New Hurtigruten ships will use hybrid technology to reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by 20 per cent, the company announced today.
The engines mean the ships can sail with electric propulsion for up to 30 minutes at a time on their Arctic and Antarctic trips.
‘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,’ said CEO Daniel Skjeldam.
Two 530-passenger ships are being built in Norway for delivery in July 2018 and July 2019.
The first will have a battery-powered auxiliary engine. The second, if the technology is ready, will have have a hybrid engine with large batteries to provide fully electric sailing over longer distances, especially in fjords, at port and in vulnerable areas. If this works, the first ship will then be fitted with the same technology.
Hurtigruten estimates the hybrid technology, developed by Rolls-Royce, will save 3,000 metric tons of CO2 per ship per year.
It has an option for two further ships.