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08/06/2022 By : Kelly Ranson

Hurtigruten Norway aims to have Emission Free Ship by 2030

Hurtigruten Norway has partnered with SINTEF, a leading research organisation to create zero-emission ships to sail the Norwegian coast by 2030.

The line, which has been carrying passengers, tourists and goods along the Norwegian coast line since 1893 is already working to upgrade its existing fleet in what it calls “one of the biggest environmental upgrade programs of its kind in Europe”. The programme will see CO2 emissions cut by 25 per cent and N0x by 80 per cent.

In a press release, Hurtigruten Group CEO Daniel Skjeldam explained: “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.”

Leading sustainable travel

Hurtigruten Norway CEO Hedda Felin added she hopes the line will continue to be a leader in sustainable travel, stating: “We have built our last fossil fuel ship for the Norwegian Coastal Express. When we sail the coastal route for the next 100 years, it will be emission-free, making the world's most beautiful voyage even more spectacular.”

After an ongoing green upgrade of the Hurtigruten Norway fleet, the Group will have six hybrid vessels.

Hurtigruten is renowned for sailing the coastal route from Bergen in the south right up to Kirkenes in the far north, stopping at 34 ports along the way. Some of the calls include the scenic Norwegian Fjords, so greener efforts are a necessity to protect these areas.

SINTEF to aid green efforts

The Norwegian research institute SINTEF is one of Europe’s largest independent research organisations, specialising in green maritime technology and energy systems.

The project includes all aspects of a new ship build programme including everything from design and fuel through to onboard hotel operations. As a partner, SINTEF will provide analysis, research and development.

Transparency is key

Last month Hurtigruten Group launched its ESG Report which highlights that transparency in the industry is needed and reducing emissions must be the number one goal for travel companies.

As a group, Hurtigruten plans to have the first zero emission ship on the Norwegian coast by 2030, have fully carbon neutral operations by 2040 and becoming emission free by 2050. Details of the report can be found here: https://www.hurtigruten.com/group/sustainability/reports/esg/2021/

Find out more about Hurtigruten Group and check out the OTT course here: https://www.onlinetraveltraining.com/free-courses/providers/hurtigruten-uk

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