This ferry service transported almost 850,000 vehicles last year and is one of the busiest services in Norway.

    'It is both fun and exciting to deliver a product that affects the lives of so many people,’ says Geir Johan Bakke, CEO of Havyard Group.

The ferry that is handed over to Fjord1 today is a Havyard 836 design, and the first of three new ferries that will be delivered one after the other this winter for the Hareid-Sulesund route. This is also the first of a series of 12 ferries where Havyard Group delivers the design, propulsion and bridge solutions, as well as building the ferry. 


A sneak peek


Saloon in new building 136, Havyard 936. Photo: Tor Erik Kvalsvik


Customer toilet and saloon in new building 136, Havyard 936. Photo: Tor Erik Kvalsvik


Kiosk in new building 136, Havyard 936. Photo: Tor Erik Kvalsvik

Green shift on the fjords

CEO Geir Johan Bakke says that with these ferries, Havyard draws on the group’s overall expertise and collaboration between the design, electrical and yard entities.

  • ‘This way, we have managed to develop ferries with extremely low energy consumption.’
  • ‘With our digital models, we let the ferry operate a virtual service. That allows us to optimise the hull in relation to the ferry's route and how it will be used. We consider hull lines, weight and equipment, currents, waves and wind conditions. This means we can hand over ferries with extremely low energy consumption.’
  • ‘As a bonus, on this route, all the cars on board could be called “electrical” cars, since they are transported using electrical power and batteries.’
  • ‘We deliver designs with electrical systems that ensure that the ferries are operated as economically as possible in terms of energy consumption, and the system helps the crew by suggesting how they can optimise consumption.’ 

Havyard Ship Technology has delivered several battery-powered ferries in the past, and these twelve new battery-powered ferries are Havyard products through and through. This makes Havyard the biggest and leading player in the green shift on the Norwegian fjords and thereby in the world.

 Extremely low energy consumption

Norwegian Electric Systems delivers the bridge, automation and electrical power system, and Havyard Design & Solutions is responsible for the design. Executive Vice President of Havyard Design & Solutions, Stig Espeseth, explains that in their work on the ferries, they have used their experience of hull adaptation and digital testing of hulls in other segments such as offshore vessels, support vessels for offshore wind farms and now, finally, also the development of Kystruten.

The ferries crossing the Sulafjord transport 120 cars while consuming the same amount of energy as eight or nine medium-sized electrical cars.

The ferries will run on batteries during normal operation, but they have also been equipped with biodiesel as back-up. The ferries also have tools that help the crew to keep an extra eye on energy consumption.

Photo front page: The ferry at the quay of the shipyard in Leirvik in Sogn. Photo: Tor Erik Kvalsvik