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GTS FINNJET - TIMELINE OF KEY EVENTS

FHS version 1.2.

 

dd.mm.yyyy

1970's

 

 

05.12.1973

Ordered1

02.05.1975

Keel laid at the Wärtsilä Hietalahti shipyard in Helsinki, Finland.

28.03.1976

Swum up in building dock without ceremony.

09.12.1976

Sea trials until 12.12.1976.

01.03.1977

Sailed to Kiel, West-Germany for the painting of the underwater hull, also called at Travemünde, West-Germany for trial berthing.

14.03.1977

Second sea trials

28.04.1977

Delivered to Enso-Gutzeit Oy (c/o Oy Finnlines Ltd.), Helsinki (1576); Christened FINNJET by Mrs. Annikki Mattila, wife of Olavi J. Mattila, chairman of the board of Enso-Gutzeit Oy.

01.05.1977

Due to Finnish seamen's strike, the maiden voyage had to be postponed by two weeks.

12.05.1977

Gas turbine test drives.

13.05.1977

Commenced liner traffic on the route Helsinki-Travemünde

16.05.1977

Collided with the berth in Travemünde, minor damages to the bow door.

06.06.1977

Stowaway passengers discovered in a lifeboat.

16.11.1977

Bow visor damaged in heavy waters, visor is inoperable.

22.08.1978

Gearbox damage forces reduced speed.

09.02.1978

Stuck in ice and freed with tug assistance.

 

 

1980's

 

 

      05.1980

Docked at HDW, Kiel.

16.06.1980

During docking installation of a hoistable car deck, capacity for 24 more cars added.

08.11.1980

Due to strikes out of traffic until 15.11.1980

24.10.1981

Installation of two diesel-electric engines at Amsterdamsche Droogbok Maatschappij BV until 11.12.1981 in Amsterdam, Holland.

01.02.1982

Remeasured: 25 042 GRT / 10 360 NRT / 1885 dwt.

25.05.1982

to 28.05 arrived at Helsinki for minor refurbishment.

13.08.1982

A refugee from the German Democratic Republic was taken onboard whilst traveling on an inflatable beach mattress, the crew hindered Finnish officials from deporting the refugee back to GDR, subsequently the crews handed the man over to West-German authorities.

          1982

During winter season three cruises to Tallinn roads.

01.01.1983

Marketing and operation handed over to Oy Finnjet-Line Ltd., Helsinki (75% Effoa / 25% Enso-Gutzeit)

22.01.1985

Stuck fast in pack ice near Harmaja / Gråhara off Helsinki

25.03.1985

to 31.03 arrived at HDW, Kiel for installment of new radar equipment.

12.01.1986

Arrived at Wärtsilä's Helsinki shipyard to be fitted with 29 Commodore Class cabins on the upper sundeck.

08.02.1986

Returned to service, now 1 544 passengers in cabins.

13.05.1986

Remeasured: 25 908 GRT / 11 202 NRT / 1 885 dwt.

03.06.1986

Sold to Effoa - Suomen Höyrylaiva Oy - Effoa - Finska Ångfartygs Ab, Helsinki, without change of name; technical managers remained Finnlines, operating and manning by Oy Silja Line Ab.

16.12.1986

Touched bottom whilst leaving Helsinki at 1900 h, refloated and reberthed with tug aid, resumed voyage the following day; sustained a damaged propeller portside, repairs at Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werft AG, Kiel (HDW).

21.12.1986

Returned to service.

01.01.1987

Marketing taken over by Oy Silja Line Ab when Silja Line purchased  Oy Finnjet-Line Ltd.

06.01.1987

Silja flag hoisted in the mast.

12.01.1987

Had to turn back to Travemünde due to freezing sea spray on the superstructure.

20.03.1987

Sold to Oy Efjon-Trading Ab, (c/o Effoa - Suomen Höyrylaiva Oy - Effoa - Finska Ångfartygs Ab) Helsinki.

04.04.1987

until 12.04. repainted in Silja colours during docking at Kiel, 1 602 berths.

29.05.1987

Delivered to Oy Efjon-Trading Ab.

17.02.1988

Owners name changed to Rederi Ab Effjohn - Varustamo Oy Effjohn.

10.04.1988

to 17.04. docking at HDW, Kiel. Interiors refurbished.

16.04.1989

to 23.04. docking at HDW, Kiel. Interiors refurbished.

01.05.1989

Whole management incl. technical matters taken over by Silja Line Ab.

15.12.1989

Sold to Partrederiet för GTS Finnjet (Oy Silja Line Ab, Helsinki (partners in Partrederiet were Effoa Cruise and Ferry Oy Ab with 61% and Johnson Cruise and Ferries AB with 39%).

 

 

1990's

 

 

20.05.1990

until 25.05. ducktail installed during docking at HDW Kiel, new length 214,96 m.

11.04.1991

to 30.04. docking at HDW, Kiel.

27.12.1991

Sold to Effdo 1 Oy (Oy Silja Line Ab), Helsinki.

03.04.1992

to 08.04. docking at HDW, Kiel.

09.06.1992

Called at Muuga in Tallinn, Estonia for the first time with passengers, trials for this call in May 1992.

15.01.1993

Homeport Mariehamn, Finland (1378).

23.06.1993

Owners merged into Oy Silja Line Ab.

01.11.1993

New Register No. 50258.

01.01.1994

Remeasured in accordance with IMO 1969 convention: 32 940 GRT / 17 284 NRT / 2 728 dwt.   

07.04.1994

Arrived at HDW for overhauls and installation of new gear boxes for simultaneous use of gas turbines and diesel-electric machinery, max speed increased to 33 kn, modernization of the bridge, preparation for ECDIS navigation system.

01.05.1994

Returned to service.

28.09.1994

Participated in rescue operations in the Estonia disaster.

04.10.1994

Bow door taken out of use and welded fast.

     04.1995

Third watertight door installed at HDW in Kiel, bow door back to use.

05.07.1995

Owners renamed Silja Line Oy.

02.04.1996

to 04.04. serviced in Helsinki.

11.11.1996

Sold to Sally Ab, Mariehamn (Silja Line Oy, Helsinki).

18.09.1997

to 06.10 docked at Göteborg, Sweden for installment of a more powerful bow thruster, old thruster unit was installed in the stern in a new casing, interiors refurbished.

09.10.1997

Helsinki-Muuga service.

04.06.1998

Helsinki-Travemünde service.

15.09.1998

Helsinki-Muuga service.

     01.1999

Started to call at Tallinn instead of Muuga (using passenger terminal D).

05.06.1999

Helsinki-Tallinn-Rostock service.

11.09.1999

Helsinki-Tallinn service.

23.12.1999

Christmas cruise from Helsinki to Riga.

 

 

2000's

 

 

03.06.2000

Helsinki-Tallinn-Rostock service.

12.09.2000

Helsinki-Tallinn service.

23.12.2000

Christmas cruise from Helsinki to Riga, Latvia.

27.05.2001

to 02.06.2001 Vessel is equipped with new fast reaction boat, ramps are removed from car deck,  propeller blades with the nickname "racing blades" are installed.

02.06.2001

Helsinki-Tallinn-Rostock service.

11.09.2001

Two cruises to Riga.

15.09.2001

Helsinki-Tallinn service.

23.12.2001

Christmas cruise to Riga and Tallinn.

01.06.2002

Helsinki-Tallinn-Rostock service.

07.07.2002

A ship's waitress goes missing after midnight.

09.09.2002

Helsinki-Tallinn service.

23.12.2002

Christmas cruise to Travemünde and Tallinn.

20.05.2003

Helsinki-Tallinn-Rostock service.

29.05.2003

to 31.05 minor refurbishment at Helsinki, new steering gear is installed.

09.09.2003

Helsinki-Tallinn service.

23.12.2003

Christmas cruise to Riga.

25.04.2004

Last sailing Helsinki-Tallinn-Helsinki.

27.04.2004

Arrived at Aker Finnyards Oy, Rauma for extensive refurbishment, bridge wings enclosed, new rudders, aft ramp extended, propeller blades changed, public areas and restaurants on board completely rebuilt.

14.06.2004

Remeasured 32 975GT / 15 098 NT / 2828 dwt. Passenger certificate extended to 1 781 passengers /  1 631 berths.

17.06.2004

First departure on new route Rostock-Tallinn-St. Petersburg, Russia, departure was delayed due to technical problems, therefore St. Petersburg could not be called, vessel made turn-around in Tallinn instead.

17.09.2004

Laid up in Roctock due to unsatisfying booking situation for the winter season.

11.04.2005

Arrived at Aker Finnyards Oy, Rauma, for docking and minor repairs/overhaul (last visit of the vessel to Finland)

28.04.2005

Rostock-Tallinn-St. Petersburg service.

02.05.2005

After arrival in Rostock left empty for Riga, chartered to the Latvian Government as accommodation vessel during the visit of US President George W. Bush 04.-08.05.2005.

09.05.2005

Returned to service.

16.09.2005

Charter deal with Louisiana State University Health Science Center (LSUHSC) for a six-month period as accommodation vessel after buildings of LSUHSC had been devastated by hurricane "Katrina" on 29.08.2005, last round-trip Rostock-Tallinn-St. Petersburg cancelled.

20.09.2005

Departed Rostock for Baton Rouge after minor service work.

24.09.2005

Stopover in Ponta Delgada, Azores, for bunkering.

05.10.2005 

Arrived at Port Allen (Port of Baton Rouge), Louisiana.

10.10.2005

First tenants arrive on the vessel.

04.06.2006

Final tenants depart the vessel.

06.06.2006

Left Baton Rouge with destination Freeport, Bahamas.

09.06.2006

Arrived at Freeport, Grand Bahama, laid up for sale, "Silja Line" logos on hull and funnel painted over.

27.06.2006

Ship management transferred from Silja Oy Ab to Sea Containers Ltd.

19.07.2006

Sold to Finnjet Bermuda Ltd. (managers Sea Containers Treasury Ltd., Portsmouth).

20.07.2006

Registered under Bahamas flag, homeport Nassau.

13.02.2007

to 16.02. Vessel is docked at Freeport; one gas turbine is kept stored at their facility.

     01.2008

Ownership changed to Club Cruise of Holland.

16.01.2008

Renamed Da Vinci.

25.01.2008

Departed Freeport for Gibraltar.

07.02.2008

Bunkered at Gibraltar.

18.02.2008

Arrived Genoa, Italy.

12.03.2008

Gas turbine assemblies removed by former Finnish crewmen at T.Mariotti yard, Genoa, Italy; gas turbines sold and shipped forward to Texas, United States, for use as spare engines for a land-based power plant operator, vessel designation GTS ceased.

17.04.2008

Vessel was inspected by a Finnish party for an undisclosed potential buyer.

08.05.2008

Single certificate issued for voyage to India.

10.05.2008

Departed Genoa for Port Said, Egypt.

16.05.2008

Arrived at Port Said; 17.05. entered Suez Canal.

19.05.2008

Members of the Espoo city council in Finland proposed to purchase the vessel for the city as a housing vessing.

21.05.2008

Arrived at Jeddah, Saudi-Arabia, renamed Kingdom, registered under Panama flag, homeport Panama.

26.05.2008

Finnish entrepreneur group ProFinnjet Turku notified the public of searching for funds to purchase the ship as a low-cost housing and dormitory vessel for the city of Turku, Finland.2

27.05.2008

Single voyage certificates issued.

30.05.2008

Vessel continued to await payment for bunkering outside of Jeddah, bunkered at Jeddah, departed for Aden, Yemen on 31.05.

04.06.2008

Bunkered at Aden, Yemen.

 

 

THE FINAL WEEKS in more detail3

 

 

13.06.2008

Arrived at Alang, India. Vessel is extensively searched for contraband items; radio gear is removed along with several key consoles in accordance to local laws.4

19.06.2008

Beached on one diesel-electric engine, bulbous bow touched ground on plot number 109 of Rishi Ship Breakers, Alang-Sosiya, Gujarat, India.

04.07.2008

The shipbreaker missed a significant high tide opportunity to winch the vessel closer to the beach when pulling chains broke, vessel remained lightly beached.

27.07.2008

Final deadline given for voluntary Finnish-German rescue group JetFinn to arrange for full payment of the ship, or vessel would be winched closer to the beach on the high tide of this day; after successful winching breakage was further delayed when local officials required documentation to prove that the vessel was free of hazardous materials. So far only furnishings and loose items were removed from the vessel.5

06.08.2008

Senate chancellery of the city Hamburg, Germany declined to offer moorage for JetFinn group after their appointed specialists come to a negative conclusion; vessel is cited for being unsuitable for future harbor development plans and is further cited for not having a connection to the city; Hamburg ends up being the only city to officially consider prime location moorage.

21.08.2008

An undisclosed group sent three former Finnish crewmen to inspect the ship.2

26.08.2008

to 27.08 five Europeans visited the vessel and became the last former passengers to spend the night on the vessel.

27.08.2008

JetFinn group announced that a potential Middle Eastern buyer was working on plans to save the vessel for utilization as a hotel ship; rising steel prices elevated the price of the vessel; the potential buyer and owner of the vessel were reportedly unable to agree on the new price.

05.09.2008

After initial plans a Baltic Sea ferry operator decided against the vessel, citing an inspection report, which pointed to the deterioration of the vessel in hot and humid climate without running air conditioning.

08.09.2008

The shipbreaker announced that he will no longer re-float the vessel for potential buyers, but would sell the vessel on the beach.

12.09.2008

The harbour of Helsinki declined moorage for JetFinn group; cutting of the steel of the vessel commenced hours later.6

15.09.2008

JetFinn group announced failure to save the vessel after a last-ditch attempt to persuade a Middle Eastern potential buyer to negotiate with a Baltic Sea ferry operator; this ended the saving trials.7

 

 

The following sources were used to compile this list:

Marko Stampehl's chronicles, 'Siljan Viisi Vuosikymmentä', ISBN 978-951-98405-7-4

Finnjet Historical Society ry, Society Archives

FINNJETweb.com, Dates retrieved for first half of the year 2008.

Helsingin Sanomat,

and unidentified parties to whom we are thankful.

 

Issues: 

*) When comparing to the vessel's logs, we could even state ten minute delays in schedules. Should we have different editions of this listing? Compact and extensive?

**) Is there really only one noteworthy entry from the year 2007?

1) The Finnlines era is not properly documented yet. We need to go thru our archives and fill out some very obvious gaps. (Naantali...)

2) There will be no other mentions of the ProFinnjet Turku "foundation" while another group has claimed to have paid for the very same inspection in India. The leader of this expedition, Mr Veikko Haapanen (chief engineer on Finnjet for 25 years) has repeatedly stated to our chairman and vice chairman that he was not sent to India by ProFinnjet Turku.

3) "The final weeks in more detail" is a problematic section. Does a failed action warrant a notice? Here a failed action however means the destruction of the vessel. How to differentiate minor efforts from serious efforts? Basically this section is here to service the public with dates that can't be retrieved from elsewhere. Perhaps these will be later moved to a subsection covering the rescue efforts in more detail.

4) What exactly was removed before beaching and what directly after the beaching?

5) To what extent did the missing permits and saving efforts halt the cutting of the steel? Cutting did not start until after nearly three months after the beaching.

6) Did the negative reply of Helsinki initiate the cutting of the steel or was this coincidental timing? MTV3 channel's 1900hours (Helsinki time) news stated that the cutting has commenced, but not when. Could this have started already on the 10th or 11th day?

7) At what precise point does a vessel truly cease to exist? Suggestion: Query Mr Knego about this and if he can provide with a date when the time comes.

 

This listing is not yet complete and it may contain errors. Please do not publish this list elsewhere with a lower version number than 2.0. We have only started our compilation. Additionally, please help in making the list more complete. Please also cite sources. We intend to have every event with a proper reference point, preferrably have cross-references.

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