The Fjords has taken delivery of a third all-electric, carbon fibre catamaran designed and constructed by Norwegian shipyard, Brødrene Aa.
The Legacy of The Fjords which will join sister ships, Vision of The Fjords and Future of The Fjords which was named Ship of the Year at SMM exhibition in Hamburg in 2018.
According to John Vonli, managing director, The Fjords, the delivery of the Legacy of The Fjords marks an important milestone for the company. “Our mission has been to share the fjord experience with as many people as possible while reducing our impact on a fragile eco-system,” he said. “With three ships powered by clean electricity now in operation, we can welcome up to 1,200 visitors at a time to enjoy a unique experience without compromising the environment. It is a proud day for us and our progressive owners, Fjord1 and Flåm.”
With a Servogear Ecoflow propulsion system, the vessel has capacity for up to 400 passengers and space for three dedicated conference zones, each equipped with projectors, screens and audio systems.
The NOK 130 million vessel is propelled by two 450kW electric motors, enabling cruising speeds of 16 knots. Together with Brødrene Aa, the company developed a unique charging station called the Power Dock, a 40m long, 5m wide floating glass-fibre charging station in Gudvangen. The station houses a 2.4 MWh battery pack, allowing for an efficient charging time of about 20 minutes.
The Legacy of The Fjords is expected to enter service on 17 July, ferrying passengers between Flåm and Nærøyfjorden.