Fincantieri to build Norwegian research ship

29 Nov 2013
Fincantieri is to build Norway’s new Arctic oceanographic vessel in Italy

Fincantieri is to build Norway’s new Arctic oceanographic vessel in Italy

Italian shipbuilding group Fincantieri says that it has signed an order with Norway’s Institute for Marine Research to build a new icebreaking polar research vessel.

The ship, to be named Kronprins Haakon, will be built at the group’s Italian Riva Trigoso-Muggiano yard, with final outfitting and sea trials carried out by Fincantieri subsidiary Vard in Norway. Design of the 9,000gt vessel will be by Rolls-Royce Marine, and although exact details are not yet known, it will be over 100m in length, 21m wide, and have accommodation for 55 persons in 38 cabins, fitted out to passenger ship standards. As well as instrumentation for investigation of the morphology and geology of the seabed, the ship will include a hanger at the bow for two helicopters. Entry into operation is scheduled for the beginning of 2017.

Kronprins Haakon is described as “one of the most advanced icebreaker in the world”, and will be built according to strict environmental criteria to ensure low noise and vibrations and low emissions to air and sea. It is intended that it will carry out hydrographic research missions on a global scale, concentrating on the consequences of climate change in the Arctic environment.

The owner will be the Norwegian Polar Institute, acting on behalf of the Norwegian government, and the contract is valued at about €175 million.

Giuseppe Bono, Fincantieri CEO, said: “We are very satisfied with this prestigious order, acquired from such an important customer that requires high quality standard. With this ship we shall take a further step forward on the technological and innovative front, helped in this also by our ever closer collaboration with our colleagues at Vard".

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