This November, Holland Shipyards Group will start building emission-free ferries for the Riveer ferry service in the Netherlands. The new all electric, aluminium ferries will measure 35,30 m by 7,30 m and have a carrying capacity of 100 passengers and 100 cyclists.

Aldermen Joost van der Geest, Hans Tanis and Theo Boerman from Gorinchem, Altena and Hardinxveld-Giessendam symbolically signed the contract with Holland Shipyards Group for the vessels on 1 October. The ferries have been designed by Coco Yachts, a Gorinchem-based shipdesigner.

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During the tender process Holland Shipyards Group suggested a technical upgrade by increasing the battery capacity and amending ship propellers. With this upgrade the ferries will be able to sail with a higher speed, resulting in Riveer to expand the sailing route for the new ferries.

The vessels are expected to be delivered at the end of 2022.

Picture: Hans Tanis (Altena), Joost van der Geest (Gorinchem), Theo Boerman (Hardinxveld-Giessendam) and Marco and Leendert Hoogendoorn (Holland Shipyards Group).

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