Ship Review | Blue Rotterdam – Dutch company Waterbus adds a hybrid passenger ferry to the fleet
Netherlands-based transport company Waterbus has taken delivery of a new hybrid catamaran ferry built by compatriot Damen Shipyards Group.
Rotterdam blue It belongs to a series of ferries designed by Damen and the Belgian company KesselsGranger DesignWorks to operate in the Dordrecht-Rotterdam area. The ship is 28.6 meters long, 7.5 meters wide, has a draft of only 1.5 metres, and can accommodate 75 passengers.
The lightweight carbon fiber design and hybrid propulsion system that also includes two 400 kWh batteries and two fixed propellers ensure that emissions and noise are kept to an absolute minimum while delivering speeds of up to 21 knots. The vessel is also prepared to transition to full electric operations when the required technology becomes available in the future.
To enhance the onboard experience, the designers aimed to create a warm, open and safe environment. This was achieved by incorporating large windows along the ship and in the ceiling, allowing sufficient lighting and providing a feeling of spaciousness. The seats have been carefully designed to facilitate a feeling of inclusion, especially comfort during off-peak times when passengers may feel isolated.
A large space in the back is suitable for tourists where they can observe the sights along the ferry route. For those who use the ferry for their daily commute, comfortable work spaces are available in the inner section as well as bicycle storage. The bike storage space also ensures quick and easy retrieval, allowing cyclists to disembark more efficiently.
Seating is also designed to accommodate groups of people. This includes a seating area in the amidships lounge. The seat features recesses to accommodate strollers and strollers as well as wheelchairs. Mobile device charging ports are also located throughout the main compartment.
Damen said Rotterdam blue It is also one of the first ferries to feature tactile strips on the floor to help guide blind and visually impaired passengers. Navigation through the ship is similarly supported by high-contrast floor markings and clearly defined areas.
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|Ship type:||Passenger ferry|
|What is with you:||Water bus, Netherlands|
|Designers:||Damen Shipbuilding Group, Netherlands; Kessels Granger Design Works, Belgium|
|Creator:||Damen Shipbuilding Group, Netherlands|
|Structure building materials:||Carbon fibre|
|Total length:||28.6 metres|
|paying off:||2 x fixed fans|
|maximum speed:||21 knots|
|Batteries:||2 x 400 kWh|
|Operations area:||Rotterdam, Netherlands|