April 10, 2019
New Light-weight Ferry: 'We Had to Weigh Everything that Went on Board'

On 8 April, Thecla Bodewes Shipyards launched the 250 pax light-weight Wadden ferry Adler Rüm Hart in Harlingen. 

The aluminum catamaran (34 x 11 m) was ordered by Wyker Dampfschiffs-Reederei Föhr-Amrum GmbH (W.D.R.). This company maintains ferry services with six ferries from SchleswigHolstein to the North Frisian Wadden isles (from Dagebüll to Föhr and Amrum and from Schüttsiel to Hooge and Langeness).

Weighing Everything on Board

With a capacity of 250 passengers and an empty ship weight of only 78 tonnes, Thecla Bodewes Shipyards has realised a special concept in collaboration with Conoship. The low weight of this aluminium ship and the optimum hull shape ensure that this ship is a perfect fit for very efficient engines with low power to realize its maximum speed of 18 knots.

The low design weight of the ship did cause some headaches. Project Engineer Jouwert Turkstra: 'We had to weigh everything that went on board with a scale, this was something new for all employees. Now that we have weighed the ship and the weight is almost the same as the design weight, we can safely say that we have stood this challenge well.'

Completed within Five Months

The construction of the ship went very quick. Last December, the Bloemsma hull arrived in Harlingen and with a few weeks to go, the total completion time was only five months. The ship will be "put into operation" in the upcoming weeks after which the seatrials will take place. After the seatrials, W.D.R. will immediately commission the ship for transporting passengers to and from the German Wadden Sea isles.