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And the latest on Norway

Postby Mark D » Sat Jul 01, 2006 12:57 pm

It seems Norway has arrived at Alang, and is at anchor.
Here are two articles shamelessly copied from Maritime Matters.
Also, a link with photos originally published from Reuters. BLUE LADY Anchors
June 30: Reports from India state the BLUE LADY, ex FRANCE, NORWAY has arrived at Pipavav Port, some 65 km south west of Alang on Friday morning. She will remain at anchor for inspection by the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) to verify the quantity and types of hazardous materials on board the ship. Their findings will be submitted in a report to the Supreme Court's body of experts headed by the Union Secretary of Environment.
Click on the BLUE LADY, FRANCE, NORWAY page... here... http://www.maritimematters.com/norway.html
for a compendium of updates and a link to her SS FRANCE era in pictures.


BLUE LADY Off Gujarat
June 29: An article in the Hindu Times today places BLUE LADY, ex FRANCE, NORWAY in the Arabian Sea off the Gujarat Coast. The owner of Haryana ship demolition company is reported to have said that, "she is expected to reach Pipavav Port tonight or by early morning tomorrow." The ex FRANCE has yet to receive permission to be beached at Alang and will be anchored at Pipavav port in the Amreli district tonight, or early tomorrow. The BLUE LADY will be allowed into Alang only after the local authorities are given the green light by the Supreme Court. The Court had previously permitted "safe anchorage" to the vessel but had directed that the ship cannot be beached or dismantled until it is properly inspected by cout appointed experts.

Link to photos. Don't know for sure if it'll work. If it doesn't, too bad.

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/1363076/
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Re: And the latest on Norway

Postby Mark D » Sun Jul 09, 2006 7:18 pm

And more news, but nothing has yet happened.

BLUE LADY Delayed
July 7: BLUE LADY (ex FRANCE, NORWAY) awaits inspection at anchor off Pipavav Port. Rough weather has delayed the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) getting aboard to begin its investigation and inventory of materials on board.
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Re: And the latest on Norway

Postby Mark D » Wed Jul 12, 2006 11:37 am

New update
The day of doom is ever closer.
Copied from Maritime Matters


BLUE LADY Inspected
July 11: Reports from Ahmedabad, India, say that the court ordered inspection of potential hazardous materials on BLUE LADY has been completed. The four day inspection is said to have begun Friday July 8th, while the ship remains at anchor in the huge swells off the coast of Gujarat. No findings have yet been released. The Supreme court ruled that the ship could not be scrapped at Alang until it was declared safe by experts which included members of the Gujarat Pollution Control Board, Central Pollution Control Board and the National Institute of Occupational Hazards. Click on the BLUE LADY, FRANCE, NORWAY page for a compendium of updates and images on this iconic ship.
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Re: And the latest on Norway

Postby Mark D » Fri Jul 14, 2006 2:43 pm

The latest again.
From Maritime Matters

Report submitted on BLUE LADY
July 14: The anxiously waited inspection report, on hazardous materials, demanded by India's Supreme Court before BLUE LADY, ex FRANCE, NORWAY could be cleared for demolition, has now been submitted by the court-appointed committee. The inspection team consisted of a 15-member team from Central Pollution Control Board, Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) and National Institute of Occupational Health and GMB. It took five days to compile while the ship remained at anchor off Pipavav Port and was completed July 12. News of the reports contents remains sealed. Click on Maritime Matters BLUE LADY, FRANCE, NORWAY page for a compendium of updates plus images on this iconic ship as FRANCE.
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Re: And the latest on Norway

Postby Mark D » Mon Jul 31, 2006 2:18 pm

Today I read the following. From Maritime Matters dot com.

BLUE LADY In The News
July 28: In the Indian press today, it was reported that "a senior state official" anonymously confirmed to a leading newspaper that BLUE LADY (ex FRANCE, NORWAY) does have about 1,240 tonnes of "embedded asbestos" on board, "which is considered a very small amount, easily handled locally by the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB)", who conducted the court ordered inspection. The ship remains at anchor in huge monsoonal swells off Pipavav Port in Gujarat

... Huge monsoonal swells...Hope the old girl doesn't drag her anchor. But then, if she does it might be better that than going nicely.
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Re: And the latest on Norway

Postby Mark D » Wed Aug 02, 2006 1:20 pm

Well I never thought it'd go any other way, but it still hurts to read the latest.

BLUE LADY Gets Green Light
August 1: Press from India states that BLUE LADY (ex FRANCE, NORWAY) will be broken at Alang after the Supreme Court Technical Committee granted Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) permission to beach the ship tomorrow.

That means she's about on the beach now.
It's really the end of the line.

Does anyone, anywhere, know what caused the boiler explosion that led to the demise of one of the greatest ships in the world?
I'd love to know.
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Re: And the latest on Norway

Postby Mark D » Tue Aug 08, 2006 12:08 pm

August Alang Alert
August 7: Only the middle to aft section of crumpled keel remains from the burnt out SS CHINA SEA DISCOVERY (ex CARINTHIA, FAIRLAND, FAIRSEA, FAIR PRINCESS). Stripping is well underway on the FORREST (ex 33 ORIENTALES, CITY OF RHODOS, QUEEN ELENI, QUEEN CONSTANTINA) whose bow tip has been shaved off. Local murmurs suggest BLUE LADY (ex FRANCE, NORWAY) will beach on August 9.
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Re: And the latest on Norway

Postby Mark D » Mon Aug 14, 2006 9:52 am

Latest, as of Aug. 14, 2006;

NORWAY Remains Afloat
August 12: Despite recent high tides, BLUE LADY (ex NORWAY, FRANCE) has not been beached and remains at anchor in heavy swells off Pipavav Port, near Alang, India. Two tugs that are to deliver the famed liner to her final resting place are having difficulty securing lines to her in the raging seas. The next high tide is at the end of August, but her breaker may attempt a beaching sooner, if conditions permit. Further court filings by an Indian based NGO have been made public in the media, while torrential rains and flooding in Gujarat and other states have caused chaos and disruption across large parts of India.

The only reason the old boat still lives is because of the weather.
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Re: And the latest on Norway

Postby Mark D » Mon Aug 14, 2006 10:55 pm

And this is the end. My only friend, the end..

Eyewitness Alang
August 14: From our contact: "I saw the lady and waited for her beaching today in Alang. At last minute it was postponed to tomorrow morning (August 15) and she will be at Alang beach at 7:30 AM.

"From a distance she is quite a sight: graceful and marvelous are the words that come to me. Sadly, also tied up with two monstrous tugs for her last voyage, though."

BLUE LADY At Alang
August 14: At 3:34 AM PST, a message was received from our contact that BLUE LADY (ex FRANCE, NORWAY) is at Alang and will beached within the next four to five hours.
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Re: And the latest on Norway

Postby Mark D » Wed Aug 16, 2006 9:33 am

And so, it has happened.

BLUE LADY/NORWAY Beached Today
August 15: From Alang: "BLUE LADY/NORWAY beached this morning about 500 meters away, almost same distance as BIG RED BOAT II."

I suppose the hull is now damaged. Probably not heavily. And as long as it doesn't flood, they don't care.
And soon the hull won't even exist anymore, except as in molecules in the fenders of cars, in toasters and razor blades.
The ship breaking companies do save artifacts from the ships they break up.
I think it would be a nice thing to be able to purchase a memento ot two from that great ship, but it isn't likely to happen.
These items are sold to willing buyers. How one buys, and how one learns where to look for these items I don't know, but I'm sure it's all way beyond my means.
I do know there are places where one can buy ship artifacts from those who have bought them from sources closer to the scrappers, but the prices are very high.
Perhaps some scrapping photos will show up on the internet, although the breakers are very careful to keep people away from Alang. They shun publicity.
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Re: And the latest on Norway

Postby Mark D » Thu Aug 17, 2006 8:30 am

Well, I was expecting this.

By the way, if anyone knows of any internet photos of Norway on the beach at Alang, I would surely appreciate a link to it or them.



BLUE LADY/NORWAY Beaching Re-argued
August 17: Recently beached BLUE LADY (ex FRANCE, NORWAY) remains not only in many peoples' thoughts, but also in the news. The same day she was beached it was reported that one of the Mumbai-based, 14-member delivery crew was arrested for immigration irregularities related to a bogus passport stamp.

More importantly, following her controversial beaching at Alang, the challenge to the ship's legal status will only now come before the Supreme Court. Initially, the ship was allowed to anchor in Indian waters only on humanitarian grounds by the court, as the BLUE LADY had no engine and was subject to monsoonal swells. However, the Ministry for the Environment allowed the beaching after a technical committee cleared the ship.
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Re: And the latest on Norway

Postby Mark D » Fri Aug 18, 2006 2:45 pm

I have a link here to two photos of Norway on the beach. Even in its last days as a whole ship, it's a great looking ship.
http://www.maritimematters.com/shipnewspics.html
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Re: And the latest on Norway

Postby Mark D » Fri Nov 03, 2006 4:08 pm

Reports are that Norway is still sitting in the mud off Alang waiting for a supreme court decision on whether to all it to be broken up, or sent away because of asbestos.
I would have thought the hull would be too badly damaged after beaching and then sitting there in the probable storm seas over time to be able to withstand another long voyage. But maybe that isn't the case.
But if it is, let's say it leaked and sank on its way to another country to be scrapped. That would be, in my opinion, a better end than being broken up and made into razor blades.
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Re: And the latest on Norway

Postby Mark D » Fri May 18, 2007 11:19 am

Amazingly, poor old Norway (renamed Blue Lady for scrapping) has managed to continue to survive long after having been sold to an Alang shipbreaker for scrap.
Essentially intact to this day, the stately ship has been resting on the bottom just off the shore of Alang, India since last August. It is now not only logistically, but physically too late to save the old girl, as the hull has now been stressed and twisted from sitting on the bottom through storms and shifting. Not really unrepairable, but in all practicality it is unrepairable, the cutting up of one of the last true stately ocean liners of the past will soon meet the breakers torches and hammers.
Here is the latest news, copied shamelessly from Maritime Matters dot com:

BLUE LADY's Black Gold
May 16: The Indian Supreme Court has granted Priya Blue, the Alang-based shipbreaking company that purchased the BLUE LADY (ex FRANCE, NORWAY) permission to remove the remaining oil from the ship's tanks. No firm word on demolition has been granted, however. That decision may arrive within the next ten days.

No more really need be said.
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Re: And the latest on Norway

Postby Mark D » Mon Sep 24, 2007 6:05 pm

Well, it's been coming for a long time. Now it's real. Norway will soon cease to exist:


Court Decides NORWAY's Fate
September 14: After months of delays and speculation the Indian Supreme Court, in New Delhi ruled that the 1961-built BLUE LADY (ex SS FRANCE, NORWAY) can be scrapped. The high court rejected claims by environmental groups over asbestos and other hazardous substances within the ship. Click here for recent photograph of NORWAY from passing ship, SHIPPING NEWS photos page

Link to a very recent picture taken from aboard a passing ship. Interesting photo's of other ships too. Including Kalakala in Washington; http://www.maritimematters.com/shipnewspics.html
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