Hurtigruten’s new hybrid powered ship, MS Roald Amundsen, has been officially launched – becoming the first cruise ship able to operate on battery power.
The vessel turned on its battery packs for the first time off the west coast of Norway earlier this week as it left Kleven Yard for its maiden voyage – enabling it to move silently through the water completely emission free.
“The introduction of MS Roald Amundsen sets a new standard not only for cruising – but for the entire shipping industry,” insists Hurtigruten CEO, Daniel Skjeldam.
The ship is named after the polar adventurer 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 will begin its commercial activity later this summer when it cruises the Norwegian coast and Greenland – before attempting to become the first hybrid powered ship to traverse the Northwest Passage.
At the end of the year MS Roald Amundsen will head south to complete a full Antarctica season for the first time.
“To captain a new ship and bring it from the shipyard is always an honour,” says Captain Kai Albrigtsen, who was at the helm as MS Roald Amundsen left the yard on her maiden voyage.
“MS Roald Amundsen being a green pioneer, makes this moment truly special to me and the rest of the crew.
“I am extremely impressed by the ship, the technology, and how it handles.
“We are all looking forward to welcoming our first guests on board and creating life-long memories together.”
MS Roald Amundsen's sister ship – MS Fridtjof Nansen – is scheduled to debut in 2020.
MS Roald Amundsen
Built: 2019 Kleven Yards, Norway
Gross tonnage: 20,889
Beam: 23.6 m
Draft: 5.3 m
Cruising speed: 15 knots
Ice class: PC-6
On board facilities include: a fully equipped science center, observation decks, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, wellness centre, three restaurants, bars, Explorer Lounge, more than 50 % of cabins with private balconies.