Northern Xplorer announces zero-emission cruise ships concept

Northern Xplorer announces zero-emission cruise ships concept
Artist illustration of Northern Xplorer zero-emission cruise ship. Image source: Northern Xplorer

Northern Xplorer (NX) has announced the launch of its zero-emission, luxury cruise concept that will feature clean technologies including fully electric propulsion, battery energy storage, hydrogen fuel cells and auxiliary renewable energy supply including wind and solar power.

In Norway, new government regulation coming into force from 2026 will make zero emissions mandatory in the world-heritage sites of Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord.

“This will mean the end of polluting cruise ships sailing in what will be the world’s first zero-emission marine zones. Northern Xplorer provides the perfect zero-emission solution with a strong focus on local value creation and empowerment,” noted company founder and CEO Rolf André Sandvik.

The current plan is for a series of 14 ships accommodating up to 300 passengers in 150 cabins supported by approximately 100 crew. The first are intended to be operational from 2024/2025, well in advance of the 2026 zero-emission regulations affecting Norway’s world-heritage fjords.

In addition to the clean technologies being used, sophisticated HVAC systems will safeguard against pathogen spread while extensive use of recyclable materials will promote circularity. The ships will also feature advanced LADAR technology to detect marine plastic debris and raise awareness of maritime pollution. Built to the highest classification notations, all the vessels will be performance-optimised for superior energy efficiency and reduced fuel consumption.