Successful sea-trials completed on Kronprins Haakon

The vessel Kronprins Haakon is on the west coast of Norway for testing and finalizing of equipment installation.

Published: 02/28/2018 Updated: 05/27/2020

In December 2015 SEAONICS was awarded a contract to deliver state of the art deck-handling equipment and technology for a new, Norwegian polar research vessel designed for year-round operation.

The vessel is built for the Norwegian Polar Institute by Fincantieri, Italy. The main user of the ship is going to be The Arctic University of Norway, located in Tromsø. The vessel will be given the name Kronprins Haakon and has since December 2017 been in Norway for testing and finalizing of equipment installation.

SEAONICS delivery comprises premium, all electric, green technologies; a complete package of winches for fishery and scientific purposes, deck cranes, overboard systems including A-frames and Launch and Recovery Systems (LARS). Industrial Control Design AS has handled the control system for the scientific system, all based on CDP.

The complete system has been tested at sea, and this Saturday, 24th of February, the last Active Heave Compensation (AHC) on Kronprins Haakon was finished, marking a milestone both for vessel and suppliers. 9 winches with AHC has been tested in a total of 16 different wire routing configurations during two sea trials. All results giving satisfaction and acceptance of the installed equipment.

We are proud being part of this extensive project enabling researchers to do more complex studies exploring Polar Regions both in the north and the south.


SEAONICS Main Office
Hundsværgata 8, NO-6008 Aalesund,