25 July 2010

Nordlandia, July 2010


IMO 7928811
Built 1981, AG Weser Seebeckswerft, Bremerhaven, West Germany
Tonnage 21 473 GT
Length 153,40 m
Width 24,70 m
Draft 8,80 m
Ice class 1A
2 048 passengers
938 berths
450 cars or 42 trucks
4 Pielstick diesels, combined 15 300 kW
2 propellers
2 bow thrusters
Speed 20 knots

Nordlandia was built in 1981 as Olau Hollandia for Olau Line's UK-Netherlands -service. Olau had originally been founded by the Danish Ole Lauritzen, but by this time the company had passed under the ownership of the West German TT-Line. Unconfirmed reports indicate she was built to be easily convertible into a troopship for NATO, but no official source has confirmed this (to my knowledge). In 1989 the Olau Hollandia was replaced by a larger ship (also named Olau Hollandia) and the old Olau Hollandia was sold to Nordström & Thulin, and renamed Nord Gotlandia for service with their Gotlandslinjen subsidiary. When N&T's concession to run the state-subsidised service to Gotland ran out at the end of 1997, the Nord Gotlandia was sold to Eckerö Line for their Helsinki-Tallinn service and her name shortened to Nordlandia (which in daily use is ofted further shortened to "Norsu", literally meaning "elephant").

Nordlandia arriving in Helsinki West Harbour on 10 July 2010. Unusually she came in via Harmaja instead of the normal deep shipping lane to give space for the departing Grand Mistral. The Grand Mistral's departure was delayed due to passengers arriving late, and resultingly Nordlandia's detour was useless (except for photo opportunities of course). Photographs taken from Vattuniemi.

Nordlandia arriving in Helsinki West Harbour on 17 July 2010. Photographed from Vattuniemi. The caption on the forward superstructure reads "The only Finnish ship to Tallinn".

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