Dutch ferry first in Europe to run on CNG

The “Texelstroom” ferry connecting the Dutch island of Texel to the mainland switches to cleaner fuel


Texel/Nieuwegein, Netherlands, 13 july 2017 – As of this week, the ferry operated by Dutch shipping firm TESO called the Texelstroom will run on CNG (compressed natural gas), a first in Europe. Every year, TESO ships 2 million passengers and approximately 600.000 vehicles from the city of Den Helder to the island of Texel. By swithing to CNG, the Texelstroom is now more sustainable, cleaner, and will reduce its fuel consumption. Cees de Waal, director at TESO: “The first week on CNG is a milestone for us. By using CNG we will reduce harmful emissions and are taking an important step to make shipping more sustainable.“

Safety first

This sustainable and innovative ferry is the result of a special collaboration between TESO and a number of partners including clean fuel supplier PitPoint. The project had a dual goal: to make the ship as sustainable, clean and economical as possible, whilst also guaranteeing a safe and reliable connection to the mainland. Moreover, the ferry has also been technically equipped to run on Biomethane, which is even more sustainable and cleaner than CNG. In addition to TESO and PitPoint this unique project was made possible by Lloyd’s Register, C-Job, LaNaval, Compressor System Holland, and Umoe.

Sustainable CNG

TESO’s selection of a cleaner fuel was partly based on the analysis of practical data coming from PitPoint’s refueling stations for CNG and LNG (liquefied natural gas). The positive impact on the environmental performance demonstrated by this study was an important reason for TESO to consider both fuels more carefully. The operational reliability, combined with the fuel supply logistics and shipping pattern ultimately pointed in favor of CNG. Furthermore, the choice for CNG will enable TESO to make the switch to the 100% renewable fuel Biomethane in the future.

Unique project

Whilst in the canals of Amsterdam there are a number of sightseeing tour boats that already run on natural gas, a project of this size and scale – with a ship that can transport 340 cars and 1.750 passengers – is a first in Europe. In the project, PitPoint took on the entire engineering, building, and exploitation of the Biomethane/CNG bunkerstation that will be used to refuel the Texelstroom. Jan Theo Hoefakker, managing director public transport: “This extensive project was able to succeed only as all parties were willing to enter in a completely open dialogue to find the best possible solution. This has been a unique project because of the transparant communication and collaboration.”

About TESO

Royal N.V. Texels Eigen Stoomboot Onderneming has been operating the ferry service between Den Helder and Texel since 1907. Most of the over 3,100 shareholders are Texel residents. TESO’s objective has not changed since the company was founded: to provide a quality, affordable ferry service between Texel and the mainland of the Netherlands. Any profits made are invested primarily in safety, quality and continuity, always focusing on the travelers’ interests. For more information: https://www.teso.nl.

About PitPoint

PitPoint is an independent market leading provider of alternative fuels in The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. It provides clean fuel solutions, being CNG (compressed natural gas including Biomethane), LNG (liquefied natural gas), hydrogen (H2) and electricity to its customers in road and marine transport. PitPoint’s mission is to actively support and increase the use of alternative fuels to achieve 100% clean and affordable mobility in 2030. For more information: www.pitpointcleanfuels.com/nl/.


Cees de Waal, directeur
Email: chsdewaal@teso.nl

Jan Theo Hoefakker, managing director public transport
Email: jantheo.hoefakkers@pitpoint.nl

Belinda Simmelink, communicatie & PR manager
Email: belinda.simmelink@pitpoint.nl
Mobiel: 06-5744 3586