Holland Shipyards Group wins five fully-electric ferries deal

Malcolm Latarche

Malcolm Latarche · 13 March 2020


After taking delivery of the IJveer-60 series, GVB, Amsterdams municipal public transport provider, has awarded Holland Shipyards Group a contract to build five new fully-electric ferries which will be operating in the North Sea Canal area. The first ferry is expected to enter service in 2021, the delivery of the last ferry will be 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 2 x 340 kWh and a propulsion capacity of 2 x 300 kW. Charging the batteries takes approximately three minutes and is automatically done while embarking and disembarking passengers and vehicles. The ferries have a capacity of 20 cars, 4 trucks or 400 passengers. The shore charging system is integrated in the infrastructure, which means the existing landings do not require large modifications.

The new fully-electric ferries will replace the current fleet, built in the 1930s. The replacement of the ferries is in line with the sustainability goals set by GVB and the Municipality of Amsterdam to provide zero-emission public transport in the Municipality of Amsterdam and surroundings.

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