The Norwegian Public Roads Administration has awarded Fjord1 contracts for operation of the ferry connection Halsa-Kanestraum.
The contract has a length of ten years, from 2021 to 2030.
Fjord1 says it got the contract because they were offering the best price.
This route across the Halsafjord was the ‘last big battle’ on the E-39 axis and is a very important victory for Fjord1.
Fully electric ferries are a part of the conditions. However, the company is allowed to use temporary vessels for a period of 12 months.
The total car capacity of the three main ferries will be 360 PBE (Person Bil Enhet = car equivalent unit). A spare vessel needs to have a minimum capacity of 80 PBE.
The Norwegian Public Roads Administration has undertaken to rebuild the quay facility before the start of the contract, a work that is planned to be implemented during the autumn.
The contract foresees an AutoPASS ticketing solution.
The construction of the ferries will be decided later.
The route is currently run by Fjord1, with RAUMA (1988, 73 cars), ROMSDAL (1988, 73 cars) and SVANØY (1992, 89 cars).