Remains from fisheries and other organic waste are set to power Hurtigruten’s fleet, as the world’s largest expedition cruise operator follows its ban on single-use plastics with another green milestone.
After becoming the first cruise line to ban single-use plastic, Hurtigruten is now investing in renewable gas produced from organic waste.
The world’s greenest cruise company will use dead fish and other organic waste to produce fossil-free, renewable liquefied biogas (LBG).
“What others see as a problem, we see as a resource and a solution. By introducing biogas as fuel for cruise ships, Hurtigruten will be the first cruise company to power ships with fossil-free fuel,” commented Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam in a statement.
Renewable biogas is a clean source of energy, considered the eco-friendliest fuel currently available. It is already used as fuel in small parts of the transport sector, especially in buses.
In another green milestone for 2019, the cruise company has announced the introduction of the world’s first hybrid-electric powered cruise ship, MS Roald Amundsen, custom built for sustainable operations in some of the world’s most pristine waters, such as Antarctica.
In addition to liquified natural gas (LNG), these vessels will be the first cruise ships in the world to run on liquefied biogas (LBG), according to the statement. By 2021, Hurtigruten plans to operate at least six of its ships using biogas and batteries, combined with LNG.
There are more than 300 cruise ships in the world, many of them running on cheap and polluting HFO, says Hurtigruten, which is currently building three hybrid electric-powered expedition cruise ships at Norway’s Kleven Yard. The company expects to invest more than 850 million dollars in building the world’s greenest cruise line.
“Sustainability will be a key driver for the new era of shipping and the travel industry. Hurtigruten’s unmatched investments in green technology and innovation set a new standard for the whole industry to follow. Our ultimate goal is to operate our ships completely emission-free,” concluded Skjeldam.
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