Storm halts ferry traffic

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Color Line said it was halting all of its traffic between Norway and Denmark and Norway and Sweden on Tuesday because of stormy weather in the Skagerrak. Most of Norway’s southern and western coasts were being battered by the remains of the tropical storm “Katia.”

“We have evaluated the weather reports and decided to cancel our sailings from Kristiansand at 4:30pm and from Larvik at 5:30pm,” Odd Grønberg of Color Line told NRK.no. Both sailings cross open sea in the Skagerrak.

“There is a lot of high seas and wind,” Grønberg said, adding that it would be “uncomfortable to be out in Skagerrak and difficult to get into the quay at Hirtshals,” which is Color Line’s port on the northern tip of Denmark.

Color Line also cancelled its morning sailings from Krististiansand and Larvik on its “SuperSpeed” fast ferry, and the return voyages from Denmark. Color Line’s shorter ferry sailings between Sandefjord and Strømstad in Sweden were cancelled as well, but its large cruise ferry from Oslo to Kiel in Germany departed Oslo as usual at 2pm.

Fjord Line also cancelled its traffic between Kristiansand and Hirtshals on Tuesday. The ferries were hoping to resume service on Wednesday, after predictions the storm would ease during the night.

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