Norway to only allow net-zero cruise ships in its fjords

The Norwegian government is hoping to phase out traditional marine fuel ships by 2035 at the latest.

NORWAY’S National Maritime Authority has proposed a transition period from 2026-2035 for the implementation of a net-zero emission mandate for ships sailing in its fjords, using low- and zero-carbon fuels.

The aggressive timeline toward banning fuel-powered ships is a far more advanced schedule than that which is set by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), whose members have committed to net zero by 2050.

CLIA said its ambition is to work closely with Norway’s national and local authorities.

The Association said it hopes to ensure good access to new fuel solutions for its members so they can continue to sail in Norway’s fjords.

“Cruise lines have committed to a vision of net zero emissions by 2050 and are investing in new technologies to achieve this ambition,” CLIA told travelBulletin in a statement.

“The cruise sector is exploring a range of fuel solutions including green ammonia, battery technology, and advanced biogas and biofuel.

“The cruise fleet is being continuously upgraded to use shoreside electricity, and several ports along the Norwegian coast have shoreside electricity projects underway.”

Most cruise lines which visit the Norwegian fjords have ordered LNG-fuelled ships, however many of these newbuilds will not be delivered by 2026.

It is unclear what Norway’s slated transition landscape to net zero from 2026 will look like, nor whether any cruise lines which visit the region will be able to meet the targets.

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