Photo: Sverre Hjørnevik

Vision of The Fjords elected Ship of the Year 2016

The state-of-the-art hybrid-electric carbon fiber catamaran M/V “Vision of The Fjords” was presented with Skipsrevyen’s award Ship of the Year 2016, during SMM in Hamburg. 

The vessel is designed and built by Brødrene Aa, based in Hyen on the west coast of Norway. She is the Yard’s newbuilding No. 283.

State Secretary of the Ministry of  Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Dilek Ayhan presented the award. 

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Recipients of the plaquettes were CEO of shipowner The Fjords Mr Rolf Sandvik, Tor Øyvin Aa, CEO of design consultants and ship builders Brødrene Aa and ship designer Torstein Aa. 
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Seasight is the brand name of this new Brødrene Aa design. It is a premium sightseeing vessel designed from the ground up to enhance the passengers’ sightseeing experience and reduce the vessel’s environmental footprint.

The exterior is inspired by a twisting mountain road and gives the passengers freedom to walk around the ship while enjoying the scenery.

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M/V “Vision of The Fjords” transports tourists from all over the world along the spectacular fjord between Flåm and Gudvangen on the Western Coast of Norway, using its battery power to silently cruise between the precipitous mountainsides at the leisurely pace of 8 knots.

Built from carbon fibre, with a 399-passenger capacity, the vessel has been designed with lines that resemble a twisting mountain path, complementing the scenery of the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Nærøyfjord it will voyage along. Passengers can literally climb the vessel as they watch the 1800m mountains rise from the water, or enjoy the outside from inside thanks to sweeping panoramic lounges and windows.

Photo: Sverre Hjørnevik
Photo: Sverre Hjørnevik

Vision of The Fjords has length over all x width of 42,04 x 15,2 m and GT of 753.

Brødrene Aa AS, a world leader in the construction of carbon fibre fast ferries, won the contract for the vessel in 2015 after presenting it’s strikingly innovative design to The Fjords, Fjord1 and Flåm AS. Contract date was June 25th 2015 with keel laid September 3rd. The hull was launched May 7th 2016 and she was delivered to her owners July 16th 2016.

The prestigeous SHIP OF THE YEAR-award is instituted by the major Nordic shipping magazine SKIPSREVYEN. Prize candidates are nominated by the readers of the magazine, but the final election is the responsibility of a jury consisting of CEO of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association Mr. Sturla Henriksen, Mr. Lars Gørvell-Dahll, Director, Maritime Sector of the Federation of Norwegian Industries and Editor of SKIPSREVYEN, Mr. Asle B. Strønen.