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    Inchcape will be handling Hurtigruten port calls world wide: http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/...uten-contract/
    I assume this does not involve the regular coastal service??

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      Hurtigruten along the Norwegian coast has more positive effects then anybody thought: http://www.smp.no/nyheter/2017/03/16...ick_articles=3

      Although the importance of hurtigruten to the traveling people and for cargo along the coast may not be as large as before.

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        Hurtigruten ASA MAY get competition for the renewal of the government concession in 2020: http://www.smp.no/nyheter/2017/04/24...ick_articles=3

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          It will extremely interesting to see what happens if an non-Norwegian wins the tender to operate as Hurtigruten, what effects that will have the fleet-composition, the product, their marketing.... will such a company be allowed to use the name HURTIGRUTEN?
          With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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            Hurtigruten ASA is winning the case against the port authorities: http://www.smp.no/nyheter/2017/05/04...ick_articles=3
            Or maybe not, This is a Governmental decision only. There are still some legal avenues before this is final.

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              Could we see something like the old Hurtigruten, with several Owners working in tandem to maintain the daily service along the coast??: https://sysla.no/maritim/kystruteopp...-bli-delt-opp/

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                From a laymans standpoint (who has not read the files):
                Why ruin something that works? When Hurtigruten as a phenomenon has used many, many years to build a reputation and tourist attraction, why "do" something with it?
                And give one single reason why the blue-blue government want to split this operation into several companies if it doesn't have benefits to the passengers (cheaper tickets)?
                If there will be several different companies involved in the future, be it Norwegian or domestic, we can't afford any short thoughts about economical benefits to the company owners.
                Does the government know what Hurtigruten (and I don't mean the british owned Hurtigruten ASA) mean for our country? What will Norway be without Hurtigruten?
                So you might say that I should calm down, there will always be Hurtigruten. Yeah..., tell that to the marines...
                Whenever someone start to poke or mess around with things that work, there will soon be a malfunction some place.
                I don't say this because I understand business, (clearly I don't), but I love Hurtigruten as a phenomenon and recognize its importance to Norway..., where others (and the government) only see money.
                Money, money, money!
                "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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                  I don't think that they will be able to divide the public tender for the same work in various small bids.
                  So if there shall be a diversification, several bidders must join together before to give a common bid.
                  And it is clear that this business can only run with the tourists. So this joint venture has also to be able to manage all this booking procedures, international marketing activities etc..
                  Another big cruise company would easier be able to compete with Hurtigruten ASA than small Norwegian shipping companies.

                  In my opinion the are just building some cloud-castles to simulate a "real competition".

                  Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                    One company that MAY be looking at Hurtigruten is Fjord 1 and Per Saevik: http://www.smp.no/nyheter/2017/05/04...1-14682565.ece
                    With their new found profitability and heavy wallet, why not?

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                      Yes, that might be ok for most of us.
                      We had different companies operating before Hurtigruten ASA too. What I ment, and don't want, is foreign ferry companies, operating typically in the Mediterranean..., maybe Spanish, Greek or any Turkish company, to put it on a knifes edge.
                      I try not to be prejudiced, but I downright expect you all understand what I mean.
                      "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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                        I wonder if I am the only one who can see some scope for nostalgia here?

                        It's probably just a fantasy but would it not be wonderful to return to a federation of NORWEGIAN companies and the old FUNNEL COLOURS?

                        I really wouldn't miss ASA's "H".
                        ---------------------------
                        Harald Jarl, Honningsvag to Svolvaer, Summer 1985.
                        Deck plan geek.

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                          That would be for sure a nice look, Clipper and for many Norwegians a more local identification (look, one of "our" ships!).
                          The "H" id international and easier to recognize for all French, German, British, American, Chinese, Japanese and all the other tourists.

                          I tried to do some research, but couldn't find out the right numbers.
                          How many percentage of the coastal route are tourists and how many are port-to-port travellers?
                          How much do these groups spend per day and person in comparison?
                          How "heavy" is the contract (NOK per year)?
                          Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                            "Hurtigruten" may not be there after 2019
                            The name is owned by Hurtigruten ASA and they may not bid on the new Government contract:
                            http://www.smp.no/nyheter/2017/09/28...ick_articles=2

                            Are we going to see two different set of ships sailing in parallel on the coast and competing for the cruise bit? One will be free to chose their schedule and ports of call, while the other company (or three?) will have to call at all 34 ports and carry freight and local pax as now.

                            Will there be any winner and looser, or will Hurtigruten as we know it be a white elephant and die??

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                              This is a debate and history which can go any way now, I think.

                              As stated above, Hurtigruten is a trademark of a company, and if they do not win, or won't operate next contract, they will leave the service with their ships and well-known name.

                              What comes after that is anyone's best guess.

                              Did we mention that Hurtigruten has expressed interest in running the route on their own without the government influences?
                              With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                                So back to my earlier expressed "worry".... if the current operator doesn't win the bid for the next tender, what will happen to the name "Hurtigruten" which they have "branded"?

                                In Norwegian, NRK published an article about that:

                                https://www.nrk.no/nordland/jusekspe...se-1.13707964?

                                In short terms, what it says is as follows:

                                A law expert states that Hurtigruten (ASA) can not claim ownership of a trademark forever.

                                If Hurtigruten prohibits a competing company the right to use the name Hurtigruten in their marketing, they may have to take it through the court system. No brandnames have eternal protection.

                                According to the department of transportation between 5 and 10 companies have announced their interest in the next tender.

                                Hurtigruten (ASA) registered the name as a branded trademark back in 1995. They claim the registration gives them eternal rights and exclusivity in using the name.
                                With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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