Hurtigruten kicks off one of Europe’s “biggest environmental upgrades”

Hurtigruten kicks off one of Europe’s “biggest environmental upgrades”

Hurtigruten Norway has started upgrading its ships to slash CO2 emissions by 25 per cent and NOx emissions by up to 80 per cent.

In what is set to be the “largest environmental upgrade in Hurtigruten’s history”, all seven of Hurtigruten Norway’s Coastal Express ships will have been made greener by early 2023.

Hedda Felin, CEO of Hurtigruten Norway, said: “This is the largest environmental upgrade in Hurtigruten’s history, and one of the largest of its kind in Europe. This will make a real impact in reducing emissions in Norwegian waters. The fact that such an investment also leads to ripple effects in the local communities along the coast, is something we are very proud of.”

Three of the seven ships will be converted to hybrid ships. The first one out is MS Richard With, which is currently at Myklebust Yard in northwestern Norway, where the ship will be fitted with brand new main engines and battery packs. Similar upgrades will then be applied to MS Nordlys and MS Kong Harald.

Three other ships – MS Nordnorge, MS Nordkapp and MS Polarlys – will also be upgraded, and have SCR facilities installed on board. This will reduce NOx emissions by 80 per cent. The last ship in the fleet, MS Vesterålen, was upgraded with new engines and SCR facilities in 2019.

Felin added: “Our goal is zero emissions. But the technology is not mature enough yet, and we must do what we can to cut emissions with the best technology available today and extend the service life of the iconic ships we have in our fleet.”

Kongsberg Maritime is carrying out the upgrades.

“This is one of the largest environmental vessel upgrades to be undertaken in Europe,” said president Egil Haugsdal of Kongsberg Maritime.

“Hurtigruten Norway makes sustainable choices for its existing fleet. It’s rewarding to work with a company that shares our forward-looking approach to technology and the environment, and not least to work on ships that so many people have a close relationship with.”



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