Norwegian operator Hurtigruten announced its expedition cruise ship ‘MS Roald Amundsen’ became the first battery-hybrid powered ship to ever traverse the Northwest Passage, after completing more than 3.000 nm from the Atlantic to the Pacific using hybrid propulsion, this week.
The world’s first cruise ship partially powered by batteries will leave northern Norway to start its maiden voyage, according to cruise operator Hurtigruten. The hybrid cruise ship ‘Roald Amundsen’s’ battery pack allows it to operate solely on batteries for about 45 to 60 minutes under ideal conditions.
Hurtigruten launched silent, electric-powered and emission-free catamarans. The company has collaborated with Norwegian startup Brim Explorer, in order to introduced the battery powered catamarans, which are custom built for Polar water exploration. Starting operations in the spring of 2020, the 24-meter vessel will operate in daily ocean excursions from Longyearbyen on the Arctic island of Svalbard.
The US Congressional Research Service issued an updated report on the Coast Guard Polar Icebreaker Program, foreseeing acquisition of up to three new heavy polar icebreakers, as well as plans to acquire up to three new medium polar icebreakers. Construction of the first icebreaker is scheduled to begin in 2019.
US-based Crowley Fuels LLC announced the signing of a contract with Bollinger Shipyards for construction of a new Alaska Class 100,000-barrel-capacity articulated tug-barge to transport multiple clean petroleum products in the Alaska market.
Vard Holdings Limited, part of Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, has secured a NOK 2.7 billion contract for the design and construction of one electric hybrid cruise icebreaker with LNG propulsion cruise vessel, for French cruise company Ponant.
Russian shipping company SCF Group announced that it launched a naming ceremony for its new multi-functional icebreaking standby vessel ‘Fedor Ushakov’, built to serve the Sakhalin-2 project, on 11 October.
The new nuclear-powered ship is part of Russia’s Project 22220, which aims to renew the national fleet of nuclear icebreakers.The vessel and its sister “Arktika”, launched in June last year, are expected to become the largest and most powerful icebreakers in the world, as they are capable of breaking ice up to three meters thick.
The government of Canada announced a cooperation with US, focusing on the testing and evaluation of design models for the US heavy polar icebreaker acquisition program. The results of this partnership are expected to boost the knowledge and expertise of both countries in icebreaking ship technologies.
Ulstein Verft announced that it signed a Letter of Intent with an undisclosed owner, for the construction of one or more expedition cruise vessels of the design type ULSTEIN CX104. The vessels are expected to provide exploration facilities and polar capability, while minimizing environmental impact and optimizing operational cost.
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