Aker BioMarine launched its new krill harvesting vessel named Antarctic Endurance at a ceremony in Ålesund, Norway, Friday.

Constructed by Norwegian shipbuilders at VARD, the naming ceremony and official launch are the culmination of over two years of design, collaboration and construction.

“We have put all our experience and know-how into building a vessel capable of matching our ambitions and operational needs, a vessel we could have only dreamt of when we started our very own Antarctic adventure for more than a decade ago,” said Matts Johansen, CEO of Aker BioMarine.

The Antarctic Endurance is the world’s very first purpose-built krill harvesting vessel.

The Honourable Alexandra Shackleton, granddaughter of renowned British Polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and godmother of Antarctic Endurance was invited to officially name the vessel.

The 130-meter, Norwegian flagged vessel is constructed at a cost of NOK 1.1 billion (€113.1 million/$129 million).

A custom designed newbuild, rather than an existing supply or trawler vessel with equipment retrofitted to it, Antarctic Endurance is fitted-out with a host of innovative technologies and equipment from a wide variety of Norwegian companies.

Using a number of innovative processes and technologies onboard, the vessel is 30 percent more environmentally efficient, compared to today’s trawlers.

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