Setting the Standard in Sustainable Technology
With the launch of the first hybrid expedition ship MS Roald Amundsen, Hurtigruten is leading the way in innovative technology for green and clean exploration.
We are proud to be the global leader in sustainable cruising. Our new, state-of-the-art ship MS Roald Amundsen will feature ground-breaking green technology that will reduce fuel consumption and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible. This ship will revolutionise the way we explore and propel the cruise industry towards better sustainability.
MS Roald Amundsen will be the first hybrid vessel of its size and a testament to modern engineering. The cutting-edge hybrid system consists of large battery packs that compensate for spinning reserve and aid in peak shaving. The extra electric power allows the engines to function at optimal levels, which in turn lowers fuel usage and CO2 emissions substantially. The ship also has the option to run just on battery power for limited periods of time. That means no fuel spent and zero emissions.
Innovation from bow to stern
Hybrid propulsion is just one of several advanced solutions we have implemented throughout the ship. MS Roald Amundsen is ice class PC6 and has an advanced hull construction purpose-built for polar waters. The front of this hull is designed with a patented wave-piercing bow for smoother sailing. Beneath the ship, hydrodynamic propellers attached to magnetic motors reduce drag, noise, and vibration, and improve manoeuvrability. All of the hydraulic oils and lubricants used are biodegradable and each system is connected to a heat exchange network that efficiently recovers surplus energy.
The Future of Exploration Travel
The construction of MS Roald Amundsen, MS Fridtjof Nansen, and a third hybrid sister is part of a US$850-million investment by Hurtigruten to build the world’s greenest cruise line. MS Fridtjof Nansen is currently under construction at Kleven Yard in Norway, and first guests will embark on her maiden voyage in 2020. A third hybrid-powered sister ship is planned, with a possible launch in 2021.
In addition, Hurtigruten is upgrading at least six of our existing ships, replacing conventional diesel propulsion with a unique combination of batteries, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), and Liquefied Bio Gas (LBG). LBG is made from organic waste such as fish and the use of this fuel on our ships will mark another victory for sustainability, and another industry first.