Lloyd Werft shipyard has been awarded the contract to convert two ro-ro ferries for Stena RoRo – the Stena Trader and the Stena Traveller, which are to be shortened by 12 meters for service in Canada. The work will start Oct.1, 2010.

During more than 20 years, ship extensions have become virtually routine projects for Lloyd Werft. The Bremerhaven shipyard has lengthened 21 cruise ships and freighters.

But this will be the first project to shorten two ferries. The Trader and the Traveller – built in 2006 and 2008, respectively, will each be shortened to 200 meters. The hulls must be shorted so that both ships can service the narrow island ports of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland starting in 2011. Lloyd Werft has 55 days to complete the conversion of each ship, starting with the Trader.  

“We won these orders against strong national and international competitors," noted Rüdiger Pallentin, managing director of Lloyd Werft, adding that the successful and long-standing cooperation with Stena Line and Stena RoRo, for which the shipyard had previously lengthened a number of large ro-ro ferries, was “surely one of the reasons for being awarded the contract.”

The two sister ships were built by the Norwegian shipyard Fosen. The shortening will be accomplished by cutting out a middle section, while at the same time increasing passenger capacity from 300 to 1,000.

The conversions thus amount to a comprehensive re-design of the two ferries, which have been employed in Channel service between Hoek van Holland and Killingholme.

Lloyd Werft will install a second stern ramp and will also modify the existing stern ramp. In addition, both ships will be outfitted with a bow door, which will allow vehicles to roll straight through the vessels, and the installation of five hoistable decks for the additional transport of passenger cars on Deck 3.

A third bow thruster will enhance maneuverability through the Canadian islands. The onboard loading systems will also be modified and expanded.

The shortening of the hulls will not be the only factor changing appearance of the two ro-ro ferries, which are presently 212 meters long and 26.7 meters wide; a significant expansion of the superstructures to accommodate another 31 crew cabins as well as the construction of three lounges with reclining seats for up to 1,000 passengers and a new bar for each lounge, will also require a new section to be built in the fore quarter of Decks 7 to 9 to make room for the future passenger capacities. This will in turn affect the ships’ lifesaving systems:  Two MES slides to rescue passengers in an emergency and two additional life boats will be placed onboard. The increases in passenger capacities also require the installation of a new elevator and new staircases in each ship.