Stena Line has received a new ferry for its Belfast to Liverpool (Birkenhead) route.
As reported by The Irish News, the new Stena Embla vessel will begin operating on the route in January.
The new 215-metre-long vessel has freight capacity of 3,100 lane metres, and can carry up to 120 cars and 1,000 passengers and crew.
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Stena said that the acquisition of the Stena Embla marks the end of a seven-year development programme that involved a total investment of £400 million in new ferries and port infrastructure for its operations in the Irish Sea.
Stena CEO Statement
The Irish News quotes Stena Line chief executive Niclas Mårtensson as saying, "While delivery of the vessel marks the end of a very tough period for us, it also marks the completion of a very significant investment in our Irish Sea operations.
"It reflects our strong support for the region that will see three of the world's most modern ferries operating between Britain and Ireland.
"We recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of the relocation of our Northern Ireland operations to Belfast and 25 years since we commenced the Holyhead to Dublin route. Our three new ferries in the region are a sign of our strong commitment to another 25 years on the Irish Sea."
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