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    Re: Kong Olav - A legend vessel still around even though on artificial life support.

    As said earlier, the easiest, safest and fastest way to move this ship from present location to anywhere in Norway would be to do it dry on a HLC, or a Dockship. Since she is relatively small and light a Dockship would be ideal.

    This does not require any major repairs to be done at site and does not require any certification to be in place, other than a Bill of Sale.
    The cost of the actual transportation would be higher than the cost of steaming the vessel using her own engine, or to tow her by a relatively small Oceangoing tug.

    The problem is that in the first case she has to be re-instated in a fully certified condition, with all machinery and equipment operational and able to proceed on a long voyage under own power. In other words, the restoration has to be done BEFORE she head for Norway.

    In the second case she has to be put in a seaworthy condition, certified and approved by underwriters for a long towage, which would likely involve substantial work to be carried out before proceeding, to ensure that she doesn't sink on the way.

    Without having seen the vessel and her actual condition, I cannot give any estimate of the total cost involved in any of the above options.

    What I can do is to get a budget price for dry transport, and for towage.
    Send me an e-mail or PM to discuss the options, and possible options for use in this region.

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      Re: Kong Olav - A legend vessel still around even though on artificial life support.

      Dear all,

      First of all, this is nothing I'm doing all alone, and nothing I will purchase on my own... please, rest assured.

      At the facebook group someone had to start the process, and with my contacts, the best solution with me. I'm merely the one getting the ball rolling, so to speak.

      If an investor comes on the market, and is wishing to get this wonderful ship home... the process is well underway.

      The "scary" part of the ship now finally being available (to us), is that the place where she is anchored is not THAT FAR away from Bangladesh. Scrap merchants have a tendency to flock to old ships like seagulls to slaughtered fish.

      Rolldock, as mentioned by ombugge earlier, have a ship that they can use to send her home, but that comes at a very high price... 1,8 million US$ for a port-to-port delivery (Ranong, Thailand - Stavanger, Norway).

      That leaves the only two options as a tow by a seagoing tug, or sailing home by own power.

      The owner confirms the engine and generators were last started 5 years ago, one anchor is missing, and that all public rooms were refurbished when she arrived in Thailand in 1997-2000.

      We are far off getting this beautiful ship home, but it is now a very critical time, and perhaps the VERY FINAL CHANCE to save her.

      If this venture fails, she is very likely to end her career.

      There are many people who share my vision of her return to Norway, but it's going to cost a bit of money and time.
      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

      Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
      Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

      Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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        Re: Kong Olav - A legend vessel still around even though on artificial life support.

        New page under construction:

        http://www.mskongolav.net
        With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

        Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
        Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

        Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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          Re: Kong Olav - A legend vessel still around even though on artificial life support.

          There are several companies operating Dock ships, one of which is Eide Marine Service AS : http://www.eide-gruppen.no/
          Two of their vessels are capable of carrying the Kong Olav, but I don't know at what cost. Contact details: georg@eide-gruppen.no

          If the vessel shall be able to be towed from Thailand to Norway, she will first have to be towed to a nearby shipyard for docking and tow preparations.
          The nearest option would probably be in Penang, which is only approx. 250 n.m. towing distance from Ranong. Fully capable yard with Syncrolift for docking vessels of up to 120 m. : http://www.bnshipyard.com.my/facility.php

          If steaming on her own, she will need to have marine systems and equipment refurbished BEFORE departure. The sensible place to do that is in Singapore, where there are a number of yards capable of handling the job and where parts, technical expertise and services are easily available.
          "Cheaper" yards, such as in Batam and in Malaysia usually prove to be more expensive due to the need to bring in expertise and equipment from Singapore.

          The towing distance from Ranong to Singapore is approx. 600 n.m. in benign and protected waters. But even for such short distance there MAY be quite a bit of work needed to get her ready and approved for towage.

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            Re: Kong Olav - A legend vessel still around even though on artificial life support.

            Dear ombugge,

            Thank you so very much for sharing your local knowledge.

            There are many things going on with this project right now, and there is a small chance we might actually succeed.

            There are several options for what we might do with the ship once she is bought, in regards to transport home.
            With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

            Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
            Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

            Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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              Re: Kong Olav - A legend vessel still around even though on artificial life support.

              Originally posted by pakarang View Post
              New page under construction:

              http://www.mskongolav.net
              Updated.... any Norwegian that have additional information, corrections or pictures to share?
              With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

              Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
              Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

              Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                Re: Kong Olav - A legend vessel still around even though on artificial life support.

                Woke up to see this in Vesterålen Online.: "Want's to get Kong Olav home" http://www.vol.no/nyheter/article531880.ece

                It's written in Norwegian, but I believe everything that is said in the article, already have been said in here
                Last edited by Daniel; March 18th, 2012, 12:49.

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                  Re: Kong Olav - A legend vessel still around even though on artificial life support.

                  I saw the same Article in Harstad Tidene (ht.no)

                  http://www.ht.no/incoming/article532261.ece

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                    Re: Kong Olav - A legend vessel still around even though on artificial life support.

                    A couple more articles have appeared:

                    http://www.hblad.no/nyheter/article5977268.ece

                    http://www.folkebladet.no/nyheter/article532288.ece

                    + naturally, the ship's website, there are a lot of updates and brand new fresh images to come very soon: http://www.mskongolav.net
                    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                    Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                    Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                    Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                      Re: Kong Olav - A legend vessel still around even though on artificial life support.

                      Originally posted by wherrygirl View Post
                      "...OK, now this one of the sister? ship. . ...
                      "The next photo I took was a view from the Kong Olav... Now this is exciting - I have the Summer 1990 sailing list and if this other ship was a Hurtigruten it looks as if she was the Nordnorge which was at Bodø that same day, due Trondheim ...
                      "There were only two ships of this class with funnel and masts placed like this; so if this picture is taken from Kong Olav, the picture shows Nordnorge (1964) all right. She also has a lower funnel than Kong Olav. ...Regards Sigve.
                      Last edited by Sigve; 9th March 2010 at 06:24
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                      Hello, Wherrygirl,

                      Re: This photo was taken on May 12, 1990 using a Canon MP550 series/Untitled
                      "...On the way from Rørvik to Ørnes, passing a sister ship. The Hurtigruten Norwegian coastal voyage. Saturday, 12 May..." . "Thanks to Sterkoder and Sigve of "http://www.CaptainsVoyage-forum.com" my thought that this was the Nordnorge on her way south has been confirmed. Launched in 1964...".

                      Your photo brings back lots of sentimental memories of my hurtigruten adventure on board the (then) MS Nordnorge (1964), from Bodo to Trondheim in 1978, or thereabouts, and prior to continuing on my backpacking journey to the Lofoten Islands and Finnmark County. Thank you for sharing it on www.CaptainsVoyage.com. I do have the only photo of me beside ex-Nordnorge, which I am on the lookout for, as I go about my daily activities. Hopefully, to find it and share it with you and everyone on the website started by Jan-Olav (Storli), who I would like to express my special appreciation.

                      Regards, Hurtigrutenk
                      Last edited by hurtigrutenk; April 3rd, 2012, 22:18.

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                        Re: Kong Olav - A legend vessel still around even though on artificial life support.

                        Hallo Hurtigrutenk, I have just picked up your message on Flickr, against my photo of Nordnorge. Welcome to CVF. If you are interested in the Kong Olav, you may like to have a look at the following thread, which is an account, with photos, of my complete trip Bergen - Kirkenes - Bergen in 1990. The thread you took the above post from was when I needed help in identifying some of the places and after everyone had helped with that I was able to do my thread "A Salute to the MS Kong Olav"
                        http://www.captainsvoyage-forum.com/...0715#post30715
                        Ivy

                        "To thine own self be true.......
                        Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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                          Re: Kong Olav - A legend vessel still around even though on artificial life support.

                          Re: Kong Olav - A legend vessel still around even though on artificial life support.

                          Hello, again! and thank you for your quick reply. That's kind of you to give me the link.

                          Today, I have tried several times to sign the petition to save the "Kong Olav", both on the link that Jan-Olav gave me, as well as on facebook; unfortunately to no avail. I thought I would show the petition comment here, to let you all know of my interest in the campaign to save MS Kong Olav. The message for the petition would have read thus:-

                          Very pleased to read about the article on the campaign to save "Kong Olav", as reported on Friday 18th March 2012 in the "Harstad Times". As "Kong Olav" very much reminds me of the ex-Nordnorge (1964), on which I had the privilege to sail 'hurtigruten' from Bodø to Trondheim (in 1978, or thereabouts), I have a personal interest that the "King" should sail back to Noreg. They do not build such ships anymore - they are in a class of their own!

                          I would appreciate some help, please and thank you.

                          Regards,
                          Last edited by hurtigrutenk; April 4th, 2012, 00:39.

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                            Re: Kong Olav - A legend vessel still around even though on artificial life support.

                            I will try to see what is wrong with the petition online... it might have expired, but I will have a look at it.
                            With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                            Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                            Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                            Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                              Re: Kong Olav - A legend vessel still around even though on artificial life support.

                              I guess I can shoot in and say that we are now a group of people that have created an association intending to inspect, and make a feasibility study into an eventual purchase of the ship.

                              At the moment, I'm the Chairman of this association.

                              We hope to inspect the vessel in the near future.
                              With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                              Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                              Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                              Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                                Re: Kong Olav - A legend vessel still around even though on artificial life support.

                                This is a great start, Jan-Olav. To get some facts anf figures from the feasibility study will at least give a firm base on which to consider a possible next step.
                                Power to your elbow, as we say.
                                Ivy

                                "To thine own self be true.......
                                Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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