This new ship is a waterways passenger shuttle boat built for the city of Calais, France.
The trip will take about 35 minutes to cover the four kilometres and serve the four scheduled stopovers.
This 20-metre inland waterways vessel will have the capacity to carry 70 passengers in the transport version and 44 guests in the restaurant version.
The propulsion consists of a 125 HP engine, which will give an average speed of 12 knots.
Developed by the Stirling Design International design office, the futuristic style of this waterways shuttle boat has been inspired by the most advanced train/tramway projects.
The main assets of the vessel lie with the boarding ramps on the bow, which perfectly conform to the applicable accessibility standards and with the simplified berthing facilities that shorten the time and reduce the fuel consumption during the manoeuvring.
Firstly, during the day, the vessel will transport passengers between the Calais Citadelle and the Pont de Coulogne. One of the objectives of this project is to ease the road traffic into the administrative centre of the town.
Secondly, fitted with catering equipment, the vessel will also be available for cruises and evening receptions.
While a large number of French towns are looking to make better use of their waterways, this vessel offers a modern response to the transport of passengers in urban areas and to the development of tourism on the water.
The boat is built according to the latest inland waterways regulations.