Rolls-Royce to convert Hurtigruten fleet to hybrid

Under the agreement the main engines on up to nine Hurtigruten cruise ships will be converted and a hybrid battery system will be installed Under the agreement the main engines on up to nine Hurtigruten cruise ships will be converted and a hybrid battery system will be installed Photo: Carsten Pedersen/Hurtigruten
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Hurtigruten will work with Rolls-Royce on a major environmental upgrade programme to reduce CO2-emissions by 25%.

Under the agreement the main engines on up to nine Hurtigruten cruise ships will switch from diesel to gas power and the upgrade will also include installation of a hybrid battery system.

“The combination of battery packs with the most environmentally friendly and effective gas engines in the market will provide a huge gain for the environment,” said Daniel Skjeldam, CEO of Hurtigruten.

Power conversion

The deal comprises the supply of equipment to six existing passenger cruise vessels, with an option for a further three. The ships will completely change their power system with the installation of new Rolls-Royce LNG-engines as part of a new hybrid system.

Hurtigruten was recently awarded licenses by the Norwegian Government for seven out of 11 coastal ferry routes. The year-round service, on the renowned passenger and cargo route from Bergen in the southwest to Kirkenes in the north, has 34 stops.

One of the key requirements from the Government of the route’s operator was a reduction in CO2-emissions. With its plans for a major upgrade, Hurtigruten will be able to continue operating its existing fleet on the route and at the same time meet these new stricter environmental demands.

The intentional agreement specifies that Rolls-Royce is to deliver two of its Bergen B36:45L&PG gas engines as the main engines to each ship. Rolls-Royce will also supply the latest electrical power SAVe Cube system, designed with a single integrated drive switchboard for the whole vessel.

Additional battery power will also be installed, along with a Promas system, which combines rudder and propeller into one fuel efficient unit.

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