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Brødrene AA wins JEC World Innovation Award for its tourist ferry Vision of the Fjords

News International-French

30 Jan 2017

The boat was built using Diab Composite Solutions. It is one of the largest commercial passenger boats to be built in sandwich carbon fiber.

Vision of the Fjords, Brødrene AA

JEC Group celebrates composite innovation at JEC World 2017 and in this year’s show, which will take place from March 14-16 at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, France, composite innovations are in the spotlight. JEC innovation awards are handed out to 13 “composite champions”. Among the winners, who were announced on January 18, is BrØdrene AA for their tourist ferry Vision of the Fjords. BrØdrene AA, with co-winners Diab (Norway), Saertex GmbH & Co KG (Germany) and Reichhold (Norway) won the category Better Living.

“We are proud to be a part of this project,” says Viggo Karlsen, Managing Director at Diab, Norway. “It clearly shows the potential for strong, light and environmentally-friendly solutions.”

Brødrene AA’s ship for use on tourist excursions in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed fjord of Nærøyfjord is able to meet the challenge of combining mass tourism and the need to preserve the environment. Vision of the Fjords, has open spaces for sightseeing as well as vast window areas and an efficient catamaran design, Diab is a world leader in sandwich composite solutions that make customers’ products stronger, lighter and smarter. Diab provides a range of core materials, cost-effective kits, finishings and in-depth knowledge on composites. Diab also provides engineering services for composite technology through Composites Consulting Group (CCG). Diab is a participant of UN Global Compact. Diab is a global company with market and sales organizations in 16 countries and an extensive network of distributors. Six strategically situated production plants make Diab well-positioned to supply local services to global customers. Diab is owned by Ratos. which reduces waves and wash on the shores of the fjord. To realize their idea, Brødrene AA needed to find a material with the required stiffness and design possibilities. The solution was to use carbon fiber reinforced polymers and carbon sandwich materials from Diab. All of the ship’s structural elements are made out of carbon sandwich laminates, including decks, walls, stairs and ceilings, as well as the 42-meter-long and 5-meter-high hulls of the catamaran structure, which are produced in a one-shot vacuum infusion process. 

“The low weight of the sandwich laminates enables the ship to be propelled by electric motors with lower power, making it clean and silent. In this project, the use of composite materials was mandatory to be able to provide the required design while making the ship environmentally friendly in the process as well,” according to the JEC comment on the award. 

“Manufacturing processes for large series are growing in importance this year. This movement is expected to trigger a more massive use of composites.” says Mrs Frédérique Mutel, JEC Group President & CEO.