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First hybrid powered ship completes Northwest Passage crossing

This week, Hurtigruten’s groundbreaking expedition cruise ship MS Roald Amundsen wrote a new chapter in exploration history – being the first battery-hybrid powered ship to ever traverse the legendary Northwest Passage.

Monumental entry in the ship’s logbook; first passage of more than 3,000 nautical miles by hybrid propulsion from Atlantic to Pacific

As the MS Roald Amundsen arrived Nome, Alaska, in the evening of September 10, captain Kai Albrigtsen could make a monumental entry in the ship’s logbook:

The first complete passage of the more than 3.000 nautical miles passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific, by hybrid propulsion.

A green milestone

 Only a few years ago, building cruise ships with battery packs was considered impossible; now the MS Roald Amundsen pays tribute to the great explorer she is named after by traversing one of the world’s most fabled stretches of sea by hybrid propulsion, says Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam.

Unparalleled hospitality by the local communities made this a genuinely inspirational voyage says captain

We have experienced gale winds, snow and ice. We have also witnessed spectacular sunsets, and striking scenery and wildlife. However, what has had the biggest impact on us, is how warmly we’ve been welcomed by the local communities along the route, just as Roald Amundsen himself was. Their unparalleled hospitality is what has made this a genuinely inspirational voyage, says captain Albrigtsen.

With battery-support engines, emissions reduced more than 20 percent

Equipped with large battery packs and groundbreaking technology, the MS Roald Amundsen has made global green waves in the cruise- and shipping industry after she was launched this summer. Using batteries to support her engines, emissions are reduced with more than 20 percent.

Having traversed the Northwest Passage, MS Roald Amundsen will sail further along the coast of North- and South America, before spending the winter offering one-of-a-kind expedition cruises in Antarctica.

The summer of 2020, MS Roald Amundsen will then return to North America, for a series of expedition cruises in Alaska.


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