Norwegian expedition cruise operator Hurtigruten has signed a Letter of Intent with Rolls-Royce to upgrade the main engines of up to nine cruise ships.
The main engines will switch from diesel to a liquefied natural gas (LNG) supported by a hybrid battery system, reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by at least 25%.
“This is an investment for the future, and a historic day for us, for the environment and for the whole, long Norwegian coastline,” says Daniel Skjeldam, CEO of Hurtigruten.
“The combination of battery packs with the most environmentally friendly and effective gas engines in the market will provide a huge gain for the environment.”
Hurtigruten was recently awarded licenses by the Norwegian Government for seven out of 11 coastal ferry routes; one of the key requirements from the government was a reduction in CO2 emissions.
“Hurtigruten is planning an upgrade with our newest and most environmentally efficient engine, powered by natural gas,” notes Astrid Opsjoen, Rolls-Royce, Vice President Product Sales & Advanced Offerings.
“This is another great innovation from our engine factory in Bergen, where we have more than ten years of experience of powering ships purely by gas. Together with other new energy system installations, Hurtigruten will make its older ships work as efficiently and environmentally as if they were new.”
In addition to the LNG system, Rolls-Royce will also supply an electrical power SAVe Cube system that offers a single integrated drive switchboard for the whole vessel. A Promas propulsion system that combines rudder and propeller into one fuel efficient unit is also included in the upgrade package.
Photo credit: Rolls-Royce
Published: 24 April, 2018
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