In the lead up to their 130th anniversary, Hurtigruten Norway has unveiled early concepts for its first zero-emission ship which will launch in 2030, with plans to transform the entire fleet to zero emissions over time.
First Zero-Emission Cruise Ship
Initially announced under the project name ‘Sea Zero’, the future ships will be electric and equipped with batteries that are charged with renewable energy when in port. Combining 60-megawatt battery solutions with wind technology, the ship is expected to feature numerous firsts and improved solutions that do not exist on cruise ships today, including 164ft retractable sails with solar panels, artificial intelligence maneuvering, contra-rotating propellers, and multiple retractable thrusters.
Battery Levels Displayed On Ships Side
In addition, battery levels will be displayed on the ship’s external sides, while the bridge, where the Captain and crew steer the ship, is expected to reduce significantly in size following enhanced A.I. maneuvering. Mimicking that of an airplane cockpit, the AI will also capture data to help improve docking operations.
Superior Guest Comfort
Hurtigruten Norway strives for superior guest comfort and spectacular views on board its first zero-emission ship. The streamlined shape not only results in less air resistance, reduces energy use and increases passenger comfort. In addition to ample outdoor space, enlarged surface areas with dedicated windows will allow for unparalleled views of what is often described as ‘the world’s most beautiful coastline.’
Guests will also be able to play a key role in minimizing energy use, as they will be able to operate ultra-modern cabin ventilation with control and eco-incentive through an interactive mobile app that would also allow them to measure their own water and energy consumption.
Innovations and Sustainability
“When we initially announced the ‘Sea Zero’ project over a year ago, we were faced with the challenge of not knowing which technologies would be available to us in 2030. Our task was to pave the way for new innovations and enhance existing ones to align with our sustainability objectives. While some of these technologies have reached a relatively advanced stage, they still necessitate dedicated research and development to ensure their successful implementation within the maritime context. On the other hand, certain technologies are still in the early stages and require fundamental research and thorough testing. Following a rigorous feasibility study, we have pinpointed the most promising technologies for our groundbreaking future cruise ships. We are committed to delivering a ship that surpasses all others in terms of energy efficiency and sustainability within just a few years.” said, Hedda Felin, the CEO of Hurtigruten Norway.
The new zero-emission ship is modeled at 135 meters (443 feet) long, with 270 cabins to hold 500 guests and 99 crew.
While Hurtigruten Norway is working towards its first zero-emission ship, the company is currently undertaking one of the most extensive environmental upgrades in European maritime history with its existing fleet. Two of the seven ships have been upgraded to battery-hybrid-powered ships, with a third to be upgraded this fall. At the same time, the five other vessels are being outfitted with various technologies that will cut CO² emissions by 25% and NOx (nitrogen oxides) by 80%. In 2019, sister company Hurtigruten Expeditions introduced the world’s first battery-hybrid-powered ship, MS Roald Amundsen. The Expeditions arm now has three battery-hybrid ships out of its seven-ship fleet.
To learn more about Hurtigruten Group, visit hurtigruten.co.uk and to learn more about Sea Zero research visit: https://www.hurtigruten.co.uk/destinations/norway/the-original-norwegian-coastal-express/sea-zero/