The 1960-built classic pocket liner BORE’s future in Turku, Finland seems less sunny than previously. Photo © 2011 Kalle Id.

Dark clouds have been gathering over the attractive pocket liner BORE preserved in Turku since I visited her in last August.

First, in mid-September the local newspaper Turun Sanomat reported that Turku Touring, the city-owned hostel operator in charge of the BORE’s hostel operations, had withdrawn from their agreement with the BORE’s owners Oy S/S Borea Ab, citing problems with the ship’s air-conditioning system and the ship’s owners plan to transform the ship into an entertainment center, which according to Turku touring is incompatible with hostel operations.

The next blow came last week, when the company that had transported sewage off the ship before she was linked to the city’s sewage systems filed a protest against Oy S/S Borea Ab for 11,000 € worth of unpaid bills. According to the company chairman Johnny Sid who was interviewed by Turun Sanomat, S/S Borea also owe smaller sums to other companies. On the other hand, according to Mr Sid Turku Touring owe S/S Borea 90,000 € rent for three month’s use of the BORE’s facilities.

The problems with the BORE’s air conditioning system, that seem to be at the heart of the dispute between the ship’s owners and Turku Touring, are caused by the BORE’s electricity systems. As explained to me by Johnny Sid when I was onboard in August, the BORE’s systems use a different voltage than land-based power and hence a converted will be needed before she can be hooked up to shore power. The converter was supposed to be provided by the city, but got lost in bureaucratic wrangling between two city-owned companies, the electricity provider Turun Energia and the Port of Turku. According to the most recent report in Turun Sanomat, this dispute has now been resolved and the BORE should be hooked to shore power within the rest of the year.

Previously, Mr Sid had told the Finnish public broadcasting corporation YLE in an interview that should the problems with the city of Turku persist, the BORE could be moved to Kotka, the home of the BORE’s previous owners Kristina Cruises and the location of the Finnish national maritime museum, Maritime Center Vellamo.


For more by Kalle Id, our Helsinki correspondent please visit his blog

Kalle Id

Kalle Id

Kalle Id, MaritimeMatters' Helsinki correspondent, is a Finnish maritime historian, photographer and journalist, with a Master's Degree in history from the University of Helsinki. His early-age exposure to ferry travel led to a lifetime fascination with passenger ships, both the cruise ferries of his home waters and the cruise ships and ferries of further afield. Kalle maintains his own ship photography blog at Contrary to the popular belief, he writes under his real name.
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