Ebba, the newest E-Flexer ferry in the colors of Stena Line, is
already in Gdańsk. After an overhaul at the Remontowa Shipyard in
Gdańsk, she will begin regular sailings to Sweden.
Stena Ebba is the sister vessel of Stena Estelle, the first enlarged E-Flexer ferry, which already runs on the Gdynia-Karlskrona line and is very popular with both passengers and shipspotters. Soon, as of January 2023, both new vessels will be operating on the same route.
As part of the maiden voyage, the ship was brought to Europe, specifically Bristol in the UK, from the Merchants Jinling shipyard in China, where the ship's assembly took place, by the same captain who previously commanded the Stena Estelle - Andrew Parker - on the same route. The Stena Ebba, with Andrew Parker on the captain's bridge, sailed from Yantai in China's Shandong province, interestingly enough, with cargo. The ferry sailed the entire route at economy speed to reduce fuel consumption and thus emissions. Among the ship's cargo holds were electric cars destined for the British market. Stena Ebba scored its first stop in Singapore, where fuel, water and provisions were replenished and waste was unloaded. The ship then sailed through the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea and the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean.
In Bristol, Parker handed over the helm to the E-Flexer to the operations captain.
„The ship performed really well throughout the voyage! Thanks to the relatively smooth voyage and lack of technical problems, we took advantage of some time on board to train the crew on safety procedures," said Captain Parker.
During the cruise, the crew also had the opportunity to celebrate Stena Line's 60th anniversary with a cake baked by the cook in the onboard kitchen.
After stopping and unloading in the UK, Stena Ebba, under the orders of her new captain, set off for Karlskrona, from where she will soon - starting in January 2023 - begin regular service on the Gdynia-Karlskrona line.
Before that, however, Stena Ebba will undergo a thorough overhaul at the Remontowa Shipyard in Gdańsk. The vessel will be adapted accordingly to the requirements of the Baltic route. The necessary adaptation will include, among other things, installation of signage for the communication system and information for passengers and crew, as well as modification of the ventilation system.
Stena Ebba and Stena Estelle are among the largest ferries in the Baltic in regular shipping. They are 240 meters long, offer places for 1,200 people and each accommodate up to 200 trucks on 3,600 meters of car decks. They are energy efficient due to their optimized design. They can be converted to run on gas, allowing the fuel to be changed to methanol or LNG. During port calls, the ships can use shore power, which reduces exhaust emissions. Connection to the electric grid will allow future conversion to a battery hybrid system. Passengers can enjoy Scandinavian-style finished interiors with panoramic windows.