The norwegian operator, Norled, won the public tender for operation of high speed vessels in Rogaland and are now ordering a new carbon fiber catamaran from Brødrene Aa for the new operations.
The new carbon fiber catamaran, named M/S Fjordlys, will in general be similar to the three vessels already operating in Rogaland: M/S Fjorddrott, M/S Fjordfart and M/S Fjordkatt. It has a length of 27m, powered by 2 x MTU 10V 2000 M72 engines and equipped with CPP propellars from Servogear.
The municipality of Rogaland, and their transport company Kolumbus, has a great focus on reducing emissions of CO2 and NOX. Fuel efficient boats made of carbon fiber has therefore become their preferred choice of vessels, and Kolumbus now require all new vessels to be made of carbon fiber. M/S Fjordlys will be the 13th carbon fiber vessel operating in their area.
Managing director of Norled, Ivan Fossan says: "This new generation of fast ferries are contributing to reach important national goals of reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases, and the new vessel will also reduce local pollution."
The predecessors of M/S Fjordlys, (M/S Fjorddrott and its two sister vessels) received great attention for its universal design. (see article: Universal design on the high seas! ) M/S Fjordlys will be made to the same standards, and continue Kolumbus` clear philosophy of making their boats easy accessible for everyone.