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Hybrid Catamaran Ferry Named Ship of the Year

The hybrid ferry, Vision of the Fjords, won Ship of the Year at the 2016 SMM fair in Hamburg

Built of lightweight carbon fiber and with a hull designed to minimize wake, the vessel's twin MAN diesels can push the ferry to over 19 knots. The electric motors powered by lithium-ion batteries offer passengers smooth, quiet 8-knot sightseeing through Norway's Nærøy fjord, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The 42-meter ferry will make a 20 nautical mile voyage about 700 times a year, carrying up to 399 passengers. Its unusual zigzag profile was inspired by local mountain paths. The design reduces air pollution and shoreline erosion.


  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Vision of the Fjords