Port of Halifax to welcome world’s first hybrid cruise ship

September 16, 2022, Halifax, Nova Scotia – The world’s first hybrid cruise vessel is due to make her inaugural call at the Port of Halifax. On Saturday, September 17, the MS Roald Amundsen, a Hurtigruten vessel named after the first person to cross Antarctica and reach the South Pole, is scheduled to visit Halifax. She is due to arrive at Berth 23 at 8 a.m.

“As an organization, the Halifax Port Authority is committed to incorporating sustainability into everything that we do,” said Captain Allan Gray, President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority. “We are working with our partners in cruise to create the conditions for a more sustainable industry, and we are encouraged by innovations like this that help to move the industry forward.”

The state-of-the-art Hurtigruten vessel is the world’s first hybrid cruise vessel, using battery power to support its low-emission engines. Excess energy from the ship’s engines is stored in battery packs, allowing the ship to operate using solely electric power for short intervals. With this green technology, the vessel cuts fuel consumption and carbon emissions by 20%.

The Roald Amundsen is the first cruise vessel to be christened in Antarctica, a nod to its specialized design, which allows it to traverse the world’s most frigid waters. The ship features an infinity pool, a glass-encased sauna, three restaurants, and cabins made with Scandinavian wood and stone.

Vessel Information:

  • Year built: 2018
  • Passenger capacity: 528 (500 in Antarctica)
  • Gross tonnage: 20 889 metric tonnes
  • Length: 140 metres
  • Beam: 23.6 metres

About the Port of Halifax:

The Port of Halifax is Canada’s Ultra Atlantic Gateway, connecting to more than 150 countries. In 2021, the total impact of the Port of Halifax on the Province of Nova Scotia was $4.37 billion in economic output with the direct portion being $2.72 billion. This level of activity generated direct and spin-off positive impacts of $2.22 billion in GDP, $1.42 billion in labour income and over 22,400 jobs.

Offering a natural, deep harbour and big ship infrastructure, Halifax can accommodate large volumes of containerized cargo, bulk cargo and project cargo. Collaborating and working with strong partners and stakeholders, the Port community in Halifax continues to deliver excellence.

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Emily Richardson
Communications Coordinator
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 229-8011
erichardson@portofhalifax.ca