Hurtigruten MS Eirik Raude MS Midnatsol credit Maximilian Schwarz

Hurtigruten introduces three new hybrid-powered cruise ships

Hurtigruten is transforming three vessels to hybrid-powered expedition cruise ships.

The three ships, equipped with battery packs and other green technology, will operate year-round expedition cruises along the Norwegian coast from 2021.

This company, which this summer introduced the world’s first hybrid-powered cruise ship, MS Roald Amundsen, will add another three hybrid-powered ships.

Daniel Skjeldam, CEO of the company, said: "With these new expedition cruise vessels, you will be able to explore Norway like never before, with all the comforts, facilities and expertise you need for creating a perfect adventure. Combined with groundbreaking green technology, these ships will truly stand out."

As they will be transformed into expedition cruise ships, the current MS Trollfjord, MS Finnmarken and MS Midnatsol, will be renamed MS Maud, MS Otto Sverdrup and MS Eirik Raude.

MS Otto Sverdrup will have battery packs installed during a 2020 yard stay, with a letter of intent for the same battery installation on MS Maud and MS Eirik Raude in 2021. The battery packs will support the ships' engines, and significantly cut emissions.

The three ships will also be equipped for shore power, to cut emissions to zero when docked in ports with shore power facilities. In addition, they will get upgraded low-emission engines, complying with all known and upcoming regulations (Tier3).

Daniel Skjeldam said: "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."

Through the three upgrade projects, the ships will be transformed into expedition cruise ships, carrying a maximum of 530 guests.


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