of the voyage is 2,657 nautical miles across the South China and then East China Sea to Singapore, travelling at a fuel-conserving speed of 17 knots.

Two more new ferries are also destined for the Irish Sea with Stena Edda expected to commence operations from Belfast to Liverpool next spring and Stena Embla in early 2021. The pair will increase capacity on the Belfast-Liverpool route by 20pc.

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