Hurtigruten have shared plans for the first zero-emission cruise ship, set to become the world’s most energy-efficient cruise vessel. The ship will use  combination of 60 MWh batteries, solar panel, artificial intelligence and more to eliminate emissions.

Just shy of the company’s 130th anniversary, Hurtigruten’s team presented its concept for SeaZero, and said the ship would be launching around 2030.

The announcement of this vessel is part of the company’s larger plan to operate with only zero-emission ships.

The technology on the ship is truly revolutionary. The vessel will have three large retractable sails with solar panels, artificial intelligence will maximise the efficiency of docking and undocking using hundreds of cameras and a series of other measures like contra-rotating propellers, retractable thrusters, air lubrication, advanced hull coating, wind technology and more will work towards the ship totally eliminating its carbon footprint.

The wing rigs have been designed to improve aerodynamics, pulling in the air currents at up to 50 meters for enhanced propulsion. In summer, the vessel will be powered by northern Norway’s midnight sun that keeps shining 24 hours daily.

Hurtigruten's zero admission ships
Hurtigruten’s zero admission ships

Renewable energy from the charging port or sails is stored in the huge 60 MWh battery’s storage system.

The bridge could be slimmed down like an airline cockpit as more of the ship’s controls are taken over by artificial intelligence.

The design improves aerodynamics and offers guests increased living space and space to enjoy views.

To lower and keep the underwater drag in check, the two thrusters at the stern will retract into the hull when cruising.

The firm is building an underwater air lubrication system to permit the electric vessel to “surf” on a big carpet of bubbles.

Guests will also play an integral role in lowering energy consumption with next-gen data-driven solutions permitting them to control and monitor energy use directly from smartphones.

The new ship is 135m long, with 270 cabins for 500 guests and 99 crew. 

Henrik Burvang, Research and Innovation Manager at VARD says: “The streamlined shape, with its innovative hull and propulsion solutions, not only reduces energy demand but also increases passenger comfort. In the process, we are developing new design tools and exploring new technologies for energy efficiency.”

Hurtigruten’s Norway CEO, Hedda Felin says: “When we initially announced the Sea Zero project over a year ago, we were faced with the challenge of not knowing which technologies would be available to us in 2030. Our task was to pave the way for new innovations and enhance existing ones to align with our sustainability objectives.

“While some of these technologies have reached a relatively advanced stage, they still necessitate dedicated research and development to ensure successful implementation within the maritime context. On the other hand, certain technologies are still in early development and require fundamental research and thorough testing.

“ We are committed to delivering a ship that surpasses all others in terms of energy efficiency and sustainability within just a few years.”

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