MS Nordnorge

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MS Nordnorge
MS Nordnorge at Brønnøysund, Norway
Name: MS Nordnorge
Owner: 1997—2006: Ofotens og Vesteraalens Dampskibsselskab
2006—present: Hurtigruten[1]
Operator: Hurtigruten
Builder: Kværner Kleven, Ulsteinvik, Norway[1]
Yard number: 266[1]
Launched: 1996[citation needed]
Christened: 20 March 1997
by Sissel Rönbäck[1]
In service: 19 March 1997[1]
Homeport: Narvik, Template:NOR[1]
Identification: IMO number: 9107784[1]
Call sign LCJI
Status: In service
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Polarlys class cruiseferry
Tonnage: 11,286 GT (gross tonnage)
Length: 123.30 m (404.53 ft)
Beam: 19.50 m (63.98 ft)
Draught: 4.90 m (16.08 ft)
Installed power: 2 x MAK 6M552C diesel engines
combined 9000 kW
Speed: 18 kn (33.34 km/h)
Capacity: 691 passengers (in coastal service)
464 passengers (in cruise service)
464 passenger beds
Crew: 57 crew[citation needed]

The MS Nordnorge (literally: Northern Norway) is a Hurtigruten (Norwegian Coastal Express) ship. It was built in 1997 by Kværner Kleven in Ulsteinvik, Norway, as a sister ship to MS Polarlys and MS Nordkapp. The Nordnorge has a gross tonnage (GT) of 11,386 tons, crew capacity of 57, and can carry up to 691 passengers.

Since 2002 the Nordnorge has been employed in Antarctic cruise service during the northern hemisphere winter.[1]

There have been four Hurtigruten ships with the name of Nordnorge, which is Norwegian for "Northern Norway" - the common name of the three northern Norwegian counties.

During 2009 Nordnorge did not operate on the coast of Norway. Very little information about its employment has been released by the owners but it appears that the ship was hired out at the end of 2008 as a hotel ship in the Mediterranean, possibly in Venice [2].


On January 30, 2007 the Nordnorge came to the aid of the MS Nordkapp after the Nordkapp ran aground in the Antarctic. All 294 passengers were safely evacuated from the Nordkapp and were taken to Ushuaia, Argentina.[3]

On November 23, 2007 the Nordnorge was involved in the rescue of all passengers and crew[4] from the MS Explorer after the Explorer struck an iceberg in the Antarctic. All 100 passengers and 54 crew on the Explorer were safely rescued; the Explorer later sank.[5]


This article is based on the corresponding article on the German Wikipedia.

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