Hurtigruten AS (Hurtigruten), a Ferry Operator in Norway has expressed its idea of operating vessels with dual battery-bio fuel propulsion.
Highlights of Hurtigruten’s CEO, Daniel Skjeldam’s views on this novel and eco-friendly venture:
- The introduction of shore power has already led to an enormous reduction in emissions while the company’s vessels are in port.
- Bergen (a city on Norway’s southwestern coast) is a subtle example where 1,600 tonnes of Nitrogen Oxide (NO2) per year and CO2 has been reduced.
- Hurtigruten plans to have the battery packs on board the vessels within a few more years.
- Company is working with engineers to develop vessels that can continue operation on battery power for two to four hours prior to switching to algae-based fuels till a recharging port is reached.
- Transformation to the battery-propulsion is determined by the pace of technological development.
- To spearhead the evolution of an environmentally friendly way to travel.
- Commitment to safeguard the animal life in areas where the ships are sailing.
These factors in a whole might contribute to the progress of a better environment especially in regions where climate change is taking place due to the global warming.
Source: Travel Weekly