Fjellstrand Delivers New Design, High-Speed 200-Passenger Ferry

Norwegian shipbuilder Fjellstrand of Omastrand recently delivered the first of a new generation of high-speed, low-noise level passenger ferries.

Christened the M/S Fjordprins, the 127-foot catamaran is the result of an extensive program of tests carried out by Fjellstrand in cooperation with Det norske Veritas in order to reduce cabin noise levels.

The results of this program have been excellent. At a speed of 38 knots, the noise level in the wheelhouse is a mere 58 db, in the upper saloon 62 db and amidship in the lower saloon 68 db.

The very low noise level, limited motion in seaways and high speed combined with modern design provides space for a range of activities, while ensuring maximum passenger comfort.

With a breadth of about 31 feet and loaded draft of 5 feet, the Fjordprins is powered by two MTU 16V396TB84 main diesel engines, which have a maximum continuous rating of 2,040 kw at 1,940 rpm. The propulsion systems comprise two ZF marinegears and two KaMeWa 63S62/6 waterjets. Her auxiliary engines are a pair of Mercedes-Benz OM 352A with Stamford MSC 234C generators, which produce a combined 76 kw.

Facilities aboard the 201-passenger catamaran include: TV/video saloon, reclining chairs, panoramic windows, recreational areas for children, refreshment services from carts and bar and telephone and audio entertainment systems. Stereo headphone outlets are provided for 149 of the ferry's 201 seats.

The operator of the Fjordprins, Fylkesbaatane i Sogn og Fjordane of Norway, will operate the vessel between Bergen and several destinations in the Sogn og Fjordane region.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 51,  Feb 1988

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