Midnatsol – © Gerolf Drebes (Leaving Berlevag, Norway 30/07/2016)
Steel twin azimuth pods motor vessel built in 2003 by Bruces Verkstad A/B, Landskrona. Sweden (Hull) Fosen Mekaniske Verksteder AS, Rissa. Norway (Completion) (Yard No 73) as a Roll-On/Roll-Off carrier – Ferry/Cruise ship.
- Length: 135.75 m (overall) 118.70 m (between perpendiculars)
Breadth: 21.50 m
Depth: 13.0 m
Draught: 5.10 m (Max)
Tonnage: 16151 gross/6353 net/1184t deadweight
Engines: 2 x Wärtsilä W9L32 – 9 cylinder diesel
Power: 8280 kW/5630 bHP
- Speed: 15 knots (Service) 18 (Max)
- Passenger Decks: 7
Capacity: 1000 – 500 passengers/45 cars
Call Sign: LMDH, LEFO3
MMSI Number: 258595000
- IMO Number: 9247728
Port of Registry: Tromso/Norway
Sister Ships: Trollfjord
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October 17th 2001: Keel struck.
April 26th 2002: Launched as MIDNATSOL. Towed to Rissa, Norway for fitting out.
March 11th 2003: Completed for Troms Fylkes DS (TFDS), Tromsø, Norway..
March 21st 2003: Arrived in Hamburg.
March 22nd 2003: Christened in Hamburg.
April 14th 2003: Hurtigruten’s services between Bergen – Kirkenes.
December 14th 2003: “On a southbound course and navigating between Alesund and Maloy, when the main power supply failed and all engine power was lost. The vessel was approaching a reef. The released anchors tried to stop the drift but failed.
All passengers (102 at the time) were ordered to the lifeboats. Luckily, one of the anchors caught the main engines were restarted and she dragged herself free. The cause for the accident was an overgrown inlet to engines’ coolant systems.”.
December 15th 2003: Resumed service.
January 22nd 2006: Arrived in Gothenburg.
Midnatsol – © Simonwp (New Waterway, 29/01/2006)
January 29th 2006: Arrived in Rotterdam.
February 2006: During the Winter Olympics in Turin, used as a hotel ship in Savonna, Italy.
March 2006: Registered to Hurtigruten Group ASA, Narvik, Norway.
Midnatsol – © Robert J Smith (Tilbury inward bound for the Pool of London, 24/03/2006)
October 22nd 2006 – November 30th 2006: Chartered to Norsk Hydro, for use as an accommodation vessel in Hammerfest.
January 7th 2007: Left Bergen for Oslo.
January 9th 2007: Arrived in Oslo.
January 14th 2007: Left Oslo for Bergen to resume service Bergen – Kirkenes
February 11th 2019: Announcement made that she would be transferred from Hurtigruten’s existing coastal express fleet into its expedition fleet by 2021. To be used for year-round expedition cruises.
2021: Fitted with battery packs to allow the engines to operate using hybrid power. Shore-powered equipment also mean the ships can operate using only battery power when docked in ports with shore power facilities.
May 2021: Renamed MAUD for owner: Hurtigruten Cruise AS, Norway. Manager: Hurtigruten Expedition Technical Services GmbH, Hamburg – Germany
Maud – © Geir Vinnes (Bergen, 14/05/2021)
September 17th 2021: Due at Dover where she will begin a Dover based winter season comprising of 13, 15-day itineraries along Norway’s coastline.
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: Gerolf Drebes, Simonwp, Robert J Smith and Geir Vinnes for their assistance in producing this feature.
Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)