The century-old Norwegian ship – a testament to sustainable shipping

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108 year old Norwegian tallship ‘Statsraad Lehmkuhl’ at Port of Manila – Pier 15 PHOTO BY WILMAR ALMERIA

Transport Secretary Jaime Bautista and Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) Administrator Hernani Fabia were impressed with the Norwegian tall ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl, which served as a training vessel.

Bautista said: “I was impressed by the colorful story of this Norwegian tall ship as it sails around the world on her voyage called One Ocean Expedition.”

The tall ship arrived in Manila on Wednesday, in time for the Norway-Philippines Sea and Energy Conference.

“Since 1914, when this ship was built, it has changed owners several times and has been used by the Germans during the Second World War. The ship is named after the former Norwegian minister Kristofer Lehmkuhl”, a- he declared.

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After surviving two world wars, she was converted into a training ship with modern features. It can be powered by wind or electric batteries, which certainly impressed any Filipino shipowner or sailor. It’s uniquely world-class by any standard.

From left to right: Vice Admiral Rolando Lizor Punzalan Jr. (Deputy Commander for Administration - PCG), Atty.  Hernani Fabia (Administrator - Marina), HE Christian Halaas Lyster (Norwegian Ambassador to the Philippines), Sec.  Jaime Bautista (Secretary - DOTR), and HE Enrico Fos (Filipina. PHOTO BY WILMAR ALLMERIA

From left to right: Vice Admiral Rolando Lizor Punzalan Jr. (Deputy Commander for Administration – PCG), Atty. Hernani Fabia (Administrator – Marina), HE Christian Halaas Lyster (Norwegian Ambassador to the Philippines), Sec. Jaime Bautista (Secretary – DOTR), and HE Enrico Fos (Filipina. PHOTO BY WILMAR ALLMERIA

Fabia was delighted to see the ship built in 1914, making it a well seasoned ship with a very rich history. He said it was an important event for the maritime industry.

“We have come together again, as we have received this well-established sailing training program and the ship’s trainees. This 108-year-old regal beauty of a ship still propelled by the wind is a true testament that nothing can grow old. and eventually wears out if properly taken care of,” he said.

With rapid changes and huge opportunities for innovation, the tall ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl would be the best example of sustainability, achieving greener shipping.

Fabia said the ship may have undergone modifications to accommodate new technologies and operational practices, but it remains true to its mission to remain relevant and timely as it collects data to gain a deep understanding of the crucial role of the ocean. to achieve sustainability at present.

“This state-of-the-art research vessel is truly one of a kind. Marina is one with you and supports your mission. We look forward to active engagement on the various programs you offer, especially that this vessel also serves as a training vessel for aspiring maritime professionals,” he added.

Norwegian Ambassador to the Philippines Christian Halaas Lyster, Philippine Ambassador to Norway Enrico Fos, Norwegian Shipowners Association (NSA) CEO Harald Solberg and Coastguard Admiral Artemio Manalo Abu were present during the the arrival of the century-old ship.

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