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Front Street Shipyard partners with Norwegian carbon fiber ferry builder

News International-French

24 Dec 2015

The company is partnering with Brødrene Aa in Hyen, Norway, to market, sell and build carbon fiber ferries throughout the United States under the company name Arcadia Alliance.

Working in conjunction with Maine Composites Alliance and Martin Grimnes, a Norwegian composites expert living in Maine, Arcadia Alliance is marketing its highly efficient ferries to state and federal agencies seeking to replace aging, inefficient passenger vessels.

Brødrene Aa currently designs and builds carbon-fiber passenger vessels in its 86,000-square foot Norwegian facility situated along a fjord. The company has built 50 carbon ferries to date. Unlike U.S. ferries built of aluminum or fiberglass, Brødrene Aa’s carbon fiber ferries are lightweight and consume less fuel, releasing fewer emissions into the air.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation, American ferries carry nearly 103 million passengers and just over 37 million vehicles per year. Brødrene Aa is a 60-year-old company that introduced the world’s first carbon-fiber passenger vessel more than a decade ago. Representatives from Front Street Shipyard met with officers from Brødrene Aa in Hyen earlier this summer. 

While the new partnership is in its early stages, Arcadia Alliance has launched a temporary website while the organizations work together to develop the ferry designs for U.S. waters. The Arcadia Alliance sales team will begin marketing the boats in earnest later this year, with hopes that Front Street Shipyard will be able to begin construction on the first fast ferry in 2016.

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