Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ flagship Boletteand sister ship Borealis have made inaugural connections to shore power in calls to Bergen and San Francisco this month.
Borealisbecame the first of Fred. Olsen’s fleet to utilise shore power, by connecting during a transit call to San Francisco as part of the ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ cruise on 17th April.
Just one week later, flagship Bolettefollowed suit, by connecting to shore power for seven hours on a call into Bergen, Norway. During this time, the ship was able to utilise up to 27,000 kilowatts of renewable hydropower.
Bolette will connect again when she returns to Bergen on 23rd May 2023, with both ships to utilise any future connections when available in other ports of call.
Stuart Ferguson, Head of Quality and Resource at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:
“Our sister ships, Bolette and Borealis, the newest additions to our fleet, have brought a number of benefits to our brand, not only with enhanced on-board facilities but also with innovative new technologies that allow us to sail the world more sustainably.
“Being able to connect to shore power allows us to turn off our engines and make use of renewable energy to keep our ships running while in port.
“Cruising has pioneered the way among the shipping and maritime industries with these sustainable developments in engineering, and we look forward to being able to connect in more ports as shore power technology becomes more accessible across the world.”