TESO has been operating the ferry service between Den Helder and Texel since 1907. A total of 14 company vessels have been in use for the crossing between the island and the mainland. Due to the increasing demand for crossings the ferries gradually became bigger and more modern over the years. The current ferry "Dokter Wagemaker" has a capacity of 300 passenger cars per sailing.The ferry "Schulpengat" is operated on busy days for additional sailings and as "spare ship" when the Dokter Wagemaker is docked for repairs. In 2015 the Schulpengat will be replaced by a new modern flagship