Competing with highways, bridges and tunnels, river crossing ferries act as ‘niche players’, serving customers that don’t want to take a long detour. They connect areas where bridges are not an option. Strong, reliable and with a day in, day out service, these ferries play an important role in local communities and people’s lives. Damen builds a wide range of Road Ferries, from sophisticated passenger and car ferries to robust and simple workhorses for customers in all corners of the globe.
True workhorses that can be relied upon
Damen’s Road Ferries comprise a series of vessels built as workhorses for demanding customers. They often serve routes that are considered the busiest in the world. Zero downtime, low maintenance and minimal costs are all key drivers for the design and construction.
Banjul Road Ferry delivered a month early
Damen has delivered a Road Ferry to a client in The Gambia more than a month ahead of schedule. The ferry was built entirely in the Netherlands to a very tight deadline, with the hull constructed at Damen’s subsidiary Niron Staal in just 70 days.
Six new arrivals for BC Ferries
Six of our Road Ferries will perform an environmentally efficient, inter-island ferry service between Vancouver and Vancouver Island for BC Ferries. The Island Class vessels are Damen Road Ferries 8117 E3; the E3 standing for Environmentally friendly, Efficient in operation and Economically viable.
Two identical Road Ferries for Istanbul
Damen built two sister Road Ferries for IDO in Istanbul, Turkey. The ferries have a low resistance, aluminium catamaran hull. Up to 600 passengers and 112 cars can be transported on each trip.
130-metre Road Ferry for Dutch island
Built in 2005, for private ferry company TESO, the ‘Dokter Wagemaker’ operates between the Dutch mainland in the north and the island of Texel. With a capacity of up to 1,750 passengers and 300 cars, the Road Ferry is fitted with ice strengthening and is capable of operating in storm force 11!
Thank you to everybody at Damen for your role in bringing this tremendous vessel to the people of British Columbia.
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