Release Date: 12 March 2007
Release ID: 1250
Harwich International Port has today [12th March 2007] welcomed the inaugural call of the newly-extended Stena Britannica, now one of the world’s largest RoPax vessels.
The modern, passenger-friendly ship was lengthened in the wake of the decommissioning of the HSS Stena Discovery, to ensure that sufficient capacity remains available on the ever-popular Harwich – Hook of Holland route. The Stena Hollandica is due to undergo a similar extension programme, and will rejoin the Stena Britannica on the route in May.
In order to accommodate Stena’s new fleet of extended ships, Harwich International Port has modified and extended an existing berth at the Port. Preparation for the civil engineering work commenced during the latter part of 2006.
Chris Lewis, Chief Executive Officer of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, which owns Harwich International Port, commented:
“Harwich International Port has enjoyed a very long relationship with Stena Line, and, with them, we are pleased to be able to offer this improved service to passengers travelling on the popular Harwich to Hook of Holland route.”
These newly-extended vessels will offer substantially more capacity on the route, with 4,100 lane metres for freight traffic, which includes space for 180 cars. It is expected that these modern vessels, which offer overnight cabins, a restaurant, shop and other passenger facilities, will attract more foot passengers and motorists on scheduled day and night sailings from Harwich, seven days a week.
Additionally, the Port is investing in a new high-level passenger walkway, capable of taking passengers directly from the ferry terminal departure lounge to Deck 7 of the Stena Line vessels. The new walkway is being constructed in Spain, and is expected to be installed during May, in readiness for the busy summer period.
In October 2006, it was announced that Stena Line had signed a 20-year extension to its contract with Harwich International Port.
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