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    Hope nobody on CVF is affected: http://www.smp.no/nyheter/2016/05/07...r-12702467.ece

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    • ombugge
      ombugge commented
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      Very good translation Mark. Only one little word gone missing in the last paragraph. The text should read: "and there will NOT be another Hurtigrute put in to replace us".

    • PoloUK
      PoloUK commented
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      Thanks Ombugge - I wondered where they were going to magic a boat up from!! What passes for my brain ignored an 'ikke' when I read it.

    • nari
      nari commented
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      Thanks for the translation efforts, well done. Bad news for those booked on the voyage in peak season - no doubt the pax will be sorted out one way or the other.

    Thanks for the link and the translation to both of you, Ombugge and PoloUK! I have booked Kirkenes-Bergen with Lofoten in September, so hopefully everything will be fine by then...

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    • ombugge
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      If I could know the future I'll be a rich man now.
      No reason to panic though, they are giving her an early going over, that's all.

    Need to panic now!
    Ruteplan/Skip fra havn

    MS Lofoten kansellerer seilinger på grunn av teknisk vedlikehold:MS Lofoten vil på grunn av tekniske problemer/verkstedsopphold kansellere seilingene 19-30.05 og 30.05-10.06 fra Bergen.
    Følgende seilinger er kansellert: Bergen-Kirkenes-Bergen 19.05-30.05 og 30.05-10.06.2016.

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    • yvneac
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      From Lofoten FB page
      «Lofoten» is now situated at Orskov Yard in Frederikshavn because the main engine needs some important overhaul/repair. Some of our crew members are now working on board other Hurtigruten ships, but most of them are on board working with various types of maintenance. They all do a great job and we promise that «Lofoten» will return to Norway in the beginning of June – new painted and more beautiful than the ship has been for a long time!

    • yvneac
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      Still from FB:
      M/S «Lofoten» is now moored at the Orskov Yard in Frederikshavn, Denmark. The sailing from Bergen to Frederikshavn was sunny and calm – very beautiful. The work started immediately, and even though people are working day and night in the engine-room, this will take some time. All seven cooling jackets will be replaced after 52 years of service. The scavening top-plate where these are standing needs to be corrected and built up a few millimeters, stay bolts and cylinder liners must be replaced etc. Approximately 32 tons of engine parts will be dismantled and brought to MAN’s workshops not far from here (formerly Burmeister & Wain’s workshop). After extensive overhaul or renewal all parts will be brought back on board again. In cooperation with our head office we have now decided to cancel two more round trips. «Lofoten» will be back on schedule leaving Bergen on the 10th of June.

    • nari
      nari commented
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      Thanks for those details of her rehabilitation. Quite assuring that the old girl, after receiving joint replacements and heart surgery, will be OK again.

    Still from Lofoten FB
    The overhaul of the main engine is going on with full strength – both on board and at MAN’s workshop here in Frederikshavn. The new cooling jackets are now being prepared for installation. All exhaust valves, pistons, piston rods, cylinder liners, cylinder heads, stay bolts, camshaft, exhaust pipes, etc. are transported to MAN’s workshop here in Frederikshavn. All parts are cleaned, checked and if necessary painted, repaired or replaced. It is impressive to see these talented professionals in action. The biggest challenge is perhaps to cut the scavenging box level where the cooling jackets will be standing. They have to make an in situ milling machine on board which will ensure that the cutting will be 100 percent correct. Preben Otzen Skovgaard from our classification society – DNV GL – has been on inspection in the workshop today, and he was very satisfied with the work so far.

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    • nari
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      Thank you for the update; it is good to read they are determined to keep her going.

    FB Lofoten

    M/S «Lofoten» has been in drydock this weekend in order to remove a rope from the stern tube. This had caused a small leak from the stern tube seal so this had to be removed. We also used the opportunity to clean and paint the vessel above the waterline. And the overhaul of the main engine goes on as planned.

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    • nari
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      Good to hear about her progress. Thanks, yvneac

    Good news

    After a major main engine re-build and refurbishment generally, Lofoten has returned to service.

    Following a delay in departing Bergen (09:00 on 11 June rather than 23:59 on 10 June as previously notified) she sailed direct to Trondheim.

    ​She departed Trondheim today 12 June at 12:00 on schedule bound for Kirkenes.

    Regards

    Nordskott

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    • nari
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      Thank you for the news. There would be many people waiting to get back on her again.

    The old lady was looking good when she headed out of Molde last night.

    Cheers,

    Mark.

    www.pologlover.co.uk

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    • yvneac
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      AHAAHH.I like that.........

    • Seagull
      Seagull commented
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      Oh such a very lovely picture of Lofoten, Mark.

    • nari
      nari commented
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      Such dignified elegance which is no longer seen on many ships these days. I bet she will be fully booked for months to come.

    A few more photos from that call at Molde on 22 June. Not a bad day, plenty of cloud but a bit of blue sky too, gentle breeze, not too warm, not too cold.

    We had our dinner at the (excellent) Quality Hotel Alexandra and then walked over to the pier to watch the World go by.

    The old lady appeared around the guest harbour, looking superb after her extended time in the shipyard.



    A few crew watched the parallel parking going on ...



    .. which was expertly carried out, not wanting to scratch any of the new paint.



    This was the day that Spitsbergen didn't make it to Molde on her first run, so there were two lots of the excursion folks at the hotel having their dinner. Certainly not too many left on Lofoten.



    One or two toddled off ...



    .... before the mad rush to get back on the boat after a day on a coach started. The crew were making the most of the temperate conditions to empty Narvesen of various things too - including the ice cream (softis!).

    Cheers,

    Mark.

    www.pologlover.co.uk

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      The absolute joy of being by the berth for us is related to watching everything going on to allow the boat to live and work as it should. That's the same for cruise boats or the Hurtigruter, there's just so much that has to happen, often with the travelling public totally oblivious to it! We found somewhere to perch, along with plenty of locals, and watched the cargo going on. My first experience of Hurtigruten was about 20 years ago when I travelled to meet Mrs PoloUK's family in Vardø, in those days the cars were still getting loaded this way - but for now there was plenty of 'normal' cargo to be loaded.

      The Molde boys were brilliant - so organised - and having a great time.

      Someone likes lemonade (brus)!



      One pallet at a time. Technique similar to ski-ing: 'Bend ze knees'!



      Someone didn't seem to fully appreciate the artistry of the boys at work. Wonder what he was thinking about?!



      Just when it looked like everything was ready to go, an entire load of insulation material had to be loaded - seemed to be a bit of a shock for the crew on the ship, but they coped.



      All on, about 20 minutes late, the crew on Lofoten frantically trying to find somewhere to stow everything, then to stow the crane safely. The fork lift truck driver - who had been so skilful throughout loading, gently unhooked the chain link fence around his working area with the forklift, much to the appreciation of his friend.



      Who still had to tidy up.

      Cheers,

      Mark.

      www.pologlover.co.uk

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        Crane stowed ...



        "Sign here, here, here, here and here. And on the second page, here, here, here and here. And here. "



        Up, up and away.



        Let go for'ard.



        And aft. Think these two were fishing by this point.



        "No, no, don't worry - you lot just occupy the entire bridge wing, I don't need to see anything at all. Grrrrr."

        Cheers,

        Mark.

        www.pologlover.co.uk

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          Then off - aim at the mountains, then do a 180 degree turn.



          Time to go to sleep for us then - we'd travelled from Lillehammer that day, so had the glorious trip over the mountains, seen Britannia at Åndalsnes, then Norwegian Star and Nordlys at Molde. We'd definitely arrived at that point.
          Cheers,

          Mark.

          www.pologlover.co.uk

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          • Sigve
            Sigve commented
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            Excellent!

          • yvneac
            yvneac commented
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            I like your report Mark.Nice memories from Lofoten.
            A taste of Norway in my Normand country!

          • Kim Viktor
            Kim Viktor commented
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            Fantastic!

          Sigve - thanks!

          Nari - we were staying in Molde, not taking the Hurtigruten. We didn't go on Lofoten because they were under time pressure. Normally when we're with the family in Honningsvåg we take a 'kafe-besøk' (coffee visit), so we've been on all the ships over the years (except Spitsbergen!).
          Cheers,

          Mark.

          www.pologlover.co.uk

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          • nari
            nari commented
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            Thanks Mark for the clarification. What a good way to visit the fleet over the years. She looks good with a new dress on, presumably from her time in Denmark. Almost tempting to return for a 6th voyage but.....time will tell.

          Man, i enjoyed this report so much!! Exactly shown how it is each day. And once again it is remarkable, that they all are motivated to take all possible load on and of Lofoten, even it would be much easier in much cases to take this load one day later with a modern ship - without causing any delays. But this is the charming character of a trip with Lofoten, not really plannable. Always in a kind of hurry to keep schedule - in a certain way... By the way, that thoughtful man was the chief engineer, And i can imagine, that he was thinking about a new noise of the old machine... or was it just the same clicking as 1985 between Stamsund and Svolvaer, when someone dropped an empty beer can into the machine room?
          Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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            The chief engineer is a real character and very aimiable. Last October I read a report on Lofoten by a photographer in a Norwegian maritime magazine and he featured prominently, proudly standing around in the engine room.. So I bought it and showed it to him in case he had not seen it.- which he hadn't - and he autographed it on the spot. A nice bit of socialising!

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              Lofoten in Geiranger, 14th July. Unfortunately went Spitsbergen just to Hellesylt this day.








              Two ships from the 60's.


              Hurtigruten's oldest meets Holland America's newest.

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              • Tommi
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                Nice work!
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