Norwegian cruise operator Hurtigruten has introduced three new additions to its fleet of premium, hybrid-powered expedition cruise ships.
Hurtigruten, this summer, introduced the world’s first hybrid-powered cruise ship, MS Roald Amundsen and has announced another three hybrid-powered ships to what is already considered the greenest fleet in the world. Pushing its boundaries for eco-friendly tech, these ships had recently undergone extensive makeovers which include the addition of battery packs and various green tech.
The new eco-fleet will sail year-round expedition cruises along the Norwegian coast from 2021.
“These ships will truly stand out”
“With these new expedition cruise vessels, you will be able to explore Norway like never before, with all the comforts, facilities and expertise you need for creating a perfect adventure. Combined with groundbreaking green technology, these ships will truly stand out,” said Hurtigruten’s CEO Daniel Skjeldam.
Battery packs and green tech
The battery packs will support the ship’s engines, and drastically cut emissions. The three ships will also be equipped for shore power, to cut emissions to zero when docked in ports with shore power facilities. In addition, the three ships will get substantially upgraded low-emission engines, complying with all known and upcoming regulations (Tier3).
Skjeldam added: “At Hurtigruten, the push for sustainable solutions and introduction of green technology is the core of everything we do. We operate in some of the most spectacular areas of the world. This comes with responsibility.”