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Norway’s best ice breaker

A milestone was set this February for what will be the most advanced high-tech research vessel ever breaking the ice on the top of the globe. «Kronprins Haakon» was launched into a floating dock at the yard in Genova, Italy.

Named after Norway’s current Crown Prince Haakon, the vessel is 100 meter long, weigh 8000 tons, and has accommodation for up to 17 crew and 35 scientists. It can break through 1,5 meters thick ice and remain out at sea up to six weeks at a time. With a price-tag of 1,4 billion Norwegian kroner (€156 million), the vessel is financed by the government.

The ship is “Made in Norway”, with the following Norwegian companies delivering solution to the ship:

  • Engines, thrusters (Bergen Diesel, Rolls Royce)
  • Winchesand cranes (Seaonics)
  • Bridge, DP-system (Kongsberg, Rolls Royce)
  • All acoustics (Kongsberg, Simrad)
  • Lifeboats, rafts (Harding, Viking)
  • Interior (Marine montering)
  • AUV (Kongsberg)
  • HVAC (Novenco)
  • Electrical (Vard)

«With Kronprins Haakon, Norway gets the world’s most advanced ship for exploration of polar regions, we are proud,» says Director of the Polar Institute Jan-Gunnar Winther. The icebreaker will be equipped with state-of-the-art scientific instrumentation including moon pool, ROV (remotely operated vehicle) and AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle). Scientists onboard will get a unique opportunity to investigate what happens underneath the ice. On deck, there is space for up to two helicopters. Climate changes and other environmental studies of the Arctic and Antarctica will be the main focus for the researchers on-board.

Northbound voyage is set for October. «Kronprins Haakon» will set sail for real expeditions starting in 2018. There will most likely it will be an expedition to the Antarctica when it is summer there in 2018/19.

"Kronprins Haakon" at the floating dock in Genova, Italy. Photo: Øystein Mikelborg.


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