A Norwegian cruise liner will soon have their fleet powered by a byproduct of the ocean.
If there is one thing that there is plenty of in the ocean, besides water and salt, it's fish, both alive and dead. The Nordic cruise liner Hurtigruten, known as one of the world's biggest expedition cruise operators, has an innovative plan to go green in the big blue sea by using dead fish to power their engines. It's a project that will cost $826 million and is three years of labor in the making but once the plan has fully set sail, the cruise line company is certain that it will pay off, both in profits for Hurtigruten as well as for environmental health.
Reuters reported that, in an exclusive interview, Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam explained that converting an energy source from the organic waste material of dead fish, which would have otherwise gone to, well, waste is Hurtigruten's plan to take responsible action for the planet.
"Our main aim is to improve and cut emissions," Skjeldam told Reuters.
This will be no easy feat considering that the company currently has a fleet of 17 cruise ships and have ordered 3 new ships to be built as well. The new ships will be battery powered with diesel engines as a back-up in case of emergencies. Hurtigruten's plan for the new electric ships is already well into motion - full steam ahead with 2 of the ships already completed at a splash under $180 million each. Hurtigruten's ultimate goal is to be carbon neutral by the year 2050.
“We definitely have to be there in 2050 as a company and the cruise industry must definitely have to come a long way as well,” said Skjeldam.
Along with all of these green plans in the works, six of Hurtigruten's older vessels will be retrofitted to run on a combination of liquefied natural gas (LNG), electric batteries and liquefied biogas (LBG).
Skjeldam also revealed a startling factor that perhaps helped to fuel the plans for refitting the engines. Many of the crews, the CEO said, have reported seeing glaciers recede and plastic waste on beaches where the ships dock.
Bon voyage, harmful emissions!