Marine Atlantic to charter new vessel

Marine Atlantic announced on Wednesday that they have entered into a five-year charter agreement with Stena North Sea Ltd. to supply a new vessel for the fleet.

Stena North Sea Ltd is headquartered in the United Kingdom. The company's line of business includes providing ferries for the transportation of passengers or vehicles.

After the five-year charter agreement, Marine Atlantic will have the option to purchase the vessel.

The ice-classed vessel will measure approximately 200 metres in length, with the ability to carry commercial and passenger vehicles. It will incorporate the latest accessibility standards, carry up to 1000 passengers, have 146 passenger cabins (including pet-friendly cabins), 40 passenger pods, a variety of food service options, seating lounges, a children’s play area, and a kennel for pets.

The ship will be compatible for use on both the Port aux Basques and Argentia services and is expected to enter service in 2024.