Hurtigruten New Polar Expedition Ships to Operate with Environmentally-Friendly Hybrid Technology

By ,   September 9, 2016 ,   Cruise Industry

Hurtigruten announced that its two new expedition cruise ships will operate using environmentally-friendly hybrid technology, reducing fuel consumption by nearly 20%.

The yet-unnamed 530-passenger Hurtigruten vessels, launching July 2018 and July 2019, are specifically designed to traverse the Arctic and Antarctic, and will become the first expedition ships in the world with hybrid propulsion. The brand new technology was developed by Rolls Royce and Bellona, non-profit organisation working to address climate challenges.

Hurtigruten New Polar Expedition Ships

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Daniel Skjeldam, Hurtigruten CEO, said:

“The future of shipping is, without a doubt, silent and emission free. 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.

“To be able to sail using only electrical power is not only a great benefit for the environment, but it will also enhance the impact of experiencing nature for the guests. Picture sailing into a fjord silently without any form of emissions.”

This followed the news that Hurtigruten company signed a letter of intent for up to 4 new expedition ships, the biggest single investment in line's 123-year history, meaning an additional two vessels could be added in the coming years.