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[*] posted on 26-11-2006 at 23:49


Wow. I guess I don't even have to say that Jetti returning to the Baltic would be a dream come true. And it would be great if she was sold anywhere (well, perhaps not the Red Sea...) if it means she'll be sailing again.



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[*] posted on 27-11-2006 at 00:57


quite true... most of the possible buyers want to use her in Florida however as it seems



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[*] posted on 27-11-2006 at 14:14


Wow, indeed, I thought that a sale to someone in the Baltic was just too far fetched to even dream of!

Possibly the name of Finnjet makes her appealing to a Scandinavian user.

Anyone want to make some guesses? Surely not Tallink.




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[*] posted on 27-11-2006 at 16:45


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Anyone want to make some guesses? Surely not Tallink.

Certainly not Tallink, they've got too many ships as it is. Besides, if potential buyers were from the US, Finland and Scandinavia that would rule Tallink out anyway.

Actually I have a hard time believing it would be any existing company from this area. I guess Viking Line could be within the realm of possibility, but they really don't have a route to use her on. The same pretty much goes for all potential companies and routes in this area. I'd love to be proven wrong of course... and who knows, maybe it's Viking Line who want to start competing with Tallink on the Stockholm-Riga route and get tax-free by calling at Mariehamn! :P




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[*] posted on 27-11-2006 at 17:48


DFDS? (again)



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[*] posted on 27-11-2006 at 23:00


I guess it would be just some summer charter anyway.... can't think of anyone who would buy her here



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[*] posted on 28-11-2006 at 08:31


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DFDS? (again)

For reviving the Gothenburg - Newcastle traffic for summer seasons? :P




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[*] posted on 28-11-2006 at 10:03


If only, that would exceed my wildest hopes, Finnjet operating from the UK.

Even as Mathias says, its possibly only a summer charter, well thats better than never seeing her again. I would pull out all the stops to get on her.




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[*] posted on 17-3-2007 at 09:30


It seems that the Finnjet has been chartered or sold (the information is a bit vague) to a St. Kitts and Nevis based company called Royal Zante Cruises. If the reports are correct, the ship will be used as a hotal ship during the Cricket World Cup in St. Kitts, Antigue and Barbados between 12th March (so she should be there right now) and 29th April (see here). According to an article here she will be used as a Caribbean cruise ship aimed at passengers from the Caribbean islands after Cricket World Cup.



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[*] posted on 17-3-2007 at 13:45


The hotel service has been cancelled due to low demand:
http://sunstkitts.com/paper/?asknw=view&asknw=view&sun=12573611630314...

Apparently they are still considering to start cruising in St. Kitts, although this whole project sounds again quite suspicious.




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[*] posted on 17-3-2007 at 18:00


yeah I also heard about the plans directly from Finnjet's crew but obviously the contracts weren't signed after all again ...



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[*] posted on 2-5-2007 at 10:59


newest Info is that Finnjet would be chartered to a venezuelian company for 2 years and leave Freeport on 15th June!

I wouldn't get too optimistic that it will happen though




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[*] posted on 2-5-2007 at 19:45


Venezuela doesn't sound to good. There has been several old Scandinavian ferries operating to the islands outside Venezuelan coast, but the ships are much smaller and the distances aren't more than 100 miles. Many of the ships have also met their end in Venezuela by burning or sinking...

I read that there's a plan for new ferry service between Venezuela and Netherland Antilles, but also that distance isn't much more than 100 miles and what I understood the market really isn't big enough for any ship in the size of Finnjet.

Of course there's also possibility that Venezuela is just an outflagging country for the ship and real traffic area is somewhere else. At least what I quickly found shows that there shouildn't be any market for Finnjet.




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[*] posted on 3-5-2007 at 16:51


Now this was also on Paul Mason's: http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/PMASON8/marketre.htm

FINNJET BHS 1977 2728 SOLD ON PRIVATE TERMS UNKNOWN BUYERS

It could still mean chartered but not sold if they haven't reported anything but Finnjet is out of market. These deals still quite often fall when the buyer can't get enough money in time... we'll see.




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[*] posted on 3-5-2007 at 20:32


Like I said at FCBS, the charter to Venezuela could be some grand socialist plan of Hugo Chavez, use her to establish a ferry connection to Cuba and like the two "leftist" countries as a show of force, regardless of the fact they probably wouldn't be many passengers.



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[*] posted on 4-5-2007 at 10:47


They could finally rename it after the first communist country: Sovjet ;)



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[*] posted on 5-5-2007 at 09:57


Seems to be sold now. ALmost last on the page

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[*] posted on 21-5-2007 at 03:27


I'll believe this when I see it.

I thought we were all going to pool our money and buy the FINNJET for ourselves! I think we could make a profit on the New York - Florida car ferry route, although we'd have to reflag her to the United States and I don't think they'd allow that.




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[*] posted on 21-5-2007 at 10:05


Finnjet is not sold and still in Freeport..... we still have a chance to buy.. ;)



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[*] posted on 21-5-2007 at 19:12


I was planning her use as a private vessel for myself and a 1000 or so chicks!



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I'll believe this when I see it.

I thought we were all going to pool our money and buy the FINNJET for ourselves! I think we could make a profit on the New York - Florida car ferry route, although we'd have to reflag her to the United States and I don't think they'd allow that.


I love the idea. I don't know if a stop in the Bahamas might work, to avoid US flagging. Anyway the only way to probably have her flagged commercially under the US flag is an Act of Congress (literally.)
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[*] posted on 22-5-2007 at 11:48


Interesting how strict the regulations are in the US, i guess if she wasnt so old then there would be no problem, especially as Scandinavian safty standards are quite high.

Seems US missed out on whole decent ferry thing, shame really.




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[*] posted on 22-5-2007 at 15:15


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Interesting how strict the regulations are in the US, i guess if she wasnt so old then there would be no problem, especially as Scandinavian safty standards are quite high.

I think it would still be a problem as the US law specifies (or so I've understood) that only ships built in the US can be used in intra-US traffic. This law what wrecked DFDS' plan of doing a New York - Miami ferry service in the early 80's (they had a brand new ship, the largest cruiseferry at the time even). At least back then they had to split the service in two, one ship doing New York - Freeport and another Freeport - Miami, and of course it didn't work.

However, these days at least for cruise ships it's good enough if they call in one port outside the US, so New York - Freeport - Miami might work. We'd better make sure before starting to collect money though. :lol:




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[*] posted on 22-5-2007 at 16:13


Arh the good old US monopoly, no one else is allowed in on the act.



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[*] posted on 22-5-2007 at 22:42


I love the fact that the country championing free market more than any other in the world has the most restricting legislation in this area.



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