Nuclear power could be the future of Expedition Cruises

‘Thor’ – a Thorium Molten Salt Reactor ship design by Ulstein

A new ship design concept from Norwegian shipbuilder Ulstein could be the first step toward a zero-emission future for expedition cruises and a range of other maritime operations.

The proposed 500-foot-long vessel is called Thor — a reference to both the Norse god of thunder and the element thorium, which would power its on-board nuclear reactor.

Such a ship would never need to refuel and could create its own supply of electricity, which in turn would be used to power a companion vessel, Sif, named after a golden-haired Norse goddess who was also Thor’s wife.

This expedition cruise ship, with a passenger capacity of 60, would be able to explore environmentally fragile areas with minimal impact.

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