The 107 meters long Expedition Support Vessel, designed by Marin Teknikk AS of Norway, was successfully launched without any problems.
The owners, Robyn and Graeme Hart from New Zealand, were present during the launch. The married couple share an estimated $7 billion dollar fortune and Graeme Hart is considered to be New Zealand's richest man.
'Ulysses' is designed for long expeditions in rough waters with a luxury experience. It comes equipped with a helicopter deck, hangar, swimming pool, hot tub, and accommodation for 60 people. The vessel is estimated to cost between 300 – 400 million kroner ($58 – $78 million).
"This is a very exciting project for us. We have been around in the yard and on board the vessel, and I'm very pleased with Kleven and the work that has been done here so far," said Graeme Hart to Dagens Næringsliv.