By 2021, Hurtigruten plans to operate at least six of its ships on a combination of biogas, LNG and large battery packs.
The company will be the first cruise operation to power ships with fossil-free fuel, CEO Daniel Skjeldam (pictured) claimed.
With a growing fleet of 17 ships, Hurtigruten is the largest expedition cruise line. The company has invested heavily in green technology, such as battery solutions.
Renewable biogas is a clean source of energy, considered the most eco-friendly fuel currently available. Biogas is already used as fuel in small parts of the transport sector, especially in buses.
Northern Europe and Norway, which has large fishery and forestry sectors that produces a steady volume of organic waste, has a unique opportunity to become world leader in biogas production, the company said.
”While competitors are running on cheap, polluting heavy fuel oil, our ships will literally be powered by nature. Biogas is the greenest fuel in shipping, and will be a huge advantage for the environment. We would love other cruise companies to follow,” Skjeldam said.