Norway-based naval architect HAV Design has signed a contract for two new battery-powered ferries
Both HAV 934 ferries will operate on the Stranda-Liabygda and Eidsdal-Linge routes. The ships will have a capacity of 80 cars and 249 passengers and will be built at Turkey’s Tersan shipyard for ferry operator Fjord1.
In the work on the design, HAV Design runs route simulation and hull optimisation at HAV Ocean Lab. Large quantities of data on both the ferry design and the individual route are used to create a virtual model of the area and a digital twin of the ferries.
HAV said it looks at the total design from a sustainability perspective to reduce all input factors, focusing on the battery and low-energy consumption, which is more important than ever, although the ferries use renewable energy.
Only zero-emissions vessels will be permitted to enter the west Norwegian fjords from 2026, following a resolution adopted by the Norwegian Parliament. This will make the Norwegian fjords among the world’s first zero-emissions zones at sea and force operators to adopt new propulsion technologies for ferries and cruise ships.
This opens the door of opportunity for companies like HAV Design (formerly Havyard Design & Solutions) that specialise in the design of low and zero-emissions vessels. In 2020, the company unveiled a design for a 70-m, 600-800 capacity, sightseeing concept vessel running on zero-emissions propulsion.
The two Fjord1 ferries mark HAV’s 13th and 14th ferry designs with zero-emissions technology and the company’s vice president sales, Lars Conradi Andersen said “It is particularly pleasing that our designs will now contribute to the ferry revolution in a World Heritage area whose nature requires extra protection. We know these routes are popular with tourists during the summer season, and now visitors to the World Heritage area can cross the fjord and enjoy the scenery undisturbed by noise and exhaust fumes.”
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