Roald Amundsen ready for new expeditions

Export Credit Norway has disbursed a EUR 130 million loan to Hurtigruten AS. The loan will be used to fund the shipping company’s purchase of MS Roald Amundsen.

The hyper-modern expedition ship has been designed specifically for some of the world’s most challenging waters and is named after Norwegian polar explorer and national hero Roald Amundsen.

Photo: Hurtigruten

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Roald Amundsen was a Norwegian polar explorer and adventurer. He is most known for leading the first expedition to reach the geographical South Pole in December 1911, and for being the first person to sail through the Northwest Passage in 1903. Amundsen disappeared during a rescue mission in 1928. It is thought that his airplane crashed into the Barents Sea near Bear Island.

The world’s first hybrid-propulsion cruise ship

MS Roald Amundsen is fitted with the latest environmentally friendly hybrid technology, and is the first passenger vessel in the world with fully electric cruise capability. However, it is the vessel’s overall energy and emissions savings which are most significant. The combination of cutting-edge technology, an innovative hull design and on-board energy-saving measures have cut the ship’s fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by some 20%.

The vessel was designed by Kongsberg Maritime in collaboration with the well-known Norwegian yacht designer Espen Øino, and was built at Kleven yard in Ulsteinvik, Norway.

“The Norwegian maritime cluster, led by shipyards, is a world leader in the development of new energy efficient and environmentally friendly solutions. MS Roald Amundsen is full of innovative technology. Export Credit Norway is proud to provide financing for such an extraordinary vessel, thereby securing jobs and creating value throughout Norway in line with our mandate,” says Tellef K. Tellefsen, ocean industries manager at Export Credit Norway.

Illustration from Hurtigruten

Ready for maiden exploration voyage

MS Roald Amundsen measures 140 metres in length, and has space for up to 530 passengers. The ship will carry tourists from and to the northern and southern polar regions, travelling along the Norwegian coast, calling at Svalbard and Greenland and traversing the Northwest Passage.

According to Hurtigruten, the aim is to recreate the atmosphere of the era of the great explorers in a modern setting characterised by quality and comfort. The ship has large on-deck observation platforms to bring passengers as close as possible to the natural landscape and the richly diverse animal life. Six out of 10 cabins will have their own balcony, and two out of 10 will be suites.  MS Roald Amundsen also has three different restaurants, the hyber modern edutainment area called Amundsen Science Center as well as a separate pool deck.

Photo: Hurtigruten

Export Credit Norway has signed a EUR 130 million loan agreement with Hurtigruten. The loan period is 12 years, and the loan is guaranteed by GIEK, Citibank and DNB.

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Published 19. Jul 2019