Damen Launches Road Ferry 6819 E3 in Galati

Damen has launched the Amherst Islander II. This ferry is part of a two vessel order for the Ministry of Transportation Ontario. The E3 ferries will be the first passenger/car ferries in North America with the ability to operate fully electric.

The launch took place on 14 November at Damen Shipyards Galati. The Damen Road Ferry 6819 E3 is said to reduce the amount of emissions by the equivalent of 7 million kilogrammes of carbon dioxide each year.

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

Both ferries will operate solely on the Lake Ontario in between Amherst- and Wolfe Island.

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.