The Roald Amundsen, a hybrid cruise expedition ship capable of seating 500 passengers, can sail in harsh climate waters.
On its first trip from northern Norway, tour provider Hurtigruten said on Monday, the first cruise ship partly powered by battery energy has been ready to leave.
Named after the Northwest Passage Norway sailor who first reached the South Pole in 1903-1906, this week the vessel starts for the Arctic, sailing from Tromsoe into Alaska before it goes west and then to the Antarctic in October. In October this vessel sails to Northwest Passage.
While motors operate on mostly marine diesel, Hurtigruten Chief Executive of Daniel Skjeldam informed Reuters that the ship battery pack allows them to operate on battery only for about 45 to 60 minutes under the optimal condition.
In comparison to working on sea-only marine gas oil, the firm reports that the battery pack reduces gas use and saves carbon dioxide emissions by about 20 percent.
‘ It is to carry too much energy out of motors and bring it into the battery if the vessel does not have to and return it to the motor when the vessel requires it — it is a means of considerably decreasing emissions without any charge centers. ‘
Inspired by the Norway hybrid ferries fleet and its growing fleet of electric cars, the company runs spectral cruise lines along the fiords of the country and into the Arctic.
The propelled boat battery innovation is in its early stages even on smaller paths, as few ports offer loading facilities.
“We hope that the battery will be an important part of the shipping in future years, but we do not expect that our ships can only be used with batteries because the ship will be able to sail up to 18-20 days in zones without charging points,” was added.
Hurtigruten hopes to enhance its infrastructure on traditional paths along the Norwegian coast, with loading presently only being available in the second largest city of Bergen, Norway.
The potential of large ship batteries also depends on the ability of providers to create heavier and strong devices.
“We predict a ship battery revolution and assume batteries to be slower and efficient and we have put extra space in place to install additional batteries when battery packaging becomes more efficient,” Skjeldam said.
He stated that the company’s second hybrid crossing vessel will be supplied with a battery pack of two times the ability of the Rock Amundsen on request subsequent this year.