Vripack, a leading full service design, naval architecture, engineering and brokerage organization, has completed the design of ferry operator TESO’s new vessel.
Ferry operator TESO asked Vripack to carefully integrate the emotions one gets when wandering on the old Dutch island of Texel. Vripack applied their holistic design method which first led them to numerous visits to fully experience the island of Texel.
“Our design philosophy directs us to create an outside that simply belongs to the inside and vice versa. For instance, the external smooth lines with a bite are derived from the trend platform VriThink! as well as the bird called Little Tern which we spotted on the island. This very sleek and slim animal has a beautiful flowing shape and with her grey wingtips and black head, the Little Tern has a strong appearance. We used the wing spread as underlay for the main sheer line of the vessel. This smooth and dynamic line gives the ferry a contemporary yet recognizable look. The dark edges of the ‘wingtips’ add visual weight to the profile. Large glass surfaces are added to enhance the ‘Wadden experience’ and bring light to the interior. The glass panels are supported by a grid of arches. The shapes of these arches resemble the scales of the local pine cone while acting as the structural frames of the ship,” says Robin de Vries of Vripack.
Inside, the ferry has a clever layout which leads to an efficient routing and provides several seating arrangements, an open central buffet and a kids-corner with clouds projected on the ceiling and the digital images of fish on the floor that swim away when you get close.
The new ferry is going to be called “Texelstroom” and she will be packed with a full range of innovative and sustainable products and services.
New techniques have been applied to reduce the use of water and fuel emissions. The 750m2 solar panels provide 50% of the power that is needed for lighting and catering.
The new ferry is expected to be completed in late 2015.
Press Release, December 24, 2013