Building contract on Vestmannaeyjar ferry PK-259.1


The Icelandic Road Authorities, Vegagerðin, signed this week a contract with Polish yard Crist SA for the construction of the new Vestmannaeyjar ferry of Polarkonsult design PK-259.1. In 2014-16 we delivered an extensive design package and model tests carried out at Force Technology in Copenhagen. We are proud to see that our design will in operation Summer 2018 between Landeyjahöfn and Vestmannaeyjar.

The vessel will be powered by a diesel electric hybrid plant supported by a 800 kWh battery unit with harbour plug-in.

Hybrid powered
The vessel will replace MF Herjólfur, built in 1992.

The weather conditions outside Landeyjahöfn are difficult with a mixture of long ocean waves and shorter coastal waves in combination with strong transversal current at the entry of the harbour. The water depth is only 4,5 m and the ferry will be operating in up to 3,5 m waves. These conditions requires excellent maneouverability and shallow water seakeeping characteristics.

The ferry is approximately 69 m overall length with a capacity of 550passengers and 330 lane meters for personal cars. The ferry will be powered by a hybrid diesel electric machinery supported by a 800 kWh battery unit. Propulsion will be provided by rotating pulling thrusters.

The design contract have required extensive basic design on multiple topics. As part of the contract, Force Technology in Denmark carried out extensive CFD calculations, model tests and full scale bridge simulations.

Our customer, Vegagerðin, appointed JJohannesson ApS, Naval Architect Johannes Johannesson, as their technical advisor throughout the process, which we have had the pleasure of working closely with througout the design period.

The design team at Polarkonsult is proud of the designand we look forward to see the vessel in operation deliverd by Crist in June 2018.

is sometimes called "Pompeii of Iceland". Vestmannaeyjar are a group of 15-18 islands, depending on how they are classed, and about 30 skerries sand rock pillars, located off the mainland’s south coast. Heimaey, the largest island was hit by the well known eruption in 1973 which caused complete evacuation of the island. Around 360 houses was buried and many others badly damaged. Before the eruption, 5300 people lived on Heimaey, 2000 of these moved back immediately after the eruption ended. Slowly but surely more families returned and began to rebuild their community.

Specification details can be found on PK-259.1