Published 2022-06-03 00:00:00
Havila Kystruten makes history in the Geirangerfjord

Havila Kystruten`s newest ship, Havila Castor, made history in the Geirangerfjord Thursday – operating the first zero emission cruise through the world heritage fjord.

Havila Kystruten's ships are built for the future and are the most environmentally friendly ships along the Norwegian coast. With a battery pack of 6.1 Megawatt hours (MWh), the world's largest battery pack on a passenger ship, the ships can sail up to 4 hours on pure battery power. In combination with liquefied natural gas (LNG), CO2 emissions are reduced by 30 % and NOX emissions by 90 % compared to similar vessels that use fossil fuel.
In 2018, the Norwegian Parliament decided that cruise ships and ferries must sail emission-free in Norwegian World Heritage fjords as soon as technically possible, and no later than 2026.
Havila Castor used battery powered propulsion only for three hours this voyage, and spent just over 60 % of the battery's capacity.
Prior to the change to battery operation, the passengers on board were encouraged to be aware of the use of electricity for mobile charging, light and heating in the cabin, in addition to the ship's hotel operation reducing its consumption.

“It requires some resources to cook for over 300 passengers, as well for lighting on board and to heat the ship. When we sail emission-free, we do everything we can to reduce the consumption of electricity, and sailing like this becomes a shared responsibility, says Sandra Ness, head of climate & environment in Havila Kystruten.

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