Rolls-Royce has signed a contract worth about GBP 25 million (USD 33 million) with the ship building company Kleven in Norway for design and ship equipment to two new polar cruise vessels, with an option for two additional vessels.
The contract between Kleven and Rolls-Royce follows the conversion of a letter of intent into a firm contract signed between Kleven and Hurtigruten.
“The ships soon about to take shape in the docks of Kleven will be striking. They will attract interest to both the Norwegian ship building industry and to Hurtigruten as a leading player within the field of explorer tourism. To me, this contract is proof of the combined innovation powers of Norway’s maritime industry and the country’s growing tourism industry. Together we are providing growth along the long and beautiful Norwegian coastline,” Daniel Skjeldam, CEO of Hurtigruten, said.
In addition to the ship design with a wave piercing bow, Rolls-Royce will supply an integrated package of technology and equipment, including the Rolls-Royce Unified Bridge.
Helge Gjerde, Director of Offshore and Merchant Solutions, Rolls-Royce, said: “Hurtigruten and Kleven have agreed to build state-of the art passenger vessels, and Rolls-Royce will provide some of the most innovate ship technology on the market today. I’m confident that these new polar cruise vessels will bring the proud heritage of the Hurtigruten into a similarly proud future.”