Alumarine Shipyard has commenced construction of a new waterways passenger boat for the French Communauté de Commune des 2 Vallées.
Equipped with the hybrid propulsion system, which allows it to use both an electric engine and a diesel engine, the new boat will be capable of cruising at a maximum speed of 13kmph.
The 28m-long inland waterways boat will be able to accommodate 102 passengers and the restaurant will have space for 60 guests.
With a light displacement capacity of 36t, the 5.05m-wide new boat will have a fuel capacity of 1,800l and water capacity 1,000l.
Features of the aluminium-built boat include large side windows that give panoramic views, a spacious deck and a roof terrace, which can house about 20 people.
Belgium’s naval architecture office DN&T is in charge of the boat’s design and studies.
This new-generation boat will enable towns to offer a modern and ecological way to develop transport and tourism on their waterways, Alumarine stated.
The boat will operate between the Cité des Bateliers (Longueil-Annel) and Compiègne and Noyon through the Oise river and is expected to be in service by 2015.
Recently, Alumarine Shipyard delivered a double-ended passenger vessel for the Netherlands and a futuristic passenger shuttle boat to the city of Calais, France.
Image: Alumarine Shipyard’s new boat will offer 102 passengers comfortable seating with panoramic views of the river. Photo: courtesy of Alumarine Shipyard.