History ferry Schulpengat (2007-2018)
In 2005 the new ferry Dokter Wagemaker took over Schulpengat’s role as primary Den Helder – Texel ferry. From 2005 onwards, Schulpengat only joined on days high traffic density was expected. In 2007 Schulpengat received retrofitting, during which TESO had to put the smaller 1980 Molengat ferry in service. After Schulpengat’s retrofitting, the distinct yellow shaded livery was gone.
In 2016 an even bigger TESO ferry was commissioned: Texelstroom. This event rendered redundancy for Schulpengat. However, Texelstroom experienced some CNG propulsion issues, so TESO had to count on Schulpengat again. Especially in 2017, when Dokter Wagemaker received it’s retrofitting, and Texelstroom was supposed to be the only ferry in service for a while.
To celebrate almost 30 years of service as a ferry, TESO organized a special farewell event for Schulpengat in January 2018. For one last time, TESO allowed Schulpengat to serve on the Den Helder – Texel ferry route. Meanwhile, TESO was looking for a shipping company to buy the double-ended ferry, to no avail. This resulted in the decision to scrap Schulpengat. The ferry left Texel for the last time in October 2018, sailing to Gent (Belgium) for scrapping. One wheelhouse was preserved and returned to the island in July 2020.
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