Hurtigruten has signed a Letter of Intent with Rolls-Royce that will see the Norwegian cruise operator upgrade the main engines on up to nine of its ships from diesel to gas power as well as the installation of hybrid battery systems.
Rolls-Royce will supply equipment to six existing passenger cruise vessels, with the option for a further three. The ships will undergo conversions of their power systems, which includes retrofitting of Rolls-Royce liquefied natural gas (LNG) engines. According to the companies, the modifications are anticipated to result in a 25% reduction of CO2 emissions from Hurtigruten vessels.
Hurtigruten operates from Bergen in the southwest of Norway to Kirkenes in the north along 34 stops. The company was recently awarded licenses by the Norwegian Government for seven out of 11 coastal ferry routes. As part of the licenses, the Government requires Hurtrigruten to reduce its CO2 emissions.
Daniel Skjeldam, CEO of Hurtigruten, said: “This is an investment for the future, and a historic day for us, 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.”
Rolls-Royce will deliver two of its Bergen B36:45L&PG gas engines as the main engines to each ship. Rolls-Royce will also supply the latest electrical power SAVe Cube system, designed with a single integrated drive switchboard for the whole vessel. Additional battery power will also be installed, The propulsion system is planned to also include the Promas system, which combines rudder and propeller into one fuel efficient unit.
The new tender period for the coastal route will start on 1 January 2021.