Hurtigruten Norway has unveiled early concepts for its first zero-emission ship, which will launch in 2030.
The work, part of the operator’s Sea Zero project, also includes plans to “transform the entire fleet to zero emissions over time”.
In a statement, Hurtigruten said that the future ships will be electric and equipped with batteries that are charged with renewable energy when in port.
Combining 60-megawatt battery solutions with wind technology, the first 500-guest ship is expected to feature “numerous firsts and improved solutions that do not exist on cruise ships today”, a statement said.
These include retractable sails with solar panels, artificial intelligence (AI) manoeuvring, contra-rotating propellers and multiple retractable thrusters.
In addition, battery levels will be displayed on the ship’s external sides, while the bridge is expected to reduce significantly in size following enhanced AI manoeuvring.
Guests will also be able to play a role in minimising energy use, as they will be able to operate cabin ventilation through an interactive mobile app that would also allow them to measure their own water and energy consumption.
Hurtigruten ‘committed’ to sustainability goals
Hurtigruten Norway CEO Hedda Felin said: “When we initially announced the Sea Zero project over a year ago, we were faced with the challenge of not knowing which technologies would be available to us in 2030.
“Our task was to pave the way for new innovations and enhance existing ones to align with our sustainability objectives.
“While some of these technologies have reached a relatively advanced stage, they still necessitate dedicated research and development to ensure their successful implementation within the maritime context.
“On the other hand, certain technologies are still in the early stages and require fundamental research and thorough testing.
“Following a rigorous feasibility study, we have pinpointed the most promising technologies for our groundbreaking future cruise ships.
“We are committed to delivering a ship that surpasses all others in terms of energy efficiency and sustainability within just a few years.”
Hurtigruten Norway is also upgrading its existing fleet to improve environmental performance.