Vision of the Fjords awarded “ship of the year 2016”

Picture: Sverre Hjørnevik

Picture: Sverre Hjørnevik

The hybrid-electric sightseeing vessel, Vision of the Fjords, designed and built by Brødrene Aa, has been awarded «Ship of the Year 2016” by the maritime magazine «Skipsrevyen».

The jury states: “This year's Ship of the Year is truly innovative, with efficient diesel propulsion for long distance transfer and electric propulsion for quiet and pollution-free sightseeing in the beautiful UNESCO-listed Norwegian fjords. The design of the vessel itself, a catamaran with a carbon-fibre hull and the modern passenger facilities adds to the overall feeling that this is something completely new”.

The winner was announced during the SMM exhibition in Hamburg, where both the operator- and yard representatives were present at the ceremony.

- It is an honor for us to be awarded Ship of the Year 2016. This project has been a challenging journey from day one, combining an ambitious exterior design with new hybrid propulsion technology, all executed within 12 months. Vision of the Fjords is a product of a collective effort from the yard, operator and suppliers in a constructive dialogue with Norwegian Maritime Directory” says managing director in Brødrene Aa, Tor Øyvin Aa.

Picture: Sverre Hjørnevik

Picture: Sverre Hjørnevik

Vision of the Fjords is a premium sightseeing vessel designed from the ground up to enhance passenger`s sightseeing experience and reduce the vessels environmental footprint. The catamaran is 42 meter long, 15 meter wide and built in lightweight carbon fibre composite. The vessel is classed by DNVGL and certified for 400 passengers.

With a slender hull designed by Paradis Nautica, equipped with a hybrid propulsion system developed by Mancraft, the new build can reach a top speed of 19 knots. The propulsion control and automation system is delivered by Marcontrol, the battery system by ZEM/LG, while drives and power management system are delivered by ABB.

The exterior design is inspired by a twisting mountain road and gives the passengers freedom to walk around the ship while enjoying the scenery. Inside, the vessel has passenger accommodations on two decks, featuring large panoramic windows, seating in a variety of configurations and a large refreshment kiosk on the main deck.  

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