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First-ever Cruise Ship Powered by Battery goes on a Journey

Powered by battery packs, the new Hurtigruten cruise ship “Roald Amundsen” is silently sailing its way to the West Coast of Norway for the first time.

The Norwegian ship operator Hurtigruten debuts its new battery-powered cruise ship “Roald Amundsen” heading out to the west coast of Norway. The new cruise ship was designed for the sketchy mood of water and can carry over 500 passengers. Roald Amundsen will be the first-ever battery-powered ship.

“This opens a new chapter in maritime history. MS Roald Amundsen is the first cruise ship equipped with batteries, something deemed impossible just a few years back. With the introduction of MS Roald Amundsen, Hurtigruten sets a new standard not only for cruising, but for the entire shipping industry to follow,” said Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam.

Named after the first man to lead a successful expedition to the South Pole, the Roald Amundsen will now explore cruise destinations passing through the legendary Northwest Passage. Taking the helm is Hurtigruten’s own captain Kai Albrigtsen.

Roald Amundsen’s engine runs mainly on marine gasoil while the ship’s battery pack enables it to run solely on batteries for around 45 to 60 minutes under ideal conditions, Skjeldam told Reuters.

According to Hurtigruten, the battery pack will reduce CO2 emissions by more than 20%.

“The MS Roald Amundsen is designed and built with sustainability at core of every little detail. In addition to the green technology, this makes her the first cruise ship in the world designed to be single-use plastic free. Sustainability will also be an integral part of the guest experience. From the hand-picked Hurtigruten Expedition Team to the industry-first Science Center, we will give the guests a deeper understanding of the areas we explore,” added Skjeldam.

“We expect batteries to be an important part of shipping in the years to come, but of course we don’t expect our ships to be able to operate only on batteries, because the ship can sail up to 18-20 days in areas where there are no charging points,” said Skjeldam.

After the successful launch of the first battery-powered cruise ship, two more ships were said to follow, including the Fridtjof Nansen in 2020, and yet-to-be-named sister in 2021.