Norway’s Havyard Design & Solutions has developed a zero-emission vessel design, based on its experience in advanced hybrid ferries, which will enable visitors to view the innermost parts of fjords, World Heritage sites and even city centres with no impact on the environment from harmful emissions.
The 70m-long vessels, with capacity for up to 800 passengers, will operate at speeds of 10-11 knots, driven by renewable electricity from batteries. They will meet large cruise ships in waters outside sensitive areas and then take passengers on voyages that still enable them to see the breath-taking views that Norway has to offer.
Passengers will be transferred via floating hubs at the mouth of fjords and close to cities where cruise vessels now call. The hubs will have battery charging facilities for the mini cruise vessels, supplementing electricity supplied during the night.
Stig Magne Espeseth has been responsible for design of the new zero-emission sightseeing vessel. He explained that in addition to the technical aspects, a major focus has been aesthetics. The design therefore incorporates spacious areas inside and out, big windows that allow passengers to take in as much as possible, and wheelchair access throughout.