Charging infrastructure issues delay ‘Legacy’ launch

Sistership 'Future of The Fjords' Sistership 'Future of The Fjords'
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Cruise operator The Fjords DA is delaying its planned move into Oslo, with the news that the all-electric ‘Legacy of The Fjords’ will now be delivered from specialist shipyard Brødrene Aa on 1 May 2020.

The company, which currently operates 11 vessels serving Western Norway’s spectacular fjords area, had arranged delivery of the futuristic 400 PAX catamaran for 2 July this year. However, issues finalizing the required battery-loading infrastructure within the Oslo harbour area have led to a reappraisal of the launch schedule.

Legacy of The Fjords shares the award winning design of sister vessels Vision of The Fjords, an electric diesel hybrid, and Future of The Fjords, the world’s first all-electric carbon fibre passenger catamaran. Both won the ‘Ship of the Year’ accolade at SMM in Hamburg from Skipsrevyen (Vision in 2016, Future in 2018), while the design itself has collected the Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture (DOGA) Universal Design ‘Transport’ award, for its unique accessibility, as well as the overall 2017 DOGA Innovation prize.

“It’s naturally disappointing to have to delay this launch,” comments Vidar Hauståker, Acting CEO, The Fjords, “but at the same time it is vitally important to have everything in place for this environmentally friendly, energy efficient and breath-taking new craft.

“To maximize the commercial potential of the launch we, with the backing of Brødrene Aa, have decided to hold back its arrival until 2020 so we can gain the optimal value from a full high-season of operations. Our close partnership with the yard has enabled us to reach this joint decision, ensuring that all the elements are in place for a maximum impact launch – with a vessel unlike anything else on the capital city’s fjord – in 2020.

By Jake Frith

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