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The MF Ampere sails along the Sognefjord.

The MF Ampere sails along the Sognefjord.

Photographer: Carina Johansen/Bloomberg

The Next Ferry You Board Might Run on Batteries

It’s the first step towards cleaning up the world’s fuel-guzzling shipping fleets.

Not far from Norway’s North Sea oil rigs, shipbuilders are assembling some of the first ferry boats ever to be powered entirely by batteries.

For years, the yard, nestled against the deep-blue sea waters and snow-clad mountains of the country’s deepest fjord, mostly made fuel-guzzling boats for the oil industry. But orders vanished as crude slumped in recent years. Now, like other Norwegian industries, its future prosperity depends on going green.