The Fjords has announced it plans to add another all-electric passenger vessel to its fleet, with the news Legacy of The Fjords is now under construction at Brødrene Aa.
The 400-passenger, carbon-fibre catamaran shares the design of sister ships Vision of The Fjords and Future of The Fjords but marks a ‘bold move’ by the owners into an entirely new operating area – the Norwegian capital, Oslo.
The Fjords operates 11 vessels serving western Norway’s fjords area. From July 2019, Brødrene Aa’s Seasight design will be seen sailing through a completely new environment, an urban one.
“This is a move that will surprise some in the industry, but one we see as a natural progression for this ambitious business,” stated The Fjords chief executive Rolf Sandvik. “Oslo is very different from Flåm, but we believe it should demand the same degree of operational responsibility and environmental care – especially seeing as it is EU Green Capital of the Year 2019. We want to set new standards for the urban environment, as we have done for the natural one, and the silent running, highly efficient, zero emission Legacy of The Fjords will allow us to do so.”
The new ship will receive support from state-run organisations Enova and the NOx Fund, conceived to help enable low emissions technology.
Legacy of The Fjords will employ a specially constructed Power Dock (a floating, charging solution originally designed for Future of The Fjords) allowing it to refill its 2.4-MWh battery capacity in just 20 minutes. The Power Dock bleeds energy from the local grid throughout the day while also storing consumables, fuel and waste for collection – and in doing so avoids unsustainable, expensive power surges. Its ability to store grey and black water also ensures zero emissions to water, as well as to air.
“This is a considerable investment,” said Mr Sandvik, “but an important one. From a growth perspective it marks a new phase for the business, but, more importantly, it also shows other operators here and around the world that it is possible to operate with the utmost environmental care, while providing sensational passenger experiences, in cities as well as natural landscapes.
“Legacy will be unique when it arrives, but it’s our hope we can provide a model for sustainable future transport – one that will inspire other responsible, visionary cities and owners to follow suit. That will be our Legacy.”
The Fjords is jointly owned by tourist body Flåm AS and Norway’s leading ferry company Fjord1. Westcon will provide the battery solution for Legacy of The Fjords.
Legacy of The Fjords:
Length: 42 m
Width: 15 m
Materials: carbon fibre sandwich
Class: DNV GL light craft
El-motor: 2 x 450kW
Propeller: CPP propeller
Battery pack: 1800 kWh