Norwegian public transport company Kolumbus AS and Norwegian yard Fjellstrand have signed a contract for the delivery of a new type of fully electric-powered fast ferry. The aluminium-built vessel is expected to achieve speeds between 20 and 30 knots.
The TrAM project (Transport – Advanced and Modular), led by Kolumbus, receives financial support from EU’s Horizon 2020 programme to develop new methods for design and production of zero-emission passenger vessels. Rogaland county council has decided to partially finance the construction.
“We are proud to deliver the world’s first fully electrical fast ferry with zero emissions. The project is yet another example of the Norwegian maritime industry’s global leader position within the development of green technology for the maritime industry,” says Edmund Tolo, Sales Manager at Fjellstrand.
Construction of the vessel is due to start in May 2021. During 2022, the vessel will commence sailings in Kolumbus operations in Norway from Stavanger in a test period.