I also found the capital Tórshavn to be a fascinating town. I was therefore interested to hear that Knud E. Hansen A/S, one of the world’s leading marine consultancies, has designed a new domestic Ro/Pax ferry for service between Tórshavn and Nólsoy.
Nólsoy is one of the Faroes smaller islands, which lies 5 kilometres to the east of Tórshavn and often called the capital’s guardian angel, protecting as it does Tórshavn from the worst that the North Atlantic brings. Tórshavn is on Streymoy, the largest and longest of the Faroe Islands.
The new Ro/Pax will replace the 40m Ro/Pax presently serving the Tórshavn – Nólsoy route with the tender for construction of the new vessel issued on May 2015.
This is the third generation ferry design by Knud E. Hansen for this route; the first vessel was built in 1949 and named Ritan. The second was built in 1971 and carried the same name. This new build will have a hybrid diesel electric/battery power pack with thrusters or Voigt Schneider propulsion. With a displacement of circa 675 tons the ferry has been designed with a double hull for safety.
She has been developed with low energy consumption in mind and fitted with batteries and a heat recovery system, principally allowing the ferry to do a round trip between Nólsoy and Tórshavn on battery power alone.