Brødrene Aa is a world leader in the construction of fast ferries made of carbon fibre composites. The shipyard is located in Hyen on the west coast of Norway and employs 170 skilled workers. The company is known for pioneering the use of composite materials for fast ferry applications, first with fibreglass composites in the 1970s and today with carbon fibre composites.
A history of innovations
The name belongs to the brothers Olav Aa (1920-2006) and Bertel Aa (1919-2009), who founded the company in 1947.
Brødrene Aa has build a comprehensive range of boats over the past 60 years. In the 1940s and 1950s the yard made leisure crafts in mahogny. Gradually larger passenger ferries were build in wood. In the mid 1970s the company switched to composite materials building the first ever GRP-Sandwich vessel approved by DNV.
In the 1980s Brødrene Aa pioneeered the appliance of air cushion technology on passenger vessels, producing Surface Effect Ships (SES) for the international market. These vessels operated with speeds of nearly 50 knots.
In the early 1990s Brødrene Aa made high end luxury mega yachts, but throughout the nineties the yard came to focus on other composite products such as train-fuselages and subsea protective covers.
By exploiting composite production expertise, Brødrene Aa re-entered the fast-ferry business in the early 2000s with the worlds first commercial passenger vessel made in carbon fibre. This tecnology-breakthrough has led to a new a era of shipbuilding for Brødrene Aa.
The following album shows examples of products Brødrene Aa has produced.
The yard in Hyen is modern and well suited for manufacturing of composite products.It has a total of 3000 square meters of indoor facilities, fully moisture-and temperature controlled.
We are fortunate to maintain a stable and skilled workforce at our yard in Hyen, covering all disciplines required to deliver complete turnkey vessels.