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Hurtigruten buys back NORDLYS
At the end of November last year Hurtigruten bought back RICHARD WITH and now mid January they have done the same with NORDLYS. A formal bid for the Kystruten tender has also been submitted.
Nordlys back to Fiskerstrand Verft
On Oct 16, 2012, the "Nordlys" docked at Fiskerstrand Verft having come from Bergen for repairs of a side port which caused trouble on a southbound trip some days ago.
Diesel spill on hot surface caused fire disaster on Nordlys
The Accident Investigation Commission on Sep 10, 2012, published a preliminary report on the fire aboard the "Nordlys" on Sep 15, 2011, in wich wo crew members were killed and two suffered serious, seven slight injuries. The fire had started in the main engine room during the approach to Ålesund. The "Nordlys" had 207 passengers on board. All were evacuated without injuries. The Accident Investigation Commission's work has included technical studies on board, review of logs and other forms of documentation, and interviews with the ship's crew and others involved. It is also conducted laboratory studies of various machine components. The investigation shows that the fire probably originated as diesel was ignited by hot surfaces. The diesel leak was probably caused by fatigue in the fuel pipes attached to the fuel pump # 5 at the starboard main engine. Measurements on board the sister ship after the accident revealed several hot surfaces, including bare indicator cranes, which reached temperatures well above 220 ° C during normal operation. According to national and international regulations to surfaces that exceed 220 ° C need to have isolation. The closest point without adequate insulation was located less than 30 cm from the tube which failed. The "Nordlys" had at the time valid certificates to carry 681 people, including 622 passengers and a crew of 59. The investigation has also shown that problems with the damper management in the emergeny generator room caused the emergency generator to overheat so that it failed after a short time. The Accident Commission's final report will contain more detailed information on these matters, and a description of other factors which had an impact on the course of events and the outcome of the fire. The final report will include factual information and analysis of fire fighting facilities in the main engine room, evacuation capabilities of the engine room and smoke spread. The events after the "Nordlys" was taken in tow, including the evacuation of passengers and stability issues that arose as a result of the starboard stabilizer penetrating the side of the ship when the "Nordlys" was docked have not been thoroughly investigated or evaluated, but will still be commented in the final report. Before the final report is completed, the AIBN will, among other things, assess the company's safety management system, including the procedures for handling anomalies. Further investigations will also include the agency's role.News schreiben