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Passenger/cargo ship FINNMARKEN


The FINNMARKEN is a cruise ship that can carry vehicles and both dry and refrigerated cargoes. Built by Kleven Verft, it is operated by the Norwegian company OVDS, linking towns on the Norwegian coasts from Bergen in the south west, to Kirkenes near the Russian border. The vessel can accommodate up to 1000 passengers and there is accommodation for 643. Passengers enter through a door on the port side. There are 12 suites, two of which are grand suites with private balconies. A high proportion of the cabins and mini-suites are located outside.

The Finnmarken has eight decks. Deck four houses the ship restaurant and features large windows extending around the curved stern and down each side. The deck also incorporates public spaces including a bistro, bars and shops. There is a conference area of four rooms, which can accommodate approximately 200 seats. The fifth and sixth decks contain the cabins and suites. Deck seven contains a lounge and a cafe and a swimming pool. Deck eight houses the panorama lounge which extends forward over the bridge. It also contains a fitness centre, which is partly cantilevered out over the swimming pool.

The FINNMARKEN has three cargo holds of 75m3, 407m3 and 308m3 in volume, all insulated to a K-value of 0.465W/m/sq/C and able to take chilled or frozen cargo with individual temperature regulation. The ship has eight provision rooms, six for chilled stores and two for frozen, plus a thawing room. The total provision room volume is about 306m3. There is an additional cold room by the galley on deck four.

The vessel is driven by two shaftlines. Each of them has a Wärtsilä W9 L32 nine-cylinder main engine, which has an output of 4,140kW. It is located ahead of the Wärtsilä Lips TCH 150V 85-550 reduction gearbox.

Each shaftline also has a six-cylinder engine mounted aft off the gearboxes which can be coupled either to their own generators or to the main gears. The sets of engines are separated by a stepped bulkhead.

The two controllable pitch propellers are supplied by Wärtsilä-Lips. Steering is by a twin Wärtsilä Efficiency Rudder. For comfort, there are two anti-roll stabilisers located amidships. At the bow, there are also two tunnel thrusters  as well as an azimuthing thruster at the stern. Concycle shaft generators produce constant voltage and frequency when operating at variable speeds. One shaft generator can also function as a motor when fed with power from the other.

The control centre includes an Atlas NACOS navigation and command system with 1019 ARPA Sand 1019 ARPA X radar and a multifunction display. This permits a radar image to be super-imposed on the ECDIS electronic chart display.

The ship uses Atlas planning stations consisting of an A1-size digitising chart table with a planning and consulting station. Navigation also includes a C Plath speedlog type Naviknot III.NF and an Atlas Doppler log. There are also two Plath Navigat X Mk1 gyrocompasses, two Trimble NavtracXL DGPS receivers with remote units and a Furuno Loran C.

A Sailor GMDSS radio, Inmarsat C with EGC receiver and a Saturn B class 1 satcoms system form the major elements of the communications system.

Classification DNY + 1 A 1, Car Ferry, ICE 1 C, EO, NAUT-C, RM (-28/+30(sea), clean Design, F-C. The Finnmarken has an overall length of 138.5m, or 116.6m between perpendiculars and a mid breadth of 21.5m. It has a 4.95m maximum draught and a height of 29.6m. There are 14 watertight subdivisions below the bulkhead deck.