Hurtigruten builds first hybrid ships

Companies and agencies collaborate in new technology
Norway’s cruise and ferry line Hurtigruten is to build its new expedition ships using environmentally sustainable hybrid technology. It is the first time that fully electric propulsion on a passenger ship will be possible, the company says, and will cut fuel consumption by 20%.
Hurtigruten’s goal is to sail fully electric expeditionary ships in the Arctic and Antarctic. The latest new vessels are being constructed at Kleven Yards in Norway and the hybrid solution is being developed by Rolls Royce. Bellona, a non-profit organisation working to meet and fight climate challenges, has been central in the project.
“The future of shipping is, without doubt, silent and emission free,” said Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam. “We will use our new expeditionary ships as groundbreakers for this new technology and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible, today.”
The line estimates it will save more than 3,000 metric tons of CO2 per year. It says it aims to sail the first fully electric ships in the world.
The hybrid ships are to be built in two phases. The first ship, to be ready in July 2018, is equipped with an auxiliary electric engine that will cut CO2 emissions by 20%. Ship number two, ready in July 2019, will be built with a “fully-fledged” hybrid engine that can power the entire ship for longer periods of time and distances, into fjords and vulnerable areas.
Investment in the new technology will amount to NOK 124 million (€13.4 million). Enova, a Norwegian government enterprise responsible for the promotion of environmentally friendly production and consumption of energy, is contributing NOK 45.1 million.
TTG Nordic

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