Announced by Hurtigruten Group as part of its 2022 annual Environmental Social and Governance Report (ESG) released last month, the innovative new tender boats are designed for excursions from expedition ships in Arctic and Antarctic waters, and in all regions in-between the poles.
The electric tenders can carry up to 20 guests, along with scientific and safety-related equipment, for use on landings and carefully planned day trips that enable guests to experience destinations in an intimate and sustainable way.
“We’re very proud to be the first commercial expedition cruise fleet to offer this ground-breaking technology enabling silent and emission-free excursions with minimal disturbance to local wildlife. It’s an innovation collaboration based on our aligned commitment to safety and sustainability,” said Iain McNeill, SVP Operations, Hurtigruten Expeditions.
Evoy’s pioneering inboard and outboard electric motor systems are the most flexible, easy to drive, and the most powerful of their kind available today. Battery density that increases the boats sailing range is improving all the time.
“We’re excited to partner with Hurtigruten Expeditions on their path to Net Zero,” said Leif A. Stavøstrand, CEO, Evoy. “We both share a fundamental respect for nature and a strong commitment to protecting our oceans through ensuring emissions don’t make it into the atmosphere,” he added.
Hurtigruten Expeditions will introduce the first electric tender boats on expedition cruises with MS Otto Sverdrup along the Norwegian coast this season.