Hybrid-powered Roald Amundsen undergoes sea trials

Roald Amundsen's sea trials were conducted in the Norwegian fjords with the Sunnmøre alps as a spectacular backdrop Roald Amundsen's sea trials were conducted in the Norwegian fjords with the Sunnmøre alps as a spectacular backdrop PHOTO: Tor Erik Kvalsvik/Kleven/Hurtigruten

Over the weekend the world’s first hybrid-powered cruise ship, Hurtigruten's Roald Amundsen, completed its first sea trials in the fjords along the western coast of Norway.

Battery packs for emissions-free sailing

The 530-passenger expedition ship features battery packs which will allow it to sail for short stints in emissions-free silence.

This advanced, green technology was put to a test in the waters off Kleven Yard in Ulsteinvik.

'I am very pleased with the results of the sea trial. The Kleven employees, along with our subcontractors, have done a great job leading up to the successful sea trial,' Kleven CEO Olav Nakken said after Roald Amundsen returned to the yard Monday morning.

Roald Amundsen is currently undergoing final outfitting at Kleven alongside sister ship Fridtjof Nansen.

Inaugural season itineraries

After delivery this spring, Roald Amundsen will spend its maiden season on expedition cruises along the Norwegian coast, to Svalbard and Greenland, before traversing the Northwest Passage and heading south to Antarctica.

Posted 25 February 2019

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