Fincantieri launches Norwegian Polar Institute's new icebreaker in Italy


Fincantieri has launched its new Kronprins Haakon oceanographic icebreaker to be owned by the state-run Norwegian Polar Institute, at its shipyard in Muggiano, Italy.

The vessel is expected to be delivered by end of the year and will be used by the Norwegian Polar Institute, as well as Norway’s Institute of Marine Research (IMR) and the University of Tromsø for oceanographic research and fishing.

Fincantieri is currently fitting technologies and solutions on the vessel, which features a gross tonnage of around 9,000t and can accommodate 55 people, including research personnel, students and crew in its 38 cabins.

Kronprins Haakon was built as part of a €175m deal signed between Fincantieri and IMR in 2013, and will be able to sail at a speed of 15k and move independently through ice up to 1m thick.

"The vessel features a gross tonnage of around 9,000t and can accommodate 55 people, including research personnel, students and crew in its 38 cabins."

The ship was designed by Rolls-Royce Marine, and features a length of 100m and a width of 21m, as well as the capacity to house two helicopters in a hanger located near the bow.

It will also be equipped with complex instrumentation, enabling the ship to investigate the morphology and geology of the seabed.

Fincantieri notes Kronprins Haakon has been built according to requirements that ensure minimum environmental impact, and reduced radiation of underwater noise.

The firm currently has around 19,000 employees and operates 20 shipyards across Europe, the Americas and Asia.