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Suspend service march 2012 -  Renovated start service in 2015 again

Registered Owner: M/S Nordstjernen AS c/o Platou Finans.  - Norway since 2013

2013 - 2014
M/S Nordstjernen AS c/o RS Platou Finans
2014 - 2014
Indre Norhordland Dampbaatlag AS
2012 - 2013
Vestland Rederi AS
2006 - 2012
Hurtigruten ASA
1956 - 2006
Troms Fylkes Dampskibsselskap ASA


Nordstjernen was mainly used for the Hurtigruten coastal service and for cruises to the Svalbard archipel. She was extensively refitted in 1980. From 2010 to 2012 she operated continuously on the Hurtigruten coastal service. In March 2012, she was withdrawn from the coastal service. Hurtigruten was using her for Svalbard cruises in the summer of 2012. In November 2012, the ship was bought by Vestland Rederi AS. In connection with the sale, she was protected as a national heritage by the Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage. Nordstjernen's new home port is Bergen, as it was with her original owner Bergen Steamship Company (Det Bergenske Dampskibsselskab, BDS). From the end of 2012 to July 2013, she underwent an extensive restoration in Gdansk, Poland, which was subsidized with 2,5 million Norwegian krones by Riksantikvaren. After coming back to Norway and taking part in the Fjordsteam festival in Bergen in the first days of August 2013. The new owner intends to market her as a hotel ship, charter and explorer cruises.Her new program of Explorer voyages will call at Longyearbyen, Barentsburg, the research town of Ny-Ålesund and the entire northwestern coast of Spitsbergen. The NORDSTJERNEN will visit such places as Magdalenefjord, Moffen and Liefdefjorden, and sail as far north as 80 degrees latitude (less than 700 miles from the North Pole) on two different itineraries departing from the settlement of Longyearbyen on Mondays and Thursdays between June 11 and August 24, 2015. Hurtigruten is also offering multi-day pre- and post-trip opportunities.
Hurtigruten or Bergen Line or Norwegian Coastal Line. Well-known names for the combination of OVDS (Ofotens Dampskibsselskab and Vesteraalens Dampskibsselskab) and TFDS ( Troms Fylkes  Dampskibsselskab) Both companies merged in 2006.  New company name Hurtigruten Group ASA
The oldest vessel in the fleet in operation summer month's only.  Mostly used for cruises round Spitsbergen. Nordstjernen is the only remaining ship of the old generation.Withdraw from coastal service in 2012.

See History

Entered service: 1956 - Refits:1985/1995/2003/2013 - Gross tonnage: 2.191 - Pass. cap. lower beds: 149 - All berths: 336 - Passenger decks: 4 - Length: 88,78  m. - Beam: 12,64 m. - Main propulsion: 1 diesel engine make MAK - 8 cyl. - total output 2640 kW. The original B&W diesel replaced in 1983 - Service speed: 13 knots - Max. speed: 16 knots - Built:Blohm und Voss - Germany - Yard no. 787 - Classification: DNV- Flag: Norway.

              Passenger space ratio all berths: 6.52



old colour scheme.

febr.24-2007 Coastal Express vessel Nordstjernen was towed into Florø in Western Norway after a dramatic engine failure early late last night. The vessel was heading for the rocks when naval vessel Mjølner, in the area to assist the German minesweeper Grömitz, got a line on board and pulled the vessel into open water. A Norwegianrescue vessel later took the Nordstjernen in tow to Florø. When the vessel was drifting without power she hit the bottom at least once.



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