Seven Hybrid Ferries IJ-veer “60 Series”

Ijveer 60 nominated battery powered ferry



System Integrator



Holland Shipyards Group




The Netherlands

Year of realization


Battery capacity

272 kWh

Battery solution

Green Orca



The ‘IJveer’ ferries provide daily public transport on the river IJ in Amsterdam. These ferries were built by Holland Shipyards in Hardinxveld-Giessendam, the Netherlands, and are  powered with EST-Floattech Lithium-Ion Polymer technology (273kWh). The electrification of the vessels is driven by the city’s ambition to provide sustainable public transport; transport that benefits the crew, the passengers and citizens living nearby.

Partially powered by 26 Green Orca 1050 modules, producing 273 kWh in total, the new ferries are larger and cleaner than the old diesel-fuelled ferries. Each ferry is able to transport 70 more passengers on each crossing of the increasingly busy IJ waterway, while making less noise and producing lower emissions.

Although the first IJveer, IJveer 60, was the blueprint for developing the complete ‘IJveren 60-series’, the design of the vessels evolved during the process. A few adjustments have been made, amongst which a larger installed battery-base, a different type of thrusters and cleaner engines.

Amsterdam’s transport company GVB has adopted its hybrid approach for environmental and practical reasons. The city’s rapid growth includes a significant growth of passenger journeys between Amsterdam city centre and its increasingly populous northern area across the river. The number of residents is set to increase to 106,000 people at a fast pace. Hence, efficient and environmentally friendly public transport is needed.

19ijveer62 3
20210302 ijveer 66 in gvb ponthaven web 1024x768
Ijveer 60 nominated battery powered ferry
Ijveer battery room 161028 (1)

No noise for passengers and crew

The ferries operate 24/7 and 365 days per year. It takes about 4 minutes to cross the IJ River and the ferries are docked for only about 2 minutes before departing on the next trip. A trip of 450 meters, which the ship can travel back and forth 10 times without starting the generator.

“Amsterdam aims for carbon-free public transport with battery-powered ferries.”

Compliant with Non-Road Emission Standards, Stage V

This IJ-veer series complies with the Stage V standard in terms of emissions. The EU has adopted a series of seven directives over the past two decades to address emissions from non-road engines. EST-Floattech’s batteries and the exhaust filtering system reduce emissions to a level even lower than the Stage V guidelines.

Ship of the Year 2017

The jury of the ‘Ship of the Year 2017’ award, the prestigious Dutch annual maritime awards, nominated the battery powered  ‘IJveer 60 and IJveer 61’ hybrid ferries for this innovation-focused  award. This prize is awarded each year to a ship that has been designed and built (or finished) either in the Netherlands, or at a foreign subsidiary of a Dutch company. Decisive criteria include pioneering characteristics, environment, safety and economics.

Switching to hybrid power has been proven to save up to 30% in energy costs and to reduce CO2 and particle emissions by up to 40%. Passengers and millions of local residents will therefore benefit from a quieter, cleaner crossing.


Our battery systems are scaleable to your energy needs

Our team is ready to discuss solutions with you! Contact us to talk about the possibilities.

Octopus String Controller