Salmon waste to power cruise lin­ers

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A NOR­WE­GIAN cruise line op­er­a­tor is plan­ning to use salmon waste and dead fish to power its ship in what is be­ing hailed as a ground-break­ing green ini­tia­tive.

The Hur­tigruten line, which of­fers cruises to some of the world’s re­moter re­gions, is in­vest­ing more than £600 mil­lion in new sus­tain­able tech­nol­ogy.

It said that up to six of its cruise ships, in­clud­ing three new hy­brid pow­ered ves­sels, will be fu­elled by liqui­fied bio­gas made from fish and other or­ganic waste by 2021.

Next year will see the launch of MS Roald Amund­sen, the world’s first bat­tery hy­brid pow­ered cruise ship, which will have al­most silent en­gines, thus help­ing to avoid dis­turb­ing ma­rine life.

The ship­ping line will be the first com­pany in the world to use this type of fuel on such a large scale and should help to counter the claim by many en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists that ship­ping com­pa­nies are a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to global pol­lu­tion.

The ships will sail on a com­bi­na­tion of nat­u­ral gas and liq­uid bio­gas - a fos­sil-free, cli­mate neu­tral fuel pro­duced by waste and by-prod­ucts from fish farm­ing, con­ven­tional fish­eries, forestry and agri­cul­ture.

And as Nor­way is the world’s largest salmon farm­ing coun­try and is also heav­ily forested, the ship­ping com­pany is not ex­pect­ing to en­counter any fuel short­age prob­lems in fu­ture.

Hur­tigruten CEO Daniel Sk­jel­dam said: ‘Bio­gas is the most en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly fuel avail­able to­day. While most of our com­peti­tors are still sail­ing on cheap, pol­lut­ing heavy oil, our ships will lit­er­ally be driven by na­ture.

‘And what we are do­ing is just the be­gin­ning. We are push­ing for more in­vest­ment into fur­ther green tech­nol­ogy.”

Fred­eric Hauge from the en­vi­ron­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion Bel­lona, which for years has been a driv­ing force for the devel­op­ment of bio­gas, said Hur­tigruten had taken a se­ri­ously im­por­tant step to­wards im­prov­ing the en­vi­ron­ment.

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