The maritime industry supported this development is also enthusiastic about the decision. Namely, Hege Økland, CEO of NCE Maritime CleanTech, compares it to the Norwegian Parliament’s decision from 2015, which says that all ferries in new tenders must have low or zero emission technology. This will lead to more than 60 electrical ferries being seaborne within the next few years.
Havila Holding AS also, one of the operators between Bergen and Kirkenes from 2021, noted that it is very possible to have emissions-free ships and ferries in the Norwegian fjords within a few years.
The regulation will make all cruise and tourist ships sailing along the coast of Norway to plan how to halt emissions. Existing ships must be equipped for electric propulsion with battery packs and, in the future, hydrogen. In addition, onshore power will be needed in ports, in order for ships to recharge when docked.
Last year, more than 300.000 cruise passenger visited the Norwegian fjords. This huge traffic caused a high air pollution, which has now become a major problem for both tourists and residents. Specifically, measurements at the Geiranger Fjord in Møre og Romsdal, one of the most visited fjords, show that air pollution in the village is so high at times, that it can be a health hazard.