Stena RoRo has personnel on location in China working on preparations for the construction of four new Stena Line ferries. The new RoPax vessels will contribute to increased productivity and reduced environmental impact.
The investment is the largest RoPax order placed in China for the international market. On location in China, Stena RoRo employees have visited shipyards and sub-contractors to ensure expertise, capacity and quality.
“There are Chinese shipyards that have built RoPax vessels before, but not normally in line with international requirements,” says Per Westling, CEO of Stena RoRo.
“The Chinese business culture is different from our own and it is important to get to know it and respect it. Shipbuilding methods in China will therefore be different from those in Europe or Korea.”
To be sure that the ferry interiors meet Stena’s requirements, full scale mock-up modules of about twenty different parts of the interior are being built.
“We are proud of the vessel class, but also of the fact that we at Stena have the expertise to design and develop this vessel concept.”
“We agree with the sub-contractor on what it should look like, then they build a mock-up of cabins or wetroom modules, for example. We can see the result immediately, and any deficiencies can be corrected at an early stage. It is both a practical and pragmatic way of ensuring that the interior of the vessel meets our high quality standards,” says Per Westling.
The E-Flexer vessel class is equipped with an optimised diesel engine and built with state-of-the-art hull and propeller technology, all aimed at optimising and reducing bunker consumption.
“With the modern technology, we reduce carbon dioxide emissions per unit transported by 25% compared with the vessels E-Flexer is replacing,” says Per Westling.
The vessels are being prepared to be fitted with scrubbers for exhaust gas cleaning (mainly sulphur) and with catalytic converters to ensure compliance with present and future environmental regulations.
“We are proud of the vessel class, but also of the fact that we at Stena have the expertise to design and develop this vessel concept. The end customer for the four vessels is Stena Line. Stena RoRo has design responsibility and is ordering and building with support from Stena Teknik.”