The hybrid tourist vessel will carry up to 400 passengers between Flåm and Gudvangen along the Nærøyfjord in the west of Norway. The vessel is the first of a new Brødrene Aa design created to give tourists a new type of sightseeing experience. The vessel design is inspired by the famous “Trollstigen”, a road winding up a steep mountainside in Norway. The vessel measures 40m in length and 15m in width.
ABB onboard DC Grid will transfer energy to the ZEM battery during charging while the vessel moves driven by at close to 20 km/hour to the sights, which will happen at both ends of the voyage, and while the diesel engines are running. Once the ferry has arrived in the most scenic part of the fjord, it will switch to battery power, operating in almost complete silence at around 10 knots (approximately 18km/h). The Nærøyfjord, which is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, remains largely unspoiled by human development.