Autonomous Electric ferry concept for Kristiansund

Autonomous Electric ferry concept for Kristiansund

Reimagining the Sundbåt


Sundbåten is the longest running public transport company in the world, established in 1876. Møre Maritime approached us to create a concept for the next generation of Sundbåt passenger ferries. The concept for the new ferry is based on the technological research carried out by Møre Maritime together with Maritime Robotics, Apoint and Elmarin.

Kristiansund is spread across several islands on the west coast of Norway. The town’s foundation is the sea, and as such has been connected by the Sundbåt passenger ferry for over 140 years. Developing a next generation concept of the Sundbåten, the team was keen to capture the character and identity from a rich legacy of previous ferries, simultaneously communicating the new autonomous technology and a modern presence.


The concept is founded on rethinking the use of a passenger ferry; tailoring not only to a comfortable and convenient journey but including adaptable solutions for use as a conference or performance space, café/serving area or bar and improving the sightseeing element of water-based commuting by making the roof space more accessible.

The layout of the boat has been developed based on regulatory framework and universal design principles and considers the passenger flow and access for the captain. The final design represents a meeting point between traditional boat design and modern autonomous technology.



Together with Møre Maritime, K8 has delivered a holistic concept which is based on the smart layout, interior design solutions, different use scenarios and expression captured from a rich history of passenger ferries in Kristiansund. The ferry is expected to launch in 2023.

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