Another expedition newbuild for Hurtigruten
By 2021 the Norwegian postal polar ro-pax fleet will add the third hybrid cruiseship just ordered at compatriot captive shipyard Kleven
Hurtigruten announced to have ordered a third hybrid expedition ship due for delivery in the second quarter 2021. The 530-passenger cruise vessel will be built at compatriot captive shipyard Kleven Verft of Norway and will be custom built for most extreme conditions on the planet, with specially designed, ice-strengthened hull; its innovative green features are substantially larger battery packs.
The new ship’s design, construction, engineering and advanced technology will be based on Hurtigruten’s two next-generation ships, Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen, currently under construction at the same Norwegian shipyard.
“We are thrilled to introduce yet another revolutionary hybrid powered expedition ship; this groundbreaking vessel will take our guests to some of the most spectacular areas of our planet, in a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly way than ever seen before” stated Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam. “These are greener, more advanced cruiseships than the world has ever seen that will raise standards for the whole industry to follow, as we enter a new era of expedition cruising driven by sustainability”.
Previously Hurtigruten officially stated its intentions to build up to 4 new explorer vessels when it signed with Kleven a relevant letter of intent to this aim.
This is considered to be the largest investment in over 120-year history of the postal polar shipping company which has diversified its scope into the cruise area with the declared aim to become world leader within adventure tourism in the Arctic and in Antarctica.
The legendary original Norwegian coastal route dates back to 1893 carrying goods, local passengers and tourists between Bergen and Kirkenes every day all year long.
Before choosing Kleven, over ten years since it last placed an order for a newbuilding, the expedition ship Fram (600 passengers), Hurtigruten had evaluated 12 shipyards worldwide. Previously 3 ships in Hurtigruten fleet were built by Kleven, last one being Finnmarken in 2002.
In 2019, Hurtigruten will add the Roald Amundsen, first of two hybrid ships able of cutting emissions by sailing with electrical propulsion, combined with the advanced construction of the hull and effective use of electricity on board to reduce fuel consumption and CO2-emissions by 20%.