Hurtigruten Norway To Introduce Its First-Ever Zero Emission Ship By 2030

Hurtigruten Norway, a firm that is striving toward introducing its first-ever zero-emission vessel by 2030, has started a unique research assignment in collaboration with SINTEF as well as 12 maritime collaborators, per a press release.

This new consortium is enthusiastic about developing unique and clean solutions for passenger vessels of the future.

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Based on advanced research, the collaborators aim at creating the most sustainable and energy-efficient cruise ships ever built by 2030.

The “Sea Zero” assignment has reportedly been awarded €7 million as public funding. It has an estimated budget of about €13 million going into the research and development phase dedicated to building pioneering solutions dedicated to energy efficiency, next-gen battery solutions, propulsion technology, sustainable building practices, hull design, and onboard hotel activities to bring energy use to a minimum.

The assignment reportedly builds on Hurtigruten’s 130-year heritage. It aims at developing zero-emission vessels, specifically adapted to the coast of Norway, with the first-ever ship likely to get delivered by 2030.

With only about 0.1% of vessels all over the world currently deploying zero-emission technology, Hurtigruten Norway’s assignment aims at having a significant effect on the cruise industry’s sustainability as well as the future of travel.

The research phase is going to last from 2023 to 2025, going into a new build assignment directly. The consortium aims at making the new vessels zero emission to air and sea, with a potential game-changer being a significant minimization of rapid energy consumption.

The aim is to come up with the most energy-efficient passenger vessel ever. The company is going to turn every stone to cut down energy use, wastes, and emissions, states Gerry Larsson-Fedde, Hurtigruten Norway’s SVP for Marine Operations.

Consumers will not continue accepting the usage of heavy fuel oil or climatic targets that are behind the Paris Agreement.

Zero-emission vessels are going to be the game-changer the industry seeks, explained Larsson-Fedde.

One of the primary areas of focus of the project is the onboard hotel activities, sometimes consuming 50% of the total energy use of the vessel. Coming up with new energy solutions for hotel operations will be critical to the success, as waste heat from engines is unavailable as a heat source, especially when batteries replace the conventional engines.

Sea Zero has the capability to impact the passenger and cruise transport industry by demonstrating and developing zero-emission vessels and also making upcoming green technologies and products accessible to a significantly large and global market.

The project’s value creation potential is regarding hundred million euros up to 2030, with a massive portion of the potential expected to be realized when Hurtigruten Norway finalizes the contract for a new building on the first-ever zero-emission vessel.

Reference: Cruise Industry News, Vard

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