The Government of Ontario, Bygg nr. 539317 & 539318 ved Damen Shipyards, Damen RF 6819 "Amherst Islander II" & Damen RF 9819 "Wolfe Islander IV"



The Government of Ontario and Damen Shipyards Group have signed a contract for the design, build and delivery for two “road” ferries to operate in the Canadian waters of the Great Lakes. The ferries will be a 68-metre Damen Road Ferry 6819 and a 98-metre Damen Road Ferry 9819. Although one vessel is 30 metres longer than the other they will share many design features and equipment specifications. Both will also be hybrid-ready, enabling them to be fitted with batteries when required. Both vessels are being designed in-house by Damen and will be fully customised for the local infrastructure.

The ferries will be based in Kingston and Loyalist Township, Ontario, at the north-eastern end of Lake Ontario. The new ferries will be significantly larger than the existing vessels and will create more economic benefits - helping more people, vehicles and goods travel to and from the islands. The larger of the two new ferries will serve the nearby Wolfe Island while the smaller will serve Amherst Island, just a few kilometres to the west. The new ferries are expected to make crossings faster for the one million passengers and 500,000 vehicles which travel annually between Wolfe Island and Kingston, and the 270,000 passengers and 130,000 vehicles which travel to and from Amherst Island each year.

Leo Postma, Damen Sales Manager, commented after the signing ceremony: “We are very happy and very proud to have this opportunity to further expand Ontario’s fleet of ferries. A rigorous tender process is always a test of how competitive we are and we are very pleased with the result. This new contract is a continuation of successful sales into Canada by Damen and the two new ships will take the number of Damen ferries operating in the country up to eight, along with other Damen workboats. More are also currently under construction. As a result of orders such as these, Damen Shipyards Galati is becoming an international centre of excellence for the production of ferries.”

Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, issued a statement on the announcement: “Investing in new ferries will keep these beautiful island communities connected to the Ontario mainland. In addition to moving people to and from Wolfe and Amherst Islands, these new ferries will generate local economic opportunities and growth that will benefit all residents.”

The ferries are scheduled for delivery at the end of 2019 (Amherst) and at the end of 2020 (Wolfe).

Damen Road Ferry 6819

Damen Road Ferry 9819

Begge illustrasjoner: Damen


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Hi Oddgeir, you have the wrong yard numbers here. 539313 and 539314 are the ferries by Damen for British Columbia Ferries (source: IHS Fairplay)


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You ar fully right as this two ferries for The Government of Ontario will be hull no. 539317 & 539318 at Damen Shipyards

Name of the seems to be:
Damen Road Ferry 6819 "Amherst Islander II"
Damen Road Ferry 9819 "Wolfe Islander IV"


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Damen Road Ferry 6819 E3 launched at Damen Shipyards Galati

On the 14th of November the Amherst Islander II, a Damen Road Ferry 6819 E3, was launched at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania. The ceremony was attended by representatives of the owner, the Ministry of Transportation Ontario, Canada, as well as Damen personnel.

The Amherst Islander II is part of a two vessel order that Damen will deliver to the Ministry of Transportation Ontario. The E3 ferries will be the first passenger/car ferries in North America with the ability to operate fully electric and will reduce the amount of emissions by the equivalent of 7 million kg of carbon dioxide each year.

With an overall length of close to 72 metres and a loading capacity of up to 42 cars, the Amherst Islander II is the smaller of the two. The larger 99 metre Damen Road Ferry 9819 E3, the Wolfe Islander IV, is currently under construction in the dry docks and will be launched mid-2020.

Damen sales manager Leo Postma said, “Successfully achieving this important milestone in a complex project like this can only be achieved in close cooperation between the client and the shipyard. We are truly proud to be working on these future-proof vessels, and are eagerly looking forward to seeing this vessel arrive in Ontario, Canada.”

Both ferries will operate solely on the Lake Ontario in between Amherst- and Wolfe Island.

Kilde: DAMEN

"Amherst Islander II"


Begge foto: via DAMEN


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Fra bygginga av Damen RF 6819 "Amherst Islander II" & Damen RF 9819 "Wolfe Islander IV"


Alle foto: via Damen Shipyards Galati