Hurtigruten has made maritime history with its new ship, MS Roald Amundsen, which operates wholly under battery power. The expedition ship operated silently and emission-free off the west coast of Norway ahead of her maiden passenger cruise in coming days.
MS Roald Amundsen, delivered last week, features two large battery units that were put to the test after leaving the Kleven Yard in Norway on her inaugural voyage. The ship is billed as a “game changer”, with Hurtigruten Managing Director for APAC, Damian Perry, saying that interest and support from the Australian tourism industry and from travellers has been “overwhelming”.
“The desire to work and travel with the recognised world leader in Sustainable Expedition cruise travel is a clear indication that innovation of this type is valued by all,” Perry said.
The introduction of MS Roald Amundsen sets a new standard, not only for cruising, but for the entire shipping industry to follow, Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam says.
Named after polar explorer 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 honour 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 centre, three restaurants, bars, Explorer Lounge, aft-facing suites with private outdoor hot tubs and a laidback atmosphere that creates the special experience that Hurtigruten is renowned for.
MS Roald Amundsen’s maiden season includes expedition cruises along the Norwegian coast, to Svalbard and Greenland, before attempting to become the hybrid-powered vessel to traverse the legendary Northwest Passage, a trip that follows 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 – including destinations bigger cruise ships cannot reach – MS Roald Amundsen will head to the extreme south for a full 2019/2020 Antarctica season.
MS Roald Amundsen will be joined by a sister ship, MS Fridtjof Nansen, next year.
More information here: https://www.hurtigruten.com.au/green-pioneer#/