Kommandøren has arrived the Fjellstrand quays for minor service and a guarrantee docking before entering its regular service of Halhjem - Våge, crossing Bjørnefjorden.
Delivered one year ago, Kommandøren has operated Mannheller - Fodnes in Sognefjorden awaiting its 10-year assignment being the ferrylink from the island Tysnes. The vessel has been well maintained and still looks new both outside and inside.
Kommandøren will start the new operation 1. january 2020, and Fjellstrand look foreward to have a battery-electric showcase only one hour drive from our yard in the years to come.
Vestland Cygnus is at a short visit to our yard premises to extend the gangway equipment for new operations.
The gangway is re-built for safe operations up to 26m heights, an extension of 4,2 meters to the original installation.
With this extension the vessel is equipped for operation in the newest windparks, and also covering most of the known future projects.
The vessel is earlier equipped with CTV landing at ship side and stern and an accomodation for 132 People. This together with its 3D crane makes Vestland Cygnus ideal for maintenance and installation work offshore.
Vestland Cygnus will leave our yard well before Christmas to seek new assignments.
Monday 2. september the christening ceremony for Kommandøren took place alongside the quay at Kaupanger.
Our last newbuilding Kommandøren is now in operation on diesel engines between Mannheller and Fodnes, waiting for Fjord1 to take over the operation between Halhjem and Våge from 1. january 2020 where the operation will be fully electric charged from the grid.
The christening was gracefully performed by Målfrid Vik Sønstabø, CEO of Skyss, being client responsible for all public transport in the new Vestland county.
From left CEO of Fjellstrand, Hans Martin Gravdal, Per Sævik, Havila, CEO of Fjord1, Dagfinn Neteland and captain Nils Petter Solheim.
The ferry is 87,5 meters long and has a beam of 20,8 meters and will carry 120 cars, 12 trucks and 350 passengers .
The local brass band of Kaupanger put us in the festive mood in the nice weather at Kaupanger quay.
"Kommandøren" was delivered to Fjord 1 on monday 17. december.
The ferry is developed and built by Fjellstrand and will eventually operate the route between Halhjem and Våge in Hordaland not far from the yard premises.
However, this operation will commence when Fjord1 take over this operation from 1. january 2020. Until then the Ferry will service other routes in the Fjord1 portfolio.
The contract was signed in april 2017 for the designing and building of a fully electric, battery powered Ferry.
This is a larger and further developed version of the MF Ampere, which in 2015 made history being the worlds first car ferry to be driven solely by batteries. The new vessel is equipped for both higher speed and longer range with its route of 12,5 km (6,75 nm) being the longest route in the world to be operated fully on batteries.
MF Ampere has now been in operation for almost four years and has sailed a distance equivalent to 6 times around the equator, giving valuable experiences to the further development of zero emission technology for ferries and ships.
The fully electric ferry is 87,5 meters long and has a beam of 20,8 meters and will carry 120 cars, 12 trucks and 350 passengers and for its temporary operation the first year it will be powered by its onboard backup generators prepared for bio diesel.
In order to optimize for lowest possible energy consumption the vessel is built in aluminium with a catamaran hull.
Zero emission and low energy consumption are key elements valued in the tenders, and this ferry makes it possible to run even longer ferry operations on batteries alone.
At Fjellstrand, and also among people on the west coast of Norway, the name Kommandøren will evoke emotions and memories of the first FlyingCat40 from Fjellstrand delivered almost 30 years ago to Fylkesbåtane i Sognog Fjordane, now Fjord1. The FlyingCat 40 with its iconic design created a completely new style and era in fast ferry design. Ampere also changed the thinking in ferry design by being the first to introduce batteries charged from shore electric grid.
"We wish the success of the new Kommandøren to follow the path of the former Kommandøren" says Sales/ R&D Manager Edmund Tolo.