Hurtigruten's Lofoten will exit to become a training ship

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Lofoten arriving Bodø, Norway, on March 8 1964, during its maiden voyage along the Norwegian coast
After nearly six decades servicing the Norwegian coast, Lofoten is slated to leave the Hurtigruten fleet.

In 2021, this Hurtigruten classic will become a training ship, educating future generations of seafarers.

Sørlandet’s Maritime High School

Hurtigruten signed a letter of intent with the Norway-based educational foundation Maritim videregående skole Sørlandet (Sørlandet’s Maritime High School) for the ship's sale.

The 151-berth vessel is due to welcome its first students in August 2021.

'This opens a new chapter in MS Lofoten’s rich and proud history. She has been a part of everyday life along the Norwegian coast for generations. Now, she will train the next generation of seafarers,' Hurtigruten Group CEO Daniel Skjeldam said.

The school has trained mariners since 1927. Lofoten will become its fifth training ship, where students live, work and practice their skills on board.

Several former Hurtigruten ships serve or have served as training vessels.

Cadets will also train on other Hurtigruten ships

As part of the sales agreement, Hurtigruten and the school have agreed to arrange for cadets to be educated and trained through apprenticeship programs on other Hurtigruten ships, as well.

Hurtigruren also reserved the right to charter Lofoten during periods outside the school year.

The company is looking into offering one or two farewell voyages along the Norwegian coast, if the COVID-19 situation allows it.

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