November 5, 2020
The Norwegian government has decided (announcement in Norwegian) that the next tender for the Bodø – Røst – Værøy – Moskenes route will be for ferries with hydrogen technology.
“Electric ferries will not work well enough on this long stretch,” said Minister of Transport Knut Arild Hareide.
The final announcement is planned before Christmas, so that contracts can be signed before the summer of 2021.
The start of operations on the ferry connection is 1 January 2024. The tender period lasts for 15 years, which is 5 years longer than the current contract.