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    Ferry of the good old kind - built to last and filled with so many stories through her service life.
    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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      "Stetind" (built in 1977) north Tromsø strait in the middle of the day to replace the ferry "Malangen" (built in 2001) which usually sails in the ferry connection between Hansnes-Karlsøy-Vannøya north of Tromsø.

      Stetind by DS Lyngen, on Flickr

      I reckon since "Malangen" sails directly to Sandnessjøen then it is for shipyard stay at Slipen mekaniske AS.
      Here she is southbound this afternoon.

      Malangen by DS Lyngen, on Flickr
      Best wishes from Bengt Domben

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        Thank you FERRY much for new additions. LOL

        STETIND is such a wonderful name for a ship, even a ferry. She is one old veteran and she is well known to many parts of northern Norway. I may be wrong, but didn't she have a sister once upon a time?
        With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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        "Vengsøy" south Tromsø strait this afternoon.

        Vengsøy by DS Lyngen, on Flickr
        Best wishes from Bengt Domben

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        • Ralf__
          Ralf__ commented
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          Uuups. Funny look. I never noticed it before. What is the reason for that? Any praktical arguments?

        I have been talking a lot about ferry design with my colleagues on board, particularly those on my own shift. We have been building and operating ferries in Norway for some 100+ years or so, and by now, we should be able to build the best ferries in the world, state of the art and the very finest when it comes to handling and operation.

        But, again and again, we in broader terms (but here "we" as in the maritime design companies such as for example https://www.multi-maritime.no/ ), without any prior correspondance or collaberation with people of immense experience working as seamen on the ferries, keep on producing ferries that never excell at each point in time. We buildt a good ferry a long while ago, let's say TIDEFJORD (the best one I have ever served on), but instead of imporving that ferry, we seem to go back to (design) solutions which are not improved in any way, perhaps even far less superior than previous versions.

        I find this quite perplexing. Truly astonishing.

        Why isn't there a greater push to produce something more managable, something more in tune with the actual daily operations it's suopposed to perform and why are we never drawing from our vast experience?

        By now, I truly believe that Norway should have the worlds most sought after ferries on the second hand market.

        But, we don't.

        We still keep on producing and putting into service, ferries that are hard to manage, where work operations are way too complicated and where simple daily tasks are made as inefficient and time consuming as it is possible.

        I just don't get it.

        I have heard of nobody that is involved with the design from the time of the drawing board.

        So-called "Yard Captains" normally jins their vessel after keel is laid, and all drawgins are completed and approved. Any change after that time, is so costly that it will seldomly be done.

        In my humble opinion, an experienced Captain should be working in extremely close contact with the design company from day 1, from the first day they start making the plans.

        To Ralf's question: I'm may not know for sure why her bow is like this, but I think it has to do with the fact that they need to maximise the indoor car-deck, while at the same time give the ferry a good weather proof bow with the right characteristics, and at the same time keeping the total lenght and possibly also tonnage within a limit.
        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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        • ombugge
          ombugge commented
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          The fact that the designers at Ulstein Trading in the 1970s did listen to the people that operated the boats they built was main reason why they managed to design the "gold standard" of offshore vessels (UT 704) and many more that followed. The head designer, Sigmund Borgundvaag (the Father of the modern offshore vessel) and his team, would sit down and listen to the complains and ideas of anybody that came to their office, or that they met at the shop, pub or "bedehus" and actually implement what was good. This was possible because of the lack of "class consciousness" that exist(ed?) here in Sunnmore, where even the boss of the shipyard was just another schoolmate, neighbour or acquaintance.
          Anybody from the boat felt free to go see Sigmund at any time to give him "a piece of their mind".
          Here is a brief presentation of Sigmund from a few days ago: http://www.energyglobalnews.com/sigm...upply-vessels/

        More ferry news: https://worldmaritimenews.com/archiv...8dguExlKMk6bhk

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          The last of two ferries refurbished at Fiskerstrand is getting ready to cross the Atlantic to take up her route in Northern Labrador: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfo...amed-1.5029341
          The first is already serving on the Straits of Bell Isle and a third one of the same type has recently arrived in Canada for refit at a Canadian yard.
          All three were originally built by Fiskerstrand for trading in Estonia.

          PS>The new name just showed up on AIS.

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          • ombugge
            ombugge commented
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            She just left from Fiskerstrand today at 1714 hrs. bound for Ijmuiden. Probably short stop to prepare for the Atlantic crossing with a Dutch delivery crew on board, just like the last one.

          Originally posted by ombugge View Post
          The last of two ferries refurbished at Fiskerstrand is getting ready to cross the Atlantic to take up her route in Northern Labrador: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfo...amed-1.5029341
          The first is already serving on the Straits of Bell Isle and a third one of the same type has recently arrived in Canada for refit at a Canadian yard.
          All three were originally built by Fiskerstrand for trading in Estonia.

          PS>The new name just showed up on AIS.
          I saw one of these from the shore when I dropped by Korsfjord there back in mid-October last year. These are some very large vessels.
          With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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            Have towel, will travel: https://www.vg.no/reise/i/K3a5J5/bad..._content=row-4

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              Color Hybrid is out on sea trail: https://www.smp.no/nyheter/2019/07/1...r-19486843.ece
              Will she be ready for the scheduled startup??

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                Originally posted by ombugge View Post
                Color Hybrid is out on sea trail: https://www.smp.no/nyheter/2019/07/1...r-19486843.ece
                Will she be ready for the scheduled startup??
                26th of July is approaching fast - let's hope so for all those that are involved in the project!
                With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                  From smp.no today:
                  World's largest plug-in hybrid ship delivered from Ulstein shipyard

                  Color Hybrid, the world's largest plug-in hybrid ship, was delivered Thursday from Ulstein Verft to Color Line.
                  MS Color Hybrid, a cruise ferry from Color Line will be on the route between Sandefjord in Norway and Strömstad in Sweden. Here on sea trials in Vartdalsfjord. Built at Ulstein shipyard in Ulsteinvik PHOTO: STAALE WATTØ
                  Flag change:Trond Kleivdal and Gunvor Ulstein. PHOTO: PRESS PHOTOAugust 9, the maiden voyage goes from Sandefjord to Strømstad.

                  The ship is 160 meters long and 27.1 meters wide, and has the capacity to carry 2,000 passengers and 500 passenger cars. Maritime Cluster

                  The ship is an important project for both Ulstein, Color Line and the maritime cluster, write the shipyard in a press release.

                  More than 70 per cent of the suppliers on the ship are from the maritime cluster in Norway.
                  Color Hybrid. FOTO: PRESSEFOTO
                  - With broad maritime expertise, our talented and dedicated staff have made a great effort to complete the Color Hybrid, says CEO Gunvor Ulstein, according to the press release.

                  - Construction of the world's largest plug-in hybrid ship is in line with our ambitions for further development of sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions for Norwegian shipping, says CEO Trond Kleivdal of Color Line.

                  The battery pack weighs 65 tonnes and can be charged in one hour.

                  - The ship uses new solutions to reduce noise and emissions. The five megawatt battery can be recharged via a power cable, with environmentally friendly power from the hydro power plant and charging station at the dock in Sandefjord, Ulstein Verft writes in a press release.

                  The ship will go in and out of the Sandefjord approximating noiseless and no emissions of harmful environmental gases or nitrogen and sulphur particles to the air, according to the shipyard.

                  In addition, the ship has a heat reservoir that utilise heat from cooling water and exhaust for heating.

                  On the deck, there will be a greenhouse driven by waste heat, where among other things it will grow herbs and vegetables served on board.

                  Glass floors are laid on the bridge wings so the bridge staff can follow the waves and look directly down at the open sea, or the wharf.

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                    Congratulations to Color Line!
                    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                      Car ferry SVANØY moored in Kristiansund today, as she has been for several days, actually
                      ​​​​​​IMGP4591 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr
                      "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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                        Beautiful, beautiful SVANØY... such a great ship, with so much power and so many high quality details. A great vessel to serve as the Captain of.

                        By the way, TRESFJORD has become the ROMOEXPRESS / RømøExpress and this is a rendering of how she will eventually appear.

                        https://images.app.goo.gl/h9c7epNuJRDsnRfj7
                        With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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

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