Hurtigruten, the Norwegian expedition cruise line, intends to use cutaways from fisheries and other organic waste to power their fleet of ships.
The company has made strong moves in the sustainability field over recent years with the intention of becoming the world’s greenest cruise company. Liquified biogas (LBG) – fossil-free, renewable gas produced from dead fish and other organic waste is another step in this direction.
CEO Daniel Skjeldam says, “Renewable biogas is a clean source of energy, considered the most eco-friendly fuel currently available. Biogas is already used as fuel in small parts of the transport sector, especially in buses. Northern Europe and Norway, which has large fishery and forestry sectors that produces a steady volume of organic waste, has a unique opportunity to become world leader in biogas production.”
After celebrating the 125-year anniversary by being the first cruise line to ban single-use plastic, 2019 will mark two green milestones for Hurtigruten:
- Introduction of the world’s first battery-hybrid powered cruise ship, MS Roald Amundsen, custom built for sustainable operations in some of the world’s most pristine waters such as Antarctica.
- The start of a large-scale green upgrade project, replacing traditional diesel propulsion with battery packs and gas engines on several Hurtigruten ships.
In addition to liquified natural gas (LNG), these ships will also be the first cruise ships in the world to run on liquified biogas (LBG).