Kronprins Haakon -a new Norwegian ice-breaker

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Illustrasjon: Rolls Royce Marine (RRM)
Illus­tra­tion: Rolls Royce Marine

A core facil­i­ty for The Nansen LEGACY project, the new Nor­we­gian ice-going ves­sel Kro­n­prins Haakon, is at present being equipped with winch­es and instru­men­ta­tion in Italy, and Øys­tein Mikel­borg, respon­si­ble for the build­ing process at NPI and co-lead on the Nansen LEGACY infra­struc­ture work pack­age, informed on the sta­tus and capa­bil­i­ties of the ship dur­ing the imple­men­ta­tion work­shop. The ship will be equipped with moon pool and heli­copter plat­form, have berth capac­i­ty for ~35 sci­en­tists, and strength to break 1.5 m thick ice. The ship is expect­ed to be fin­ished late autumn 2017. The Nansen LEGACY will be a per­fect project for the research ves­sel, uti­liz­ing its size, ice-going capa­bil­i­ties, and abil­i­ties to car­ry out inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research includ­ing oceanog­ra­phy, atmos­phere research, marine ecol­o­gy and geol­o­gy as well as fish­eries.


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Implementation workshop

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LEGACY Implementation workshop in Tromsø, August 2016


The Nansen LEGACY imple­men­ta­tion plan is in progress. This week, work pack­age lead­ers and co-lead­ers met for a two-day work­shop in Trom­sø 17–18 August, 2016. Dis­cus­sions on spec­i­fied work plans and cross-work pack­age inte­gra­tion, was a major focus of the work­shop to ensure opti­mal use of resources, includ­ing mod­els, tech­nol­o­gy and research ves­sels. An update of the sta­tus of the new ice going ves­sel Kro­n­prins Haakon was also giv­en. The ship is being built in Italy, and rep­re­sents a core facil­i­ty for the planned project.