The Norwegian company, Kystekspressen, has ordered two 275 pax carbon fiber catamarans from Brødrene Aa.
Kystekspressen is owned by two of the major ferry operators in Norway, Torghatten Nord and Fjord1. Earlier this winter they won the public tender for fast ferry operation between Trondheim and Kristiansund. Their offer was based on fuel efficient and environmental friendly carbon fiber catamarans from Brødrene Aa. Friday the 22th of March the contract for these vessels was settled and signed.
The new catamarans are based on the highly efficient 40m slender hull design of Paradis Nautica, which was also used on Brødrene Aa`s prior delivery Krilo Carbo. The new builds will be powered by 2x MTU 16V 2000 M72 diesel engines (2x1440kW), driving two waterjet installations. This system gives the vessels a service speed of 33,5 knots.
Both vessels will have a capacity of 275 passengers. All of the seats and facilities are located on the main deck, which makes it easy accessible for all passengers in accordance to universal design. The vessels are equipped with refreshment kiosk, playroom for children and pet-room.
The first of the two vessels will be delivered in february 2014, while the second one will be delivered in October 2014