Maintenance time for Schooners Hildur and Opal
Schooners Opal and Hildur have just been hauled out of the water for routine maintenance after returning from the summer season in Scoresbysund, NE-Greenland.
Schooner Hildur will have the classic winter treatment of paint and varnish plus some sail and engine care.
Schooner Opal will have extensive work done in the engine room and propeller area as she will be fitted with an electric motor with a regenerative hybrid propulsion system and battery packs. This will enable us to offer carbon free whale watching tours, where no fossil fuels will be used – the ship will be run exclusively on sustainable energy.
The batteries will be charged while the ship is in harbour with electricity from land and while under sail they will be charged with power generated by the turning of the propeller, wind power or, if need be, with an on board generator.
These are exciting times, as this highly innovative project that Northsailing has piloted, in cooperation with several other actors, is now being realized after many years of research, experiments and design work.
We will be happy to be able to offer our guests carbon free whale watching in 2015!
For more information on the project, please check this out: