Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express Partners with SINTEF to Create Zero Emission Ships

Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express partners with leading research organization SINTEF to create zero emission ships for the Norwegian coast, with the first ready to sail by 2030.

“We are excited to announce our most ambitious sustainability initiative to date; creating solutions for zero emission passenger ships, using the Norwegian coast as the ideal case. Our ambition is to sail an emission-free Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express ship by 2030,” said Hurtigruten Group CEO Daniel Skjeldam.

Since the start in 1893, Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express has carried local passengers, goods, and tourists between 34 ports in what is known as the world’s most beautiful sea voyage.

The company is currently upgrading its existing fleet through what is one of the biggest environmental upgrade programs of it’s kind in Europe, that will see CO2-emissions cut by 25% and NOx by 80%. The company aims to be a leader in sustainable travel, and Hurtigruten Norway CEO Hedda Felin makes it clear that the goal is zero emissions.

The Norwegian coast as an ideal case

The Norwegian Coastal Express’ route from Bergen to Kirkenes is an ideal starting point for the development of zero emission passenger ships.

“We as a group have ships sailing all over the world, and we see that the Norwegian coast is an ideal location for this kind of game changing project, where we can benefit from the innovative Norwegian expertise in green shipping,” added Skjeldam.

Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express holds a unique position along the coast as it stops at 34 ports, which means there’s strong opportunities to use future infrastructure for green energy, and several ports plan to expand shore power connectivity. Norway’s strong research and maritime industry and political willingness to support green shipping are positive factors that make the Norwegian coast a perfect fit for this type of initiative.

Research institute SINTEF on board

The Norwegian research institute SINTEF is on board from the start. SINTEF is one of Europe’s largest independent research organizations, which holds the world’s leading professional environments within green maritime technology and energy systems.

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