Hurtigruten announced a history-making event. The world's first hybrid electric-powered passenger ship - MS Roald Amundsen, travelled the furthest south of any company vessel in the expedition line’s 127 years of business.
Following the Antarctic Circle crossing last week, Captain Torry Sakkariassen and his crew continued south. On February 19, 2020, at 4:14 PM Antarctica time, Roald Amundsen reached the ice edge at 70-degree south.
Almost finished with her 18-day sailing that calls at the Chilean Fjords and the Falklands, as well as Antarctica, Hurtigruten’s Roald Amundsen will finish one more voyage in the region before sailing through South and Central America, as well as spending the summer months in Alaska.
MS Roald Amundsen is the first hybrid electric-powered expedition cruise ship in the world, equipped with large battery packs that reduce emissions, as well as an ice-strengthened hull allowing her to operate in areas that other vessels cannot reach. Her sistership, Fridtjof Nansen, will also run on a hybrid electric-powered propulsion system. She will embark on her maiden cruise this spring.
Hurtigruten is the largest and leading expedition cruise line in the world, offering expedition voyages to over 200 destinations in more than 40 countries.