Alumax Boats: Home of the Water taxi
The water taxis depart or arrive at fifty different docks in Rotterdam. The aluminium water taxis are very popular with tourists and commuters because they ensure that you get to your destination quickly without getting stuck in traffic jams.
About the aluminium water taxi
Watertaxi Rotterdam fleet consists out of fifteen fast MSTX taxis, eight of which are built by Alumax Boats namely, the MSTX 7 up to and including the MSTX 15. Alumax Boats has also been allowed to build the Plug-in Hybrid Watertaxi (PHW). In addition, the fleet also consists of three classic water taxis and a fully electric water taxi; the HNY 6th. These water taxis can carry up to twelve passengers on the MSTX boats and the PHW, and eight on the classic water taxis and the HNY 6. One of the unique features of the taxiboats is: the skipper can operate everything from his seat with one arm!
In these water taxis the passengers sit one behind the other and, in good weather, they can sit on de stern benches in the open air. The water taxiboats are driven by Cummins diesel engines with a maximum speed of 58 km per hour. The water displacement is 4.500 kg.
- LOA: 10.47 meters;
- WOA: 3.18 meters;
- Maximum draft: 0,51 meters;
- Clearance height: 2.246 meters;
- Maximium capacity: 12 people;
- Propulsion: Diesel engine, Cummins QSL-9-405 MCD, 298 KW;
- Plate thickness: minimum off 5,5mm (hull) to maximum 12 mm (engine foundation);
The entrance is standard on the starboard side. The open balcony is at the back and can be closed with doors. The water taxi is acoustically insulated exclusively for Waterweg Rotterdam so that passengers can still talk to each other. Watch here >
Plug-In Hybride Watertaxi (PHW)
In the PHW, the passengers sit opposite each other and, in good weather, the stern can be opened. The PHW is driven by two Volvo motors and a Torqeedo Deep Blue electric motor. There is also a side power-screw at the bow. The maximum speed is 25 km per hour.
The new fully electric Watertaxi XL
On behalf of the municipality of Rotterdam, Metropolitan Rotterdam, The Hague and Port of Rotterdam, Watertaxi Rotterdam will provide a number of scheduled services from 1 January 2022. For the sailing services, seven new zero-emission boats are being built by Alumax Boats. Of the seven boats, four have a capacity of 51 people and two a capacity of 18 people. Bicycles can also be carried on these last two boats. The water taxis are 12.5 meters long and 3.5 meters wide. Watch here >
Watertaxi 20 Hydrogen
Soon to be finished: the world’s first hydrogen powered Watertaxi. This innovative boat is being developed by the Swim Consortium. At Alumax we are proud to contribute to this amazing project by building the watertaxi and prepare it to be used in Rotterdam later this year. Click here for more info on the Watertaxi 20 Hydrogen >>