22nd February, 2019
It was raining as we arrived in Narvik and this carried on for most of our stay. The Port of Narvik is an ice free port and was chosen as the location to export Iron Ore that comes from Sweden by rail. It exports 25 million tons annually.
The Ofotbanen railway itself is a tourist attraction and 2 tours went for a trip on the train. The Polar Wildlife park was a great hit, the bear had just woken from hibernation. Some passengers even went skiing! And there was a crew tour to go skiing. This is a major ski area and is looking to host the winter Olympics.
On the way into Narvik the Safety Officer, on the Aft mooring station, reported that he could see some rope trailing behind the ship. After we had docked we organised a local company with a small ROV to investigate around the propellers and they found that during the passage we had obviously picked up some unmarked floating fishing gear in the dark around the Starboard propeller.
The decision was made to remain in Narvik until a team of divers could remove this to avoid any damage. Unfortunately the divers are based in Bodo and could not get to the ship until the next day so we stayed overnight to wait for them. Ironically the vessel was due to call in Bodo the next day so we missed that call.
We left Narvik at 1300 to go straight to Stavanger, following the inside route through the Fjords as the weather had again blown up to Force 10 – 11, and we would have been heading into it.
Captain Richard Lambert
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