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Cassen orders new fast ferry for East Frisian islands

Caption: This is what the new fast ferry "Inselexpress 2" from Inseltouristik will look like

The shipping company Cassen-Tours Cassen Eils & Frisia Touristik, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Norden-Frisia shipping company, has ordered a new express ferry.

The contract to build the ship was awarded to NG Shipyards in Lauwersoog, the Netherlands. The contract was signed yesterday in Norddeich[ds_preview].

The ship with a capacity of 54 passengers will mainly operate between Norddeich and Juist from the 2025 season under the name “Inselexpress 2”, according to reports. However, it will also operate between Norddeich and Norderney. “Our customers are responding very well to the existing express service,” says Fred Meyer, Managing Director of Cassen-Tours, which already operates the “Inselexpress 1” and the smaller express boats.

With the new fast express ferry, the shipping company is meeting the demand of many island visitors. The ‘Inselexpress 2’ is a further building block in the concept of comprehensive island supply, says Meyer “The new ferry is optimized for trips in the Wadden Sea,” emphasizes Rolf Harms, also Managing Director of the shipping company that placed the order.

Cassens: So soll die neue Schnellfähre »Inselexpress 2« der Inseltouristik aussehen
This is what the new high-speed ferry “Inselexpress 2” from Inseltouristik will look like

Cassen has secured further options

With a draught of just 70 cm, even a tide-dependent island such as Juist can be reached easily and more frequently. The well-established ship size of the “Inselxpress 1″ is very popular with islanders and guests and offers more comfort than the small water cabs. Cassen-Tours has secured further order options for the future.

The “Inselexpress 2” is being built at NG Shipyards Lauwersoog. It will have a length of 20 meters, a width of six meters and a draught of 0.7 meters. The speed of the ferry will be 19 knots. It will be powered by two Volvo Penta D8 IMO TIER III engines with exhaust gas aftertreatment and two Hamilton Waterjets.

“From the Group’s point of view, we will expand our range of services for guests even further in order to make both express services and ferry services to Juist and Norderney even more flexible,” adds Frisia CEO Carl-Ulfert Stegmann.

Unterzeichneten den Vertrag in Norddeich (v.l.): Fred Meyer (Geschäftsführung Cassen-Tours), Albert und Dirk Keizer (beide Geschäftsführung NG Shipyards) und Rolf Harms (Geschäftsführung Cassen-Tours)
Signing the contract in Norddeich (from left): Fred Meyer (Managing Director of Cassen-Tours), Albert and Dirk Keizer (both Managing Directors of NG Shipyards) and Rolf Harms (Managing Director of Cassen-Tours)

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