The company noted that the fuel that is being tested on
board the ship MS Polarlys was free of palm oil.
The tests started several weeks ago, according to the
company, and will continue in the coming weeks.
Hurtigruten stressed that the shipping industry stands for
the use of more than 330 Mt fuels every year and is the cause of 2-3 percent of
all global CO2 emissions.
“We are just at the beginning when it comes to using
biodiesel in the shipping industry. We want to move the boundaries and learn
more about how this can be used in a bigger scale,” Daniel Skjeldam,
Hurtigruten CEO, said.
“Hurtigruten wants an international ban of use of cheap,
polluting heavy fuel oil the whole Arctic area and along the Norwegian coast.
It makes no sense to create more pollution and increase the risk of spills and
destruction in areas that need to be protected.”
In addition to the biodiesel tests, the Norwegian cruise
company has also signed a 7.5-year liquefied biogas (LBG) supply deal which is
said to be the largest ever contract of its kind involving a shipping operator.
The partnership includes near-daily delivery of biogas
produced from organic waste to Hurtigruten ships.
Hurtigruten intends to replace conventional engines with
gas-powered engines and large battery packs on at least six of its ships by
2021. The hybrid ships will run on a combination of clean electric power,
liquefied natural gas (LNG) and LBG.
As explained, LBG can be mixed with and used on same tanks
and engines as LNG, taking advantage of existing infrastructure and technology.
What is more, the company has recently welcomed a new battery-hybrid
powered ship, the MS Roald Amundsen, earlier this year. Roald Amundsen is the
first of three 15,000-ton hybrid-powered vessels ordered by the company.