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Roald Amundsen embarks on revised maiden voyage

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Bound for Tromsø, its port of registry, straight from delivery by Kleven
Hurtigruten’s 530-passenger Roald Amundsen embarked on its revised maiden voyage Tuesday from Tromsø, carrying 211 passengers.

The ship was originally due to sail from Hamburg June 27, but the expedition cruise line delayed until yesterday due to ongoing interior works.

Roald Amundsen arrived at Tromsø, its port of registry, Tuesday evening directly from Kleven Verft.

'Fantastic' seagoing capability and maneuverability

As the ship sailed from southern Norway to Tromsø, the navigation systems were tested in open waters. ‘The seagoing capability and maneuverability are just fantastic,' Capt. Kai Albrigtsen said.

As earlier reported, Roald Amundsen became the world's first cruise ship to sail a stint purely on battery power.

The beauty of batteries

But the batteries also come in handy when the hybrid propulsion vessel is using its diesel engines.

‘The use of batteries at peak load reduces fuel consumption and emissions by about 20%. As the load increases, the battery usage goes up,' Chief Engineer Jan Andreas Grønås said.

'This is a much safer way to sail,' he explained, because it 'helps prevent blackouts.'