MV National Geographic Explorer
ex Lyngen, Midnatsol II, Midnatsol
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
- 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
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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.
March 2nd 1988 – March 1988: Rebuilt at Motorenwerke, Bremerhaven, Germany.
March 14th 1988: Returned to service.
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.
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 (Olden, Norway, 07/08/2010)
© Ken Smith (Woolwich, UK 12/05/2024)
May 26th 2020: Due at Dover.
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