Kongeskipet Norge [King Ship]
The ship's name Norge is Norwegian for ´Norway´. The navy is responsible for staffing, operating and maintaining Kongeskipet [King Ship] Norge, owned by HM the King. The royal boat The star, two souvenirs and two gangboats are also part of this responsibility. The vessel is used by our dear Royal Family for official representation and private tours at home and abroad. Kongeskipet Norway was given as a gift from the Norwegian people to HM King Haakon on the occasion of his 75th anniversary on August 3, 1947. As part of the gift it was decided that the Navy should be in charge of operation and maintenance. Together with Danish "Dannebrog", the Kingdom of Norway is one of the world's two remaining Kingships.
The question of a Norwegian king's ship was raised after WWII. In the offer of Prince Carl from the Norwegian government to become Norway's King in 1905, it was said that he would have "a yacht equipped for use whenever he desired, at the expense of the state". However, the economic situation in Norway just after the dissolution of the Union was such that King Haakon did not claim his own ship.
When the question of a separate ship came after the end of the war in 1945, a collective action campaign began, where among more than 300,000 schoolchildren took their name on the collection lists. In July 1947, the British engine yard "Philante" was bought for 1.5 million kroner, and on his 75th anniversary on August 3, King Haakon received a model of the ship. In the summer he could take the new Kongeskipet, which was called Norway, in use.
In 9 July 1948, the Kingship Norway was transferred to King Haakon, and the King's flag was first celebrated on Norway's new Kingship. After the takeover, the Kingship has been used by the Royal Family for official representation and private tours at home and abroad. Among the most memorable is the King Olavs sign-up journey along the Norwegian coast in 1958 and 59, King Harald's signature in 1991 and 92, as well as the DDMM King and Queen's 60-year act in 1997. A major part of today's activity is linked to the HM King's participation in sailing regimes , several of which are held in the Mediterranean.
Following the assembly of the crew and refurbishment of the ship, the HM King opens the season in May. After this the Kingship sails according to the World Cup's needs until the season ends in September. The Kongeskipet Norway has the main input of crew from January school at Harald Haarfagre. The many work in four different departments on board.
The crews on board are included in five departments; tag details, decking, navigation and assembly details, intendant details and ship-specific details. The crew is responsible for all external maintenance and therefore the appearance of the vessel. The department is headed by a tackler and boatman. In addition, the detail is manned with 14 statutory crews: two keynote officers, carpenter, gatgas and ten dekkers.
The deck crew gets training in maritime crafts. The work tasks are numerous and include traditional seaman work as maintenance of steel, teak, rope, elevator and operation of the ship's boats and moorings. In addition, watch service comes both when the vessel is landed and under sailing. Applicants for position as a keynote commander must have navigation training. They are guards as a guards assistant in the sea and assist in the supervision and follow-up of the decking. Service at K / S Norway provides certification time. No prior knowledge is required for applicants as dekkers, but interest in practical work and background from a craft is an advantage.
Navigation and connection details consists of navigation officers, a guardian radar man, and three signalists. All training leaves on board. The roles of the radarmen are to keep track of all navigation materials, as well as perform mapping. It is desirable that the radar man has experience from navigation and use of navigation equipment. Signalists are listening to radio in the sea.
The intendant service is responsible for the placement service. The detail is managed by placement officers and placement officers. In addition, the detail is manned with 12 crews; five cooks, six starters and a laundry director.
The chefs prepare their meals for both crew and the Royal Family. Applicants for appointment as a chef must have a professional letter chef. In the spring of 2000, the royal ship got a whole new city. Service on the Kongeskip qualifies for the cruise time and certificate of service equivalent to the duration of service on board. The crew serve meals on board and also have the responsibility to clean fairs and cabins. Applicants need no special prior knowledge, but backgrounds from the restaurant industry are an advantage because there may be a need for assistance at more formal events.
The laundry director is responsible for the laundry. There are no requirements for education, but the sense of order and ability to work independently is crucial.
Ship detailis responsible for the operation and maintenance of the ship's machinery, as well as the rest of the technical equipment on board. The detail is manned with six commanders and six mandatory crews. The work in this detail consists of routine maintenance and operation of machinery and related installations. The machine crew is part of the ship's accident organization as smoke divers and accident personnel. Applicants who are in position as 3rd and 4th engineer must have a mechanical education (technical college or higher), as they will be independent guards as a watchman commanding a machine under scaffolding and in the sea. Applicants for positions such as engineers and electricians must also have relevant education.
The Kongeskip has the following machines: Propulsion: Two 8-cylinder Bergen Diesel, each of 1295 kw (1760 hp) at 825 rpm. Each engine operates a Volda / Liaaen reduction gear. Control system: Data car C20 and Autochief C20. Installed in 2005. Auxiliaries: Three Volvo Penta, with Siemens generators.
Kongefamilyslystyacht Kongebåten, K/B Stjernenis the royal family lightning yacht. It was built in 1935, is 60 feet and is powered by a 320-horse Volvo Penta. It has a march speed of 13-14 knots and a top speed of 18 knots. The K / B star is used for the most part in connection with the royal family's sailing in the Oslo Fjord. K / B Stjernen has a home port in Oslo and is administratively and personally subject to the Kingship. The crew's crew consists of a boat driver, a mandatory engineer officer and two conscripts. Applicants for the position as a mechanic must have a mechanical education. A coverman does not need specific backgrounds, but interest in woodworking and sailing boats can be an advantage. The crew lives on board, but is also also ashore on Kongeskipet Norway.
In 1985 when docked for repair at a Navy shipyard, a fire broke out destroying the yacht. King Olaf decided to rebuilt Norge and two years later the yacht was ready again, built to modern standards. The current king, King Harald, inherited Norge in 1991 and he still uses her frequently.
|year of construction||1937|
|Length||80.2 meters / 263 feet|
|Beam||11.6 meters / 38 feet|
|Draft||4.6 meters / 15.2 feet|
|Propulsion: 2 diesels, 2 shafts, 4,850 hp,|
|Crew||55 people; 12 command and 43 conscripts|
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