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Hurtigruten makes maritime history

Images show Hurtigruten’s new hybrid powered vessel become the first cruise ship in the world to sail purely on battery power.

This is a moment when the new expedition cruise ship, MS Roald Amundsen, was captured off the west coast of Norway, moving through the water silently and completely emission freepowered by her large battery packs only.


Specially designed for some of the most spectacular waters of the planet, MS Roald Amundsen features groundbreaking green technology such as the large battery packs which was put to the test as she left Kleven Yard for her maiden voyage. 


“Hurtigruten have built a game changer. The interest and support from the Australian industry and travellers alike is overwhelming. The desire to work and travel with the recognized world leader in Sustainable Expedition cruise travel is a clear indication that innovation of this type is valued by all,” Hurtigruten Managing Director Damian Perry says.   


Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam says, “This opens a new chapter in maritime history. MS Roald Amundsen is the first cruise ship equipped with batteries, something deemed impossible just a few years back. With the introduction of MS Roald Amundsen, Hurtigruten sets a new standard not only for cruising, but for the entire shipping industry to follow.”


Named after polar hero Roald Amundsen - who led the first expedition to traverse the Northwest Passage, the first expedition to the south pole and the first expedition proven to have reached the North Pole - MS Roald Amundsen is set to honor his legacy. 


Starting this summer, the hybrid powered cruise ship will explore some of the most spectacular areas of the planet using the battery packs to support her low-emission engines. The hybrid propulsion will reduce CO2 emissions by more than 20% compared to other ships of the same size. 


The stunning scenery will be reflected in a modern Scandinavian design - with features spanning from the high-tech Amundsen Science Center, vast observation decks, an infinity pool, panoramic sauna, wellness center, three restaurants, bars, Explorer Lounge, aft-facing suites with private outdoor hot tubs (and more than 50% of cabins with private balconies), and the laidback atmosphere that creates the special Hurtigruten on board feel.


“MS Roald Amundsen is designed and built with sustainability at core of every little detail. In addition to the green technology, this makes her the first cruise ship in the world designed to be single-use plastic free. Sustainability will also be an integral part of the guest experience. From the hand-picked Hurtigruten Expedition Team to the industry-first Science Center, we will give the guests a deeper understanding of the areas we explore,” Skjeldam says. 




Hurtigruten took delivery of the world’s first hybrid powered cruise ship from Norway’s Kleven Yard last week. She has been built alongside sister ship MS Fridtjof Nansen, debuting in 2020. 


“In the world of ship building, some projects stand out. This is one of them. MS Roald Amundsen is not only one of the most advanced expedition cruise ships in the world, she is also a premium cruise ship with several groundbreaking solutions. We are extremely proud of the ship,” Kleven project manager Asbjørn Vattøy says.



Highly experienced Hurtigruten captain Kai Albrigtsen was at helm as MS Roald Amundsen left the yard for her maiden voyage along the Norwegian coast. 


“To captain a new ship and bring her from the shipyard is always an honor. With MS Roald Amundsen being a green pioneer, makes this moment truly special to me and the rest of the crew. I am extremely impressed of the ship, the technology and how she handles. Now, we are all really looking forward to welcoming the first guests on board and create life-long memories together,” Albrigtsen says. 


MS Roald Amundsen’s maiden season includes expedition cruises along the Norwegian coast, to Svalbard and Greenland, before becoming the first hybrid powered ship to attempt a traverse of the legendary Northwest Passage – following in the wake of the namesake explorer Roald Amundsen’s famed expedition


In addition to eco-friendly expedition cruises along the west coast of North and South America - with destinations bigger cruise ships cannot reach - MS Roald Amundsen will head to the extreme south for a full 2019/2020 Antarctica season


FACTS: MS Roald Amundsen

Built: 2019 Kleven Yards, Norway

Gross tonnage: 20.889 

Length: 140 m

Breadth: 23,6 m

Draft: 5,3 m

Guests: 530

Cabins: 265

Crew: 151

Cruising speed: 15 knots

Flag: Norwegian

Ice class: PC-6


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Published: 2 July 2019

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