Kongsberg Maritime Green Solutions for 3 Hurtigruten Vessels
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Kongsberg Maritime Green Solutions for 3 Hurtigruten Vessels

Kongsberg Maritime recently announce the signing of a contract to upgrade three Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express passenger vessels with

Kongsberg Maritime recently announce the signing of a contract to upgrade three Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express passenger vessels with comprehensive equipment packages for hybrid operation. The company aims to cut CO2 emissions from their operation along the coast of Norway by at least 25 percent. KM will collaborate closely with Norwegian shipyard Myklebust Verft on the refit. At the core of the extensive upgrades, each vessel will be fitted with two SAVe Energy 1,120kWh lithium-ion Energy Storage systems, controlled via Kongsberg Maritime’s SAVe CUBE integrated drive switchboard. This single cabinet solution includes all frequency converters, drives and DC switching equipment necessary for the hybrid system, controlling all connected thrusters, saving space and simplifying cooling and installation.

Two new, energy-efficient Bergen B33:45L6P diesel engines will propel each vessel, equipped with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) to ensure optimal emissions control and compliance with IMO Tier III regulations, and fully compatible with KONGSBERG’s digital management solutions, including health monitoring. The delivery scope also encompasses reblading of the main propellers, new thruster motors, AC switching, safety and telegraph systems, in addition to full system integration and commissioning.

Shaft generators on the engines will supply electrical power, managed by a custom installation of the K-Chief 700 Power Management system. Data from onboard sensors will be collated and shared via the K-IMS (Information Management System) application and analysed using Vessel Insight. Geir Oscar Løseth, General Manager Sales, Advanced Offerings at KM, explains: “Green shipping requires a holistic way of thinking. Optimal operation depends on many solutions working together to ensure that fuel consumption remains low. Every aspect of this project – from the equipment chosen to how it is integrated, installed and used – is equally important to achieving the final result.”

Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Express is part of Hurtigruten Group, the world’s leading adventure travel group, which also includes Hurtigruten Expeditions, the world’s largest expedition cruise line.

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