Norwegian shipping company Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express plans to design and build zero-emission passenger/cargo ships for Norwegian coastal services, with the first ready to sail by 2030.
Hurtigruten has agreed cooperation with research organisation SINTEF for the project, said Hurtigruten group chief executive officer Mr Daniel Skjeldam. Hurtigruten is currently upgrading its existing fleet which will see carbon dioxide emissions cut by 25% and nitrogen oxide cut by 80%.
Hurtigruten ships call at 34 ports, which creates opportunities to use future infrastructure for green energy, and several ports plan to expand shore power connectivity.
The project includes all aspects of a new ship-building programme, from design, propulsion, energy and fuel to hotel operations and digital solutions. The goal is that the new ships will be emission-free to both air and sea, and sustainable from a circular economy perspective.