Two aluminium hulls of inland pedestrian and bicycle ferries are being built in Świnoujście for a Dutch shipyard. The ferries will be operated on the river in the Netherlands, near Rotterdam.
A ceremony to lay the keels of two electric ferries for the final customer Riveer (Gemeente Gorinchem) in the Netherlands took place at the Alumare shipyard in Świnoujście on 15 December 2021. The ceremony was webcast to the Netherlands in a live video stream.
The two ships, whose aluminium hulls will be delivered to the Dutch shipyard Alumare, are due to enter service in early 2023 and will ply the De Merwede river between the towns of Gorinchem, Sleeuwijk, Werkendam and Hardinxveld-Giessendam.
The all-electric ferries were designed on behalf of Riveer by CoCo Yachts BV of the Netherlands. The only requirements that Riveer placed on the designer were that the ferries had to be 100 per cent emission-free and maintain service on the current schedule, considering some margin for battery charging.
As a result, a design was created for an all-aluminium catamaran, 35.3m in length, capable of carrying 100 passengers and 100 bicycles. After a long and intensive tender process, Holland Shipyards Group was selected as the builder.
Henk van Herwijnen, CEO of CoCo Yachts, said he was thrilled that the ferries were already in production.
– We are very proud that the ships will sail on the river in 2023, connecting our hometown with others, and even our employees will be able to come to the office by bike and the ferries they put their soul and effort into building. We had to design a very light ferry with a perfectly detailed hull, and so we evaluated each element to see if its presence on board was necessary. For example, to save weight, we decided not to use any paint on the outside of the ship.
The aluminium, double-sided passenger ferry-catamaran has been designed to Bureau Veritas and IL&T ES_TRIN 2021 standards, and the maximum wave height at which it can sail is 0.6 metres.
The Urban Sprinter 100 project ferry has an overall length of 35.30m, an overall width of 7.60m and a maximum draught of 1.65m. The vessel will be equipped with 2 × 171 kW PM engines coupled with Veth VL-160-CR azimuth thrusters. EST-Floattech will supply the batteries.
The ferries will be named Gorinchem XII and Altena XI and will start operations in Q1 2023.