Conventional Ferry


Considerable power needed with several engines and jet units or propellers and rudders

Fuel consumption usually much less than the total consumption of the vehicles carried


Flexible route, needs only a ramp


Qualified skipper needed


Survey and maintenance needed from time to time.


Radar required


No interference with river traffic



Can operate over varying depths


Requires skilled steering and can be hard to dock in extreme conditions


Has much interest to tourists


Much cheaper capital cost than comparable bridging. Bridges need maintenance too!

Cable Ferry


Only one medium power engine required, and no rudder.  Uses a positive drive with no slippage.


Fuel consumption even better, about 25% of that of the conventional ferry


Needs a ramp and cable(s)


Less qualified skipper needed


Survey and maintenance needed including a new cable every few years, which takes one day.


Radar not essential


Very slight interference with river traffic because of the taut cable in front of the ferry when moving


Depths must not be too great


No steering required and can operate in almost any conditions


Has even more interest to tourists


Much cheaper to build and to operate than ordinary ferry

Comparison of Conventional  and Cable Ferries

Charts showing the present and shortened ferry routes.  Note that with the shorter route the depths are much less at the North end, giving the possibility of using an energy- and cost-efficient cable ferry.

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