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German ferry operator orders catamaran from Talsma

Tuesday, 14 Nov 2017

German ferry company Wyker Dampfschiffs-Reederei Föhr-Amrum GmbH (WDR) has placed an order with Dutch yard Scheepswerf Talsma for construction of a passenger catamaran for sailings to islands off the German North Sea coast.

The 34.15m-long and 10.5m-wide newbuilding will be delivered in February 2019 in time for the 2019 holiday season and will extend the WDR’s service range by providing fast sailings for passengers without cars. The vessel will have a service speed of 20 knots and will so be substantially faster than the WDR’s existing ferries. WDR chief executive Mr Axel Meynköhn said the line has been planning a fast ferry for several years. Yards in Germany and abroad were asked for designs which would allow a high operational speed in the Wattenmeer nature reserve region on Germany’ North Sea coast. Talsma and its Dutch partner Conoship International BV provided the best offer, he said. The yard and customer have agreed not to reveal the price. The aluminium catamaran will be able to carry up to 250 passengers in summer of which about 150 will be carried in the salon on the main deck and the other 100 on the sundeck. In the winter the number of passengers carried will be reduced to about 150, all accommodated inside the heated salon. The small draught of 1.40m will mean the newbuilding will be able to operate in low tides. The vessel will be fitted with a bow thruster to provide high manoeuvrability in the small harbours in the Wattenmeer region.

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