OSLO (Reuters) – The world’s first cruise ship propelled partially by battery energy is about to move out from northern Norway on its maiden voyage, cruise operator Hurtigruten stated on Monday.

Hurtigruten’s cruise ship MS Roald Amundsen is seen within the sea close to Ulsteinvik, Norway July 1, 2019. Hurtigruten/Handout through Reuters

The hybrid expedition cruise ship, the Roald Amundsen, can take 500 passengers and is designed to sail in harsh local weather waters.

Named after the Norwegian explorer who navigated the Northwest Passage in 1903-1906 and was first to achieve the South Pole in 1911, the ship heads for the Arctic from Tromsoe this week and can…

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