Roald Amundsen - first hybrid expedition ship successfully tested

Roald Amundsen - first hybrid expedition ship successfully tested


February 2, 2019 - The traditional shipping company Hurtigruten ordered two expedition ships for polar waters from the Norwegian shipyard Kleven in 2016. The first of the two newbuildings, the Roald Amundsen, was successfully tested off the Norwegian west coast last weekend.

Originally, the Roald Amundsen should have been the first of two new hybrid buildings to be completed in summer 2018. Due to financial turbulence in the shipyard, however, the delivery was delayed. In order to secure the investment project, Hurtigruten was even forced to acquire a significant stake in the Kleven shipyard in 2017. The financial situation now appears to be in order. A construction contract for a third expedition ship was placed near Kleven.

Hybrid ship Roald Amundsen during a sea test

Roald Amundsen - Photo: © UAVPIC.COM/Tor Erik Kvalsvik / Kleven / Hurtigruten


According to the information available, the length of the ships should be 140 meters with a ship width of 23,60 meters. The draft is given as 5,30 meters. The number of cabins is put at 265; with double occupancy this corresponds to 530 passengers. The new buildings, equipped with reinforced hulls, have been designed for use in polar waters. Large observation platforms, pools and innovative Scandinavian design should be the external features of the ships. The hybrid technology enables the ship to move with electricity over shorter distances. All in all, the battery technology should lead to a significant reduction in CO2.

Hybrid ship Roald Amundsen during a sea test

Roald Amundsen - Photo: © UAVPIC.COM/Tor Erik Kvalsvik / Kleven / Hurtigruten


Last weekend, the shipyard near Ålesund tested the first hybrid expedition ship. Following the test drives, the shipyard manager was "very satisfied with the results of the test drive". The final equipment should be close to completion. Delivery of the passenger ship equipped with large battery packs is expected in spring 2019.

In the first season, Roald Amundsen will undertake expedition trips along the Norwegian coast as well as to Svalbard and Greenland. The ship then crosses the Northwest Passage and heads south to Antarctica.

 

 

 

 

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