We're delighted that the carbon fibre passenger ferry, Vision of the Fjords, has been named "Ship of the Year" at SMM in Hamburg, the world's leading maritime trade fair. This extraordinary battery-powered hybrid vessel relies on Cavotec shore power systems to charge its battery units.
Vision of the Fjords is now in operation between Flåm in the Aurland fjord and Gudvangen, in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Nærøy fjord, southern Norway, a distance of some 20 nautical miles. A trip that the 42m-long vessel is scheduled to make around 700 times every year. The vessel is operated by the Fjords, and carries up to 399 passengers.
Cavotec designed and manufactured two low voltage dispenser units - located in Flåm and Gudvangen - which ensure the safe and efficient charging of the Vision of the Fjords' battery packs.
We warmly congratulate everyone involved in bringing the Vision of the Fjords into operation, and we're proud to have played our part in the development of this inspirational application that we believe has the potential for ferry applications all over the world.
Cavotec has led the development of shore power technologies since the 1980s with its range of Alternative Maritime Power shore- and ship-based systems.