Hurtigruten orders another hybrid expedition ship from Kleven shipyard
Published 01.11.2018 // 12:40 CET
Have already ordered two similar ships from the yard they bought this summer.
Hurtigruten has signed a letter of intent with Kleven Shipyard in Ulsteinvik to build the third hybrid-driven cruise ship in line for the company. The ship will be based on MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen which are already under the building at the yard. The last one in the line becomes a sister ship, but with the promise of even more environmentally friendly operation. CEO of Hurtigruten, Daniel Skjeldam, said in a press release that the three ships set a new standard for the entire global cruise industry.
They are all designed for polar expeditions with specially designed and ice-strengthen hulls. The new hybrid ship is scheduled to be delivered during the second quarter of 2021. The ship is planned with significantly larger battery packs than before, Hurtigruten writes in a message. It is also mentioned that the new ship is becoming more technologically advanced than the two previous ones. “Unfortunately, we can not say anything more concrete about the new technology, since the inkjet agreement is barely dry,” says communications manager Rune Thomas Ege in the Hurtigruten to TU. “But it is certain that the battery packs will be significantly bigger, thus providing even lower emissions,” he says.