On behalf of Stena Line, Stena RoRo has signed a conversion contract with China Merchants Jinling (Weihai) Shipyard for the installation of an additional cargo deck, increased thruster capacity and preparations for shore power on board Stena Foreteller and Stena Forerunner. Cargo capacity will increase by thirty per cent.

The vessels will after conversion also be ready to meet future efficiency requirements. The conversion for both vessels will be finalised during 2025. Both ships sail under the Dutch flag on the routes Rotterdam-Harwich and Rotterdam-Immingham.

‘At Stena RoRo we see the investment of the installations on the Stena Forerunner and Stena Foreteller as a way to improve services for our fleet customers,’ says Per Westling, managing director at Stena RoRo. ‘We strive to increase cargo capacity while also keeping sustainability in focus.’

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In 2023, both vessels were decarbonised by changing propellers, applying silicone paint and adding interceptors, and the additional cargo deck will further decrease the carbon intensity index factor and further reduce CO2 emissions per cargo unit.

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Shore power and hybrid vessels

Niclas Mårtensson, CEO at Stena Line: ‘The conversion of the Stena Forerunner and Stena Foreteller fits with our ambition to reduce our CO2 emissions. In addition to increasing the cargo capacity by thirty per cent on both the Stena Forerunner and Stena Foreteller, we also take this opportunity to invest in onboard shore power.’

Another recent collaboration with China Merchants Jinling Shipyard has been the order of the two NewMax hybrid vessels for Stena Line for the Irish Sea routes. These vessels will be delivered in 2025.

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