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Turning the Sea Green

Hurtigruten announced this week that they are planning on reducing the CO2emissions of their current fleet, and their future ships, by switching to battery power and running on algae fuel.

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The announcement was made at the Paris Climate Conference that they will be using hybrid ships in the near future to carry out their many expedition cruises. Hurtigruten’s CEO, Daniel Skjeldam introduced the concept at the conference, “The cruise and the maritime transport industries must accept greater environmental responsibility. Hurtigruten is already strongly committed. Rapid progress also requires appropriate political framework and the obligation from the maritime sector as a whole” 

The cruise line will be joining a club that already includes members like; Royal Caribbean, Costa and Cunard to make the seas more ‘green’.

The Norwegian company have teamed up with the Bellona Foundation, one of the leading Norwegian organisation whose main goal is to reduce Norway’s carbon footprint by curbing its gas and oil pollution.

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The two have partnered up to try and construct a way of achieving their goal of creating a fleet of emission free cruise liners. The President of Bellona, Frederic Hauge, built on Skjeldam’s statement, “We consider Hurtigruten’s reach-out to be a very credible and inspiring expression of their willingness to contribute to achieving the objective of emission-free global shipping and sea travel”.

This all comes ahead of news that Hurtigruten are expanding their horizons, commencing 2017, to more than just mostly Norway - they will now be sailing to South America, Africa, and continental Europe as well. With all of these new destinations being added, it is encouraging that they are thinking about their carbon footprint!

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