Updated January 2018 - But I cannot find the original pictures anymore so we have to use the
OLD pictures from back in the days when I used to upload my pictures with the mobile phone.

And not only the upload to my server. You remember how it was back home 20 years ago? Something they called a “dail up” modem. A few pictures and it took like forever to download the page. But now we don't need to think about “band speed” Well, never mind, I don't have the original pictures any more


Brofjorden


Preem and Norsk Hydro owns the refinery Scanraff together. Scanraff has the capacity to refine 10 million tons of crude oil per year (2002)

But I read in the newspaper that Preem had bought Norsk Hydro's share of the refinery. (Summer 2003)

Scanraff and the oil harbour are situated in the inner part of Brofjorden and it's about 9,5 nautical miles (1 nautical mile= 1,85km) from Brofjorden light buoy to the berths. The Brofjorden Approachpilot use to board us at Brofjorden light buoy. # 1 on the map on the right hand side.

We use to calculate 1 hour from the buoy and until we are secured alongside one of Scanraff’s jetties in Brofjorden.

Brofjorden oil harbour consists of 5 major oil berths. The largest is the crude oil jetty and the other 4 is on the product jetty.

Since I wrote this the first time, updated 2018, they have built a new jetty. And as I have some pictures of this new jetty we have some excitements to look forward to. But more about the jetties later on.

We have to order pilot 5 hours before arriving to Brofjorden light buoy and then we call them again to confirm arrival time 1 hour before arrival.

We pick up the pilot at Brofjorden L/B, # 1 on the map above, and from there L/B we steer to the north east and pass between the two lighthouses “Brandskärsflak” and “Dynabrott” They have a nick name for the lighthouses, but I forgot the names by now.

Brofjorden Pilot
Picking up the Pilot in Brofjorden
With Tärnvåg August 2009

Approaching Brofjorden
Passing between “Brandskärsflak” and “Dynabrott”

Approaching Brofjorden
Approaching Brofjorden from SW.
Malmön anchorage to the left, crude jetty in the middle and pilot station to the right.

After about 2 miles we have the Hästebåden light buoy on our port (left) side. That’s more or less the SW corner of Malmön anchorage. 1 mile NE of Hästebåden light buoy is the Kåvra light in the SE corner of Malmön Map over Brofjordenanchorage. The anchorage is situated between Malmön in the west and the islet Kåvra and the Kåvra light in the east.
#2 “Brandskärsflak” and “Dynabrott”
#3 Malmön anchorage
#4 Kåvra


Tärnland and Tärnvind waiting for cargo at Malmön anchorage

Malmön anchorage gives a good holding with clay bottom. Usually we use 6 shackles of anchor chain. (1 shackle is 27 meter long) There is space for 4 vessels at the Malmön anchorage, #3 on the map on the left hand side, named A to D. A in the
Tärnvind waiting for cargo at Malmön anchorage July 2002
north and D in the south.

Very often we have to wait for the jetty or for our product to be ready at the anchorage. That gives us time to correct charts and to do other important paper work. (Write and read e-mail and work with my web page ). Anyway, sometimes it's nice with a break, but after a while I'm getting bored.

The islet Kåvra and the Kåvra light
Scanraff's chimneys and flare in the background

Map of Brofjorden

Scanraff's chimneys and flares, # 9 on the picture above, can be seen at a very long distance during the night. It's a good land mark when coming from west. When passing Denmark it's just to set course at the flares.

There is an anchorage on the starboard (right) side of the channel to Brofjorden as well. It's called Lindholmen, #5 on the map. When passing between the Kåvra light and Lindholmen it's just north of Lindholmen on the starboard side of the channel to Scanraff.

After passing Lindholmen we pass the pilot station, #6 on the map, on our right side. When we change crew we use to take off signing crew to the pilot station with our MOB/ Lifeboat if it's nice weather.

And in the winter time the pilot usually help us with the boat to change the crew.

The pilot station on the right hand side on the picture

Brofjorden Pilot station
Brofjorden Pilot station
Picture taken August 2009 when I sign off m/t Tärnvåg

Brofjorden Pilot station
Brofjorden Pilot station
Picture taken August 2009 when I sign off m/t Tärnvåg

Then we pass the crude oil jetty, #7 on the map, on our right side just North of the pilot station. Ships up to 500 000 dwt and a draft of 25 meters can use the crude oil jetty. So it is pretty big ships they can handle here at Scanraff in Brofjorden.

Discharging crude at the crude jetty
Scanraff needs 35000 ton crude oil every day

m/t Älvtank arriving Brofjorden
m/t Älvtank arriving Brofjorden - Scanraff's refinery in the back
Picture taken from m/t Prospero when we leave Brofjorden April 2004

Scanraff's refinery
Scanraff's refinery from north

After the crude oil jetty we continue to the NE and pass the refinery. Reaching Stretudden Övre we have Scanraff’s product jetty, # 8 on the map, with place for 4 ships. There is 2 berths for ships up to 60 000 dwt and a draft of 14.4 meters and 2 berths for smaller vessels. There are also a small anchorage for 1 ship.

Only enough room for one ship there. But when we can, we drop the anchor there, just a few minutes to come to the jetty from the anchorage. If I remember it right the anchorage is called Trommekilen

The product jetty behind Stretudden Övre

m/t Tärnvåg
Passing Stretudden Övre approaching the product jetty
Picture taken from m/t Tärnvåg July 2009

m/t Tärnvåg
Passing Stretudden Övre approaching the product jetty
Picture taken from m/t Tärnvåg July 2009

m/t Chess loading in Brofjorden
Brofjorden product jetty
Jetty #1 and #2 from shore side, m/t Chess loading on jetty #3
Picture taken from m/t Prospero when we leave Brofjorden April 2004

m/t Chess loading in Brofjorden
Brofjorden product jetty
Jetty #1 and #2 from shore side, m/t Chess loading on jetty #3
Picture taken from m/t Prospero when we leave Brofjorden April 2004

m/t Bro Jupiter loading in Brofjorden
Loading at jetty #3
We can see that jetty #4 in front of us is occupied.
Same with jetty # 1 and 2 on the left hand side
Picture taken from m/t Bro Jupiter August 2006

The product jetty from Trommekilen anchorage
Picture taken from m/t Tärnvind March 2002

m/t Tärnvik
Loading at the new jetty in Brofjorden
Picture taken from m/t Tärnvik August 2011

You never know how long time it will take to load in Brofjorden. But generally the loading operation runs smoothly. But I remember one time telling that we would be ready in 2 hours. Well, we were still alongside loading 24 hours later.

It is very expensive to keep the products on shore tanks. So we're loading a blend most of the time. So they make stops every now and then to take a sample so they can analyse the product. If the product is off spec it can take very long to load.

This article from “Lysekils Posten” Lysekils Posten from 24th of June 2002 is about Scanraff and Brofjorden. It's one of the pilots working in Brofjorden who wrote it. Swedish only.




       
                  


                         


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