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MIDNATSOL ferry 2003

Postby aukepalmhof » Fri Jan 03, 2020 7:35 pm

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Built as ferry (Pax/RORO) under yard no 73 by Bruces Shipyard, Landskrona, Sweden for Troms Fylkes DS(TFDS) Tromsø, Norway.
17 October 2001 laid down.
18 April 2002 launched as the MIDNATSOL one sister the TROLLEFJORD.
Tonnage 16,140 grt, 6,291 net, 1,180 dwt, dim. 135.7 x 21.5 x 4.90m, length bpp. 118.7m
Powered by two Wärtsilä 9l32 diesel engines, 8,280 kW, speed 16 knots.
Accommodation for 822 passengers, berth for 618 passengers.
26 April 2002 towed from the yard to Fosen Mekaniske Verksteder in Rissa, Norge for outfitting.
12 March 2003 completed, IMO No 9247728.
21 March 2003 arrived at Hamburg, where she was christened on 22 March 2003.

14 April 2003 in the ferry service of Hurtigrutes from Bergen to Kirkenes.
MS MIDNATSOL is a Hurtigruten vessel built by Bruces Verkstad in Sweden and Fosen mekaniske verksteder in Rissa, Norway in 2003. It is the fourth ship to sail for Hurtigruten to bear this name. She has a sister ship, MS TROLLFJORD which also sails for Hurtigruten.

At 04:00 AM on the night of 14 December 2003 the ship was on a southbound course between Ålesund and Måløy when the main power supply failed and MIDNATSOL lost all engine power. The ship was approaching an underwater reef and the anchors were set out in an attempt to stop the drift, but the attempt failed. All 102 passengers were ordered to the lifeboats after an attempt to connect a towing hawser from another vessel also failed. The situation was very critical and MIDNATSOL sent a Mayday message. The ship was only 150 metres (490 ft) from shore when one of the anchors finally caught. Not long after, the crew managed to restart the main engines and the ship went on to Florø. The cause of the engine stoppage was an overgrown inlet to the engine's coolant systems.
In August 2004, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation was recording aboard MS MIDNATSOL for the series Hurtigruten 365. The recordings took place in one year, and the result was 20 episodes that were shown on television.
January 2006 made cruises to various ports in Europe.
February 2006 Used as a hotel ship in Savona, Italy for the Turin Olympics.
March 2006 transferred to Hurtigruten Group ASA, Narvik, Norway.
22 October 2006 till 30 November 2006 chartered by Norsk Hydro and used as hotel vessel in Hammerfest
On 6 June 2015, the vessel caught fire off Vardo in Southern Norway. The fire started in one of the service rooms. The crew reacted immediately, extinguishing the fire in less than an hour. No injuries and damages were reported.

2020 In service, same name and owners.
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