Stena Line's new Stena Estrid ferry has begun operating on the company's route between Dublin and Holyhead.
The Stena Estrid will make two daily return trips on the route, with scheduled daily departures from Dublin at 2.15am and 2.50pm, and from Holyhead at 8.55am and 8.30pm. The ferry's crossing time is approximately three hours and 15 minutes.
"The Result Of A Very Significant Investment"
In a statement on Stena Line's website, the company's Irish Sea South trade director Ian Davies said, "The introduction of Stena Estrid on the Holyhead to Dublin route is the result of a very significant investment that reflects our commitment to this extremely important region – a commitment that will ultimately see three of the world's most modern ferries operating between Ireland and Britain.
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"I’m proud that Stena Line continues to shape the industry for the next generation of freight and travel customers, for whom we are determined to deliver the best possible service. Stena Estrid will enable us to do this with more efficient loading and unloading operations, increased freight capacity and the best Scandinavian quality, style and design in our facilities, in an onboard environment that is spacious and light, with amazing panoramic views.
"The Captain and crew have all been wowed by the new ship, and we are sure that all of our customers travelling between Dublin and Holyhead will be similarly impressed."
First Of Three
The 215 metre long Stena Estrid can carry up to 120 cars and 1,000 passengers, and has a freight capacity of 3,100 lane metres. It is the first of three new next generation ferries that will operate on the Irish Sea as part of a multi-million pound investment by Stena Line in the region. The second of these ferries, the Stena Edda, is expected to begin operating between Belfast and Liverpool in the spring of 2020. The third, the Stena Embla, will also operate between Belfast and Liverpool, and will be launched in early 2021.
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