Bigger and more sophisticated … in Germany we could easily be talking about Hamburg’s famed Elbphilharmonie concert hall. In fact, it’s the hall’s namesake, the Elbphilharmonie ferry, one of the latest vessels to grace the Elbe river as it flows through the city.
The Elbphilharmonie, launched in 2017, is operated by HADAG, Hamburg, Germany’s public transport company. The vessel is the prototype of HADAG’s type 2020 and is almost 30 metres long and 8.4 metres wide, making it larger than other ferries in the company’s fleet.
Scania 600 hp 13-litre engines
With a capacity of 400 passengers, the vessel has 154 seats on the passenger deck and 88 additional seats on the upper deck, and is equipped with two Scania 600 hp 13-litre engines, selected for their reliability and low weight. Floor-to-ceiling windows ensure that passengers get a perfect view of the river and the city, and plenty of space for bicycles and strollers, making the Scania-powered vessel great for a tourist trip or a daily commute.
HADAG operates 25 vessels and is responsible for all ferry traffic in Hamburg’s harbour in cooperation with the HVV Transport Alliance. It works across 20 piers and serves more than 8 million passengers a year.