Fantastic design and green technology in turquoise water: The Norwegian ship Vision of the Fjords is gaining international recognition.
Many of the Norwegian fjords are fantastic tourist attractions, and constitute an important part of Norwegian cultural heritage.
But if the fjords are to be handed over to future generations in the pristine conditions they have maintained since their formation many centuries ago, we have to limit the pollution from ships in the area.
How to reduce the environmental footprints, were therefore the main focus when the Norwegian shipyard Brødrene Aa built a catamaran called Vision of the Fjords.
The ship was launched this summer, and yesterday it won the top prize for “Ship of the year” during SMM, the worlds leading maritime trade fair, in Hamburg.
“We didn’t see this coming, not in our wildest dreams, when we ordered Vision of the Fjords. It confirms that we are on the right track, and that we innovate”, says Rolf Sandvik, CEO of the sightseeing company The Fjords, according to NRK (article in Norwegian only).
The hybrid-electric sightseeing vessel is 42 meter long, 15 meter wide and built in lightweight carbon fibre composite. It sails between Flåm and Gudvangen in Fjord Norway, an area listed as World Heritage by UNESCO.
The vessel relies on a pair of 150 kW electric motors, which enables it to sail silently in and out of the Nærøyfjord. It’s constructed to reduce waves and wash on the vulnerable shores of the narrow fjords.
The spectacular design is definitely worth a mention as well.
The look is inspired by a trail finding its way up a steep mountain side, and gives the passengers the opportunity to move all over the exterior, without using stairs.
“We’re really proud of the award, but even prouder of what this means for the environment, not to mention the enhanced experience for travellers in this fairy tale-like landscape”, Sandvik says in a statement.
Vision of the Fjords have several daily departures, and makes 700 round trips daily, all year round.
Western Norway is a region of narrow fjords cutting into tall mountains, of waterfalls cascading down mountainsides, and of glaciers that never melt. Spectacular architecture and exiting food made from local produce enhance the experience.
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