A steel cutting ceremony at the Kleven shipyard in Norway marked the start of construction for the first of two new cruise ships for Hurtigruten.
Roald Amundsen will be the first of the two new cruise ships for Hurtigruten, which is due to enter service in summer 2018. The second ship, Fridtjof Nansen is expected to launch in 2019.
Hurtigruten has announced the names of two of its four new expedition cruise ships and they will be named after two of the most influential Norwegian pioneers.
The first of the new ships will be named Roald Amundsen and will launch in 2018, whilst the second launching in 2019 is to be named Fridtjof Nansen. Both ships will boast state-of-the-art Scandinavian design and the latest environmentally friendly marine technology.
Hurtigruten’s pair of new 20,000 gross tonne cruise ships launching in 2018 and 2019 will be the first cruise ships in the world which will utilize hybrid power using a battery system which will reduce fuel consumption by approximately 20 percent.
The two new ships have been specifically designed to cruise the Arctic and Antarctic and will become the world’s first expedition cruise ships to use the hybrid propulsion system. The new technology has been developed by Rolls Royce and Bellona, a non-profit organisation that works to address climate challenges.