North Sailing presents an electric future
North Sailing presented recent developments last Friday, 17 April in Reykjavík, for travel agencies in Reykjavík and people from the tourism industry.
Birna Lind Björnsdóttir and Árni Sigurbjarnarson
Birna Lind Björnsdóttir, Head of Sales and Communication, presented North Sailing’s product range and on-going projects.
Árni Sigurbjarnarson, one of the owners of North Sailing, introduced environmental goals for the future and the installment of a new unique regenerative plug-in hybrid propulsion system in the sailing ship Opal.
The propulsion system is specifically designed for the North Sailing fleet and is unique in the world. This entails that the ships will not have to depend on hydrocarbons and the propeller, which is also new, is designed to utilize energy better than normally. Driven by electricity, it is also extremely quiet.
Opal is the first ship to be installed with this system and since it is a sailing ship the design allows the propeller to produce electricity every time the ship is powered by wind.
North Sailing plans to offer the first whale watching on board the hybrid sailing ship Opal early this summer. By mid-summer, Opal will sail to Greenland and take passengers on expeditions in Scoresbysund.
The following photos were taken during the presentation.