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DAMEN SHIPYARDS GALATI LAUNCHES CANADIAN FERRY NEWBUILD

Thursday, November 21, 2019 

The 'Amherst Islander II', a Damen Road Ferry 6819 E3, has been launched at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania, at a ceremony attended by representatives of the owner, the Ministry of Transportation Ontario, Canada.

The Amherst Islander II is part of a two vessel order that Damen will deliver to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. The E3 ferries will be the first passenger/car ferries in North America with the ability to operate fully electric and will reduce the amount of emissions by the equivalent of 7 million kg of carbon dioxide each year.

With an overall length of close to 72m and a loading capacity of up to 42 cars, the Amherst Islander II is the smaller of the two. The larger 99m Damen Road Ferry 9819 E3, the Wolfe Islander IV, is currently under construction in the dry docks at Galati and will be launched mid-2020.

Damen sales manager Leo Postma said: “Successfully achieving this important milestone in a complex project like this can only be achieved in close cooperation between the client and the shipyard. We are truly proud to be working on these future-proof vessels, and are eagerly looking forward to seeing this vessel arrive in Ontario, Canada.”

Both ferries will operate solely on Lake Ontario between Amherst- and Wolfe Is

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