Olden investment pays dividends

Monday, September 28, 2015 - 10:04 by ce-press

A NKr7m (E0.73m) investment to improve the pier infrastructure in Olden this year is proving successful. The installation of two bollards, one floating and one fixed, each of 200t, provides comfort and safety for the larger vessels arriving the Norwegian port.

Although 60nm from the coast and seldom having bad winds, the temperature differences can lead to sprawling wind, explains Solve Oldeide, operating manager Nordfjord Havn IKS. “Royal Caribbean pushed the idea. Britannia is calling five times this year [seven next and probably six in 2017]. The bollards were very important for that.” The port sends out information ahead of a call to the ship captain and agent on how best to tie up.

Call numbers are increasing from 55 this year to 80 next. P&O Cruises and Fred Olsen Cruise Line are frequent visitors but AIDA Cruises is calling for the first time in 2016 and Disney Cruise Line called with Disney Magic last year for the first time. Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 returns next year. More than half the passengers visit the Briksdal region where Norway’s largest glacier is situated.

Last year new fenders were installed alongside at a cost of NKr2.5m. Oldeide says there has been very good feedback on these as they do not mark the ships’ sides.
Olden investment pays dividends
Britannia on maiden call in Olden this May (c) Nordfjord Havn IKS

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