Construcciones Navales del Norte (LaNaval) has launched the ferry “Texelstroom”, which is currently under construction for the Dutch company Royal N.V. Texels Eigen Stoomboot Onderneming (TESO). It will be one of the ferries ready to use natural gas, which will be stored pressurized as fuel for the electrical generation system that at the same time feeds the electric propulsion motors.
TESO will use Texelstroom for the continuous transport of vehicles and passengers between the island of Texel (in the northern part of The Netherlands) and Den Helder (a port in the Dutch mainland). Basque shipyard LaNaval, in close cooperation with TESO and the engineering company C-Job have successfully develop the vessel’s design with a double ended configuration and two symmetrical engine rooms and navigation bridges.
The Texelstroom will be a next-generation vessel for the transport of up to 1,750 passengers and 350 vehicles. It has a length of 135,40 meters and a beam of 27,90 and will feature some of the most advances available technologies, establishing new references in terms of energy consumption and environment care. It will be able to produce energy from natural gas and will also have and electric battery plant for the supply of the additional required energy during port entrance and departure operations.
Its design and construction is taking almost two years. After launching and necessary period at LaNaval’s quay, the vessel is expected to depart for sea trails at the end of this year, for a final delivery in January 2016.