Westcon Yards Florø has recently signed a contract with Fjord1 for the hybridization of two passenger ferries; MF Glutra and MF Fannefjord. With this the yard in Florø is positioning itself as Norway's leading supplier of battery-operated ferries.
The contract has a total value of approximately 200 million NOK. The ferries will eventually operate in the ferry connection between Drag-Kjøpsvik and Bognes-Skarberget in Nordland.
- This is very gratifying, says Sales- and Projects Director for Ship, at Westcon Yards Florø, Deon Mortensen. It is an important contract for us as a company and sends a very important signal to our employees. We will start working on the first ferry on November 1st.
Fjord1, a listed company, is a leading ferry company in Norway. With its 1200 employees they are also active with express boats, catering and fjord-based tourism. The company has a vision of becoming the best in environmentally-friendly and reliable transport, and is constantly working towards developing world-class newbuilds.
The main work lies in rebuilding the vessels from LNG to electric operations. Practically, this involves removing the gas system and replacing it with new batteries and control system. New backup engines, which will run on biodiesel, will also be installed. Beyond this is increasing the overall quality of the vessels' visual appearance and it's universal design, making them even more user friendly.
- Westcon Yards won this contract in strong competition with other excellent yards. They have great references on bigger rebuilds, but also with converting vessels to battery operations. Fjord1 has very good experiences with Westcon Yards and we have confidence in our choice of placing this order with them, says const. Manager for newbuilds at Fjord1, Svein Olav Senneset.
This contract ensures work for a large number of workers in the period between November 2021 and October 2022. Westcon Yards also use a great deal of subcontractors for these types of projects, which will have major ripple effects in the local community.
Deon Mortensen says Westcon's investments in green solutions for the shipping industry is a continuous development, and the company has a clear strategy of becoming the leading environmentally friendly shipyard in Norway.
Sales- and Projects Director, Ship
Westcon Yards Florø AS
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