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Holland Shipyards Group has signed a contract to build three additional hybrid vessels for Schlepp- und Fährgesellschaft Kiel (SFK).

The order follows the delivery of hybrid ferry Gaarden in July 2020 and a fully electric ferry, Düsternbrook, that will enter operation in H1 2021.

The design of the three vessels is in line with the Gaarden. The ferries will measure 32.40 metres by 8.80 metres and will be provided with a hybrid drivetrain that can be powered by either generators or a battery bank.

According to SFK’s COO Ansgar Stalder, Holland shipyards beat off competition from 12 other shipyards.

‘The contract included four ferries but was split into a prototype and an option of three additional vessels,’ said Stalder. ‘Since the Gaarden has been in service for several months and fulfilled her duties, Schlepp- und Fährgesellschaft Kiel is confident to extend the contract as originally intended.’

The first two ferries will be delivered in February and May 2022 and the last one in the beginning of 2026.

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