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  • The veteran Stena Europe arriving at Rosslare yesterday evening





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    • The Norwegian ferry "Røtinn" formerly owned by Torghatten Nord made a name change yesterday to "Bequia Express 1"
      The new flag State is St Vincent Grenadines in the Caribbean.

      This ferry was built by Tromsø shipyards in 1969.

      May it have many good years in the Caribbean to carry passengers and vehicles of different types.

      Picture from september 2016.

      Best wishes from
      Bengt Domben

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      • That company which bought the ROTINN must have good connections and love for former Norwegian retired ferries. They have a great collection from before as well.

        I see she is still in Tromso under her old name, but with the new flag registered in marinetraffic.com
        With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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        • This is what the ferries in Norway will look like soon: http://www.smp.no/naeringsliv/2017/0...ick_articles=2

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          • "Bequia Express 1" ex.Røtinn left Tromsø thursday morning and headed for her new home port Kingstown at St. Vincent Grenadines in the Caribbean.
            Bon voyage
            Best wishes from
            Bengt Domben

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            • "Vengsøy" inbound to Tromsø yesterday evening.

              Best wishes from
              Bengt Domben

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              • I just checked by marintraffic and "ROTINN" is steaming south far out from the coast - she is currently out on Vestfjorden south of the Lofoten Islands, and based on her current position, she is likely to sail far from the coast the whole trip south.... a nice and cheap way to avoid having to buy a lot of expensive navigation charts I guess, and avoiding the hazard of running aground.

                Nice image of Vengsøy.... but honestly, that bow (front section) is a hideous looking bow. It reminds me of one of those wooden clogs.... Design can sometimes end up in some pretty strange constructions.
                With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                • ombugge
                  ombugge commented
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                  Pilotage is compulsory for foreign ships using the inshore route. NOT CHEAP!!!

              • OH YES! Naturally, I didn't even think about the pilot fees - no wonder why they sail so far out, there is both a lot of nautical miles and pilot-fees to save on such a voyage.

                I wonder if they intend to be uploaded to a heavy lift ship somewhere or if they are planning to sail the whole way themselves?
                With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                • ombugge
                  ombugge commented
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                  With the wonders of modern technology (AIS) you will be able to tell.

              • She is now west of Shetland and heading for the open Atlantic. Going directly to Kingstown??
                If so, I wonder how they managed to carry fuel enough for a trip of that length? Dura bags or ISO Containers on the car deck maybe?

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                • I've seen crossings like this in the past - I might even remember that the image I saw, was taken on board an ex-ferry on the exact same route to the same company.

                  I don't have the image anymore, but on that image, the entire car deck was full of drums of diesel.
                  With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                  • ombugge
                    ombugge commented
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                    I sailed a small Harbour tug over 4000 n.m. on a delivery voyage, topping off with fuel from drums on deck. Not easy.
                    I also refuse to take on delivery of a car ferry from HK to Penang because the Owner refused to accept my proposal to carry sufficient fuel for the voyage in Durabags on the car deck, which would have been much safer and easier.
                    PS> The ferry ended it's days on a beach just south of Danang. The good news; No pollution because no fuel left.

                • Car Ferry Stryn seen passing Aalesund south bound yesterday:


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