Norway's new polar research vessel Kronprins Haakon is due to be operational this month, according to Norway’s Institute of Marine Research (IMR) in April.
The contract for the ship, which was built by Fincantieri’s integrated shipyard of Riva Trigoso and Muggiano, Italy, was signed in November 2013, and at that time delivery was set for early 2017.
The ship arrived in Bergen, Norway, shortly before the New Year and the formal change of ownership was completed on Apr 23, 2018.
“We agreed with the Italian shipyard Fincantieri that this was the most practical solution for a quick completion of the Kronprins Haakon,” says project director Tore Nepstad at the IMR.
In April, the IMR said it did not want to go into detail about what work remained, apart from stating there are small and larger tasks.
The ship was currently at the Fincantieri Group member Vard’s Langsten shipyard in Norway.
The ship will have a cruising speed of 15 knots and be capable of breaking through ice up to one metre thick and will be able go further north and south than any other Norwegian research vessel.