The Dutch ferry company, Rederij Doeksen recently announced that its first LNG-fueled ferry named as “Willem Barentsz” will begin its operations on 3 July.
In fact, the vessel will operate on the Wadden Sea, on the ferry link to Dutch islands of Terschelling and Vlieland.
For the records, Willem Barentsz is the first of the two 70-meter sister vessels featuring Rolls-Royce twin MTU gas engines.
What is more, the occasion marked the premiere of the twin 16-cylinder MTU gas engines from Rolls-Royce aboard the ferry which together deliver some 3,000 kW for its ecologically clean operation on the Wadden Sea – a UNESCO World Heritage site.
We’re very proud that the Doeksen shipping company has chosen our new gas engines for eco-friendly operation of their ferries on the Wadden Sea, which is recognized as worthy of special environmental protection. Joining forces with them as our partner, we will be focusing our efforts on driving the energy turnaround.
…said Knut Müller, head of marine and governmental business at Rolls-Royce Power Systems.
The two new ferries are able to carry up to 600 passengers and 64 cars.
Behind the vessel’s construction is Strategic Marine shipyard in Vietnam along with Doeksen which completed final outfiting and commissioning.
Concluding, according to the ferry operator, the second LNG-powered vessel ” Willem de Vlamingh” will be fully operational in September 2020.