The Norwegian Coast Guard icebreaker and offshore patrol vessel NoCGV Svalbard (W303) became the first Norwegian vessel to have reached the North Pole, the service announced.
Svalbard is in the Arctic as part of Coordinated Arctic Acoustic Thermometry Experiment (CAATEX), a research project led by Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre (NERSC) in the central Arctic Ocean to study ocean climate change. The vessel is charged with placing special instruments on the Arctic sea floor to monitor temperatures and climate.
NoCGV Svalbard (W303) is an icebreaker and offshore patrol vessel (OPV) operated by the Norwegian Coast Guard (Kystvakten).
The vessel was constructed by Langsten AS at Tangen Verft shipyard in Kragerø and launched on 17 February 2001. She was delivered to the Coast Guard on 18 January 2002 and entered service in mid-2002 and is homeported in Sortland. Her primary operating area is in the Arctic waters north of Norway, the Barents Sea and around the Svalbard islands.
Svalbard is the second largest ship in service with Norwegian Armed Forces by tonnage.