The world may have gone quiet, but even a pandemic cannot deter Dutch ferry operator Doeksen from pursuing its goals. It is working to make operations more sustainable and is equipping its existing fleet bit by bit with more environmentally friendly propulsion technology. And this is really working, with a second LNG-powered ferry going into service on the company's inshore Wadden Sea routes right in the middle of lockdown. The Willem de Vlamingh – as the new vessel has been named – is fitted with two 16-cylinder mtu Series 4000 gas engines. Its sister ship, the Willem Barentsz, has been in service since the summer (as previously reported).
Even though the world is focused on the Corona pandemic right now, we can't forget the environment. In the shipping industry, we need sustainable solutions that reduce pollutant emissions. I am delighted that we're now able to add a second LNG ferry to our fleet.
“We are proud to see this second ferry commence operations on the Wadden Sea powered by our new mtu gas engines. We hope that the pandemic will soon allow us to get back to more normal."