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DNV will support Northern Xplorer’s ambition to build a hydrogen-fuelled cruise ship

PHOTO: MULTI MARITIME / SVERRE HJØRNEVIK cruise_northern_xplorer.jpg
Rendering of the 250-passenger zero-emission cruise ship, which will be built by West Sea Viana shipyard
DNV will be responsible for newbuilding supervision and classification of Northern Xplorer's inaugural vessel scheduled for delivery by 2026, and will collaborate with the Norwegian flag and technology providers on rules and standards for the safe operation of hydrogen-powered passenger ships.

Northern Xplorer CEO Rolf André Sandvik described DNV’s ‘experience in developing new rules and standards for hybrid and fully electric vessels as ‘unrivalled’ adding that it ‘makes them the best partner to have as we continue on our mission to build a hydrogen-fuelled cruise ship.’

He added, ‘Safety and quality are our top priorities. DNV’s participation will assure the integrity of our operations both for investors and future passengers.’

Northern Xplorer signed a letter of intent for the construction of its first vessel with Portuguese shipbuilder West Sea Viana shipyard during the SMM trade fair in Hamburg in September. The 250-passenger vessel will be designed by naval architects Multi Maritime in Førde, Norway.

‘A new paradigm for the industry’ 

Paal Johansen, SVP & global cruise ship director, DNV Maritime, commented, ‘We are looking forward to working with the NX team and the shipbuilder. Their zero-emission cruise concept represents a new paradigm for the industry that we’re proud to be part of bringing out into the world.

‘Future-oriented collaborative projects like this are extremely important to accelerate decarbonisation not only for the cruise sector, but for the maritime industry as a whole.’ 

DNV will be engaged during construction and commissioning to verify that the ship’s design and structures are fully compliant with flag and international mandatory requirements, including plan approval of all the ship’s main drawings, as well as hull, machinery, vessel systems and equipment installations.

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