Hurtigruten Invests in Environmentally-Friendly Propulsion

By ,   April 22, 2018 ,   Cruise Industry

Norwegian cruiseferry operator Hurtigruten announced a large investment in environmentally-friendly propulsion. 

The company will repower as many as 9 of its conventionally-powered ships with LNG-fueled hybrid propulsion systems, together with Rolls-Royce. The agreement is one of the largest retrofit orders for LNG propulsion in the passenger ship sector. 

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The arrangement of Hurtigruten with Rolls-Royce includes LNG-fueled engines, hybrid power systems and battery packs for 6 existing passenger cruise ships, with an option for further 3. The upgrade will enable the diesel-powered vessels to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 25%.

The cruise operator was recently awarded licenses by the government of Norway for 7 out of 11 coastal ferry routes. A key requirement from the government was the reduction in CO2-emissions. The new contract for the coastal route begins on January 1, 2021.