Hurtigruten has begun a project named Sea Zero to build a zero-emission vessel by 2030.
Through the NOK130m (US$12.2m) project, Hurtigruten aims to build a zero-emission ship that will serve a route between Bergen and Kirkenes in Norway.
Brunvoll has joined the Sea Zero project and will be responsible for investigating alternative integrated green propulsion systems, including autonomous systems for decision making and support on efficient and safe operations at sea.
Hurtigruten is in talks with the Norwegian government to secure funding for the clean maritime project.
Other notable partners in Sea Zero include SINTEF, Cavotec SA, Vard, Corvus Energy, DNV, Sustainable Energy Catapult, Teknotherm, Plug, Jotun, the Norwegian Maritime Authority and Bergen Port.
“We could have waited for others to develop the technology, but Norway would then miss a great opportunity,” said Hedda Felin, CEO of Hurtigruten Norway. “But it is decisive that the Norwegian government financially supports the development, enabling the Norwegian maritime industry to develop the best zero-emission technology and thus contribute to Norwegian value creation. Hurtigruten is ready to do our part through the development of a new zero-emission ship suitable for the Norwegian coastline.”
“Brunvoll has a long tradition in the development of new technology and welcomes the focus on more zero emission,” added Knut Andresen, EVP of engineering and product development at Brunvoll. “This is an important project, both to state Norway’s position in ship design, equipment and building, and for Brunvoll to contribute to a more sustainable future.”