A bold decision: only fossil-fuel-powered vehicles allowed on Havila Voyages ships

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Havila Kystruten has decided only to allow motor vehicles that use fossil fuel. This means electric, hybrid and hydrogen cars cannot be transported on board the hybrid vessels.

This is the first European (semi) ferry company to implement this restriction (in a country with plenty of electric vehicles). [press release in Norwegian]

The 12-day Norwegian Coastal Route is divided between Hurtigruten (8 ships) and Havila (2 ships with 2 more under construction).

This route is both a cruise route (people staying onboard for several days or for the whole Bergen-Kirkeness-Bergen voyage) and a public transportation route.

Havila has also decided that boarding and disembarking of private vehicles will only be carried out in Bergen and Kirkenes, except for service vehicles for personnel who do necessary work on board the company’s ships, and emergency vehicles. This also assumes that these are pure fossil cars.

It is not a requirement in the agreement with the Ministry of Transport that ships on the coastal route must transport private cars.

The decision to ban non-fossil-fuel cars is based upon the risk assessment produced by Norwegian consultant firm Proactima.

Hurtigruten Coastal Vessels To Become Hybrid Expedition Cruise Ships

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Through important makeovers, three Hurtigruten coastal vessels will be transformed to hybrid powered expedition cruise ships.

Equipped with battery packs and other green technology, the three ships will operate year-round expedition cruises along the Norwegian coast from 2021 on yet to be disclosed itineraries.

Hurtigruten will no longer be the only company to operate the coastal ferry service, once Kystlink steps in with its four new ships in January 2021. Hurtigruten has always seen this as an opportunity, especially now that the interest in expedition-style cruising is so big.

As they are transformed into expedition cruise ships, the current TROLLFJORD, FINNMARKEN and MIDNATSOL, will be renamed MAUD, OTTO SVERDRUP and EIRIK RAUDE.

OTTO SVERDRUP will have battery packs installed during a 2020 yard stay, with a letter of intent for the same battery installation on MAUD and EIRIK RAUDE in 2021. The battery packs will support the ships engines, and drastically cut emissions.

The three ships will also be equipped for shore power and will get substantially upgraded low-emission engines, complying with all known and upcoming regulations (Tier3).


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Scandlines Installs Norsepower’s Rotor Sail Solution On Hybrid Ferry

Scandlines has signed an agreement to install Norsepower’s Rotor Sail Solution on board the COPENHAGEN, a hybrid ro-pax sailing between Gedser and Rostock.

Since 2013, Scandlines has invested more than EUR 300 million in building and retrofitting ferries from conventional diesel-driven to hybrid ferries. With the addition of Norsepower’s technology, the vessel will further reduce its emissions.

The route between Gedser to the north and Rostock to the south is almost perpendicular to the prevailing wind from west giving Scandlines favourable conditions for using Rotor Sails on the ferry crossing.

Preparations for the retrofit will take place in November 2019 with the installation scheduled for Q2 2020. The ferry is set to be retrofitted with one large-sized Norsepower Rotor Sail unit that is 30m in height and 5m in diameter.

NABU, the German Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union, is pleased with Scandlines’ decision to further reduce CO2 emission:


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Corvus Energy Launches New Battery For Cruise, Ro-Pax And Ro-Ro Ships With Unlimited Capacity

Corvus Energy, the well-known supplier of batteries for hybrid and zero-emission vessels, is introducing its next generation Energy Storage System (ESS), called ‘Corvus Blue Whale’. It is ideal for applications that require low charge/discharge rate combined with very high energy demand such as Cruise, Ro-Pax and Ro-Ro vessels.

By using energy-dense battery cells and a space-saving design, its volume per kWh is reduced by 50% and the weight per kWh is reduced by amazing 30%. Its modular design uses quick connectors for easy commissioning and reduced installation costs.

Corvus Blue Whale has no limitations with regards to size.


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The World’s Largest Plug-In Hybrid Ship Begins To Take Form

The construction of the ‘Color Hybrid’ reached an important milestone when the assembly of 14 large blocks started at Crist Shipyard in Gdynia, Poland. Color Line’s ro-pax ferry will be the world’s largest battery-hybrid ship when entering service between Sandefjord and Strømstad in June next year.


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VIKING GRACE Has Become The World’s First LNG/Wind Electric Propulsion Hybrid Ship

Viking Line’s VIKING GRACE was taken out of service for the installation of a Norsepower’s rotor sail. Watch the installation video.

Torghatten is ready for the new concessions and the new ferries

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Torghatten, the Norwegian group with ferry, bus and air transport (Widerœ) has published the 2017 report.
January 2017 was the start of a new 10-year licensing period for the Horten – Moss route. Traffic development has been good, and all three new ferries have worked without major operational interruptions.
In Helgeland, a new plug-in hybrid ferry was delivered for the Tjøtta – Forvik route.
The group has won two major contracts, which start on 1 January 2019.
These are the ferry connections Halhjem – Sandvikvåg (E39, Hordaland) and Flakk – Rørvik (Trøndelag). Torhatten has 7 ferries under construction for these connections.
Torghatten also signed a contract for the continuation of the operations on Bognes -Scarberget and Drag – Kjøpsvik for the period 2018 to 2021. Here the ferries are upgraded to plug-in hybrid systems.

Key figures for the 2017 (2016) results, including air, ferry and buses:
Revenue NOK 9,740 million (9,386)
EBITDA NOK 1,314 million (1,345)
EBIT NOK 625 million (733)
Result before tax (EBT) 558 million (590)
Result after tax 468 million (448)

Five ferries are built in Turkey, with a gas-electric propulsion plant including a battery pack, and two are being built in Norway, also with gas-electric proplusion.

Hurtigruten’s First Hybrid Vessel Launched

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Although this vessel is an expedition cruise ship rather than a coastal Hurtigruten unit, it is worth mentioning. Indeed, ROALD AMUNDSEN touched water for the first time during a launching ceremony at the Kleven Yard in Ulsteinvik, Norway.
The successful launching marks an important milestone in the construction of the world’s first hybrid powered expedition ship that will be fitted with large battery packs.
From the bay outside the yard, guests and crew on LOFOTEN, built in 1964 and Hurtigruten’s oldest vessel, greeted the newest addition to the fleet.

Photos : Oclin – Hurtigruten