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    "Finnmarken" under Karmsundet bridge at 1:15 PM today (Yes, I "stole" the picture from another forum, sorry!!)



    Another set of "stolen" images as she was seen out Bømlofjorden at 11:55 AM




    Thanks to the photographers for letting me steel their pictures (as they should know anything about it). For their info, I have not stored them on my pc or anything, only copy and paste used...
    "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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      That looks indeed very ---ehhhhh.... strange. I have grown so accustomed to seeing this ship in black and red, that seeing her like this, in all white, is a bit of special sight.

      She looks like a large yacht... but maybe even a bit too white. Even the funnel is white.

      There is two things I notice though: there is something hanging off the aft mooring deck, and there is something like a canvas rolled up above the windows to the spa on the aft (above the pool area).

      These are images I keep on looking and staring at: almost mesmerizing.
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        As before, I'm going a bit OT:

        I'm not only seeing a totally white "Finnmarken" passing by, but also hundreds of beds on their way to Las Palmas and further more to Australia.
        So here's my question:
        I know a ship company don't go out in the media to advertise for the possibility, but if a guy (or a couple) contacted the company of a vessel (Hurtigruten ASA this time) and asked to come along on the ride to have a vacation in LP or Australia for that matter...., what would the company say??
        On this trip in particular, and if you payed for the food yourself, I guess it would not matter to have a guest or two extra for the company....., and hokus-pokus, you could have your way to warmer areas for "free".
        (Of course, the return ticket would cost you some money though).

        This leads to another question:
        I wonder if it's possible to make my (or anyones) way around the world on ships going from A to B if you contact the owner and payed for your own exspence. I know large cargovessels some times have a few cabins for passengers......

        Oh, I belive this turned out to be a little more than just "a bit OT"...., but that's me...
        "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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          Would you love to be called "King of OT"?

          Well, to your questions, I would think most shipping lines would not be interested in taking "extra guests" along for the ride. Maybe for several reasons, insurance purposes, lodging (someone still has to clean your cabin and make your food)...

          Though, as you say, I know there are many shipping lines which lets paying passengers go along on cargo routes. I actually think we have a thread about it somewhere in the General section, if I remember correctly.
          With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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          Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

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            I think it depends on the charter contract with the Australian Company and/or if there is still work in progress on the voyage down to "down under".
            For what we know, the whole public areas of the ship could be in a total mess and then it would be a safety hazard for pax to walk around while the work is going on.

            Maybe the drain pipe from the upper decks down to the aft mooring deck has something to do with planned work as well?

            But this is only guessing from my side

            With regards to pax on cargo ships, this is quite common especially on german container ships. I've seen a website about it once and I remember thinking it was quite expensive comared to "normal" cruise ships

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              Ok, thank you for answering!

              I didn't think in any way to ride along as a "demanding" pax, but rather just being there on board, without getting in anyones way, holding my own so to speak...., and only use the keel to transport my own body from point A to point B.

              But of course, I see what you say regarding insurance and that kind of things.
              (I just like the thought of rideing along almost for free without bothering anyone. Could be a nice and cheap way to see the world).
              Last edited by Sterkoder; January 23rd, 2010, 22:13.
              "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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                At time of posting, no webcam pictures (only black) however ....

                MarineTraffic.com says:
                • Latitude / Longitude: 58.80896° / 5.15246°
                • Destination: LAS PALMAS
                • ETA: 2010-01-30 14:00
                Geonames gives nearby placenames as:
                • Hellestø, Orre, Vik (all very small villages)
                And a great circle calculation (Vincenty inverse) shows she's about 177 km from Bergen.

                The data is a bit stale though : ~5h 30min before this post, so she must be a good bit further south by now.

                Clipper
                Last edited by Clipper; January 23rd, 2010, 22:33. Reason: Better format
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                  Originally posted by Sterkoder View Post
                  Ok, thank you for answering!

                  I didn't think in any way to ride along as a "demanding" pax, but rather just being there on board, without getting in anyones way, holding my own so to speak...., and only use the keel to transport my own body from point A to point B.

                  But of course, I see what you say regarding insurance and that kind of things.
                  (I just like the thought of rideing along almost for free without bothering anyone. Could be a nice and cheap way to see the world).
                  I just came to think of one more thing though: as you probably also have figured out yourself, if you were the son of the company's president or the son of the Captain (or related in any other way), the chances would dramatically increase that they would let you tag along.
                  With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                  Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

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

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                    [OT]
                    In his epic "Round the World in 80 Days", English comic actor and travel broadcaster Michael Palin sailed in several merchantmen.

                    Though he sometimes found it difficult to find a ship, some owners/operators were happy to take a fee paying passenger (plus cameraman and soundman). As far as I recall, he did the negotiations locally; nothing was pre-arranged.

                    Clipper
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                    Harald Jarl, Honningsvag to Svolvaer, Summer 1985.
                    Deck plan geek.
                    The first 5 days after the weekend are the toughest.

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                      "Finnmarken" was at 56°26'/04°33' about 30 minutes ago, when her AIS signal went out of reach..., at least on my AIS
                      That should place her about 85 nautical miles (158 km) out on the south-west radial out of Flekkefjord.

                      Another thing I read out of the AIS is that her speed just now is 13,6 knots and her heading is 184° (COG 194°) .

                      EDIT: Updated position is N 57°27.01' / E 004°32.69'
                      Last edited by Sterkoder; January 24th, 2010, 00:03.
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                        She looks so "medicinal"--like an old-fashioned nurse in white shoes, white stockings, white uniform and white cap!!!!!

                        Fair winds, my ship with the rounded stern!!!

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                          Originally posted by ehp View Post
                          !!!!!

                          Fair winds, my ship with the rounded stern!!!
                          Did you mean;" She looks so "medicinal"--like an old-fashioned nurse in white shoes, white stockings, white uniform, white cap and with rounded stern"????

                          By the way, does anybody know who is sailing her to Australia?
                          A full Hurtigruten crew, an Australian Contractor crew, or a mixture of the two maybe?? (Just curious)

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                            Originally posted by ostafjells View Post
                            I think it depends on the charter contract with the Australian Company and/or if there is still work in progress on the voyage down to "down under".
                            For what we know, the whole public areas of the ship could be in a total mess and then it would be a safety hazard for pax to walk around while the work is going on.

                            Maybe the drain pipe from the upper decks down to the aft mooring deck has something to do with planned work as well?

                            But this is only guessing from my side

                            With regards to pax on cargo ships, this is quite common especially on German container ships. I've seen a website about it once and I remember thinking it was quite expensive compared to "normal" cruise ships
                            I will continue the guessing by saying that she probably only carry a small crew for the trip, (Minimum Safe Manning) at least from Las Palmas to Oz. (There may be some workers on board for the first leg??)

                            As for the hose(s) hanging on the stern I can think of three reasons;
                            - Fuel hose, either for re-fuelling from shore, or to supply fuel to shore installations (Acting as Fuel Storage)

                            - Fresh water supply hose from shore. (RO Water makers cannot be used in inshore location and evaporators doesn't work without waste heat from the engines)

                            - Sewage discharge hose. (Barrow Island is a Marine and Nature Reserve so there will be strict rules for discharge of black and gray water (maybe even deck run-off) from the construction fleet, especially accommodation vessels)

                            PS> I'm assuming she will be moored with the stern to a pier or wharf while at Barrow.

                            I'm also assuming that she will be going around Cape of Good Hope since she is stopping for re-fuelling at Las Palmas. Does anybody know?

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                              Originally posted by ombugge View Post
                              Did you mean;" She looks so "medicinal"--like an old-fashioned nurse in white shoes, white stockings, white uniform, white cap and with rounded stern"??

                              Hey!!!!!! THAT was a good comparation

                              Next time I see an old-fashioned nurse with a suitable rounded "stern", I will indeed think of "Finnmarken"

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                                Originally posted by ombugge View Post
                                Did you mean;" She looks so "medicinal"--like an old-fashioned nurse in white shoes, white stockings, white uniform, white cap and with rounded stern"????
                                Oh, ombugge.... that is the BEST description of the ship in her new livery! It's so accurate and so true! You nailed it!
                                With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                                Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

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

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