Norwegian company HAV Design has signed a contract to design two new battery-powered ferries for operator Fjord1; the vessels will be constructed by the Turkish Tersan Shipyard. The two HAV 934 ferries, the 13th and 14th zero-emissions craft the company has designed, will operate on the Stranda-Liabygda and Eidsdal-Linge routes in Norway.
Lars Conradi Andersen, VP of sales at HAV Design, noted that his company’s currently operating battery-powered ferries have contributed to a green transition in Norwegian ferry traffic and made many fjord ferry services more environmentally friendly. “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 that 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,” he said.
During the development of the ferries, HAV Design says it will run route simulation and hull optimization at its Ocean Lab, drawing on large quantities of data on the ferry design and the individual routes to create a virtual model of the area and a digital twin of the ferries. It will also look at the total design from a sustainability perspective to reduce all input factors, with a focus on the battery system and achieving overall low energy consumption.