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    I just had a look in the German hurtigforum and was checking some discussions going on about several topics:

    1. there are discussions about different prices for the same offers in different countries and on the Norwegian booking site
    2. the Finnmark ports are claiming about numerous cancellations because of bad weather, when there is no such
    3. there are ongoing discussions about harbour fees and the situations about the Mehamn kay repair

    Could someone of the Norwegian members please give a short summary about the actual status quo?
    Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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      October 16th marks an anniversary for Hurtigruten.

      On this day, in 2014, Hurtigruten once again returns to HITRA (the big island at the mouth of Trondheimsfjorden) for a stop. This was the first time since 1959, according to the Captain, that a Hurtigruten ship calls at Hitra. The reason for this new stop was the opening ceremony for a brand new dock and terminal.

      The first ship to call at Hitra was as you can see, Trollfjord.

      Article in Adressa: http://www.adressa.no/incoming/article10240932.ece

      Fantastic pictures from the air in local paper Hitra - Frøya: http://www.hitra-froya.no/nyheter/article10240940.ece
      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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        Hurtigruten was recently featured in Bangkok Post Sunday edition....

        With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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          Not sure if you can read it from these two?



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            Wednesday is clear that the company Silk Bidco will buy Hurtigruten.

            Silk Bidco listed with the law firm BA-HR as owners, but the real investors, the European private equity firm TDR, Trygve Hegnar and Petter Stordalen.

            Only in Norwegian: http://www.nettavisen.no/na24/ukjent...n/8503200.html

            British fund will buy Hurtigruten: Would pony up for new ships
            If the British buyout fund TDR Capital can buy Hurtigruten, they are probably not seated ownership too long.

            http://e24.no/boers-og-finans/hurtig...ruten/23325024
            Last edited by Azimut; October 29th, 2014, 13:59.
            Best wishes from
            Bengt Domben

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            • ombugge
              ombugge commented
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              Lively discussion following this article, little of it with any relevance though.

              It looks like Trygve Hegnar has made a pile of money from this transaction and will still be an active player in the future as well.
              Let's hope that this is serious investors with a long view and willingness to develop Hurtigruten in a sustainable manner.
              Since there is a contract with the Norwegian Government to maintain daily sailings to all 34 ports, they would not be able to change that without loosing the subsidies that makes Hurtigruten viable.

            • Ralf__
              Ralf__ commented
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              I understood the news so far that there is an offer to other shareholders to buy their shares. I've read no news, that they actually did. Am i wrong?
              Are bigger groups of shareholders willing to sell their shares?

            I don't know if this is the beginning of the end for Hurtigruten as we know it, or not, but this buy-out is nothing but an investment purpose not intended to last for a long time.

            In the "Debatt"-section (discussion section) of Nordlys, there is a very good analogy of what the buy out actually means.

            The investment company which now is purchasing HRG is nothing but an investment company, and it is in this article believed they will cut all expenses down to the absolute minimum, and that everybody in the shoreside office should start browsing job ads quite soon - nobody is safe.

            The good thing though, is that they DO HAVE a contract to fullfill with the Norski Government : daily departures, xx number of ports, cargo and passengers... this is stated in their contract.

            But in what form in the future this will be done, that is all guess work I suppose.

            http://debatt.nordlys.no/article/kjo...elvsagt-har-en

            http://www.nord24.no/Dagen_f_r_brite...5-32-3421.html

            http://nrk.no/norge/derfor-betaler-b...ten-1.12013461

            http://www.hegnar.no/bors/artikkel523647.ece

            http://www.adressa.no/nyheter/okonom...le10286098.ece
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              More news about Hurtigruten and new plans: http://www.vg.no/forbruker/reise/hur...nd/a/23326587/

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                Hurtigruten (no worries, they are talking about the FRAM) is setting sail for Northern Russia....such as Port of Arkhangelsk:

                http://www.vg.no/forbruker/reise/hur...nd/a/23326587/
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                • ombugge
                  ombugge commented
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                  Double posting of a new and innovative kind??

                In this newsreport they are thinking about refurbishing the ships, perhaps buying in older tonnage to replenish the fleet, or even go as far as building new ships - particularly for the explorer market which is "good business".

                http://www.nord24.no/Vil_pusse_opp_d...5-32-4570.html
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                  Buying in older tonnage? Well, they could buy back Harald Jarl, Nordstjernen (both in good condition), Ragnvald Jarl, and the old Finnmarken (needs some work)

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                    Does anyone have a feeling or facts&figures of how the the number of cars transported by the ships have changed lately. A few of the ships were re-built due to new stability (?) regulations during the last year or so. That should have affected the actual number of carried vehicles.

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                      According to HRG's own website, these are the numbers of car that the ships can take (if the website is updated):

                      Midnatsol/Trollfjord 45
                      Finnmarken 47
                      Nordnorge/Nordkapp 45
                      Polarlys 35
                      Nordlys 45
                      Richard With/Kong Harald 12
                      Vesterålen 35
                      Lofoten 0

                      I don't understand why Nordlys still can take 45 cars, when her sisters Richard With and Kong Harald only can take 12. Also Polarlys' number of cars is reduced.
                      Regards; Sigve.
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                      IF I WIN IN LOTTO, I COULD GO EVERYWHERE. WITH FRAM....

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                        And Hurtigruten is declared the winner: http://www.smp.no/nyheter/indre/article10387393.ece

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                        • PoloUK
                          PoloUK commented
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                          Not been a great year for Geiranger Port has it - with all the Seawalk and objecting cruise companies stuff earlier in the year, and now this.

                        • Sarnia
                          Sarnia commented
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                          Thank you Ombugge for the explanation. Not a good result for Geiranger Port indeed. Is this claim part of the reason Hurtigruten has reduced its season in Geiranger? (to the benefit of Hjørundfjorden, which is at least as beautiful, so the passengers are kept happy).

                        • ombugge
                          ombugge commented
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                          No, the Hjorundfjord season is en extension of the summer schedule, not a shortening of the Geiranger calls.

                        Hurtigruten is sold
                        Friday afternoon was the sale of Hurtigruten ASA a fact

                        In a public notice at 3:50 p.m. friday, announced Silk Bidco AS that they have got an agreement to acquire 91.17 percent of the shares in Hurtigruten. Their limit was 90 percent for the sale was to be a fact.

                        Thus Hurtigruten sold to the British.
                        Best wishes from
                        Bengt Domben

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                        • ombugge
                          ombugge commented
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                          Here is an article on smp.no today: http://www.smp.no/naeringsliv/article10424039.ece

                        • Tommi
                          Tommi commented
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                          Hard to say if this is a good or bad thing.
                          Perhaps it means that new fresh ideas and money is invested into the company to lift it to new heights. Or, it could also result in that the remote owners loose all feeling for what the company stands for and drains it of funds. The future will tell.

                        Hurtigruten sold!!!
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