Norway’s New Oceanographic Icebreaker Launched

Photo: Fincantieri

Posted by Eric Haun

A new oceanographic icebreaker being built for the Norwegian
government has been launched at Fincantieri's shipyard in
Muggiano, La Spezia. The vessel, Kronprins Haakon, touted by the
builder as "one of the most advanced oceanographic icebreakers in
the world," will continue to undergo final outfitting ahead of
its delivery by the end of 2017.

Kronprins Haakon will be owned by the Norwegian Polar Institute
for the Norwegian Government, while the vessel, taking its name
from the heir to the Norwegian throne, will be used by the same
institute and by the Institute of Marine Research (IMR), the
Norwegian governmental body for oceanographic research and
fishing, and by the University of Tromsø.

The high-tech icebreaker was designed by Rolls-Royce Marine to
operate in the polar waters, providing a high-tech facility for
the study of the marine environment. At 100 meters long and 21
meters wide, with a gross tonnage of about 9,000 tons, Kronprins
Haakon will be able to accommodate 55 people (research personnel,
students and crew) in 38 cabins, and will be fitted with the
highest standards of comfort for passenger ships, the shipbuilder
said. Its hangar at the bow will have two helicopters and the
unit will be equipped with complex instrumentation able to
investigate the morphology and geology of the seabed.

Kronprins Haakon will have a cruise speed of 15 knots and will be
able to move on independently through ice thick up to one meter
and with particular silence requirements to avoid disturbing the
sea environment. The ship was built according to criteria
ensuring minimum environmental impact and reduced radiation of
noise underwater, so as to allow studies on fish and marine
mammals. She will be able to carry out its oceanographic and
hydrographic research activities in any area of operation.

The launching ceremony was attended, among others, by Jan Gunnar
Winther, Director of the Norwegian Polar Institute, by Sissel
Rogne, Director of the Institute for Marine Research, by Anne
Husebekk, Rector of the University of Tromsø and by Angelo Fusco,
Senior Vice President Naval Vessels Business Unit & Italy
Business Unit of Fincantieri.

Feb 28, 2017

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