Oslo-based TMC Compressors of the Seas (TMC) announced the signing of a deal to deliver its energy efficient marine compressed air systems to the two newbuild cruise ships.

The two vessels, 122.7 metres long and able to carry 640 passengers, will be powered by LNG but they will also feature batteries, aiming to be the most environmentally friendly coastal cruise ships in service and to keep a zero environmental footprint for operation in the Norwegian coastline, according to Havila Kystruten.

Norway's Havyard Design & Solutions has designed the two vessels through the aid of advanced simulation models, to meet the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications’ environmental requirements, the company has earlier explained.

The Havila Kystruten cruise ferries are scheduled to start sailing in early 2021.

Norway is a leader in the operation of environmentally-friendly vessels, as part of its efforts to reduce emissions in the pristine environment of the Fjords.