The new Norwegian research icebreaker “Kronprins Haakon” is under construction and outfitting at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Muggiano, close to La Spezia in Italy.
The vessel was launched in early March 2017 and will start sea trials in May/June 2017. The plan is to sail the vessel to Norway in October 2017 for final outfitting and trials, and to be delivered in December 2017. First half of 2018 will be used to “set to work” and scientific trials and regular cruise activities will start in summer of 2018.
More information about the vessel can be found here.