Romania-based ICE Marine Design announced that the construction and trials of both 72-metre Amherst Islander II and the 99-metre Wolfe Islander IV ferries were successfully completed. The vessels recently sailed from the shipbuilder Damen Shipyards Galati to Constanta, for onwards transportation to Canada onboard a heavy-lift semi-submersible transport vessel.
The Island Class are battery-equipped ships designed for full electric operation. The ships are fitted with hybrid technology that bridges the gap until shore charging infrastructure becomes available. From the exterior details to the engines, the design of the new vessels reduces underwater radiated noise, lowers emissions, and improves the passenger experience.
ICE Marine is proud to have been supporting Serco Canada Marine in this project by providing yard supervision and testing assistance for the two ferries, built for the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario, Canada.
Both ferries will operate solely on Lake Ontario, carrying passengers and cars between Amherst and Wolfe Island. (Photo courtesy of Serco/Damen)