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Monday, May 27, 2019 

Hurtigruten and Norway-based Biokraft have inked a seven-year deal in which the renewable energy company will supply the cruise operator with a liquified biogas (LBG) made from dead fish.

In what is the largest ever global contract for the supply of LBG to a shipping operator, Hurtigruten ships will be the first cruiseships in the world to be powered by fossil-free LBG. The shipowner will replace conventional engines with gas-powered engines and large battery packs on at least six vessels by 2021. These will run on a combination of clean electric power, natural gas (LNG) and biogas (LBG).

Biokraft CEO Håvard Wollan said: “We are proud to partner with Hurtigruten and see this as a major step towards green and sustainable shipping. It is very encouraging to see that Hurtigruten once again proves their stance as the world’s greenest cruise line, setting an example by effectively being the company that is introducing biogas as fuel in the shipping industry.

“Norway has a long history as one of the world’s leading maritime nations and has been living off the oceans for generations. Currently our oceans are under pressure from climate change and pollution. This is what we are working to change with dedicated partners like Hurtigruten.”

Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam said: “What others see as a problem, we see as a resource and a solution. While other operators are running on cheap, polluting heavy fuel oil, our ships will literally be powered by nature. Biogas is the greenest fuel in shipping, a no-brainer for us, and a huge advantage for the environment. We would love other cruise companies to follow.”

Biogas is already used as fuel in small parts of the transport sector, especially in buses. Northern Europe and Norway, which has large fishery and forestry sectors that produces a steady volume of organic waste, has a unique opportunity to become world leader in biogas production.

The first delivery of Biokraft produced biogas to Hurtigruten is expected to take place in 2020.

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