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MV Côte D’Opale – Past and Present

IMO Number: 985832

MV Côte D’Opale

ex Avic Weihai W0268

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Côte D’Opale – © DFDS (Artists Impression)

Steel twin screw “Stena E-Flexer” class motor vessel built in 2021 by China Merchants Jinling (ex Avic Shipyard, Weihai) China (Yard No W0268) as Passenger and Car Ferry for Stena RoRo AB, Gothenburg, Sweden. Long Term chartered to DFDS A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark

Technical Data

  • Length: 214.50 m (overall) 50 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 27.8 m
  • Depth: 9.5 m
  • Draught: 6.40 m
  • Tonnage: 40617 gross/ net/7700 deadweight
  • Engines: 2 x Caterpillar MaK 12VM43C diesels
  • Power: 25200 kW/HP
  • Speed: 22 knots
  • Capacity: 1000 – 890 passengers/ 3100 lane metres + 120 cars
  • Crew: 110
  • Call Sign: TBC
  • IMO Number: 9858321
  • Official Number: TBC
  • Port of Registry: Cyprus (01/10/2021)
  • Sister Ships: Stena Estrid, Stena Edda, Galicia, Stena Embla, Salamanca, Stena NB270, Stena NB271, Santona

History

April 26th 2018: Stena RoRo AB signed a contract for a new build vessel to be long-term chartered to DFDS A/S. 

Stena RoRo signs contract for new build for long-term charter to DFDS

THU, APR 26, 2018

The vessel now ordered is the fifth in the Stena E-Flexer RoPax class and Stena RoRo has a further three options on vessels for delivery from 2021 and onwards. The new build has been signed to a 10-year bareboat charter with DFDS. The new ferry will operate in the English Channel between Dover and Calais. With a capacity of 3,100 lane metres and up to 1,000 passengers, the vessel will be DFDS’s largest ferry operating in the English Channel. The ship will be designed to the highest technical and environmental standard and will offer an anticipated 25 per cent lower fuel consumption compared with today’s ferries.

In 2016, Stena RoRo placed an order for four large RoPax vessels with the Chinese shipyard AVIC International with an option for a further four vessels. The vessel now ordered is the fifth in the series.

“The design of the ship will be worked out in close cooperation with DFDS. This deal is a good example of how we work being the largest and most well-known tonnage provider in the RoPax segment”, says Per Westling, MD of Stena RoRo.’’

The order is part of DFDS’s renewal of its fleet and will replace one of the six ferries currently operating in the English Channel.

“These ships have been designed not only to the highest standards of technical and environmental performance but also with a high degree of flexibility, thus ensuring that the design can be modified in order to fulfill our clients specific needs. As a tonnage provider we are very pleased and proud to be trusted by DFDS to develop this vessel for their very intensive English Channel service”, says Per Westling.

”In addition to this order, we also recently concluded a similar deal with the French ferry operator Brittany Ferries. The other three vessels will be operated by Stena Line on the Irish Sea”, Per Westling said.

Source: Stena RoRo

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Artist’s impression of the new DFDS vessel © Stena RoRo

May 30th 2019: Steel cut. (Fifth in an anticipated series of nine “Stena E-Flexer” class vessels).

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Côte D’Opale © DFDS

October 15th 2019: The keel was officially laid. DFDS will take the ferry on a 10 year bareboat charter from delivery in China in June 2021 and the ferry will enter service on the Dover-Calais route. It will be the longest ship on the channel.

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Construction

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Construction at China Merchants Jinling © DFDS


May 20th 2020: Floated out of the building dock ready for internal fitout.

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Float Out (20/05/20) © DFDS

Stena RoRo’s fifth E-Flexer RoPax launched in China – has unique design and becomes longest ferry in the English Channel

WED, MAY 20, 2020

The Côte d’Opale is the fifth in the Stena E-Flexer RoPax class. Stena RoRo has signed a long-term charter agreement with DFDS, which has been very involved in the ship’s unique design. When put into service next summer, the Côte d’Opale, with its 214 meters, will be the longest ferry operating in the English Channel.

Stena RoRo has thus far ordered nine large RoPax vessels of the E-Flexer class from Chinese shipyard CMI Jinling (Weihai) and has an option for two more. The Côte d’Opale will serve the Dover-Calais route and differs from other E-Flexer vessels in that it lacks cabins. Instead, there will be extra-large areas for activities and conveniences for passengers. The stem is especially designed to fit the quayside facilities in both ports and in addition, it is equipped with a third bow thruster to facilitate the many daily maneuvers in port.

“The Côte d’Opale is a good example of these vessels’ high degree of flexibility,” says Per Westling, CEO for Stena RoRo. “We focus on adapting the design to our customers’ specific wishes. In addition to far-reaching regarding the environmental aspects and technology, flexibility is one of the departure points for the E-Flexer RoPax class.”  

Now that the Côte d’Opale has been launched, work continues with creating the on-board environment and the installation of systems and equipment. The ferry will be put into service immediately after delivery, scheduled for June 30, 2021.

Source: Stena RoRo 

June 30th 2021: Contracted delivery date to Stena RoRo AB, Gothenburg.


Fitting Out

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🆕 Fitting Out © DFDS


Côte D’Opale well underway

This year we will welcome the Côte D’Opale into the Channel family and with just a few months to go until her maiden voyage, she is coming along nicely.

Construction started in May 2019 at the Avic Shipyard in Weihai, China, and there is just 15% of the build left until she is ready! Around 300 people are working on the ship to prepare her for the sea trials in May, after which the Côte D’Opale will be ready to welcome you onboard. With her 214 metres length and the capacity for 1000 passengers, she will be the longest ferry on the Channel and will welcome both freight and leisure passengers.  

The Côte D’Opale will have the largest retail space of all our channel ships stretching 1,100 square metres in an open plan concept. A large atrium with a bright skylight will be the centrepiece of the retail experience onboard. There will then be separate ‘wings’ for each product category including perfume & cosmetics, beer, wine & spirits and gifts & technology. Duty Free will add more excitement to the shopping experience, with huge savings on premium products available onboard. 

Steve Newbery, Onboard Commercial Director, said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming the Côte D’Opale to our channel routes this summer and can’t wait to welcome customers onboard when it’s safe to do so. With shopping and dining experiences to rival large shopping centres or airports, the ship will offer more space, more choice, and a unique travel experience for our valued customers.”

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Source: DFDS News

2021: Upon delivery to Stena RoRo she will immediately be chartered to DFDS A/S, Copenhagen for services between Dover – Calais replacing the CALAIS SEAWAYS.


All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: DFDS A/S and Stena RoRo AB for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

One Comment

  1. Great Photos- so used to seeing Lifeboat down each side- on this one visible Life saving vessel, I take same the other side, but I wonder what else would be available speedily?

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