Torstein Hagen, the founder and chairman of Viking Cruises, has said that the company’s 11th and 12th ocean ships will be partially powered by hydrogen.
Hagen also criticised operators moving to LNG powered ships, saying the fuel was in many cases more harmful to the environment because of the methane it produced.
The vessels, which would be launched in December 2024 and July 2025 respectively, would be partially run on hydrogen – allowing them to sail for a limited time in certain pristine environments, like the Norwegian Fjords.
Hagen was speaking at the launch event of eight Viking river ships – four in Paris and another four in Amsterdam. It takes the total number of ships Viking has launched since the pandemic began up to 16, if you include the Viking Mississippi, which is due to launch in June.
Hagen also revealed that Viking has options on its ocean order book that would stretch the fleet to 16 ships by September 2027.