Further success with E-Flexers – Deltamarin signs design contracts for three RoPax ships

August 20, 2021

Deltamarin has signed design contracts with China Merchants Jinling shipyard (Weihai) for the complete basic and detail design packages of three RoPax vessels. These are the 10th, 11th and 12th Stena E-Flexer vessels for two different end clients.

Stena’s E-Flexer class has been developed with a basic concept, but is flexible and adapted to customer needs, both commercially and technically. The concept combines cargo and passenger capabilities, and the vessels are substantially larger than today’s standard ferries. The Stena E-Flexer class is at the forefront in terms of sustainability, and sets a new standard for emissions, costs and energy efficiency, as well as performance.

Vessel no. 10 will be chartered by a Canadian federal Crown corporation, Marine Atlantic, from Stena RoRo. The vessel will have a capacity of 1,100 persons and approximately 2,600 lane meters. It has LNG dual fuel engines and a battery hybrid solution to minimise emissions. The ship will enter service in eastern Canada between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia in 2024.

The vessels nos. 11 and 12 will be chartered by Brittany Ferries from Stena RoRo. Both ships will have a capacity of 1,400 persons. Cargo capacities have been tailored for the planned services and differ in terms of total lane meters and lane meters intended for cars. Both E-Flexer ships will be equipped for LNG operation, meaning that they can run on LNG, biogas or other new fuels such as ammonia. In addition, the ships will have a large battery hybrid solution of 10 MWh for propulsion and manoeuvring in port and an 8 MW electric shore connection for charging the batteries.

The vessels will be delivered in 2024 and 2025 and will operate on two of Brittany Ferries’ primary routes between Portsmouth in the UK and Ouistreham (Caen) and St Malo in France.


Stena RoRo's E-Flexer for Marine Atlantic (credit Stena RoRo)


Stena RoRo's E-Flexer for Brittany Ferries (credit Stena RoRo)



“We are pleased to continue the successful cooperation with Deltamarin. The collaboration between our two companies has always been smooth and we have been satisfied with the quality of work in these demanding projects. We look forward to working together and providing Stena RoRo with these modern and energy-efficient RoPax vessels” says Mei Zhong Hua, General Manager of CMJL shipyard.

“With Deltamarin, we have an ideal partner enabling us to very efficiently develop and present new concepts to our potential clients. Our relationship has been strong for decades and with the CMI shipyard as the third partner, we know we can deliver high end vessels in time for our demanding clients” continues Per Westling, Managing Director of Stena RoRo AB.

“We are extremely happy and proud to continue the strategic partnership with Stena RoRo and China Merchants Jinling shipyard. The new orders prove that Stena E-Flexer vessels are highly valued on the client side, and the design has proven to be best of its class. We look forward the cooperating with Stena RoRo and China Merchants Jinling shipyard (Weihai)” concludes Janne Uotila, Managing Director of Deltamarin.

Given the exceptional situation of the past two years, the contract is significant and strengthens Deltamarin’s workload. The design work will start immediately and be carried out mainly at Deltamarin’s offices in Finland. The work will be completed during 2022.



About Deltamarin
Deltamarin Group provides ship design, offshore engineering and construction support for the marine and offshore industries worldwide. The services include the full range of consulting, design and engineering as well as procurement, support for construction and installation. The Group employs around 400 experts in its own and associated companies located in Europe and Asia. Deltamarin is part of China Merchants Group, a Fortune Global 500 corporation. www.deltamarin.com

About Stena RoRo
Since 1977, Stena RoRo has led the development of new marine RoRo, cargo and passenger concepts. Stena RoRo provides custom-built vessels, as well as standardized RoRo and RoPax vessels. The company leases about fifteen vessels to operators worldwide, both other Stena companies and third parties. Stena RoRo specializes above all in applying its technical expertise to the design and production of new ships and the conversion of existing ships for providing tailored transport solutions to its customers. They call this “Stenability”. Since 2013, the company has been responsible for the design and completion of Mercy Ships’ new hospital vessel the Global Mercy – the world’s largest civilian hospital ship. www.stenaroro.com

About Marine Atlantic
Marine Atlantic is a federal Crown corporation, and is committed to providing a safe, environmentally responsible ferry service between the Island of Newfoundland and the Province of Nova Scotia in a reliable, courteous, and cost-effective manner. Marine Atlantic serves two routes. The first is a year-round, 96 nautical mile daily ferry service between Port aux Basques, Newfoundland and Labrador and North Sydney, Nova Scotia. The second, offered from mid-June until late September, is a 280 nautical mile ferry service between Argentia, Newfoundland and Labrador and North Sydney, Nova Scotia. www.marineatlantic.ca

About Brittany Ferries
Brittany Ferries is a French ferry and holiday operator, based in Roscoff, France. Founded by a Breton-based farming cooperative, the original aim was to export market garden produce to the United Kingdom. The first voyage took place on the day after the UK joined the forerunner to the EU, 2 January 1972, leaving Roscoff for Plymouth carrying a cargo of artichokes and cauliflowers. The company expanded rapidly, adding ships and routes when it became clear that the biggest export market was British tourists eager to explore Brittany and later Normandy. Today the company serves 14 routes connecting France, the UK, Spain and Ireland. In a non-Covid year, it carries around 2.5 million passengers and around 205,000 units of freight with a turnover of 450 million Euros. It is still largely owned by French farmers, supported by the regions of Brittany and Normandy, and is proud to be the largest employer of seafarers in France. www.brittanyferries.com

Deltamarin Ltd. press release