Seabed Supporter was delivered from Fjellstrand AS to Swire Seabed in 2014 , as yard no 1688 and has now again arrived Fjellstrand after being purchased by Norside Wind, owned by CINUS AS.
The picture above shows the vessel alongside the Fjellstrand quay, together with Vestland Cetus, another Fjellstrand built SOV.
The vessel is now being equipped as an Offshore Wind Service vessel.
It will be upgraded with a gangway, a new hangar, and a state of the art systems for walk to work operation.
Some of the interior will also be rebuilt, giving a few extra cabins and updated facilities for the onboard personell.
A new service crane and boat landing for CTVs will be installed in the aft.
The delivery of Seabed Supporter was not at all a standard project, and after being built as a module kit at Omastrand ( with wheelhouse resting at the aft deck) , the hull was towed on the channels to the Caspian Sea and Baku, Aserbadjan where it was assembled and commisioned at Baku Shipyard under Fjellstrand supervision and project management.
The vessel had 3 years of operation in the Caspian Sea, and some time in the South Asia.
It is now time for new adventures for this ship after being rebuilt for the windmill industry and renamed Norside Supporter.
The vessel will be available in the market from march 2021 under management from Vestland Offshore.
Kolumbus and Fjellstrand sign contract for construction of world’s first fully electrical fast ferry
The mobility company Kolumbus and the ship builder Fjellstrand have signed a contract for the delivery of the world’s first fully electrical fast ferry.
The TrAM project (Transport – Advanced and Modular), led by Kolumbus, receives economical support from EU’s Horizon 2020 program to develop new methods for design and production of zero emissions passenger vessels. The project’s goal is to reduce investment costs and delivery time for future zero emission vessels for inshore passenger transport.
The contract between Kolumbus and Fjellstrand was signed this summer, and the construction of the fast ferry will start in May 2021.
During 2022, the vessel will commence the service of Kolumbus’ route from the city of Stavanger to Byøyene and Hommersåk in a test period.
This vessel will be the world's first all-battery driven fast ferry in accordance with the HSC regulations. It will be classed by DNVGL and be approved for operations above 20 knots by Norwegian Maritime Directorate. With a speed of 23 knots and 147 passengers this vessel is an important step on the way to make fast ferries emission free.
The vessel will be built in aluminium, a robust material that is easy to recycle, in addition to having low weight.
The project is yet another example of the Norwegian maritime industry’s global leader position within the development of green technology for the maritime industry, says Sales Manager at Fjellstrand, Edmund Tolo.
Kommandøren has arrived the Fjellstrand quays for minor service and a guarrantee docking before entering its regular service of Halhjem - Våge, crossing Bjørnefjorden.
Delivered one year ago, Kommandøren has operated Mannheller - Fodnes in Sognefjorden awaiting its 10-year assignment being the ferrylink from the island Tysnes. The vessel has been well maintained and still looks new both outside and inside.
Kommandøren will start the new operation 1. january 2020, and Fjellstrand look foreward to have a battery-electric showcase only one hour drive from our yard in the years to come.
Vestland Cygnus is at a short visit to our yard premises to extend the gangway equipment for new operations.
The gangway is re-built for safe operations up to 26m heights, an extension of 4,2 meters to the original installation.
With this extension the vessel is equipped for operation in the newest windparks, and also covering most of the known future projects.
The vessel is earlier equipped with CTV landing at ship side and stern and an accomodation for 132 People. This together with its 3D crane makes Vestland Cygnus ideal for maintenance and installation work offshore.
Vestland Cygnus will leave our yard well before Christmas to seek new assignments.
Monday 2. september the christening ceremony for Kommandøren took place alongside the quay at Kaupanger.
Our last newbuilding Kommandøren is now in operation on diesel engines between Mannheller and Fodnes, waiting for Fjord1 to take over the operation between Halhjem and Våge from 1. january 2020 where the operation will be fully electric charged from the grid.
The christening was gracefully performed by Målfrid Vik Sønstabø, CEO of Skyss, being client responsible for all public transport in the new Vestland county.
From left CEO of Fjellstrand, Hans Martin Gravdal, Per Sævik, Havila, CEO of Fjord1, Dagfinn Neteland and captain Nils Petter Solheim.
The ferry is 87,5 meters long and has a beam of 20,8 meters and will carry 120 cars, 12 trucks and 350 passengers .
The local brass band of Kaupanger put us in the festive mood in the nice weather at Kaupanger quay.