The Norwegian specialist expedition cruise company Hurtigruten says it plans to fuel it liners with biogas made from the leftovers of fish processing,in a new initiative to help increase the use green energy solutions within the sector.
The leftovers – along with other organic waste – will be used to generate biogaswhich will then be liquefied and used in place of fossil fuels.
Hurtigruten operates in the Arctic and Antarctic and currently operates a fleet of 17 ships.
It aims to have converted at least six of those vessels to biogas, LNG and large battery packs by 2021.
The company is also banning single-use plastics in an effort to be more environmentally sustainable.
Biogas can be generated from most forms of organic waste by speeding up and harnessing the natural decomposition process to capture the methane produced.
Organic waste is produced by all food industries but is frequently disposed of in landfill, where it contributes to greenhouse gas emissions as it decomposes.
Hurtigruten is currently building three new hybrid-powered cruise ships in Norway, to be delivered in the next three years.
“Norway is a large shipping nation – but fishery and forestry are also large sectors,” explains Hurtigruten’s chief executive, Daniel Skjeldam.
“They create jobs and produce income, but they also produce a lot of waste products.
“Steady access to high volumes of organic waste gives the Nordic countries a unique position on the biogas market.
“We are pushing for more innovation and more investment.
“I believe we have just seen the beginning of what in a few years will be a huge sector.”