Norway-based Havyard Group has secured a Nkr1bn ($117m) deal from Fjord1 to design and build five new electric ferries.
The vessels will be designed by Havyard Design & Solutions and are to be built at Havyard Ship Technology's shipyard in Leirviki Sogn, Norway.
Deliveries of the five 111m-long ferries are scheduled to be carried out in 2018 and 2019, and each of the vessels will be capable of accommodating 120 cars.
Three of the planned ferries will be deployed by Fjord1 in the Hareid-Sulesund route, while the remaining two will serve the Magerholm-Sykkylven route in Norway.
Fjord1 notes that the new vessels will feature designs, emissions and energy solutions as per the standards mentioned in the new tendering agreement signed between the company and Norway’s Møre og Romsdal County authority.
The ferries will be powered by electric propulsion with an aim to produce zero and low CO2 emissions.
Fjord1 New Buildings head Arild Austrheim said: “It is also known that Havyard Ship Technology has three environmentally ferries under construction for Fjord1.
“These ferries will be in operation in Hordaland and Sør-Trøndelag; we look forward to expanding this cooperation with delivery of additional five ferries.”
The Fjord1 electric ferries are currently undergoing construction at the Havyard Ship Technology site in Leirvik, Hyllestad, Norway, and were designed by Multi Maritime Forde.
Delivery of the first vessel in the series is expected by next year.