- World’s largest expedition cruise operator Hurtigruten is planning to go much greener using Wärtsilä technology.
- It plans to convert three more vessels to premium hybrid-powered expedition cruise ships.
- Uses selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology to restrict emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) with four Wärtsilä Nitrogen Oxide Reducer (NOR) systems being installed.
According to an article published in Marine Log, Hurtigruten, the world’s largest expedition cruise operator, is planning push for greener and more sustainable shipping by converting three more vessels to become premium, hybrid-powered expedition cruise ships.
Conversions to make use of Wärtsilä technology
The first of the three vessels to be upgraded is the 140 m, 530 guests, MS Finnmarken. It will be renamed MS Otto Sverdrup following the conversion.
The scope includes upgrading the ship’s Wärtsilä engines for selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology to restrict emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) with four Wärtsilä Nitrogen Oxide Reducer (NOR) systems being installed.
The ship will also be fitted with two Wärtsilä Energopac integrated propeller and rudder systems, which utilize advanced hydrodynamic technology to optimize propulsion efficiency. This enables effective savings in fuel, costs, and emissions.
Less environmental footprint
After conversion, the ship will also have the capability to operate on battery power to further lessen its environmental footprint.
“We have enjoyed a good customer relationship with Hurtigruten for many years, and we are pleased and honored to have been selected to supply our sustainable solutions to a company that is committed to protecting the environment. The fact that we could deliver Tier III certificates for the total installation was a significant factor in the award of this contract,” says Cato Esperø, Head of Sales, Service Unit Nordics, and Baltics, Wärtsilä Marine.
Moving towards sustainable solutions and green technology
“At Hurtigruten, the push for sustainable solutions and the introduction of green technology is the core of everything we do. We operate in some of the most spectacular areas of the world. This comes with a responsibility,” says Daniel Skjeldam, CEO of Hurtigruten.
The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for delivery in December of this year. 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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