Hurtigruten will collaborate with Sintef to find out how they can make emission-free cruise ships. According to the plan, the first ship will be launched by 2030.
“We have followed the technology development and have seen that the infrastructure has come so far that now it was the right decision to fully commit,” Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam told E24.
The ship must be built in 2026–2027 for it to be ready by 2030, Skjeldam said. He did not reveal details about the financial framework of the project.
“But we know that it will cost us more than building a conventional ship… But we also expect more people to be involved and share that bill in the development.”
Hurtigruten says that they will develop the technology needed. Sintef will now carry out a feasibility study and find out which technology is available today, which technology must be developed, and who can contribute to building the ship.
The study will probably be completed by the summer, but it may take two to three years before a finished design is completely ready, Sintef estimated.
“Achieving this in practice is a very big challenge, so we think it is very exciting,” Sintef chief Alexandra Bech Gjørv stated.
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