Hurtigruten orders new, groundbreaking hybrid powered expedition cruise ship to be built at Kleven Verft. Hurtigruten has signed a memorandum of understanding with Kleven for the construction of their third hybrid powered expedition cruise ship.
In a press release issued by Hurtigruten their CEO Daniel Skjeldam says:
- 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.
The new ship’s design, construction, engineering and advanced technology will be based on Hurtigruten’s two next-generation ships, MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen, currently under construction at Kleven.
The new hybrid-powered expedition ship, accommodating 530 guests, will be custom built for some of the most extreme conditions on the planet, with specially designed, ice-strengthened hull. Among the innovative green features on the new ship, are substantially larger battery packs to make expedition voyages even more sustainable.
The new Hurtigruten hybrid powered expedition ship is expected to be delivered in Q2 2021. The Hurtigruten Kleven agreement is subject to certain contingencies, which is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2019.