BNR 198 - Veerhaven III – Waterbuffel

triple screw pusher boat for rhine and inland service

Shipyard Gebr. Kooiman delivered the new pusher boat ‘Veerhaven III’ to shipping company ThyssenKrupp Veerhaven. This addition to the Veerhaven fleet will be used for the transport of iron ore to the Ruhr area via the Rhine.

Veerhaven III’, also known as ‘Waterbuffel’, is a copy of the previous pusher boat built by the Kooiman Marine Group for ThyssenKrupp Veerhaven: ‘Veerhaven XI – IJsbeer’. It measures 40 metres in length and 15 metres in breadth.

For this order, all activities were carried out by Kooiman Marine Group. From design to fitting out, everything was done in-house. Sections were built by Shipyard Kooiman Hoebee and Shipyard Kooiman Van Os. The electrical system was done by Kooiman Ship Electric, while Kooiman’s own carpentry department delivered the entire accommodation.

When ‘Veerhaven III’ was christened, it was also awarded the prestigious Green Award. This certificate was established to monitor sustainability for the environment, but also for the inland shipping sector itself.



Triple screw pusher boat for Rhine and inland service (able to push 6 loaded barges)


  • Length O.A. 40.00 m
  • Beam (mld) 15.00 m
  • Depth 2.75 m
  • Low draught 1.74 m (with 50% consumables) 


  • Main engines: 3 x MAK 8M20, Reintjes reverse gear WAF 1943 reduction 3,52:1
  • Total output: 1360 kW at 900 r.p.m.
  • Propulsion: 3 x five bladed propellers Ø2050 mm
  • Bow thrusters: 2 x Verhaar Omega 3 channels bow thrusters, driven by 2x Scania Diesels DI-16 52M 441 kW


  • 2 x Scania DS-12-70 M211 kW at 1500 r.p.m. (with 240 kVA Stamford generators)
  • 1 x Sisu diesel 49 DTAG 95 kW at 1500 r.p.m. (with 100 kVA Stamford generator)


  • Anchor en coupling winches: Scheepswerf Gebr. Kooiman B.V.


  • 9 cabins, fitness room, wet room, mess, galley, wheelhouse and control room
  • The accommodation is placed fully elastic on air filled supports and the accommodation is equipped with a fully ducted airco system

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