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Below is a copy of the Shippax article highlighting the investment being made in order to allow Their E-Flexer to sail.

Belfast Harbour to invest GBP 15 million on new terminal facilities for Stena’s new E-Flexers

PORTBelfast Harbour is to invest GBP 15 million in the redevelopment of Victoria Terminal 2 (VT2) in the port to meet the requirements of Stena Line’s two new E-Flexer ro-pax ferries which will enter service on the company’s Belfast-Birkenhead (Liverpool) route in 2020 and 2021.

The contract for the re-development has been awarded to County Down-based contractor GRAHAM and includes the design and construction of a new double-deck linkspan to accommodate STENA EDDA and its sister ship, believed to be named STENA EMBLA. Work will begin in June this year and is expected to be completed in early 2020.

The project is part of Belfast Harbour's long-term investment strategy in port infrastructure. It follows a recent GBP 1.5 million investment that increased VT2's landside capacity and improved its entrance and accessibility in preparation for the arrival of the first of the two new E-Flexers.

Belfast Harbour's VT2 currently handles more than 200,000 freight units annually on the Belfast-Birkenhead route alone. With a freight capacity of 3,100 lanemetres, as well as being able to carry 120 cars and 1,000 passengers and crew, the two new E-Flexers designated for the Belfast-Birkenhead service are considerable larger than the two vessels they will replace – the Visentini Class STENA LAGAN and STENA MERSEY which each have a capacity of 2,238 lanemetres of freight, as well as 170 cars and 970 passengers.

© Shippax / MH / PR

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