On behalf of Swedish-headquartered Stena Line, Stena RoRo has signed a conversion contract with China Merchants Jinling (Weihai) Shipyard for the installation of an additional cargo deck, increased thruster capacity and preparations for shore power onboard “Stena Foreteller” and “Stena Forerunner”.

The cargo capacity will be increased by 30%, and the vessels will after conversion be ready to meet future efficiency requirements when the conversion for both vessels will be finalised during 2025.

After the conversion the vessels will be deployed in the Stena Line route network, as the company mentions.

In 2023, both vessels were decarbonised by changing propellers, applying silicone paint and adding interceptors, and the additional cargo deck will further decrease the carbon intensity index factor and further reduce CO2 emissions per cargo unit.

Another recent collaboration with China Merchants Jinling Shipyard has been the order of the two NewMax hybrid vessels for Stena Line for the Irish Sea routes, and these two newbuild vessels will be delivered in 2025.

Per Westling, managing director at Stena RoRo, said that “At Stena RoRo we see the investment of the installations on the Stena Forerunner and Stena Foreteller as a way to improve services for our fleet customers. We strive to increase cargo capacity while also keeping sustainability in focus.

“It’s all part of Stena’s identity. Signing the contract with China Merchants Jinling Shipyard is a step in the right direction.”

Niclas Mårtensson, chief executive at Stena Line, noted that ”The conversion of the Stena Forerunner and Stena Foreteller fits with our ambition to reduce our CO2 emissions.

“In addition to increasing the cargo capacity by 30% on both the Stena Forerunner and Stena Foreteller, we also take this opportunity to invest in onboard shore power. At Stena Line we feel the need to ensure both a sustainable business and a more sustainable environment.”

Source: Stena Line.