Dirk Spoor Succeeds Paul Melles as Managing Director of Rederij Doeksen

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After nearly 34 years working for Rederij Doeksen, of which 20 years as MD, Paul Melles will say goodbye to Rederij Doeksen per 31 December 2020.

Paul Melles (60) will be succeeded by Dirk Spoor, who is currently working in the company as the Head of Hospitality and HR.

Dirk Spoor (38) started working for Rederij Doeksen in 2010.

Paul Melles will remain involved with Rederij Doeksen: “Royal Doeksen has offered me the position of Technical Director. In my new job I will support the existing activities of the holding company (the companies Rederij Doeksen, Royal Huisman and Waterbus), but I will also start new projects. In the past years I have gained a lot of knowledge and experience, especially when it comes to sustainability. That is definitely a field I will advise the different companies about and I am very much looking forward to that.”


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Rederij Doeksen Presents WILLEM BARENTSZ

Ferry Shipping News was present at the introduction of WILLEM BARENTSZ of Rederij Doeksen on 1 July 2020.

This latest addition to the fleet of Rederij Doeksen , WILLEM BARENTSZ will come into service on Friday July 3, and her sistership WILLEM DE VLAMINGH in September. The two vessels will be on the Dutch ferry routes between Harlingen-Vlieland and Harlingen-Terschelling. To celebrate this, Rederij Doeksen organised a presentation on the vessel for a targeted audience. We thank Rederij Doeksen for the well appreciated invitation.

The Managing Director, Paul Mellies explained in his presentation that this vessel and her sister vessel have been constructed with the objective to lower the environmental impact on the Wadden Sea’s vulnerable ecosystem. The islands of Terschelling and Vlieland are very popular holiday destinations in the Netherlands and as a result of that, Rederij Doeksen is transporting approx. 785,000 passengers across the Wadden Sea every year.

Rederij Doeksen is the first Wadden-area shipping company in the Netherlands to commission LNG fuelled passenger ships. The bunkering is supplied by tank trucks.

Thanks to innovative applications, the lightweight, aluminium vessels consume significantly less energy than traditional steel ferries. The choice of LNG over low-sulphur diesel, was well-considered and results in a CO2 emissions reduction of around 11%, along with 90% less NOx, 100% less SOx, and a 95% reduction in PM10 (particulate matter) emissions. When, in time, usable Bio-LNG becomes commercially available, it may be possible to further enhance the CO2 reduction.

Paul Melles added that LNG is a safe choice as it is proven technique.

Furthermore, the vessel is equipped with solar panels to supply a portion of all onboard services that use electricity for lighting, heating, and catering systems, resulting in reduced use of LNG.

The vessel is equipped with a residual heat recovery system that ensures the maximum amount of heat is recovered for heating and electricity generation. This system covers the full energy demand needed to propel the bow thrusters for manoeuvring in port.

All of these above-mentioned factors offer a significant contribution to the preservation of the Wadden Sea area vulnerable ecosystem.

The interior has been designed by the Vripack design studio, located in Sneek. This company also designed the TEXELSTROOM of TESO. This ferry company runs a daily ferry connection between Den Helder and Texel.

Vripack design studio has a vision that, apart from looking at the design itself, the designers should also consider the consequences on its environment and use. It was clear to Rederij Doeksen and Vripack that the design of the interior of both new vessels had to focus on the passenger experience. On both ships, the ‘Wadden experience’ has been enhanced by, for example, maximising the height and width of the windows to create a wonderful outdoor feeling. The outdoor area’s will be the place to be for sun lovers in the summertime. The upstairs bar is cosy and a good place to be when the weather is not good enough to be outside on the 90 minutes journey from the mainland to the islands.

We from Ferry Shipping News wish both vessels and her passengers many safe sailings

New LNG Vessels Rederij Doeksen Arrived on 29 May in Harlingen

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The two new LNG vessels for Rederij Doeksen arrived in Harlingen on Wednesday 29 May, all the way from Vietnam. They were carried by heavy lift vessel SUN RISE.

The catamarans will be towed to Harlingen, where the remaining work will be done at Nesta.

From 7 January 2020 the vessels will be structurally deployed on the Terschelling and Vlieland lines

LNG Catamarans Rederij Doeksen On Their Way to The Netherlands

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Rederij Doeksen’s new LNG vessels are on their way to the Netherlands. The SUN RISE left Vung Tau (Vietnam), where the two LNG catamarans were built, on 8 March. The vessels are expected this month in the Netherlands and will, from January 2020, carry out service to and from the Dutch Wadden islands of Terschelling and Vlieland.

These vessels will be the first single fuel LNG ferries in the Netherlands and the very first ships in the world where single fuel LNG engines are directly driven by a fixed propeller.

In 2016, Rederij Doeksen commissioned the Australian firm Strategic Marine to build two new cats. Dutch design agency Vripack signed for the design of interior and exterior.

Both will be powered by the new mobile 16-cylinder single-fuel gas engines MTU has developed. This engine is the first single-fuel high-speed gas engine that can directly and mechanically drive a fixed pitch propeller, with transient acceleration capabilities comparable to that of a typical high-speed diesel engine.

The waste heat recovery system applied to the LNG-vessels (designed by Orcan Energy, Munich) covers the entire energy demand for the intensive operation to supply electric power to bow thrusters when maneuvering in harbour. The result is that using the two efficiency packs means an annual CO2 reduction of 318 tonnes for each – a saving of 260,000 litres of fuel and 462,600 kWh a year.

The project actively contributes to the theme ‘Sustainable development of ports and energy transition’ from the Pioneers program Waddenfonds 2012-2013. The Waddenfonds awarded Rederij Doeksen a subsidy of € 1,207,500 for this new construction project.