Design contract on Icelandic ro-ro ferry


In 2014 Polarkonsult was awarded a contract on design of a new ro-ro passenger ferry for national service for the connection Vestmannaeyjar – Landeyjahöfn.

The design contract
The design will be completed in February 2015, targeting to put an invitation to tender for the construction on the global market in 2015. The vessel will replace MF Herjólfur, built in 1992. On the right, Herjólfur is at the Landeyjahöfn terminal.

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 will be approximately 65 m overall length with a capacity of 390 passengers and 270 lane meters for personal cars. The ferry will be powered by diesel electric machinery and rotating thrusters.

The design contract requires extensive basic design on multiple topics. As part of the contract, Force Technology in Denmark will carry out extensive CFD calculations, model tests and full scale bridge simulations. Polarkonsult will also collaborate with interior architects for part of the interior design.

Our customer, Vegagerðin, The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration has appointed JJohannesson ApS, Naval Architect Johannes Johannesson, as their technical advisor throughout the process.

The design team at Polarkonsult is proud of the contract and we look forward to work with the representatives of Vegagerðin, the Ministry of Interior, JJohannesson ApS and Force Technology

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.

During our visit in July, we had the pleasure of visiting Heimaey and we were warmly welcomed by the Mayor of the town.