Hurtigruten Uses Rolls Royce To Go Green
Hurtigruten has announced a partnership with Rolls-Royce which will see ‘green updates’ applied to a number of ships in the line’s fleet.
The Norwegian operator, which is currently undergoing its largest ever fleet renewal programme, will use LNG-engines provided by Rolls-Royce in order to switch from diesel to gas power. The upgrade will also include the installation of a new hybrid battery system and will not only completely change the way Hurtigruten’s ships operate but also reduce their CO2 emissions by approximately 25%.
Hurtigruten’s switch to a more sustainable, environmentally-friendly power source comes after a meeting held by the U.N. International Maritime Organisation which saw over 170 countries agree to reduce shipping emissions by 50% from 2050 onwards.
Commenting on the switch, Hurtigruten’s CEO Daniel Skjeldam said:
“This is an investment for the future, for the environment and for the whole, long Norwegian coastline. 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”.
This is not the first time the two companies have worked in partnership. In 2016 Rolls Royce were enlisted to design and deliver the green technology and ship equipment used for Hurtigruten’s new expedition ship, MS Spitsbergen.
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