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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Norwegian Coast News

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New Hybrid Powered Cruise Ship Completes Sea Trials

Hurtigruten’s new hybrid battery powered expedition cruise ship MS Fridtjof Nansen has completed sea trials and will be completed earlier than expected. As a result, Hurtigruten is adding a series of shorter pre-inaugural voyages.MS Fridtjof Nansen is packed with green technology and large battery packs and is, alongside her sister ship MS Roald Amundsen, the world’s first battery-hybrid powered cruise ship.The Vessel is set for delivery by the end of 2019, well ahead of her April 1 inaugural voyage from Hamburg to the Norwegian coast.Departing from London (March 7)…

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Vestdavit to Equip Norwegian CG Vessels

Vestdavit secured an order to supply three new Norwegian Coast Guard vessels with davits equipped for polar conditions, in a project which also calls for installation of a deck-mounted transfer system for rapid deployment.The ships are being built by Vard Group within the P6615 project to replace Nordkapp-class ships with a new generation of search-and-rescue, surveillance, and oil recovery vessels. The 136m length newbuildings have been developed for worldwide operations including arctic areas and will feature ice-strengthened hulls and ice-class notation on their delivery from Vard Langsten…

Hurtigruten's new hybrid powered MS Roald Amundsen will be the first ship in history to be named in Antarctica. Photo: ESPEN MILLS/Hurtigruten

First Hybrid Cruise Ship to be Named in Antarctica

Hybrid powered expedition cruise ship MS Roald Amundsen continues to make history – as Hurtigruten has announced the first ever ship naming ceremony in Antarctica. Instead of the traditional bottle of champagne, MS Roald Amundsen’s explorer heritage will be honored by naming the vessel with a chunk of ice.The naming ceremony will take place this fall, as the first world’s first hybrid powered cruise ship makes her way to the white continent on her maiden Antarctica voyage."We…

MS Roald Amundsen sailing on battery power. Photo: Hurtigruten

First Battery Powered Cruise Ship Underway

Hurtigruten’s hybrid powered MS Roald Amundsen makes maritime history as the first cruise ship in the world to sail purely on battery power.The moment – when the brand new expedition cruise ship moved through the water silent and completely emission free, powered by her large battery packs only - was captured off the west coast of Norway.Specially designed for some of the most spectacular waters of the planet, MS Roald Amundsen features groundbreaking green technology such as…

Photo courtesy of NCE Maritime CleanTech

New Concept Guides the Way to Emission-Free Cruises

The cruise industry is facing more stringent requirements and regulations to emissions. In partnership with leading cruise lines, Norwegian technology suppliers have now developed a concept for zero-emission cruising.The concept has been developed in cooperation with Eker Design, cruise giants Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, technology suppliers in the industry cluster NCE Maritime CleanTech and various interest organisations.Norwegian companies are world-leading in the development of maritime environmental technology.

MS Roald Amundsen undergoing sea trials in the waters off Kleven Yard in Norway. Photo: UAVPIC.COM/Tor Erik Kvalsvik/Kleven/Hurtigruten

World First: Hybrid Cruise Ship Completes Sea Trial

Hurtigruten’s MS Roald Amundsen is nearing completion at Kleven Yard. This weekend the world’s first hybrid powered cruise ship completed her first sea trials in the fjords along the western coast of Norway.With Norwegian fjords as testing ground – and the famous Sunnmøre alps as a spectacular backdrop – MS Roald Amundsen’s advanced, green technology was put to a test in the waters off Kleven Yard in Ulsteinvik, Norway, over the weekend.Custom built for some of the most extreme waters on the planet…

An LNG bunkering bunkering truck at the port of Rotterdam (CREDIT: Port of Rotterdam

No Turning Back

A multidisciplinary Rolls-Royce man is helping LNG’s rise on the water and ashore. For LNG, the future is now.At the heart of Europe’s growing marine supply chain for liquefied natural gas is a man with a degree in anthropology but steeped in engineering and business. Oscar Kallerdahl is Rolls-Royce Marine’s vice-president of LNG systems, and he’s the company’s production, purchasing, engineering and finance lead for getting gas engines aboard vessels.Kallerdahl has 10 years of experience overseeing LNG propulsion projects in Norway and four in Korea.

MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen. Photo: Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten expands to Alaska

Hurtigruten is to expand Alaska sailings in 2020 by deploying new hybrid-powered MS Roald Amundsen in the region.The Norwegian expedition cruise specialist, who claims to be  the world’s greenest and most extensive expedition cruise program, said that this new location adds to the company's expanding cruise program, which offers more than 250 worldwide destinations in the 2020/2021 season.Hurtigruten will run a series of seven voyages covering the highlights of the Inside Passage…

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Samskip Strenghens Nor Lines Shortsea Capacity

Netherlands-based  global logistics company Samskip is restructuring the multi-purpose cargo and reefer services connecting North Sea and Baltic ports to Norway operated by subsidiary Nor Lines.A press release from the company stated: "The overhaul, effective from October 1st, 2018, will meet rising demand for reefer and project cargo services southbound and increase capacity for conventional and project cargoes northbound along the Norwegian coast and beyond to Murmansk. Two existing multi-purpose service loops increase to three."In the most obvious change…

Samskip Overhauls Nor Lines’ Shortsea Service

The Netherlands based logistics company Samskip announced it has upgraded Norwegian subsidiary Nor Lines’ shortsea service network connecting to Norwegian coasts.The overhaul, effective from October 1, 2018, will meet rising demand for reefer and project cargo services southbound and increase capacity for conventional and project cargoes northbound along the Norwegian coast and beyond to Murmansk, the company said. Two existing multi-purpose service loops increase to three.Capacity on the three-ship Nor Lines service between Baltic ports and Norway will be expanded to four vessels…

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Kongsberg Norcontrol Pact with Norwegian Coastal Administration

Kongsberg Norcontrol has signed a framework agreement with the Norwegian Coastal Administration for delivery, operations and maintenance of radars to the maritime traffic service. The agreement has a potential total value of up to NOK 250 million and a duration of up to eleven years. This is amongst the largest framework agreements the Norwegian Coastal Administration has entered into with a single supplier. "The Ministry of Transport and Communications has assigned us to expand the service area for our maritime traffic service…

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Eimskip to Acquire Nor Lines

Eimskip has entered into an agreement to acquire the Norwegian shipping and logistics company Nor Lines. The business, with about 200 employees and an estimated annual turnover of approximately EUR 110 million, will be restructured in order to be aligned with Eimskip’s current operations in Norway. Ingvald Løyning, CEO of DSD, said, “DSD started the process of finding a strategic solution for Nor Lines early this year. We believe that further consolidation is needed in the logistics industry…

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Moody's Dings Hurtigruten's Outlook Due to Newbuilds

Moody's Investors Service, (Moody's) issued a press release affirming the B2 corporate family rating (CFR), B2-PD probability of default rating, and the B2 senior secured rating of Silk Bidco AS (Hurtigruten), the full owner of Norwegian cruise operator Hurtigruten  ASA. While the ratings have been affirmed, the outlook has been changed to stable from positive. "The change in outlook to stable reflects the higher credit risk and weaker liquidity that Hurtigruten's recent capex spending announcement entails" says Guillaume Leglise, Moody's lead analyst for Hurtigruten.

Hurtigruten Rolls Royce Illustration of vessels Photo Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten, Kleven Ink Explorer Ships Construction Deal

Norwegian exploration travel company Hurtigruten, has signed a letter of intent for the construction of up to four new explorer ships with Norwegian shipyard Kleven. The order for delivery in 2018 and 2019 is a move to meet growing demand for adventure travel from travellers in the U.S. and across the globe. The order includes the construction of two new state-of-the-art vessels, which will be designed and customized specifically for adventure-rich expedition voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic regions, as well as along the Norwegian coastline.

Marit Finnanger - Hurtigruten SVP, People and Organizational Development (Credit: Ørjan Bertelsen/courtesy Hurtigruten AS)

Cooking up Credible Cruise Credentials

Norway-based cruise operator Hurtigruten AS has developed its own unique formula for developing cruise talent. The practice is already paying handsome dividends. Fun, luxury, experiences — that’s what cruise operators sell, and by all accounts, it is selling well. With bookings up three years in a row, competition for skills and customers is up. Increasing in frequency, too, are cruise-company launches of the largest floating cities ever. Yet, steaming up alongside for a share…

Trawler Dolgoschele Courtesy Arctic Info

Norwegian Authorities Release Murmansk Trawler

The detained Norwegians Murmansk trawler "Dolgoschele" returned to its home port and was preparing to set sail again. As reported today by the CEO-owner of the vessel of "Perseus" Alexander Chumakov, the Norwegian authorities did not agree to their explanation. The ship and crew were released on bail. However, the court proceedings are inevitable. Norwegians have estimated a damage of 1.2 million kroons to aquatic bioresources . Captain was fined 50 thousand crowns. The captain and the company pleaded guilty…

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Ocean Youth Trust South Buys Sail Training Vessel

Ocean Youth Trust South, one of the UK’s leading sail training charities for young people, has  announced that the charity has just agreed the purchase of Prolific – a stunning vessel with real beauty and genuine character. Prolific was built in 2005, as a tribute to the herring-fishing vessels in operation along the Norwegian coast during the 19th century. The ship is a hybrid of historic design and modern-day construction. Most recently she has been used for sail training with young people in Norway.

NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2). Photo: NATO

Norway to Host NATO Submarine Hunt

Nearly 5,000 NATO troops would take part in anti-submarine warfare exercises off its coast in early May, amid growing regional unease over suspected submarine sightings, Norwegian military said. Submarines, surface ships and aircraft will operate in the exercise, dubbed "Dynamic Mongoose," from May 4 to 13 in the North Sea and Skagerrak, a strait between Norway, Sweden and Denmark, according to a statement posted on the Norwegian Armed Forces' official website. The drills will take place against a backdrop of growing Russian military activity in the region…

Secretary General Koji Sekimizu presents the IMO Bravery Award to Captain Andreas Kristensen in the presence of Director General of the Danish Maritime Authority Andreas Nordseth and the Danish Ambassador in London Claus Gr

Danish Crew Receives Bravery Award

This year’s “Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea” is given to the crew from the DFDS ship BRITANNIA SEAWAYS. The award is presented by United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO) for exceptional bravery displayed at sea. The crew of BRITANNIA SEAWAYS receives the IMO “Bravery Award” for the professional and courageous actions taken when a fire erupted on board the ship on 16 November 2013. The ship was en route along the Norwegian coast when a severe fire broke out, causing explosions and flames 30 metres high.

2014 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea: Captain Andreas Kristensen with the medal he and his crew of the Britannia Seaways received. (Photo: IMO)

Firefighting Ferry Crew Awarded for Bravery

One year to the day after surviving an explosive fire which threatened the lives of 32 people on board his vessel, Captain Andreas Kristensen and his crew of the Britannia Seaways have received the 2014 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea, at a ceremony on Monday, November 17, 2014. Accepting the IMO medal and certificate on behalf of his crew, Captain Kristensen said the award should also be shared with the passengers, the Norwegian soldiers who assisted the crew during the firefighting, and the Norwegian rescue teams and firefighters who supported them.

Britannia Seaways

Danish DFDS Crew Receives IMO Bravery Award

The crew of the DFDS ship Britannia Seaways receives the award for the courage displayed in a vehement fire on board in 2013. On Thursday, the IMO Council agreed to present the internal Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea to the Captain and crew on board the DFDS ship Britannia Seaways. Thus, the IMO Council agreed with the decision of the Assessment Panel to present the award to the Danish crew. The award is awarded by United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Dennis L. Bryant,  Maritime Regulatroy  Consulting, Gainsville, Fla.

LNG Fueled Vessels

Alternative to Diesel Strengthens as Barriers Continue to Fall. From the earliest days of mechanically propelled ships, fuel use has been evolving. Starting with wood, fuel changed to coal, which held sway for many years. Oil began to be used in the late nineteenth century and was clearly the dominate marine fuel of the twentieth century. Environmental shortcomings of fuel oil, particularly traditional heavy bunkers, were brought under increasing scrutiny as the twentieth century came to a close.

Bergen Viking: Photo credit Rolls Royce

Rolls-Royce LNG Engine Conversion for Bergen Tankers

Rolls-Royce has won a contract to convert the tankship 'Bergen Viking' to run on engines powered by natural gas, replacing the current diesel engines. Rolls-Royce Plc has won a contract to convert the merchant ship Bergen Viking to run on engines powered by natural gas, replacing the current diesel engines. The Norwegian ship owner Bergen Tankers AS has chosen gas engines and accompanying systems from Rolls-Royce for this upgrade, to provide a more environmental friendly and fuel efficient ship.

Ship in Tunnel: Image courtesy of skipstunnel.no

Ship Tunnel Plans for Norway's Stormy West Cape

Plans for a huge tunnel for ships if given approval would be the first such tunnel in the world and could become a major tourist attraction. If approved, reports newspaper Aftenposten, the tunnel will be built at Stad in the county of Sogn and Fjordane on Norway’s west coast. The stretch of sea along this northern part of the west coast, and around the West Cape, is notoriously treacherous for ships. The idea of building a tunnel here has been in the development stages since the 1980s.

LNG-powered ferry launch: Photo credit Remontowa Shipbuilding

Polish Shipyard Launch LNG Powered Ro/Pax Ferry

Remontowa Shipbuilding launch building no. B 613/1, the largest ferry of this kind built by the yard to date. Remontowa Shipbuilding says it is the largest production shipyard in Poland, and the only one with extensive experience in the construction of ecological, gas powered ferries. During last five years they have built eight gas powered ferries to serve local car – passenger transportation on the Norwegian coast. In contrast to previously delivered ferries fuelled by diesel or gas power, this one will be powered only by LNG and emergency CNG gas engines.

Major BP Upstream North Sea Project Starts Production

BP and partners start production of oil/gas from the Skarv field in the Norwegian Sea, one of a series of new major upstream projects. “The start-up of Skarv is a key operational milestone for BP, adding new production from one of our core higher-margin areas,” said Bob Dudley, BP group chief executive. The Skarv field is approximately 210 kilometres west of the Norwegian coast in water depths of approximately 350-450 metres. Discovered in 1998, the field has an estimated ultimate recovery of around 100 million barrels of oil and condensate and over 1.5 trillion cubic feet of rich gas.