Becker Marine Systems revealed plans to offer the LNG Hybrid Barge’s technology, which has been successfully tested at the Port of Hamburg, to provide low-emission power to cruise ships operating in Norwegian fjords and ports.
Cruises through the fjords of Norway are said to enjoy immense popularity. However, since supplying power to ships is associated with a particularly high environmental impact due to the special climatic conditions, Becker Marine Systems is working with the LNG Hybrid Barge on a more environmentally-friendly solution that meets the strict legal requirements in Norway.
“We would like to offer the barge technology, which has successfully been operated at the Port of Hamburg in the last three years, in a larger design for use in cruise ships anchored in fjords and are already in discussions about this with Norwegian port and cruise ship operators,” Dirk Lehmann, Managing Director of Becker Marine Systems, said at Nor-Shipping, a maritime trade fair being held in Oslo from May 30 to June 2.
The use of LNG enables an alternative and clean external supply of power to cruise ships, as explained by the company.
“The implementation of another barge employing flexible LNG technology has also attracted interest from China and Spain, where cruise ship can be operated year round,” Lehmann further said.
At Nor-Shipping, the company is featuring its maneuvering systems and energy-saving solutions for ships.