World’s first hybrid powered cruise ship

Environmentally sustainable hybrid technology

Thanks to our resident nautical expert, Jaime, linking to a story that in 2019, cruise operator Hurtigruten will add a brand new ship to its fleet: the MS Roald Amundsen. The state of the art vessel features new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology that will reduce fuel consumption and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible.

MS Roald Amundsen is the first of two hybrid ships Hurtigruten will add to its fleet over the next few years, cutting emissions by sailing with electrical propulsion. Hybrid technology, combined with the advanced construction of the hull and effective use of electricity on board will reduce fuel consumption and CO2-emissions on the ships by 20 per cent. The build of these two ships represents the largest single investment in the history of Hurtigruten.

The future of shipping will be silent and emission-free. MS Roald Amundsen will lead the way towards an even more sustainable way of travelling. Sailing on electrical power is not only a great benefit for the environment, but it will also enhance the impact of experiencing nature for the guests. The ship is unlikely to be seen in Madeira as it has been specially constructed for voyages in polar waters and serve as a comfortable basecamp at sea – bringing adventurers from all over the world to the most spectacular destinations in the most sustainable way.

4 thoughts on “World’s first hybrid powered cruise ship”

  1. About bloody time 🙂

    I believe that cruise ships already use pod thrusters for maneuvering and as such the move over to efficient main drive motors is inevitable
    There have been diesel electric trains for many years which can be referred to as hybrid powered by diesel turbines

    What then to do with all the bunker oil?

    • “What then to do with all the bunker oil?”

      It can be refined into diesel, petrol or other lubricants. Or, it can be left in the ground.

  2. As with seaborne pollution the marine industry is earnestly trying to ‘clean up it’s act’ with regard to air pollution.

    Caroline often counters Brexiteer’s EU scorn by pointing out the “unseen” benefits of EU membership and as such it was the EU, leading the way, in 2012 with legislation( sulphur directive rules )that required the maximum sulphur content of marine fuels to reduce from 3.5% to 0.5% by Jan 2020 and in some areas such as the Baltic and North Sea including the English Channel designated Sulphur Oxides Emissions Control Areas reduced from 1% to 0.1% .
    This legislation is now being hailed as having improved air quality in these SOxECA areas according to an EU report

    At a UN International Maritime Organisation meeting in 2018 the EU pushed for cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from ships of 70% – 100% by 2050. The final agreement settled for target of “at least 50%” with an overwhelming majority of countries supporting the deal – only Saudi Arabia, Brazil and USA raised specific objections – can’t think why lol !!

    Of course whilst being somewhat critical of the USA it was infact, that country that built a CO2 emissions free merchant ship, the passenger cargo liner NS Savannah back in 1959. The only problem was the NS stood for Nuclear (powered) Ship and was really built to “showcase” President Eisenhower’s “Atoms for Peace” initiative so was never a commercially viable venture – let alone all the other fears about nuclear energy !!


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