Paul Gosling draws attention to an article in Arctic Today, an independent news source in partnership with media organizations from around the ‘circumpolar North’ to bring readers international news and perspectives on the changing Arctic.
Victoria Klesty reports that the world’s first hybrid cruise ship propelled partly by battery power and partly by marine gasoil, is headingd out from northern Norway on its maiden voyage.
The 500 passenger expedition cruise ship, the Roald Amundsen, operated by Hurtigruten, is designed to sail in harsh climate waters and will head for the Arctic from Tromsø and sail the Northwest Passage to Alaska before heading south, reaching Antarctica in October.
The ship’s battery pack will enable it to run solely on batteries for around 45 to 60 minutes under ideal conditions, reducing fuel consumption and saving about 20% in carbon dioxide emissions.
It’s designed to take excess energy from the engines and put it into the battery when the ship doesn’t need it and put it back into the engine when the ship needs it.
There is ongoing research into designing lighter and more effective batteries and the company’s second hybrid cruise ship, to be delivered later this year, will have a battery pack with twice the capacity of the Roald Amundsen.