Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ flagship ’Bolette’and her sistership ’Borealis’ have made inaugural connections to shore power at Bergen and San Francisco, respectively, this month.
‘Borealis’ became the first Fred. Olsen’s cruise ship to utilise shore power, by connecting during a transit call to San Francisco as part of the ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ cruise on 17th April.
A week later, ‘Bolette’ connected to shore power for seven hours on a call at Bergen, Norway. During this time, the ship was able to utilise up to 27,000 kW of renewable hydropower.
Bolette will reconnect when she returns to Bergen on 23rd May, 2023. Both ships will plug into any future connections when available at other ports.
Stuart Ferguson, Fred.Olsen’s Head of Quality and Resource, said: “Our sister ships, ’Bolette’ and ’Borealis’, the newest additions to our fleet, have brought a number of benefits to our brand, not only with enhanced on-board facilities but also with innovative new technologies that allow us to sail the world more sustainably.
“Being able to connect to shore power allows us to turn off our engines and make use of renewable energy to keep our ships running while in port.
“Cruising has pioneered the way among the shipping and maritime industries with these sustainable developments in engineering, and we look forward to being able to connect in more ports, as shore power technology becomes more accessible across the world,” he said.