Reducing fuel consumption is one of our most important environmental tasks. No ship from Hurtigruten uses heavy fuel oil. Our ships on the coastal routes use low sulphur SDM (Special Distillate Marine), and our explorer ship, MS Fram, uses an even more eco-friendly fuel, Marine Gas Oil. We always strive to reduce our emissions, and will continue exploring every possible opportunity that could be beneficial for the environment.
Changing propellers has a huge impact both on propulsion and fuel consumption. Measurements after changing the propeller on MS Richard With indicated an annual reduction up to 10%. New propellers were then fitted to MS Nordnorge in late December 2014, and MS Kong Harald and MS Nordkapp are in the pipeline.
In the last few years our fuel reduction initiatives have resulted in a significant reduction (L/nm):
Together with Ocean Visuals, we contribute to continuous real-time oil surveillance along the Norwegian coast. With a hyper spectral laser installed on board MS Midnatsol, we can detect even the smallest oil spill both while sailing and during port calls. We also collaborate with a wide range of scientific communities both nationally and internationally, providing important knowledge and information about the Arctic and Antarctica.
Daily Presence in Waters
Hurtigruten is unique for its 122 years of continuous sailing along the Norwegian coast. This provides research institutes with an opportunity to harvest accumulated data from our ships.
A prime example is the thermographic data gathered by the Institute of Marine Research (IMR). Our contribution has been vital in ensuring that the Institute of Marine Research now possesses perhaps the longest climate-related time series in the world. The data are used to monitor and assess environmental conditions along the Norwegian coast.
Hurtigruten also has a strong partnership with The Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA). In 2014, NIVA installed a Ferrybox system on MS Trollfjord, which they also introduced on MS Vesterålen in 2006 in cooperation with IMR.
The majority of Norwegian fish farm facilities are located along the coastal stretch from Bergen to Kirkenes. Therefore, the Ferrybox system, among other purposes, plays an important role in alerting changes in the water environment, such as temperature fluctuations, freshwater inflow, and toxic algae blooms. Information from the Ferreybox system is also a vital component used in the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive, to ensure the quality of satellite data and in an ocean acidification project.
Hurtigruten is a participant in the Norwegian Polar Institute’s project to register marine mammals in the Arctic. Gathering this data improves insight of habitat use and seasonal migration patterns and is also used in The Environmental Monitoring of Svalbard.
From July 21 through to August 21, 2014, the Expedition Team on MS Fram observed 52 polar bears in Svalbard.