HYBRID BATTERY-ELECTRIC FAST FERRY COMBI CATAMARAN WITH SPACE FOR A 22 TON TRAILER AND WITH CAPACITY FOR 72 PASSENGERS:
Oma Baatbyggeri AS, in Stord, delivered its new build number 548 M/S “Frey” to Norled AS on Thursday 26 January 2023. Oma Baatbyggeri AS and Norled AS signed the contract for the two 30 meter cargo/passenger catamarans in January 2022. The sister ship to M/S Frey will be delivered in May 2023.
The boats are hybrid battery-electric speedboats that will operate in the Sogn fjord. In this connection, Vestland County Council and Skyss have taken the lead when it comes to environmental requirements for fast ferries, with the aim of both cutting greenhouse gas emissions and stimulating innovation.
The boat design is based on Oma’s combi catamaran concept, of which the boatbuilder has built and delivered many, all the way back to 2001 and which sail along the Norwegian coast. The boats have the capacity to transport a bus/trailer of 22 tonnes, alternatively 7 passenger cars in combination with 72 passengers.
The two boats join a series of vessels delivered from Oma Baatbyggeri to Norled, the operatorof the boats.
The boats are delivered with hybrid battery-electric propulsion systems. In contrast to previously delivered vessels with conventional propulsion systems. This means that the boats can operate with zero emissions of CO2 and 100% electric operation in most of the routes that they will operate.
The boats are built in seawater-resistant aluminium, a building material that is 100% recyclable. The strong but light construction material is optimal when building speedboats and copes well with an axle pressure of 12 tonnes on the stern deck. As the boats are light, they are equipped with ballast tanks to balance the weights when loading/unloading heavy lorries.
Oma Baatbyggeri AS
Refence is also made to attached photos of: Bnr. 548 M/S “Frey”
Photographer Magne Langåker.
From Norled: Roger Riverdal, Mikal Espedal, Erlend Hovland
From Oma Baatbyggeri: Jonas Angeltveit, Olav Oma, Gunnar Jan Oma