Damen to build new ferry for Belgium's Vloot dab


Damen Shipyards Group has won a deal to build a new 25m-long ferry for Belgium's state-owned vessel operator Vloot dab.

The proposed ferry is scheduled to be delivered by March next year, and will be specially designed to transport vehicles and passengers across the canal connecting Belgium’s Ghent and the Netherlands’ Terneuzen.

Damen’s Gorinchem unit are set to construct the new vessel named Cyriel Buysse at its shipyard in Hardinxveld, the Netherlands.

Cyriel Buysse will also be equipped with two Voith Schneider propellers, cycloidal drives, and will be powered by twin diesel engines through reduction gearboxes.

Shaft generators will be installed to supply electrical power for on board systems, and an emergency generator will also be installed on the new craft.

"The ferry will be specially designed to transport vehicles and passengers across the canal connecting Belgium’s Ghent and the Netherlands’ Terneuzen."

Vloot dab currently operates a variety of vessels, including a 2706 Stan Patrol and two multi-function Shoalbusters, as well as a 36m research vessel, Simon Stevin, and others from Damen.

Damen was also selected in December last year to provide a new utility vessel (UV) to Norway-based VOLT Service by the first quarter of 2018.

Norwegian firm Remøy Management will also assist in developing the ship, which will be designed for use in delousing operations and other services at salmon farms in the country.

The vessel is planned to feature a diesel-electric configuration to receive flexible power supply for the vessel’s propulsion among other operations.


Image: Rendering of Cyriel Buysse. Photo: courtesy of Damen Shipyards Group.