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16th September, 2018


Pilot was booked for 0645 and this was the first time I had been to Kristiansand. Although rather wet, the wind was light - which is always welcomed by any Captain when docking a ship. Safety Officer Richard was actually tasked with today’s arrival and after allowing the Pilot to guide us into the inner harbour he slowly and gently brought the ship towards the pier and kissed the fenders.

Kristiansand is an important centre on the Southern Coast of Norway, with daily ferry links to Hirtshals in Denmark. Designed and laid out by King Christian IV in 1641, the town has a network of distinctive right-angled streets laid out in a quadrant plan. The oldest part of the town, Posebyen, is home to rows of charming white-painted wooden houses. With its busy harbour, lively pedestrianised shopping area and a coastline dotted with islands and series, Kristiansand is a favourite holiday destination for Norwegians.

There were 5 tours on offer which included the “Charming Little Lilesand”, “Kristiansand in World War II”, “City and Surroundings”, “Walking Tour of Kristiansand”, and the “Setesdal Vintage Railway”.

With everyone on board by 1700 we made preparations to set sail. It was a very windy departure and we had to wait for a “lull” in the wind to depart. With some excellent teamwork, a large tug and an excellent pilot we safely departed our berth and headed for Gothenburg.

Captain Julian Burgess

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