Rederij Doeksen is a Dutch company operating ferries between Harlingen (mainland), Vlieland and Terschelling (Wadden Sea Islands).
In July, WILLEM BARENTSZ, the first of 2 new ferries entered service.
History behind the order
Already back in 2003 the company looked at possibilities to build a ferry with green credentials, with natural gas as fuel. The lack of availability, infrastructure, legislation and incentives from the authorities were too great an obstacle at that time.
Result: VLIELAND was built in 2005 with traditional fuel.
Research confirmed that the catamaran hull shape is the most efficient hull shape on the shallow ferry routes, like on the Wadden Sea.
The lower resistance and no ballast provides operational efficiency.
In addition, a catamaran offers a pleasantly wide platform for the car deck and passenger salons.
Why 2 LNG-catamarans instead of 1 conventional ferry?
Total investment: EUR 48 million
Subsidies: EUR 1.2 million from Waddenfonds. The ‘Wadden Fund’ invests in initiatives and projects that strengthen the ecology and sustainable economic development of the Wadden region.