In May of this year, a new zero-emission vessel will enter service in Norway.
It is the second ship based on the design of Seasight for The Fjords. The first was the Vision of the Fjords. We share the video of this first ship.
After completing the exhaustive sea trials of the Future of the Fjords, it has been handed over to its owner and operator The Fjords, a fully electric fibreglass catamaran with a capacity for 400 passengers. It will start operations in mid-May, carrying out almost 700 annual trips between Flåm and Gudvangen, in an enclave of Western Norway, the Nærøyfjord fjord (the longest and deepest), declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005.
The first was built in 2016 and declared ship of the year at the SMM in Hamburg. Its propulsion is diesel-electric developed by ABB, which combines two diesel engines of 749 kW of power each and two engines of permanent magnets of 150 kW each, powered by lithium-ion batteries. Its maximum speed is 19 knots under diesel and 8 knots with electric. The batteries have a capacity of 576 kW installed in each of the catamaran’s monohulls.
The Seasight design developed by Brødrene Aa comprises three observation areas (bow, stern and upper deck) connected by ramps. The two passenger decks have large windows, different seating configurations and cafeteria.
And this second, the Future of the Fjords has also been built by Brødrene Aa. It has two 585-hp electric motors, each one, that take power from a set of 1,800 kWh batteries. The speed of the ship is 16 knots for 30 miles, after which it must be recharged.
“The concept of the Seasight has been taken further, to offer a ship without emissions and with capacity for 400 passengers,” says Tor Øyvin Aa, CEO of Brødrene Aa.
Brødrene Aa, in close collaboration with the Fjords, has developed their own charging solution, the PowerDock. On a floating fibreglass dock 40 m long and 5 m wide located in Gudvangen, it will house a set of 2.4 MWh batteries.Throughout the day, these batteries are recharged by taking power from the local power grid. The ship is recharged in a stable, efficient and profitable way in just 20 minutes.
Source: Sector Maritimo