Crist SA will build a multi-purpose ferry for Iceland

Yesterday Crist S.A. signed an agreement with the Icelandic shipowner, for the construction of a relatively small but roomy passenger and car ferry, which will handle the route between the islands of the Icelandic Westman archipelago.

Ferry, shipbuilding number of construction NB70, will serve the route between Landeyjahöfn and Vestmannaeyjar - islands lying in the Westman archipelago, located nine kilometers from the south of the Iceland. Vestmannaeyjar is known as a charming, volcanic place of excursions and for the famous photo of the lonely house located near the cliff.

The journey time on this route will be just about 20 minutes. This will be possible thanks to the parameters and unique equipment of the unit, providing high maneuverability and efficient drivetrain. The ship will be equipped with a hybrid drive system.

Proper construction will allow NB 70 to operate in very difficult sea conditions - southern Icelandic waters are dominated by long ocean waves and short waves caused by local winds. Low temperatures and heavy rains, common in the winter, are not a challenge for the ferry produced in the Crist shipyard.

- NB 70 is also suitable for occasional trips to other further ports, hence the design and execution of the unit is highly specialized - concludes Radosław Pallach, Project Manager Crist SA.

The ferry will be operated by a crew of 10, it will accommodate 390 passengers in winter and up to 540 passengers during the summer season. The difference is due, to the outdoor terrace which is impossible to use in the winter.

Conceptual design of the ferry is performed by a leading Norwegian design company - founded in 1974 Polarkonsult AS. The basic workshop project is made by StoGda Ship Design & Engineering Sp. o.o., a design office cooperating with the Crist shipyard for years. The shipowner is Vegagerðin - Icelandic Office of Road Transport. It manages nearly 13 000 km of national roads in Iceland.

Among the typical tasks of the office, such as planning, design or maintenance of roads, Vegagerðin is also involved in supervising ferry transport firms.

Basic unit data:

Scheduled completion date: June 2018
Length: 69.38 m
Width: 15,10 m
Maximum capacity: 540 passengers + 10 crew