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    #76
    M/S "Finnmarken" came to Sandnessjoen today. Oh the weather was not the best thing that has been. But there were some pictures today å here to get some of the!








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      #77
      Finnmarken on a northbound recent departure from Trondheim:





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        #78
        Finnmarken AND Munkholmen in one glorious photo!

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          #79
          Originally posted by Seagull View Post
          Finnmarken AND Munkholmen in one glorious photo!
          Thank you so much! Not hard to take a great photo of such a ood looking ship in that kind of weather: the trick is to get them as sharp as you Lady C.
          With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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            #80
            Originally posted by pakarang View Post
            I heard tales that Finnmarken might be heading to Australia as hotel ship for 18 months.... does anyone have any information on that?

            Where in Australia, and in connection with what event does she have the opportunity to land such an extensive contract?
            Just had some time to surf a bit around and found out that in this German forum they discussed this tale very intensive since the moment you brought it up here!

            http://forum.norwegen-freunde.com/vi...sd=a&start=195

            Several people could not sleep at night and feared that their already booked cruises had to be cancelled. Due to the fantastic information policy of HRG it took days until they received the confirmation for their cruises on Finnmarken and they still don't believe if it is true and she will be in duty during 2010 at the Norwegian coast.

            I believe, if a ship is chartered to Australia, it will be Nordnorge, as they announced to be in contract discussions on their boers news.

            I think our German friends made a hype out of it, but let us remember that this forum is an important source of information for enthusiasts!!

            So lets try to have always a serious source for our "news" in here. See, we have a responsability...
            Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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              #81
              I first saw this one another International major web forum based out of somewhere else, a place where it had been discussed wide and along already. When I read it there, it was already 'old news' - and not confirmed in any way: just speculations. We were not the first place where it was discussed, it's already an old discussion.

              But, as you say, I do agree, nothing is confirmed. As long as there is no news on their official website, we shouldn't 'jump to the gun' so fast: it remains only rumors. In due time, HRG will announce what they have been working on. There is so many factors and things we don't know about, and that is probably good too...
              With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                #82
                Then its confirmed. Finnmarken is going out of route 8 november and i think they will go for docking at westcon ølen.

                http://www.nrk.no/nyheter/distrikt/t...mark/1.6834920

                Then we lost a beautifull Hurtigrute

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                  #83
                  English translation from newsweb.no:

                  26.10.2009 08:41

                  Major charter agreement for Hurtigruten

                  Hurtigruten ASA and Boskalis Australia Pty Limited
                  have signed a contract for an 18 month charter of MV
                  Finnmarken, with an optional 18 months extension. The
                  ship will be providing marine construction support
                  vessel services for Boskalis Australia Pty Limited on
                  the Gorgon project in Western Australia. The contract
                  will commence early in 2010. The total contract value
                  is AUD 135 million for the 18 months period,
                  including a charter of a supply ship for the support
                  of the provision of the services.

                  MV Finnmarken will be replaced by another Hurtigruten
                  ship in the coastal route.
                  Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                    #84
                    For me not to understand, why they charter out FM, when they have NN for disposition. FM is a unique ship and has a lot of fans among the cruisers, not just because of her ***y stern, E! A possible explanation could be that she has 628 beds capacity. Very sad, there will be a lot of angry fans.

                    No good company philosophy...
                    Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                      #85
                      Well then my guess of abt. a month ago has proven right, she is going to be used for the Gorgon Project, probably moored at Barrow Island.
                      Originally posted by ombugge View Post
                      There are several major Gas Fields under development/planned in Western Australia and off Northern Territories, which involve onshore processing plants.
                      The newest announcement is that Chevron will develop the Gorgon Field with a two-train Gas Liquefication Plant at Barrow Island, WA. This project alone will have several thousand workers during the construction period. Maybe as many as 10,000 jobs, incl. the various associated services.
                      (Similar in scope to the Melkoya and Nyhavna projects, only bigger)

                      If so, that means she will have to be fully manned by unionized Australian seamen for the duration. Not a good prospect for her maintenance and upkeep.
                      Boskalis is a major Dredging Contractor, by may also be involved in the building of the wharf(s) and other infrastructure for the Gas Processing Plant.
                      To have some 600 workers living on board, plus an Australian crew for maintenance, may prove a costly affair for Hurtigruten, if they intend to bring her back in normal service after the 18/36 months or more stint as a rough neck camp on a desert island.

                      I hope they know what they are getting into and that they have sense enough to remove art works and other thing that is of value and not easily replaced. Furniture and fittings can be replaced and compensated for.

                      Here is a link to the Gorgon Project and Barrow Island: http://www.chevronaustralia.com/ourb...es/gorgon.aspx

                      And this is what the WWF thinks about it: http://www.wwf.org.au/news/barrow-is...isappointment/

                      I have been there a couple of times in the early days of Oil Drilling in the 1970s and it is not a place I would like to call home. The "Western Australian Salute" is widely prictist there, full of Sand Flies and little else, as far as I can recall.
                      Last edited by ombugge; October 26th, 2009, 13:18.

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                        #86
                        HRG tried to use NN instead of FM but they wanted FM much more than NN and they offerd so much money for FM that HRG couldnt say no.

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                          #87
                          It's official and also I will make another statement official: I will miss Finnmarken!
                          With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                            #88
                            Originally posted by Ralf__ View Post
                            A possible explanation could be that she has 628 beds capacity.
                            Not to forget her suites with balcony - and swimming pool!

                            Soon, her cameras will go dark and we won't see her for a very long time. One more trip around the coast for her, and that'll be 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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                              #89
                              How about the possibility of helicopter landing on deck??
                              Is that also a significant option??
                              Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                                #90
                                Well, sentiment aside ("my" ship and all...), I'm glad the income stream will help keep the company, and therefore the other coastal steamers, running ---at least until I win the lottery and decide to take over the world..........

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