Hurtigruten has announced an ambitious project that could see its ships powered by algae fuel and battery technology in the future.
Speaking at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, Hurtigruten’s CEO, Daniel Skjeldam, said: “The cruise and the maritime transport industries must accept greater environmental responsibility. Hurtigruten is already strongly committed. Rapid progress also requires appropriate political framework and the obligation from the maritime sector as a whole.”
Anthony Daniels, Head of sales for UK and Ireland added: “These are exciting times for Hurtigruten. We are an ambitious business with plans for growth, but our goal is to work with the industry to deliver that in a sustainable and responsible way.”
The Norwegian cruise line – specialising in expedition voyages to the Arctic and Antarctica – has recently partnered with the Bellona Foundation, a leading international environmental organisation, to explore how the vision of offering zero-emission voyages can be accomplished.
The foundation is working alongside Hurtigruten to conduct a feasibility study to learn more about how the current fleet can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and how in future Hurtigruten hybrid ships can be developed.