Stena Line’s newest ship on the Irish Sea has made its inaugural crossing on the Belfast-Liverpool service. Stena Embla joins her sister ship Stena Edda on the popular route with the capacity to carry 1,000 passengers, 120 cars and with 3,100 freight lane metres.
The Stena Embla originally made its Irish Sea debut on the Rosslare-Cherbourg service at the beginning of January where it was temporarily redeployed there because of the current Brexit related shift for direct routes and increasing customer demand.
It will increase the Belfast – Liverpool service freight capacity by 20% and raise passenger capacity by 33%.
Paul Grant, Stena Line’s Irish Sea Trade Director said: “Stena Embla will make one daily return trip between Belfast and Liverpool. We have now invested over £400m in our ferries and port facilities on the Irish Sea in recent years.
“The Belfast-Liverpool route is one of the most popular Irish Sea crossings for both freight and leisure traffic so having a second vessel of the calibre of Stena Embla, with a host of high-quality passenger facilities, will further increase its appeal and expand our capacity.
“In March 2020 we launched our new build Stena Edda onto the Belfast-Liverpool service and the feedback from our freight and leisure customers was extremely positive. Now we will have two ships offering identical services and facilities which will help take our service levels on the route to new heights.
“We have real confidence in the future of our Belfast services and our Irish Sea routes in general, which is why this region has attracted three brand new ships in the last 12 months alone.”