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6th March 2020 - Press Release

Hurtigruten's MS Fridtjof Nansen makes showcase call in Dover today



The Port of Dover welcomed Hurtigruten's brand new hybrid battery powered expedition cruise ship MS Fridtjof Nansen into the Port for the first time this morning for a special showcase call ahead of her inaugural voyages.

Above - MS Fridtjof Nansen

MS Fridtjof Nansen is packed with green technology and large battery packs and is, alongside her sister ship MS Roald Amundsen, the world’s first battery-hybrid powered cruise ship.

Her call comes ahead of next year’s official launch of the Port’s brand new venture with Hurtigruten. For the first time in their 127-year history, Hurtigruten will offer winter sailings from Dover, with the Port becoming the UK homeport of the MS Trollfjord for her 2021/2022 Norway Expedition programme.

Sonia Limbrick, Head of Cruise at the Port of Dover said:

“We are thrilled to welcome Hurtigruten here today and host such an extraordinary cruise ship ahead of her inaugural voyage. With their environmentally friendly and sustainable approach, Hurtigruten represent everything that Port of Dover Cruise champions.

I’m really excited that we have had a glimpse of what is to come, as we prepare to launch our new adventure with Hurtigruten next year, welcoming MS Trollfjord for 13 turnaround calls over the 2021/2022 season. Her visits will mark the first ever official winter season here.”

Anthony Daniels, UK General Manager for Hurtigruten said:

“We are delighted to have been able to include the Port of Dover in our UK Showcase Sailings for the MS Fridtjof Nansen. Sustainability is at the core of our operation and with the introduction of our second hybrid ship we hope to continue to set the benchmark in the cruise industry as leaders in sustainable cruising.”

From cliffs to fjords - Hurtigruten’s Norway Expedition from Dover will commence in October 2021 and be available through to March 2022.

ENDS

Notes to Editors

 

  • Driven by huge investment, Dover is one of the most popular and innovative cruise ports in the country, and continues to attract more cruise calls. Its state-of-the-art terminals, combined with an inspirational heritage and stunning backdrop, make Dover the port of choice for over 20 individual cruise lines and around 200,000 passengers each year.
  • The introduction of the world’s first hybrid powered cruise ships is the latest in a number of Hurtigruten green initiatives. Hurtigruten celebrated its 125th anniversary by banning all single-use-plastics. In another industry first, Hurtigruten is completely rebuilding existing ships to run on a combination of large battery packs, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and biogas (LBG) – produced from organic waste such as dead fish.

 

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