The world’s first hybrid powered cruise ship just got one step closer to launching on her maiden voyage!
Hurtigruten ‘s MS Roald Amundsen, expected to make her debut in spring, successfully completed her first sea trials this week.
The expedition ship, which uses green technology such as battery packs and a specially designed ice-strengthened hull, took to the waters in the fjords along the western coast of Norway.
The ship is currently being built at Kleven Yard in Ulsteinvik, Norway, and is set to be completed in time for a spring launch.
MS Roald Amundsen has been designed to withstand some of the world’s most extreme waters.
In fact, her maiden expedition cruises will be along the Norwegian coast to Svalbard and Greenland, before crossing through the Northwest Passage and heading south to Antarctica.
It’s not the only hybrid powered ship which Hurtigruten has lined up.
In fact, her sister ship MS Fridtjof Nansen is also currently under construction – and Hurtigruten has also placed an order for a third hybrid powered expedition vessel which will be added to the fleet in 2021 .
Olav Nakken, Kleven CEO said: “I am very pleased with the results of the sea trial. The Kleven employees, along with our sub-contractors, has done a great job leading up to the successful sea trial.”
Project Director Asbjørn Vattøy added: “With several sustainable innovations and this being a highly technical complicated ship, it is important for us to verify that all systems works as planned.”
Hurtigruten has been making efforts to become as eco-friendly as possible in recent years.
Last year, the company made waves when it banned all single-use plastics from its ships, removing the likes of plastic straws, drink mixers, plastic cups, coffee lids and bags from its entire fleet.
The cruise line is also exploring the use of rotten fish to power its ships in efforts to reduce its impact on the environment.