Northern Xplorer hires DNV for classification checks of first vessel

The brand’s hydrogen-powered ship will be built by West Sea in Portugal and delivered by 2026

Northern Xplorer hires DNV for classification checks of first vessel

DNV Maritime

DNV will ensure that Northern Xplorer’s first vessel meets classification requirements

By Alice Chambers |

Cruise classification society DNV will supervise the construction and commissioning of Northern Xplorer’s inaugural vessel to ensure that its design is fully compliant with flag and international mandatory requirements for hydrogen-powered passenger ships.

With the ship planned for delivery by 2026, DNV will also provide plan approval of the its main drawings, as well as hull, machinery, vessel systems and equipment installations.

“I am very pleased DNV is joining us on this project given their competence and insight as a leading classification society,” said Rolf André Sandvik, CEO of Northern Xplorer. “Their experience in developing new rules and standards for hybrid and fully electric vessels is unrivalled and makes them the best partner to have as we continue on our mission to build a hydrogen-fuelled cruise ship.

“Safety and quality are our top priorities. DNV’s participation will assure the integrity of our operations both for investors and future passengers.”

Northern Xplorer signed a letter of intent for the construction of its first vessel with Portuguese shipbuilder West Sea during SMM’s trade fair in September 2022.

“We are looking forward to working with the Northern Xplorer team and the shipbuilder,” said Paal Johansen, senior vice president and global cruise ship director at DNV Maritime. “Their zero-emission cruise concept represents a new paradigm for the industry that we’re proud to be part of bringing out into the world.

“Future-oriented collaborative projects like this are extremely important to accelerate decarbonisation not only for the cruise sector, but for the maritime industry as a whole.”

The vessel is currently being designed by Multi Maritime in Førde, Norway and will offer accommodation for 250 passengers. It will also feature ABB’s electric propulsion system, which includes battery and hydrogen fuel-cell technology so that it can sail emission-free in protected environments such as the Norwegian fjords.

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