Rederij Doeksen have contracted Damen Shiprepair Harlingen to carry out the conversion of their 47.15m freight catamaran Noord-Nederland. The conversion work will provide Rederij Doeksen with increased capacity to manage seasonal fluctuations in freight demands.
Rederij Doeksen operates a fleet of passenger ferries that run services between the Dutch mainland and the picturesque Wadden Sea islands of Terschelling and Vlieland. The fleet is complemented by the Noord-Nederland, which serves as a cargo and refuse freighter for the same routes.
Noord-Nederland has been a member of Rederij Doeksen’s fleet since 2002; a date that signifies an important step in the division of freight and passenger transport for the company. “The separate transport of passengers, cargo and rubbish marked a big improvement,” says Rederij Doeksen Director Paul Melles. “This vessel conversion is a continuation of this development.”
After the conversion, Noord-Nederland’s increased capacity will allow Rederij Doeksen to respond more effectively to seasonal fluctuations in freight as well as provide project-based services for construction projects on the islands.