My 18 hours

To start with the end (double-meaning), I wasn’t able to completely finish my work shift earlier this week because of the common flue and fever. After a handful days in bed, I stabled myself back up on my feet and went to an interview for the job as “building captain” for the new ferries for Flakk-Rørvik.

The following day - yesterday - the first of these two ferries arrived at Myklebustad Verft in Gursken to be fitted out as the “Lagatun” for Fosen Namsos Sjø. As many of you already know, this is the company in which I started my life on ferries almost two handful years ago. And ferries wasn’t even going to be a permanent stop I thought back then. I guess it’s a testament to the fact that I actually enjoy working on ferries, or that I like the way shift-work give me a lot of freetime (to do everything else I like).

As the Danish tugboat Frigga arrived at Gursken with the unifnished hull after a five day tow from Gdansk yesterday morning, I decided that it would humor me a little to be the first one from Flakk-Rørvik to physically see the new ferry. It would be a long drive from Trondheim: nearly a 700-km roundtrip in one day, including 6 ferry crossings. This is a long drive when you are well, but even more so when I was still not fully recovered from the terrible cough and fever. 

My New Years resolution to live more each day, meant I would HAVE to take the trip.

Weather was amazing: starting in Trondheim at 6 in the morning under blue skies, and in -13 degrees. Passing through Hemnkjølen, the temperature dropped to -23 for a short moment, but once well inside “Møre”, there was signs of spring literally everywhere. Temperatures at the coast was on the warmer side of the 0, even though just above freezing. 

On this long day-trip, I wasn’t only able to see what could possibly be my next assignment, but also had the chance to check out the building-progress of Hurtigruten’s newest ship, Roald Amundsen. Both ships are being built with the very latest in propulsion technology, and even technology that hasn’t yet been fully tested and done before on ships of these sizes. When these ships eventually are being sent out on their respective sea-trials, it will extremely exciting to see and learn all the various aspects of the operation. 

The names of the new ferries for Flakk-Rørvik will be named “Lagatun” and “Munken”. They are expected to be completed and handed over to Fosen Namsos Sjø within the end of the year. 

When I arrived back home just before midnight, I had been freezing and sweating for many hours, and I was so ready to hit the shower and bed! There wasn’t any energy left to even directly upload the below images. 


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