Norway cruise company to use rotten fish to power their engines.
“We are talking about an energy source (LBG) from organic waste, which would otherwise have gone up in the air. This is waste material from dead fish, from agriculture and forestry,” Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam.
“Our main aim is to improve and cut emissions,” he said.
The pleasure boats go to both the Artic and Antarctic with routes in and around Greenland, Iceland and most Northern parts of Russia.
The shipping sector is facing tougher international regulations, including cuts in CO2 emissions by at least 50 per cent by 2050 compared with 2008 levels, and a ban on fuels with sulphur content above 0.5 per cent from 2020 against 3.5 per cent now.
Hurtigruten wants to be carbon neutral by 2050.
“The changes in the Arctic over the past 20-30 years are not caused by carbon dioxide emissions in the Arctic, but you can see the effects of the emissions elsewhere in the world first in the Arctic,” Skjeldam said.
“Our crews have seen glaciers retreat and plastic waste on beaches where they land,” making this a positive contribution to the environment on a larger scale.
Norway’s Hurtigruten is investing 7 billion crowns ($826 million) over three years to adapt its 17-strong fleet.
Six of its older vessels will be retrofitted to run on a combination of liquefied natural gas (LNG), electric batteries and liquefied bio gas (LBG).