The whole world is looking for ways to become more energy efficient and greener in every way. As Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels reach record highs and the effects of climate change continue to destroy the earth’s natural beauty, it makes sense that the cruise industry is trying to become carbon neutral. With this goal in mind, Hurtigruten, a Norwegian expedition and cruise ship operator, has announced its concept ship. The most energy efficient cruise ship in the world.
Hurtigruten with a consortium of 12 maritime partners and SINTEF research institute announced its concept ship. It will be the first zero-emission ship with a hope of setting sail for the Norwegian coast in 2030. Taking over for one of many ships currently transporting mail and people between remote locations in Norway.
Although this vessel is only a concept, it follows Hurtigruten’s sustainability model. They already have no single-use plastics on board their ships. Additionally, Hurtigruten is one of the only operators of hybrid electric vessels. Even operating in Antarctica, Hurtigruten rin breaks down barriers worldwide
Hurtigruten CEO Hedda Felin promises, “We are committed to delivering a ship that outperforms all others, in terms of fuel efficiency and durability, in just a few years.
New ship concept promises zero emissions and maximum innovation following a rigorous feasibility study. The new ship will bring some of the most promising technologies of today and tomorrow.
Zero emission cruise ship
The concept of this zero emission cruise ship is actually really cool. Although the first ship may be small, the possibilities will continue to grow and the technology changes and improves.
The ship can include wind and solar sails. The current design includes tthree 165ft self-contained retractable sails. The sails will improve the aerodynamics of the ship. They will retract and extend to pull air currents for additional propulsion. Even better, the sails should be covered with solar panels. The sail will add more than 16,000 square feet of solar cells to the ship, generating more power for the ship’s engines. This will become increasingly useful above the Arctic Circle and Antarctica which has nearly 24 hours of sunshine.
The ship is modeled at 443 feet long and is expected to have 270 cabins for 500 passengers. This is a similar size to almost every other ship in the Hurtigruten fleet. Also making it compliant with IAATO standards for Antarctica, meaning this ship could one day take people to BOGO trips to Antarctica. The ship also has a large cargo hold and the ability to carry cars, meaning it can easily replace one of the Norwegian Coastal Express ferries.
The new zero-emission ship Hurtigruten brings many interesting ideas and should sail in 2030. If you want to know more about this new ship, visit the hurtigruten website. Hurtigruten will bring the world’s first sustainable, carbon-neutral, zero-emission cruise ships focused primarily on Norwegian coastal routes. With a strong focus on sustainability, this vessel fits perfectly into their fleet. Have you done a Hurtigruten trip or do you want to plan? Let’s connect, because I work at Scott & Thomas Travel with a strong focus on expedition travel.