Netherlands maritime technology company, C-Job Naval Architects, announced that it has now delivered the concept design of a series of five sustainable car and passenger ferries to the city of Amsterdam.
C-Job was recently awarded a contract by GVB Amsterdam, for the design of five sustainable car and passenger ferries assigned by the GVB Amsterdam.
The vessels will be the largest fully electric Ro-Ro vessels in the Netherlands, and will operate fully on electricity, providing an emission-free urban transport solution. The new vessels will replace existing ferries that operate on three different routes west of Amsterdam.
The electric Ro-Ro ferries will recharge their batteries during the unloading and loading of passengers and vehicles. For further efficiency of service and a quick turnaround, this charging process will occur during a timeframe of a maximum of four minutes. This will be enough for the vessels to operate a full day service with no overnight charging required.
The vessels will recharge their own batteries using an on-board diesel generator. This will be used during non-standard operations such as sailing to a nearby shipyard for service or maintenance, thus providing safer operations in bad weather conditions, as the ferries are designed to sail regardless of the weather.
“We have designed these ferries to have a flexible passenger and vehicle capacity. They have a total loading capacity of 245 tonnes and can carry up to 20 cars, four trucks or 400 passengers. What makes this design special is the movable dividing railings between foot passengers and vehicles, allowing the crew to adjust the space allocated depending on the requirements at that moment,” C-Job Project Manager, Pim Schulp, said.
Furthermore the ferries will have an aluminium superstructure, bulwark and railings instead of steel, which is lighter and requires less maintenance.