Zero emission vessel targets Oslo

'Legacy of The Fjords' 'Legacy of The Fjords' will feature a 1800kWh battery pack and charge using a floating power dock. Credit: The Fjords

The Fjords will add another all electric, zero emissions passenger vessel to its fleet, which it aims to operate in Olso – an entirely new operating area for the company.

Currently being constructed by Brødrene Aa using its ‘Seasight’ design, the 42m long, silent-running carbon fibre catamaran Legacy of The Fjords shares the design of sister ships Vision of The Fjords and Future of The Fjords, which sail daily between Flåm and Gudvangen.

“Oslo is very different from Flåm, but we believe it should demand the same degree of operational responsibility and environmental care – especially seeing as it is EU Green Capital of the Year 2019,” stated Rolf Sandvik, CEO of The Fjords, co-owned by tourist body Flåm AS and Norwegian ferry company Fjord1.

“We want to set new standards for the urban environment, as we have done for the natural one, and the silent running, highly efficient, zero emission Legacy of The Fjords will allow us to do so,” he added.

Battery power

Westcon will provide the 1800kWh battery pack for the vessel, which will charge by using a floating power dock originally designed for Future of The Fjords. This will allow it to refill its 2.4MWh battery capacity in just 20 minutes, said The Fjords.

The power dock bleeds energy from the local grid throughout the day - while also storing consumables, fuel and waste for collection – and in doing so avoids unsustainable, expensive power surges. Its ability to store grey and black water also ensures zero emissions to water, as well as to air.

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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