The first important milestone of YN 539317, Damen Road Ferry 6819 E3 - start cutting - successfully took place at Damen Shipyard Galati on the 3rd of December.
The ferry, with a length of 71.70 meters, width of 19.80 meters and ice class 1B will replace Frontenac II, the 56-years-old ferry currently operating on Amherst Island route.
As the first electric operating vessel in the North America region & first ferry renewal program in 40+ years, YN 6819 has the following technical features:
Route: 3.8 km
Cruise speed: 9.0 kts
Contract speed: 11.8 kts
Operation: 20.5 hr/day (365 days)
Temp. range: +30 up to -25 degree (harsh winter conditions!)
Endurance: 5 days (hybrid)
Ice conditions: Moderate 1st year fresh water ice (1B)
Charging: Every time the vessel docks (approx. 40 times per day!)
The next milestone, keel-laying, is scheduled for the 21st of December 2018.