26 October 2010

Building of Fjord Line's new cruise ferries started up at the hull yard in Gdansk

Building of the first of Fjord Line's two new cruise ferries began Tuesday, October 26. "Since the contract was signed just over seven months ago, the planning has been right on track. It is our definite goal to take delivery of the first ship from Bergen Group Fosen in April of 2012 and the second one in November the same year," says Fjord Line's CEO, Ingvald Fardal.

Technical Director Morten Larsen in Fjord Line had the honor of starting the steel cutting process for the first of Fjord Line's two new cruise ferries at the shipyard in Gdansk.

The start of the steel work is the first milestone in the process of creating the two cruise ferries that will offer daily service between Bergen, Stavanger and Hirtshals, and between Kristiansand and Hirtshals. It is Bergen Group's Polish partner, Stocznia Gdansk that has the job of cutting and welding the 7,000 tons of steel that go into constructing the hull of each ship. When the hulls are completed they will be towed from Gdansk to Bergen Group Fosen where the assembly, interior fitting and finishing work on the ships will be completed. The Fosen shipyard has extensive experience in the construction of cruise ferries for the international market.

Each of the two ships has a deadweight of 4,000 tons and a total length of 170 meters. The cruise ferries will each offer 303 cabins, many of which will be suites, and will accommodate 1,500 passengers. The cargo decks will have capacity for 600 personal vehicles or a smaller number in combination with larger trucks and cargo.

The cruise ferries will offer restaurants, cafés, duty free shops and well-equipped facilities for courses and conferences. The ships are designed by Bergen Group Ship Design and the Bergen Group Fosen shipyard. Finn Falkum Hansen is the architect for the project. Hansen has also designed two of the ships in the Hurtigruten fleet, MS Trollfjord and MS Midnatsol.

Environment taken into account
Fjord Line's new cruise ferries will be equipped with fuel efficient engines in order to minimize emissions of harmful substances into the air and water. The building contract stipulates that the ferries should be able to run on LNG (liquefied natural gas). These ferries are now being considered as part of an EU project supporting the use of natural gas as fuel in ships.

"Through an agreement with Rolls-Royce Marine we have obtained access to an advanced propeller system that optimizes the ships' propulsion with low fuel consumption and no loss of manoeuvrability. We have contracted with the coating supplier Hempel to treat the bottom and keel of the ships with a product that is hard, offers low resistance and causes no negative environmental effects," explains Technical Director Morten Larsen in Fjord Line. He adds that models of the new cruise ferries have been tested for the effect of wind and waves at MARINTEK with very good results.

A new experience for the traveller
"Now that the steel work has begun in Gdansk, we are a step closer to the introduction of ships that will give our passengers a totally new travel experience. We are already getting excited about this," says CEO Ingvald Fardal in a press release from FjordLine. 

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Building of the first of Fjord Line's two new cruise ferries began Tuesday, October 26 2010 at the hull yard in Gdansk, Poland. The start of the steel work is the first milestone in the process of creating the two cruise ferries that will offer daily service between Bergen, Stavanger and Hirtshals, and between Kristiansand and Hirtshals.