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Cunard’s 2,068-passenger Queen Elizabeth was the first cruise ship in the world to trial a motorised, floating pier when she called into Skjokden, Norway recently.

At 720-feet long and 15-feet wide, SeaWalk is equipped with two 250 HP azimuth thrusters and unfolds in a zig zag from shoreside to the cruise ship, removing the need for tendering when ships are berthed offshore.

“Why should the ship be moored to the pier when the pier can be moored to the ship?” SeaWalk partner Ole Heggheim said in an email to Cruise Critic.

With the ability to offload over 4,000 passengers in an hour, Cruise Critic reports that the SeaWalk can also operate comfortably in one to two metre swells all for less than half the cost of a permanent dock.

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Words: Natalie Aroyan