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New Polar Research Vessel "Kronprins Haakon"

The Norwegian Government decided in October 2012 to build a new polar research vessel. The ship was built by the Italian shipyard Fincantieri and was launched in Italy in February 2017. RV "Kronprins Haakon" arrived Bergen 2 January 2018.

After testing and finishing in Norway, the vessel started on the first regular cruise to the Arctic Ocean in August 2018.
 
"Kronprins Haakon"'s home port is Tromsø, with the Norwegian Polar Institute as a formal owner on behalf of the Norwegian state. UiT Norway's Arctic University becomes the largest user of the ship, while the Institute of Marine Research is managing and drifting it.
 
The vessel has a crew of 16 seamen and 2 instrument technicians. In addition, there is room for 37 researchers. The ship has a range of 15,000 nautical miles (t/r Tromsø–Cape Town), that is, it can sail for 65 days continuously without bunkering. It has ice breaker class and can go in 3.5 knots in one meter thick ice.
 
On board there are 15 different laboratories and 2 freezing rooms. In the middle of the vessel there is a moonpool, i.e. an open pool so that equipment can be put down even in ice or bad weather. The vessel also has a landing area for helicopters.
 
 

The building prosess

Facts:

Length: 100 meters
Width: 21 meters
Price: 1,400,000,000 NKR
Completion: mid-2017