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    #91
    Here the official comment on the Norwegian Hurtigruten page. No message in Germany up to now...

    Hurtigruten ASA har inngått kontrakt om utleie av MS Finnmarken som hotellskip ved Gorgonfeltet i Vest-Australia. Avtalen har en varighet på 18 måneder, med mulig forlengelse på ytterligere 18 måneder. Oppstart er tidlig 2010.

    MS Finnmarken er engasjert i forbindelse med utbyggingen av Gorgonfeltet i Vest-Australia. Kontrakten inkluderer også et innleid forsyningsskip og har en totalverdi på AUD 135 millioner for 18 månedersperioden. Dette tilsvarer med dagens kurs NOK 697 millioner.

    - Dette er en stor og viktig avtale for Hurtigruten ASA som vil gi selskapet en betydelig og forutsigbar inntekt over lang tid, sier administrerende direktør Olav Fjell.
    - Vi har ved flere anledninger vist at vi er konkurransedyktige, også for oppdrag som dette. Vi har skip, kompetanse og tekniske løsninger som er velegnet også for å betjene dette markedet, sier han.

    Hurtigruten ASA har opprettet et eget datterselskap, Hurtigruten Pty Ltd, som er kontraktspartner. Skipet vil bli bemannet med australsk besetning.

    MS Nordlys vil gå inn i hurtigruten langs norskekysten som erstatning for MS Finnmarken fra 8. november 2009.
    Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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      #92
      MS Nordlys ws scheduled for "out of route" until April. What will happen then.... the return of Nordnorge????
      Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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        #93
        Hey, I just had a nice thought. With one ship away on other business, maybe they will see fit to get Fram to do some home duties at some stage. This way she has a chance to become a genine Hurtigrute vessel.

        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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          #94
          Originally posted by Ralf__ View Post
          MS Nordlys ws scheduled for "out of route" until April. What will happen then.... the return of Nordnorge????
          I hope Nordnorge replaces Finnmarken this winter, but I guess Nordlys will continue through the winter instead.

          That still leaves Nordnorge missing in action?
          With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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            #95
            Sorry, i was writing before thinking. It is clear that Nordlys will stay in service during winter and will replace FM. But in April she gets back her "summer-position". And then there is an empty place: for NORDNORGE

            In a German forum someone stated she is in Bremerhaven, Kühlhauskai. Unfortunately no webcam there...

            Sorry Clipper, but Fram's schedule is filled with trips and i think they won't cancel them.
            Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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              #96
              OK, thank you so much Ralf: that makes sense.

              The next question then is off course: what will NN do until spring?
              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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                #97
                From the Nordnorge thread:
                Originally posted by HurtigruteMartin View Post
                I guess such maintenance is very needed after her rental-period.........
                I remember when "Regina Baltica" was rented out to NATO in 2005. After that rental, the ship was a huge mess.
                Just imagine what the Finnmarken will suffer during 18/36 months as living quarters for a bundle of roughnecks, and with Australian union crew to booth.

                Although they have to have Australian crew when in Australian waters, I hope they leave at least a HRG Ch.Engineer on board to keep a constant watch on the maintenance.
                Sitting idle for that long a period is not doing a ship any good. It takes a well planned maintenance schedule and constant vigilance to avoid deterioration to machinery and systems not in regular use.

                As said earlier, carpets, furniture and fittings in the accommodations can be replaced, but I hope HRG know how to cover themselves in the contract and get a thorough On-Hire Survey done, documenting and photographing the condition of EVERYTHING before "handing her over".

                If I sound a bit negative here, it is because I have seen what a period in Australia does to an ordinary working ship, let alone to a ship like this.

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                  #98
                  Originally posted by Ralf__ View Post
                  How about the possibility of helicopter landing on deck??
                  Is that also a significant option??
                  I must correct my own statement: No helicopter landing area on FM. I mixed it up with MS...
                  Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                    #99
                    Hopefully she will be used for Senior Personnel accommodations, but even so expect a major refurbishment to be required at the end of the Charter period.

                    Originally posted by Seagull View Post

                    The panorama lounge in the evening, emphasising the central light feature, which changes colour.
                    I'm just trying to picture Aussie Roughnecks into this setting and it doesn't tally when this is more the style they are accustomed to from other construction sites.
                    Container housing, 4 men to a room:


                    Or Offshore Accommodation Barges:


                    Senior Personnel Dining Room:


                    Junior/Worker's Mess:

                    The "Bug Sapper" on the wall would come in handy at Barrow Island, but I assume that FM doesn't come equipped with such???

                    The Hallways doesn't have any art on the walls:


                    Common Toilet and Shower, one per deck:


                    The Wash Basins are outside on the open deck:

                    The advantage is that you can get a sun tan when you bush your teeth and shave, at least in day time. (Not enough light for shaving at night)

                    Does this look like some relic from times passed?? No, it is the Accommodation/Work Barge "Swiber Glorious", built in China 2007 and presently working in the South China Sea with up to 300 persons on board.
                    (Pics were taken in Singapore last week)

                    Sorry if this is a bit OT, but I thought it appropriate for comparison.

                    I'll post some more of the Swiber Glorious in an appropriate thread later.

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                      Originally posted by Ralf__ View Post
                      What will happen then.... the return of Nordnorge????
                      Sounds like a bad Halloween movie........

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                        Ombugge, this is not OT, you should hand that over to Olav Fjell from HRG and i am sure he will read over the contracts again...
                        Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                          Originally posted by ombugge View Post
                          From the Nordnorge thread:

                          Just imagine what the Finnmarken will suffer during 18/36 months as living quarters for a bundle of roughnecks, and with Australian union crew to booth.
                          I can only agree with you about this, I have a feeling she is going to need more than just a lick of paint when she gets back. New carpets and all of those nice shiny finishes.

                          Will she be hired 'as is', or will she have furnishings etc stripped out before she goes? Sort of along the lines of the Liners that got transformed into troop ships for use in times of conflict.

                          And like Jan-Olav mentioned earlier, what about all of the cruise ships that have either just left service, or are about to leave service - Maxim Gorky for example, why not hire something similar? A chance for the vessel to earn her owners a bit more cash before they are sent to the breakers, and no need for an expensive refit afterwards.

                          Like you say, I hope her owners have done a good job at writing up the contract details for the hire period.
                          Your charts, your radar, your eyes and ears - if all 4 agree, you may proceed with caution.

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                            HRG needs money an the australian are willing to pay!
                            HRG cant let this deal go, this is a question of life and death for the company.
                            Sorry, i will also miss Finnmarken
                            Maybee there wil be newbuilding programme or maybee Fram is comming home, because NX and LO are not alowed to sail longer than 2012. (Solas)

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                              Originally posted by ombugge View Post
                              Hopefully she will be used for Senior Personnel accommodations .....
                              The more I think about it, the more this makes sense. Why else pay top dollar for a first class vessel when so many cheaper options must exist? I wonder if Finnmarken will be used not only for senior personnel but also for visiting dignitaries - Australian & foreign politicians, CEOs of partner companies, President of Greenpeace etc. etc.

                              Originally posted by ombugge View Post
                              ..... but even so expect a major refurbishment to be required at the end of the Charter period.
                              Hopefully HRG will be able to ring-fence a portion of the contract revenue for the refurbishment and/or they have built-in a final wear & tear payment to be made against a condition survey. I would be very surprised indeed if this aspect has not been examined in some detail by the "Gnomes of Narvik".

                              Clipper

                              EDIT: And Ombrugge's picture number 4 reminds me, I must remember to put Tabasco on my next shopping list.
                              Last edited by Clipper; October 29th, 2009, 19:08.
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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 wil be heading for drydock at westcon ølen, when she is finished with her last trip for this time

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