From 2021, ferry transfer on the North Sea Canal in Amsterdam will be served by completely new and sustainable ferries.
GVB, Amsterdam’s municipal public transport provider, has awarded Holland Shipyards Group a contract to build five ferries with fully electric propulsion. The design was realised by C-Job Naval Architects. The first vessel is expected to enter service in 2021, the last will be delivered in 2023.
The ferries, measuring 41m long and 13.9m wide, are intended to operate fully electric and are charged by means of a 1,600-kW shore charging facility. Each ferry has a battery capacity of two times 340 kWh and a propulsion capacity of two times 300 kW. Charging the batteries takes approximately three minutes and is automatically done while boarding and discharging the passengers and vehicles. The newbuildings have a capacity of 20 cars, 4 trucks or 400 passengers. They will replace older vessels and the order is in line with the sustainability goals set by GVB and the municipality of Amsterdam to provide zero-emission public transport in Amsterdam and the surrounding area.