Wärtsilä helps Hurtigruten in green ambitions

The ‘Finnmarken’ is the first of three Hurtigruten ships to be fitted with Wärtsilä NOR systems for Tier III compliance, after which it will be renamed the ‘MS Otto Sverdrup’ Photo: Wärtsilä The ‘Finnmarken’ is the first of three Hurtigruten ships to be fitted with Wärtsilä NOR systems for Tier III compliance, after which it will be renamed the ‘MS Otto Sverdrup’ Photo: Wärtsilä
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Technology group Wärtsilä will supply a broad scope of solutions to support cruise operator, Hurtigruten, in its push for greener and more sustainable shipping.

The Norwegian cruise line is converting an additional three vessels to become hybrid-powered expedition cruise ships and the order with Wärtsilä covers the MS Finnmarken, the first of the three vessels to be upgraded. Following the conversion project, the 140 metre, 530 guest Finnmarken will be renamed the MS Otto Sverdrup.

“We have enjoyed a good customer relationship with Hurtigruten for many years, and we are pleased and honoured to have been selected to supply our sustainable solutions to a company that is committed to protecting the environment," said Cato Esperø, head of sales, service unit Nordics and Baltics, Wärtsilä Marine.

"The fact that we could deliver Tier III certificates for the total installation was a significant factor in the award of this contract,” he added.

The scope includes upgrading the ship’s Wärtsilä engines for selective catalytic reduction technology to restrict NOx emissions. Four Wärtsilä nitrogen oxide reducer systems will be installed for this conversion along with two Energopac systems.

Equipment is scheduled for delivery in December of this year and Hurtigruten has announced that all new additions to its fleet, as well as its existing vessels, will be made compliant with the IMO’s Tier III regulations.

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