Kronprins Haakon, a new oceanographic icebreaker for the Norwegian government, has been launched at the Fincantieri shipyard in Muggiano (La Spezia). Her final fitting continues, and delivery is expected by the end of this year.
According to MANA, the Haakon will be one of the most advanced icebreakers in the world. The 9,000 gt vessel will be able to accommodate 55 people, including research personnel, students and crew, and will be fitted out with the highest standards of comfort for passenger ships.
Rolls-Royce Marine provided the functional design, and the firm's experience on the Haakon played into its work on the British icebreakerRRS Sir David Attenborough.