This means that two out of three ferries have been delivered. The third will be ready in March, marking the complete renewal of the fleet operating one of the busiest services in Norway.

The ferries on the Hareid-Sulesund route are of the Havyard 936 design and the first trio in a long line of ferries where Havyard Group will deliver the design, propulsion and bridge solutions, as well as build the ferry. 

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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 “electric” 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 systems help 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.