The new ferry Stena Ebba will set sail from Gdynia to Karlskrona on Monday
Stena Ebba, a new 240-metre E-Flexer class ferry, will set sail from Gdynia to Karlskrona on Monday evening. With the introduction of the new vessel in the Stena Line fleet, there will be three vessels on the Gdynia-Karlskrona line, the company said.
The Stena Ebba is a 240-metre E-Flexer class ferry, a new-generation Ro-Pax vessel. As Stena Line explains, E-Flexers are distinguished by, among other things, more efficient loading and unloading and greater energy efficiency. They can also be converted to run on gas, allowing the fuel to be changed to methanol or LNG.
Stena Line Poland spokeswoman Agnieszka Zembrzycka emphasised that the departure of the new ferry is another step to modernise the fleet and port operations on the Gdynia-Karlskrona line.
– In June this year, operations were moved to the new Public Ferry Terminal in Gdynia, and in the first days of September, the first new E-Flexer on the line, the Stena Estelle, began operating. With the introduction of another E-Flexer, by 2023 there will be three ships in the Stena Line fleet on the Gdynia-Karlskrona line, including two 240-metre vessels, the Stena Estelle and the Stena Ebba, as well as the well-liked passenger ship Stena Spirit, she conveyed.
– The Stena Estelle and Stena Ebba are brand new 240-metre E-flexer ships, introduced to the line as soon as they arrive from the shipyard. Each offers 263 cabins, space for 1,200 passengers and a cargo capacity of 3,600 metres. The new ships will provide increased capacity on the Gdynia-Karlskrona route, and are also energy efficient due to their optimised design, as well as more environmentally sustainable, including by using shore power during layovers, which reduces exhaust emissions. The third ship, the Stena Spirit, has been familiar to passengers on the Gdynia-Karlskrona line for more than 10 years. It can take 1,200 passengers, 480 cars or 100 trucks, the spokeswoman pointed out.
Quoted in the company’s press release, Stena Line Poland’s managing director Marek Kiersnowski stressed that 2022 was a year of hard work for Stena Line.
– By partially replacing our fleet on the Gdynia-Karlskrona line with three vessels, including two new E-Flexers, we offer much more efficient ferry transport, higher freight capacity and an optimal schedule of departures, he assessed.
Agnieszka Zembrzycka added that the other two vessels, which are used in the Baltic, will continue to remain in the Stena Line family.
– The Stena Vision will from spring 2023 serve the important, rapidly growing Cherbourg-Rosslare route, which connects the European continent with Ireland. The ferry Stena Nordica will remain part of the Stena Line fleet and will be used as needed to support Stena Line’s European route network, she explained.
Stena Ebba will set sail from Gdynia to Karlskrona on Monday at 9 pm.
It is worth mentioning that the ferry was adapted to the requirements of the Baltic route by Remontowa Shiprepair Yard. On the vessel in the past month, among other things, the signage of the communication and information system for passengers and crew was installed in accordance with the standards in force on Stena Line ferries. Shipyard workers installed an additional ventilation system for the main engines and additional shaft covers, modified ventilation in several rooms, and carried out maintenance and painting. A very similar scope was previously carried out on the Stena Estelle ferry.