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Flekkefjord.   12 comments

Hi, I’m Chris, Marks nephew. Seeing as he is currently disabled I thought I would give this blogging thing a try.
A bit about me, I am one of the Second Officer’s on an Anchor Handling tug called Loke Viking. I have been working onboard Loke for 2 years now and love every minute of it.
We recently sailed to a very small town in the southern part of Norway called Flekkefjord. We arrived around lunch time and headed for our berth in the middle of the town. The town its self is about 10-15 miles in land, so we had to sail through a narrow Fjord to get there. Some of the views on the way up the fjord were spectacular.
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Flekkefjord its self is a lovely little town with a lot of very traditional Norwegian wooden houses.
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We were told by the ships agent who was local to the area that there was going to be a celebration tonight called Midsummer festival. Midsummer is a very popular thing in Scandinavia with some Swedish people going as far as to say it is a bigger holiday than Christmas. Well in Fekkefjord they did it a bit different from everyone else and in the middle of the harbour was a floating barge pilled with wood that they intended on lighting, and then circling with their small boats.
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Chilling   26 comments

When I get back from a Rig move, I normally say how well it went and how hard I worked ūüėČ but on this occasion I can’t do either, it was one of those, ‘quick get out there as soon as you can jobs’ which isn’t uncommon in this line of work. For some of us only a couple of hours notice and we were on our way, the three of us met up at Heathrow terminal five and after some breakfast we were on a plane to Bergen in Norway. An hour long taxi ride through tunnels and over a bridge we arrived at the Rig, once dressed in full PPE we climbed the 87 steps up the leg, luckily our bags were craned up, once we got our breath back and were assigned our cabins we went to mob our equipment to find out it was all ready to go, all we did was turn it on and do all our checks, what a result!

The time for the move to start came and went several times in the next week until we were told it wasn’t going to happen and we could all go home, a bit disappointed but if you are going to spend a week chilling on a Rig, you can’t beat Norway. I even managed to get a few photos out of the window of the taxi on the way back to the airport.

Have a great weekend.

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Posted April 4, 2014 by rigmover in Norway

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Links   15 comments

It’s nice to be home again, it was a long day travelling yesterday but I did manage to get a great view of London getting ready for the Olympics as we flew into City Airport, which is only a hammer throw from where it all kicks off tonight.

Would like to say good luck to Gemma (my son’s girlfriend) who is dancing at the opening ceremony tonight. ‘Good luck’

I don’t know what today’s photo has to do with any of this, it was taken next to the rundown house so that is the only link I can think of.

Posted July 27, 2012 by rigmover in London, Norway

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Wheel meet again   12 comments

Sorry about that, I can’t believe I’m off again, I’ve only been home 6 days, oh well nature of the job I suppose.

This is a shot taken landing at Bergen airport, Norway, which is where I will be landing tomorrow, then off for another rig move, not sure for how long or if there will be wifi onboard so please bear with me, the proceeds from the selling of my photo’s lately will be going toward the purchase of a new MacBook Pro, so if I keep selling photo’s at the same rate I should have one in 27 years, no need for wifi just plug it in and keep posting.

Have a great weekend.

 

Posted July 14, 2012 by rigmover in Norway

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SS Stord I   15 comments

As we leave Bergen and head toward open water we pass a lot of vessels of different shapes and sizes, this one caught my eye, she is a Norwegian vintage steamship SS Stord I and was built as Stord in 1913 and has a bit of a history.

The vessel sailed in regular traffic from 1913 to 1969. Stord I is a typical representative of the local passenger steamers built for operating between Stavanger-Sunnhordland-Hardanger and Bergen.

In 1931, Stord I was rebuilt and modernised.

In 1949 she was again rebuilt as a motorship with the installation of two, 12-cylinder Paxman-Ricardo diesels.

In 1969 she was sold to Oslo Krets av det Blå Kors and renamed MV O T. Moe. She was berthed in Oslo as floating welfare centre for alcoholics.

In 1980 she was sold to Norsk Veteranskibsklub and transferred to Veteranskipslaget Fjordabåten, Bergen with a view to preservation. She was restored to 1931-condition, including the installation of engines from a 1942 steam-driven British vessel. Technical trials were run. Gutted by fire en route from Sunnhordland to Bergen on 20 May 1987.

The ship was again restored by Veteranskipslaget Fjordabåten.

Anyone notice the 3 people outside the house on the left waving at me.

Here is the same ship I managed to photograph over 40 years ago. (or just processed with Snapseed)

I couldn’t leave out the last house. Have a great weekend.

Posted June 8, 2012 by rigmover in Norway

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Rundown   15 comments

The last in this set of Bergen Buildings, as you can see the further we traveled out of town the more rundown the buildings became, still great colours, but this one is more rust and flaking paint, sits in well with the landscape though.

Bergen Buildings   19 comments

Follow on from yesterdays post, more of the old style buildings we pass as we head out to sea. The sun was getting low and lit up these two building nicely, I’m so glad the Norwegians like these bright earthy colours, they go so well with the surrounding countryside.

Bergen   7 comments

This is a follow on from the Hanseatic Wharf¬†group of photo’s I took in Bergen, Norway. This is the opposite side of the harbour, not as old as Hanseatic wharf but just as colourful and built in the traditional way with overlapping pine weatherboard. I’m surprised so many of them are still standing with the amount of cigarettes these Norwegians smoke. Hope you enjoy, now some facts.

 

The city of Bergen was traditionally thought to have been founded by King¬†Olav Kyrre, son of¬†Harald Hardr√•de¬†in 1070 AD,¬†four years after the Viking Age ended. Modern research has, however, discovered that a trading settlement was established already during the 1020s or 1030s.¬†It is considered to have replaced¬†Trondheim¬†as Norway’s capital in 1217, and that¬†Oslo¬†became the¬†de jure¬†capital in 1299.¬†Towards the end of the 13th century, Bergen became one of the¬†Hanseatic League’s most important bureau cities.

 

The main reason for Bergen’s importance was the trade with dried cod from the northern Norwegian coast,¬†which started around 1100. By the late 14th century, Bergen had established itself as the centre of the trade in Norway.¬†The¬†Hanseatic¬†merchants lived in their own separate quarter of town, where¬†Middle Saxon¬†was used, enjoying¬†exclusive rights¬†to trade with the northern fishermen that each summer sailed to Bergen.¬†Today, Bergen’s old quayside,¬†Bryggenis on¬†UNESCO’s list of¬†World Heritage Site.

Farvel Flor√ł   9 comments

That’s good bye in Norwegian incase you thought it was a spelling mistake. Leaving Flor√ł behind and the North sea ahead we pass one more house that stood out, well stood on top of a large rock might describe it better. These crazy Norwegian’s will live anywhere. But I’m glad they do because this is a functioning lighthouse right in the middle of the shipping lane. The guy in the boat circled it a few times, maybe to let the occupants know he was there or maybe like us just fascinated with the structure.

And yes I’ve changed my theme again, I didn’t think my photo’s were big enough, hope you like. Remember you can click an image to see it full size, but you shouldn’t need to now.

And the follow me button is now on the left.

Posted May 23, 2012 by rigmover in Norway

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Flor√ł   4 comments

After leaving Flor√ł harbour we head out to open water, on the way we pass some pretty nice houses in some great locations. If you think getting the morning paper was going to be difficult living here? Wait until you see tomorrows post.

Posted May 22, 2012 by rigmover in Norway

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