LaNaval Shipyard in Spain signed a contract to design and build a new ferry for the Dutch company TESO, located in the north Netherlands.
The ferry, which will be named Texelstroom, is a new generation vessel for the transportation of up to 1,750 people and 350 vehicles. She will be 135 metres in length and 28 metres in width, and be equipped with the latest technologies in the market, making a breakthrough in energy consumption and environment friendliness.
The ferry will be powered by a hybrid diesel oil or natural gas propulsion system, backed up by electric batteries and motors that will form an integral part of the advanced energy management system. Furthermore, she will have over 700 square metres of solar panels, providing some degree of independence from conventional fossil fuels.
Inside, she will have a modern, quite futuristic design. Sliding doors − manufactured by Aluflam Marine − provide controlled access to the between the public areas of the vessel.
The ferry will shuttle continuously between the port of Den Helder, in the north of the Netherlands, and the island of Texel, with very intensive transit of passengers and vehicles.