MV National Geographic Explorer – Past and Present

MV National Geographic Explorer

ex Lyngen, Midnatsol II, Midnatsol

© Gena Anfimov

National Geographic Explorer – © Gena Anfimov (Port of Klaipeda (Lithuania), 02/09/2011)

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1982 by Hatlo Verksted A/S Ulsteinvik Norway (Yard No 176) as a Passenger/Ro-Ro/General cargo ship

Technical Data

  • Length: 112.00m (overall) 97.88m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 16.52m
  • Depth: 8.85m
  • Draught: 4.601m – 3.671m
  • Tonnage: 4,072 – 6,471 gross/2,076 – 1,942 net/1,301t deadweight
  • Engines: Two x 16 – cylinder KVM – Bergen diesels
  • Power: 4,708kW/6400HP
  • Speed: 17.5 knots (max) 15.0 knots (service)
  • Capacity: 44 cars/148 passengers
  • Crew: 70
  • Passenger Decks: 6
  • Call Sign: LLMH, C6WR2
  • IMO Number: 8019356
  • MMSI Number: 309336000
  • DNV GL ID Number: 13087
  • Port of Registry: Tromsø/Norway, Nassau/Bahamas
  • Sister-Ship: Narvik, Vesteralen


Current Location

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History

July 1st 1981: Keel laid.

May 22nd 1982: Launched.

November 26th 1982: Delivered to Troms Fylkes D/S A/S, Tromsø, Norway.

December 2nd 1982: Completed.

December 5th 1982: Hurtigrutens services between Bergen – Kirkenes.

 

Official Postcards

March 2nd 1988  –  March 1988: Rebuilt at Motorenwerke, Bremerhaven, Germany.

March 14th 1988: Returned to service.

© Pieter Inpyn  © Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn  © Pieter Inpyn

Midnatsol – © Pieter Inpyn

1994 (Winter): Refit at Haugesunds Mekaniske Verksted, Norway.

January 19th 2003: Renamed MIDNATSOL II.

April 8th 2003: Final service for Hurtigruten from Kirkenes.

April 15th 2003: Arrived in Bergen.

April 16th 2003: Left Bergen for layup at Fiskerstrand Verft AS, Fiskerstrand (Ålesund).

July 4th 2005: Renamed LYNGEN and refitted at Fosen Mekaniske Verkstad.

2005: Returned to Hurtigruten services.

March 2006: Registered to Hurtigruten Group ASA, Narvik, Norway.

© Mikkel © Mikkel

Lyngen – © Mikkel (Tromsø, 07/07/2007)

September 2007: Sold to Lindblad Expedition, Nassau, Bahamas.

October 18th 2007: Taken over by her new owner.

October 19th 2007: Arrived Cityvarvet, Gothenburg for conversion/rebuilding.

January 13th 2008: Left Gothenburg for Las Palmas.

January 20th 2008: Arrived Las Palmas for completion of rebuild.

June 2008: Registered to Lex Explorer LCC, Seattle, USA and renamed NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER.

© Pieter Inpyn  © Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Olden, Norway, 07/08/2010)

© Ken Smith  © Ken Smith

© Ken Smith (Woolwich, UK 12/05/2024)

May 26th 2020: Due at Dover.


All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Gena Anfimov, Pieter Inpyn, Mikkel, Ken Smith and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)


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