The Fjellstrand history goes back to 1928, starting with building wooden rowing boats, but soon after going into series production of wooden lifeboats. After the world war 2, the lifeboats were made of aluminium in even larger series, and in the period from 1956 – 1964, Fjellstrand also made lifeboats in GRP.
Fjellstrand built the world’s first (aluminium) library boat, “Epos”, in 1962, still in service on the coast of Norway. The 92 feet passenger vessel “Vargøy” was built in 1967, at that time the worlds largest aluminium vessel built. In 1965 Fjellstrand received exclusive production right for building aluminium hulls from 25 – 75 feet to “Striker Aluminium Yachts” in the US, and made the hulls for almost 95% of these luxury sport- and fishing yachts.
In the seventies, Fjellstrand continued with own design for aluminium vessels, ranging from pilot vessels, rescue vessels (SAR) and navy support vessels, then in 1976 starting with Fast Ferries.
The Advanced Slender Catamaran (ASC) hull was developed by Fjellstrand in the early eighties, enabling increased speed to 35 – 40 knots, a breakthrough for the modern Catamaran Fast Ferries.
During the nineties, Fjellstrand developed the “FoilCat” with service speed up to 50 knots, by installing Fjellstrand patented foils on 35 meter Aluminium Catamaran Fast Ferries with capacity for 400 pax. Still, these vessels are in service in the Far East.
As a spin off from the FoilCat, Fjellstrand developed the active Motion Damping System (MDS) for the Aluminium Catamaran Fast Ferries, enabling the vessels to maintain high speed in even higher sea state, and at the same time ensure a comfortable journey.
In the period from 1976 till 2000 Fjellstrand built more than 150 Fast Ferries, 41 of them at the Fjellstrand Yard in Singapore (1992 – 2000).
In 2003, the first Fjellstrand Car & Passenger Ferry was developed, an aluminium catamaran designed for high service speed (22 knots), low energy consumption, efficient loading / unloading and comfortable ride.
Continuing going into new markets, Fjellstrand delivered the first steel vessel in 2006, and an exciting journey in the Offshore Support Vessel market started, with full orderbook for Offshore Support Vessels to be delivered in the period from 2007 – 2010.
Since 2010, Fjellstrand has continued building advanced Offshore Support Vessels, and from 2015 Fjellstrand also started conversion of Offshore Support Vessels, mainly PSV’s, for new markets and operations.
Fjellstrand continued the focus on low and zero emmission Car & Passenger Ferries in 2014, delivering the world’s first fully electric Car & Passenger Ferry based on the Fjellstrand ZeroCat 120 design. In 2018, this design was modyfied for Hybrid propulsion as well.
In Q3 2022, Fjellstrand delivered the world’s first fully electric and zero emission Fast Ferry classed in accordance with the International Code of Safety for High-Speed Crafts (HSC Code).
During the years Fjellstrand has built extensive competence in aluminium, and as the first Shipyard to use friction welding (1997), Fjellstrand has transferred this competence to building aluminium accommodation modules for vessels and offshore installations, as well as offshore aluminium constructions (lift shaft’s, wall panels, platforms etc.) according to Norsok standard.
Fjellstrand is today a Shipyard in the Newbuild market and Vessel Conversion market, as well as aluminium and steel construction market.
Throughout the years Fjellstrand has delivered hundreds of vessels ranging from the early day’s wooden vessels until todays hyper modern and zero emission vessels.
Fjellstrand has completed a large number of Vessel Conversion projects, and delivered hundreds of Construction projects.
Selections from our many projects can be found here: