Hurtigruten Adds Underwater Drones on Expedition Ships

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Underwater drones added to two Hurtigruten ships

“We got no troubles, life is the bubbles, under the sea.”

Hurtigruten, offering exploration voyages since 1893, is now partnering with Blueye Robotics, a Norwegian startup, to bring unique underwater drones on their worldwide expedition ships.  Passengers on board will be able to see “under the sea.”

Hurtigruten’s high-tech hybrid-powered MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen, will house the new Blueye Pioneer drones.  These two new ships are the world’s first expedition cruise ships powered by hybrid battery technology.

“Hurtigruten is building the world’s greenest and most advanced expedition ships. With the introduction of underwater drones, we are adding a new dimension for our guests,” said Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam. Ninety percent of the ocean remains unexplored, and with underwater drones on our ships we can take our guests to areas less explored than the surface of Mars.”

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Developed in the extreme conditions of the Arctic Ocean where Hurtigruten has sailed for 125 years, the Blueye Pioneer drone has a unique combination of compact size, power and stability. The drones weigh a mere 15 pounds and contain four powerful thrusters.

Blueye Pioneer’s high-definition, wide-angle video camera uses special technologies that work in low light conditions.  The video cameras can stream true-color images to screens on the Hurtigruten ships or to the digital diving masks worn by guests aboard smaller Explorer Boats.

When drone cruises begin

In July 2018, the drones will be available aboard the MS Roald Amundsen and then July 2019 for the MS Fridtjof Nansen.

Hurtigruten’s also are one of the only means of transporting goods and local passengers year–round to 34 ports along the picturesque Norwegian coast cruising between Bergen and Kirkenes every day of the year.

Ready to go exploring? Hurtigruten offers voyages to some of the world’s most remote and pristine waters and destinations. Cruise itineraries include Antarctica, the Northwest Passage, Arctic Canada, Greenland, Svalbard and the Norwegian coast.

Source: Hurtigruten

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