Masterful control of the ship in a dangerous situation
Ferry NORDNORGE entered Bodo harbor, Norway, and was proceeding to berth, on Jan 21, when suddenly wind strengthened to some 30-35 meters/sec, putting ferry and her Master in a very difficult situation. Understood she couldn’t safely maneuver to skip berthing and wait out until wind quiets down, so Master decided to dock, with onshore wind pushing ferry towards pier. He masterfully controlled ship’s positioning with propulsion and anchor, until the ship finally, berthed alongside pier, as smoothly as if assisted by tugs. Thank God ships are still run by professionals, not by shipping industry CEOs and NGOs activists.
Passenger ro-ro ship NORDNORGE, IMO 9107784, GT 11384, built 1997, flag Norway, operator HURTIGRUTEN CRUISE AS.
My name is Mikhail Voytenko, I’m Russian, professional merchant marine navigator, by education and former experience. I own and run Maritime Bulletin website for more than 10 years. I've been involved in solving a number of piracy hijack cases, including the hijack of ro-ro FAINA, loaded with tanks. It was me who made public, and unravel, freighter ARCTIC SEA mystery. I've been also closely involved in a number of maritime disaster, one of them being MSC FLAMINIA major fire.