The all-electric sightseeing catamaran being built by Brødrene for Norwegian company The Fjords, Future of the Fjords, is nearing completion.
Scheduled to be operational in April, the emission-free vessel cost NOK144 million (US$17 million), which is 60 per cent more than sister ship Vision of the Fjords, which was inducted into service in 2016.
The 40-metre by 15-metre ferry will carry up to 400 tourists at a cruising speed of 16 knots in the fjord between Flam and Gudvangen, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The charging station will be capable of charging the batteries with 800kWh of power during the 20-minute docking period.
The shipbuilding program is being funded by The Fjords, while Enova – owned by the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy – also contributed NOK17.8 million.
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