Damen, Doeksen Environmentally Friendly Ferry

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Damen has been tasked with developing the first environmentally friendly ferry design for the Dutch shipping company Rederij Doeksen. Based in Harlingen, Rederij Doeksen operates passenger and car ferries between Harlingen and the Dutch Wadden islands of Vlieland and Terschelling. This will be the first time Gorinchem-based Damen has specifically designed a ferry aiming at a sustainable solution and this is the first ferry of this type for Doeksen.

Henk Grunstra, Damen Product Director, said: “This project is particularly interesting because we have to look at the existing ferries, the specifics of the waterways in the Wadden Sea which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the passenger, car, cycle capacity and the peaks and troughs in demand.

“It is not purely about the vessel itself but it is about finding out the most sustainable way of operating the service given the specific environment. The solution has to be the right answer for the situation, this is not just about fitting a gas tank into a vessel.”

Sustainable solution
Once the Dutch shipbuilding group and Doeksen have collected all the data the two partners will analyse the best way an environmentally friendly vessel can be developed “to provide a durable, sustainable solution for the ferry services”, he added.

The new ferry should make a minimal demand for energy, use the energy as efficiently as possible and be as clean as possible, Mr Grunstra stressed.

The vessel will be powered by LNG, a hybrid system using wind/solar energy and other alternative solutions. If it turns out that using a diesel system with a filter is the better option then this may be considered.”

The most important thing is that the vessel and its operation should be a viable option offering an integrated solution, emphasised Mr Grunstra.

Future ferry design
Doeksen is bringing its vast experience and expertise to the project, concerning the operation of a ferry service and about how to operate and maintain these vessels, said Mr Grunstra. “Doeksen is an ideal partner for this kind of work because it is already very advanced with its own research into this subject. It will be very interesting to build and develop this concept together and finally come up with a design that we think will be the best, sustainable solution for the future of the ferry market.

“The knowledge we build up during this time will also give us more insight and help other projects progress to a higher level.”

This project fits in with Damen’s and Doeksen’s policy to develop technologies that will help achieve sustainable goals. Damen is also participating in several other initiatives to this end, such as the E3 tug and air lubrication projects.

Damen and Doeksen aim to have a detailed design completed by the end of 2011.

The sustainable ferry design project is partly funded by the Dutch government (Stimulatie Innovatie Binnenvaart) and by a European Union Interreg – North Sea Region grant (iTRANSFER) which promotes interregional cooperation. The funding aims to stimulate connections via the waterways in the North Sea area, with particular attention being paid to sustainable shipping.
 

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter July 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Environmental

Singapore, Malaysia Conduct Joint Chemical Spill Drill

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Marine Department of Malaysia (MDM) conducted a joint chemical spill exercise at sea along the East

Insights: Kunkel Weighs in on Propulsion Technology

LNG? Methanol as fuel? Hybrid systems? Tier 4? Reducing noise? Cutting emissions without crushing fuel economy? Marine News readers have questions and Bob Kunkel has answers.

Safety and Preparation on the Brownwater Radar

Weather Channel Forecasters are predicting a “near-average” hurricane season for 2016, but warn that an average season does not mean businesses and residents shouldn’t prepare for the worst.

Passenger Vessels

New 'Mega Passenger Ship' for Star Cruises

Elomatic Ltd and Deltamarin Ltd have signed a tri-party engineering contract with shipbuilder MV Werften for the design of Star Cruises’ new Global Class “mega passenger ship,

Can Bandwidth Supply Keep up with Maritime Demand?

In the next few years, demand for bandwidth on the high seas will grow, in no small part due to technology that is making operations more efficient and keeping crews and passengers healthy,

Ferry Capability is More Than Managing an Asset

Ferry operations are extremely complex with a combination of inputs that will all impact the ferry’s ability to deliver effective operational capability – the asset

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0516 sec (19 req/sec)