LaNaval lays Keel of Ferry Texelstroom
LaNaval Shipyard in Spain has laid the keel of the ferry Texelstroom on the 30th of December, that is building for the dutch company Royal N.V. Texels Eigen Stoomboot Onderneming (TESO), located in the island of Texel, at the north of The Netherlands.
The ferry, which will be named “Texelstroom” is a new generation vessel for the transportation of up to 1,750 persons and 350 vehicles. She will have a dimensions of 135 meters length and 28 meters width and will be equipped with the latest technologies in the market, making a breakthrough in energy consumption and environment friendship. So, the Ferry will be powered by diesel-oil or alternatively Natural Gas, being helped also by electric batteries that will form an integral part of the advance energy management system.
Furthermore, she will have over 700 square meters of solar panels providing some independence from conventional fossil fuels.
The Ferry will have a continuous operation between the port of Den Helder, at the north of The Netherlands, and the island of Texel, with very intensive transit of passengers and vehicles. The interior’s design of the public accommodation area aims the shapes, colors and materials to fit with the surrounding attractive tidal area where the ferry will be operating, taking the public interior spaces to higher level of quality and design than any similar ferry in the market.
LaNaval and TESO signed the contract for the design and build of the ferry in May 2014 and since then the shipyard has carried out, in close co-operation with TESO, the class approval process of the design with Lloyds Register, as well as the selection of the suppliers for the main equipment and systems. With the keel laying the erection process on the slipway for
the Texelstroom starts. The launching is planned for June 2015, being her delivery scheduled beginning of 2016.