Volvo Penta engines in the world's first Clean Design ferry

Norway’s M/F Nordfjord is the world’s first ferry that fulfills requirements for the “Clean Design” classification. Among the strict demands of clean design are low-level emissions to water and air, as well as a high level of reliability against environmental impact in the event of an accident. The engines on board were supplied by Volvo Penta.
The M/F Nordfjord was built at the Fiskerstrand yard, outside Ålesund in Norway. The yard, in collaboration with the Multi Maritime consulting company and the customers, Fylkesbaatene i Sogn and Fjordane, developed a concept for environmentally friendly ferries. The requirements for Clean Design classification focus on three types of emissions:
o Operational emissions to the air
o Operational emissions to the water
o Emissions in conjunction with an accident or shipwreck

The ferry that was delivered in January 2002 will operate within scheduled traffic on the Norwegian west coast, transporting cars and passengers.

Catalytic converters
The emissions to the air are restricted by catalytic converters being fitted to the propulsion engines. In this way, the ferry’s total emission of nitrogen dioxides (NOX) can be reduced by as much as 45 percent, which is well within the demands of Clean Design.

Double-hulls at all tanks minimizes the risk of emissions in the case of an accident. Propulsion engines and auxiliary engines are duplicated in separate engine rooms. This means that the ferry can retain its maneuver capability even if one of the engine rooms is damaged. To save on weight, the entire superstructure is made of fiberglass-reinforced plastic. Another feature is that embarkation and disembarkation facilities are designed for maximum safety, including completely separate ramps for passengers and cars.

The engines on board all come from Volvo Penta. Propulsion is provided by two D49A MT, 12-cylinder marine diesel engines of 1,040 kW each. The two generators for the ferry’s electrical requirements are each driven by a six-cylinder TAMD103.

The engines have been delivered and installed by Volvo Penta’s authorized dealer J Weiberg Gulliksen AS in Ålesund, who has earlier delivered a number of propulsion engines and generating sets for ferries.

M/F Nordfjord
Customer: Fylkesbaatene i Sogn and Fjordane AS
Built by: Fiskerstrand Verft AS
LOA: 72.2 m
Max. beam: 14.60 m
Draft: 5.00 m
Max. passengers: 200 persons
Max cars: 54
Propulsion engines: 2 x Volvo Penta D49A MT
Generating sets: 2 x Volvo Penta TAMD103A

For additional information, contact:

Ann-Charlotte Emegård, AB Volvo Penta
Tel: +46 31 668 418
Ann-Charlotte Emegård

Harald Gulliksen, J Weiberg Gulliksen AS
Tel: +47 776 481 48

Egil Fiskerstrand, Fiskerstrand Verft AS
Tel: +47 701 99 300