New line Northern Xplorer (NX) has partnered with industry-leading classification society DNV who will be on board to help with their mission to build the world’s first zero-emission cruise ship.
The inaugural NX vessel is scheduled for delivery by 2026. The 250-passenger ship is to be built by Portuguese shipbuilder West Sea and will feature ABB’s fully electric propulsion system, including battery and hydrogen fuel-cell technology.
“I am very pleased DNV is joining us on this project given their competence and insight as a leading classification society,” said Northern Xplorer CEO Rolf André Sandvik.
“Their experience in developing new rules and standards for hybrid and fully electric vessels is unrivalled and makes them the best partner to have as we continue on our mission to build a hydrogen-fuelled cruise ship.
“Safety and quality are our top priorities. DNV’s participation will assure the integrity of our operations both for investors and future passengers.”
Paal Johansen, senior vice president and global cruise ship director, DNV Maritime, added: “We are looking forward to working with the NX team and the shipbuilder. Their zero-emission cruise concept represents a new paradigm for the industry that we’re proud to be part of bringing out into the world.”