The zero-emission ships will be able to accommodate up to 300 passengers in 150 cabins
Northern Xplorer has launched its zero-emission cruise concept for sailing in the Nordic countries, with a series of 14 ships planned.
The ships will be able to accommodate up to 300 passengers in 150 cabins, along with 100 crew. The first are intended to be operational from 2024-25, in advance of new 2026 regulations that will be introduced by the Norwegian government which will make zero emissions operation mandatory in the country’s fjords.
“Northern Xplorer will provide opportunities to travel ‘off the beaten track’, connecting passengers with unique locations in the Nordic countries in a personal way,” says company founder and CEO Rolf André Sandvik. “Northern Xplorer sets a new course for sustainable cruising for thinking travellers, with future expansion providing a gateway to other European destinations both coastal and on navigable waterways inland.”
The ships will feature technologies including fully electric propulsion, battery energy storage, hydrogen fuel cells and auxiliary renewable energy supply, while high velocity air conditioning systems will help to reduce the spread of pathogens. They will also feature LADAR technology to detect marine plastic debris.
Experiences available onboard will include interaction with local communities through cultural activities and social dining in small groups. The cruise line will focus on visiting destinations inaccessible to larger ships.
“As a company we will be part of the local fabric offering compelling activities that support local employment and innovation,” said Sandvik. We will perform strict due diligence of sub-suppliers to ensure our green philosophy spans the value chain, while also facilitating scientific research and marine conservation.”