The Fjords has celebrated the delivery of its latest all-electric ship Legacy of The Fjords, which will join her sister ships, Vision of The Fjords and Future of The Fjords on the west coast of Norway.
Legacy of The Fjords was designed and constructed by Norwegian shipyard Brødrene Aa, with a hull that echoes zigzagging mountain paths. The carbon fibre catamaran offers completely emissions-free transport for up to 400 passengers through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed fjord route between Flåm and Gudvangen.
John Vonli, managing director, The Fjords, said: “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 says. “With three ships powered by clean electricity now in operation, we can welcome up to 1200 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 AS!”
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 a stable, efficient and cost-effective charging time of about 20 minutes. The dock also stores consumables, fuel for sister vessels, and allows black water to be offloaded for treatment on land.
Legacy of The Fjords is expected to enter service on 17 July, ferrying passengers between Flåm and Nærøyfjorden.