Turkey’s Tersan Shipyard recently launched the fully electric passenger car ferry Rodvenfjord, continuing Fjord1’s major investment in low emissions and zero emissions vessel technology
Designed by Multi Maritime, the ferry, NB 1097, has a length of 104.7 m, beam of 17.7 m, with a capacity of 299 passengers and 120 cars. Being built to DNV GL class, the ferry will be operated on the Sølsnes–Åfarnes route in western Norway when it is delivered in August 2021.
The ferry is designed to operate as fully electric on batteries, but hybrid generators have been installed on board as a back-up.
Onsite new construction supervision is being supplied by OSM Maritime.
With its investment in low emissions and zero emissions technologies, Oslo-listed Fjord1 expects electric propulsion to account for about 40% of its fleet fuel mix by the end of 2020, according to Fjord1 chief executive Dagfinn Neteland.
When reporting its Q3 2020 results, Fjord1 said its newbuilding programme was winding down, with the delivery of MS Stangvikfjord, the last of 25 new vessels built over the past four years. Total investments for the ferry owner were Nkr281M (US$33M) in Q3, net of Nkr28M (US$3M) in vessel NOx compensation received in the quarter.
Total investments for the first nine months were Nkr1,325M (US$158M), with another Nkr217M (US$26M) anticipated to be spent mostly on onshore infrastructure investments.
With the electrification of its fleet, Mr Neteland said Fjord1 would be “one of the most environmentally friendly ferry operations worldwide.” He expected Fjord1 would report revenue growth of 10–15% in 2020 and expressed optimism about the company’s long-term growth. “Our long-term contract portfolio of Nkr23.7Bn (US$2.8Bn) and exciting long-term prospects in eco-tourism offer a strong platform for the further development of this company,” said Mr Neteland.
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