For those who live in northern Norway, in the far north of Europe, life is very much influenced by the sea. The majority of people live along the coast and have to adapt to the conditions there. Fishing is a major source of income and waterborne transport is often the only way to get between islands or from one town to the next. Passenger and cargo transport using fast ferries is as important in this region as travel by bus and subway is elsewhere.
In order to ensure it can provide the coastal population of Finnmark with rapid transport between the province’s towns, Norwegian ferry operator Boreal Transport elected to fit its latest fast ferry, the ‘Årøy’ with two MTU Series 2000 propulsion units. The vessel will service the route linking Mikkelsby, Rognsundstedene, Konghus, Nyvoll and Korsfjord – small coastal towns where severe weather is the norm during the long winters. Reliable propulsion is absolutely essential.
Each of the 8V2000M72 high-speed engines produces 720 kW to power the ‘Årøy’s’ twin CPP propellers that can take the vessel up to a service speed of 25 knots. The fast ferry is also equipped with MTU’s BlueVision automation system.
33 meters long and 10.6 meters wide, the ‘Årøy’ can carry 70 passengers and up to 10 cars. Its deck-mounted crane accelerates the loading and unloading of cargo. The fast ferry was built at the Norwegian Oma Båtbyggeri shipyard and Boreal Transport took delivery of the vessel in April 2015. It is scheduled to go into service on the ‘310 AltafjordXpressen‘ ferry route from 2016.