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SS THORFINN

The SS Thorfinn is 58 metres in length which accommodates a maximum of 20 divers all looked after by our 20 friendly staff.  She serves all divers equally from beginner to the highest tech levels.  Facilities include a large bright D deck dining lounge with for 26 people at 5 separate tables, a spacious guest lounge and spa deck and a shaded upper deck with lounge chairs for relaxing and reading either in or out of the sun.  We offer 10 comfortable guest rooms and also a premier luxury suite called ‘Thor’s Lair’. We have a dedicated rebreather service table with free Sofnolime and custom cylinders and also custom gas blends to suit most desires.  The SS Thorfinn is the Pacific’s premier dive cruiser.

 SPECIFICATIONS

SAMPLE ITINERARY

SUNRISE PLAN

REBREATHER PLAN

TRUK TEK

UNLIMITED PLAN

DIVE SITES

SS THORFINN SPECIFICATIONS

Deck plan of the SS Thorfinn Liveaboard showing Luong deck

BOAT SPECS

    Length, overall: 170ft / 58m

    Beam: 30ft / 10m

    Draft: 17ft / 5.5m

    Displacement: 1,100 tons

    Fuel Capacity: 340 tons

    Consumption/Speed: 7 tons/day @ 11 knots, 11 tons/day @ 16 knots.

    Water Capacity: 18,000 gals

    Cruising Range: 9,000 nautical miles @ 11 knots

    Maximum Speed: 16 knots

FACILITIES

10 double occupancy rooms for 20 guests.

13 Toilets, 11 Showers, eight in private facility guest rooms.

‘A’ deck with topside upper bridge controls, electronics mast.

‘B’ deck with navigation bridge forward, chartroom/business center, liferafts, emergency beacons, dive launch storage, aft sun deck with lounge chairs and shade canopy.

‘C’ deck Guest Lounge seating 30 persons, bar, DVD and reading library, surround sound CD/player with I-pod connex, 50” LED TV with DVD player, 2 shower rooms, two toilet rooms, hallway storage closets. Guestrooms 9,10,11.

‘C’ deck Spa Area with 11 person spa, 2 camera service/storage tables, adjacent deck chairs.

‘D’ deck forward interior with Dining Room, 5 tables seating 26 persons, adjoining galley and pantry, view windows, bookcase, stairs to crew area.

‘D’ deck aft interior with Boatique (handicrafts, t-shirts, postcards), dive service center, steering flat. Thor’s Lair, a large room with luxury appointments, and Room 3.

‘E’ deck with big ensuite Guest rooms 4,5,6,7,8.

A new  luxury room labeled as  ‘Thor’s Lair’ is optionally available on request featuring a huge king size bed, adjoining bed settee, 44” TV monitor/player, PC table/chair, carpeted walls, 4 view windows, large closet, bar fridge, bedside lighting controls, and large shower/toilet room.

COMMUNICATIONS:

1 x Icom IC-M 700 Med. Freq. SSB radio telephones

1 x Icom IC-M 80 25w VHF radio telephone

1 x Sailor RT 144 25 wVHF radio telephone

3x Standard Horizon 25w VHF radio telephones, 2 located on dive launches

1 x Alden Marinefax IV weather facsimile unit

1 x Kenwood R-2000 multi-band radio receiver

3 x standard Mod. HX 250S hand held portable VHF r/t’s

1 x Trimble Galaxy Sentinel Inmarsat-C Comsat terminal

1 x Inmarsat Sailor Fleet BroadBand 500 Comsat terminal, with Wi-Fi Internet to entire ship

1 x Iridium IOP comsat terminal for auxiliary Broadband backup

PROPULSIVE MACHINERY

Main Engine: Fredriksstad Mek 4 cyl. double compound steam – 2,500 h.p. @ 140 rpm

Boilers: 2 x Foster Wheeler D type 18,000 lbs./hr @ 250 psi, 600 deg F superheat)

GENERATORS

2 x Yanmar 6HAL-DTN diesels driving Marathon 250 kw 220 VAC 3 phs 60Hz generators

1 x Mitsubishi diesel driving 40 kw 220 VAC 3 phs 60 Hz generator

Ships power supply is both 220 and 110 VAC single and 3 phs 60 Hz outlets

PUMPS

Steam: 1 x 12 in. , 1x 8 in., 2x 3 in. Gen. Service

Electric: 6 x 2 in. submersibles

Gasoline fire pump: 1 x 2 in. Standby Emergency

Oily water separator: REC Boss 107 system

NAVIGATION

GPS: 2 x Magellan Nav DLX-10, # Garmin handheld units

Radars: 2 x Furuno Model 1954C 15kw radars feeding Navnet VX2 GD -1920C color video plotters, with sonar input feeds.

Main Compass: Furuno Satellite Compass SC 30 via an AMI-GMV KW 941-D stepper retransmitter unit

Auto Pilot:Wagner Mk IV

Sonar: Furuno Network sounder Model ETR-6/10N

 

Aux. Equipment:

Water Generators: Component built R / O system producing (2,500 gals / day)

Air Conditioning: 8 individual systems with combined 30 tons output capacity

Propeller: Kort Design 4 blade Superston, 12′ 6″ diam x 13′ 6″ pitch.

Anchors: 2 x 3,800 lbs ea. stockless with 8 shots (64 fms) of 1 3/4″ stud link chain)

DIVE EQUIPMENT

Dive cylinders: 90 pcs 80 cu. ft standard alloy; 10 pcs 100 cu ft; and 20 pcs 30 – 40 cu ft ponies; 8 sets manifolded /banded double 80’s

Breathing gas storages: 6000 cu. ft. air supply @ 5000 psi; 2,400 cu ft Oxygen@ 2,000 psi

Fill stations: 2 x 4 cylinder capacity manifold setups Port and Starboard with in water filling

Rentals (6 full sets of gear incl. computers, reg’s, BCD’s, fins, masks, lights, SMB’s)

Oxygen Generators: 2 x OGSI Mod. 2020 producing 960 cu ft daily

Oxygen Boosters:

2x Rix MB 230 Micro Boost electric primary units

1x Midwest Pressure Systems Model 42AAV48-ACG O2, air driven

1x Masterline Mfg Model 211V3 electric, as final deck gas blending unit

O2 Blending System for EAN Nitrox and Tri-mix provisos – via portside blending setup

 

Dive Air Compressors:

1 x Bauer Model IK 15.1 ll unit producing 21 cfm to 5000 psi

1 x Bauer/Poseidon P 201 of 7.5 cfm to 5,000 psi

 

Diving launches

2 x 30 ft custom built Auztec Heavy Aluminum, covered – Twin Yamaha 150’s

2 x 24 ft Kellahan Mfg heavy duty alloy modified V, with twin Yamaha 60’s

1 x 24 ft Ozawa heavy duty modified fiberglass, with twin Yamaha 40’s

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ITINERARY

Arrival

A Friday morning arrival to Chuuk brings guest options of proceeding direct to our ship diving at mid-lagoon, if space permits, or overnighting ashore, boarding ship’s launches by 10:00 AM Saturday from a hotel pier after disembarking previous guests. A direct Friday boarding provides a discounted extra day with up to 5 extra dives added to a regular week’s itinerary. Captain, Dive Manager, and staff greet your arrival and lead to C deck’s main guest lounge for refreshments, room assignments, details of Chuuk’s history, the SS Thorfinn, and various diving procedures. After viewing certificates and related papers, lunch is served, diving gear assembled, and off to a first dive site by 2:00 PM.  Your personal dive staff will note preferences of gear assembly, to ensure its continuing order through balance of stay. Camera equipment readied at C deck camera tables will be taken with care to your waiting launch’s camera shelves, if and as desired.

Mornings

Mornings begin with fresh coffee, hot tea and fresh morning baking at main guest lounge for early risers as a prelude to breakfast. A Full American breakfast menu is served at ship’s ‘D’ deck dining lounge by 7:00 AM. After a pre-dive lounge briefing, first dives are underway by 8:00 AM

Daily Dives

Lounge briefings precede each dive selection starting with 8:00 AM departures from ship. Schedules are selected as desired by each dive group, or as posted to an early morning selection by your personal guides. Condensed excerpts and wreck sketches of daily dive selections are laid out for guest reading each morning.  An average 10 minute launch ride precedes securing to nearby dive sites, where launch staff will assist in final dive preps prior to water entries. Cameras and lights are passed over when ready, followed by descent with guide and others down mooring line to selected shipwreck or reef site. Your dive guide will provide a brief dive plan before commencing each dive.

Much of Truk’s wartime fleet and armaments are surrounded with beautiful corals and brightly colored fish of intriguing variations in consistently warm water viz of 30-100ft (10-35m). Ocean reef dives present gin clear views of virgin wall life beyond most visitor’s dreams.

Your guide will lead to each site’s best interests, or follow divers wishing to find their own discoveries. A dive compass is recommended to maintain directions on many of the larger structures. Penetrations into fragile wrecks is permitted on a buddy basis, preferably with our experienced guides. Internal wreck dive procedures and navigation are seriously regarded for safety considerations.

Single cylinder air divers are advised to begin ascending a mooring line from depth with 1,000 psi or 70 bar remaining, to permit a 3 plateau rise. Stops are requested at 18m for 2 minutes, then at 9m for 3 minutes, and a final 10 minutes between 4 to 5m before rising to boat stairway. Stop times can be extended, but please not shortened. A safety air-filled cylinder is suspended at 6 meters for possible emergency, and is brought down to wreck sites below 45m for contingency use at depth, if needed. Nitrox for shallower depths is provided to suitably certified users.

On surfacing to aft boarding stairs of launch, cameras, lights, and fins are passed up to waiting hands prior to mounting them. Fresh water showers, dry towels and cool drinking water are immediately available prior to return ride to ship. Boat crews are ready to rinse and stow dive equipment and photo gear without need for guest assistance. Warm water deck showers at both sides of ship arrival points serve to freshen up before proceeding to inner or upper quarters.

Snacks and refreshments await at guest lounge or aft deck spa during relaxing surface breaks between a scheduled 4 daily dives, and after evening night dives.

Surface Breaks

Wide selections of DVD films/movies are available from a central library for viewing at main lounge’s 50” LED TV, or at smaller sets in each guest room. Underwater photos/videos can be viewed at these sets also. A ship’s store/boatique offers many items of interest in books, handicrafts, postcards and T shirts. Reading libraries in various languages and topics are located in main lounge, dining room, and at ship’s office.

Spacious sun decks and lounging chairs provide tanning locations, or shade under awnings to read a book and enjoy refreshments. After dark, often brilliant night skies can be viewed by star gazers sitting out or laying back in the big Jacuzzi deck spa. Deck towels are readied at camera table racks for use as desired.

Night Dive

After supper night dives complete a choice of 5 dives/day, and are offered every evening that conditions permit… only requiring one diver or more to enjoy vivid corals and nocturnal aqua life on many sites.

Dispatch

Within Truk, the SS Thorfinn moves among several central anchorages depending on diver loads/schedules and prevailing weather. With lighter parties, our speedy launches are quickest dispatch to broad choices of surrounding wreck sites, just minutes away. With larger parties we steam silently to several locations for shortest runs in close proximities.

When diving outer islands and reefs, this steam powered ship moves silently at night to fresh locations for a new day’s dive selections. Seldom dived outer reef/island destinations present a beauty of near virgin worlds with incredibly bright aquatic life.

Visitors braving engine room warmths to view the huge steam machinery in operation are often mesmerized by gleaming piston rods driving a massive open crankshaft. SS Thorfinn’s entire propulsive system is driven by steam produced from two USA built Foster Wheeler water tube boilers. Numerous pieces of steam machinery operate whisper quiet in comparison to diesel sounds.

Final Day

Final Fridays are concluded with an evening aft deck barbecue party, often followed with ‘local motions’ by ship’s staff displaying Pacific Island dancing that often leads into lively party music for guest evening enjoyment! Lasting impressions of happy people after a fulfilling week will linger from this friendly tropic world.

Visits to adjacent islands within Truk for views of a basic tropic lifestyle and various ruins left from a past Japanese era are freely available on request.

Trips ending on Saturday see departing guests packing and departing with farewells by mid-morning back to Weno, Chuuk’s main commercial island for an afternoon departure to other worlds.

 

 

Diving Information

Join one of the world’s largest and best equipped dive cruisers having cruised / explored Micronesian waters since 1980.  Great space, fine appointments, tasty food, and extensive comforts without pretensions, she is big, rugged, and built for the world’s most challenging oceans.  Containing numerous yacht type facilities, she delivers the best staff and value for your vacationing dollar..!

Within Truk Lagoon, 7 days of continuous diving from speedy ‘state of art’ tenders is performed in close range of our mothership positioned at various lagoon anchorages. Visiting up to 5 different daily dive sites in small groups provides opportunity to view an unmatched 30 or more wrecks in one week.  Our primary business is completely diving the finest site selections within this great location.

A new service area with free Sofnolime has been added aboard to best serve ever increasing numbers of Rebreathing divers, giving them easy access to their gear apart from regular filling/departure locations.

Operating as Eco-Friendly, this ship utilizes island power plant waste lubes for primary boiler fuel driving a huge steam propulsion system. (pls note.. a 'green ship' )  Few if any vessels are comparable.  Structures and safety gear comply with IMO (International Maritime Organization) standards, an outstanding feature if checked amongst the world’s dive fleet.

Up to 20 island staff deliver cheerful personalized service on a 1:1 crew to guest ratio. They range from individually assigned dive crews attending each diver's needs, to full time hostesses, deck maintenance staff, large machinery staff, and 2 chefs preparing varieties of tasty international cuisine. Special dietary requests are catered as available food supplies permit.

Diving is conducted from powerful, well designed, covered 32ft tenders equipped with radios, sonars, under seat gear bins, fresh water showers, and seat edge lighting.  Each craft dives separate sites to avoid crowding over a single mooring. Diving in small groups, experienced local guides will show the very best attractions at each site.  Some have been with Thorfinn for more than 18 years.

Technical divers can choose from various sets of banded, twin manifolded cylinders in 3 sizes from 7, 11, and 15 ltrs.  Pony bottles, and broadly assorted sizes of re-breather bottles are freely supplied on certain plans. Twin onboard oxygen generators produce gas at 40 cu ft/ hr and 93% +or-3% purity, supported by 3 levels of electric and air driven boosters for final custom gas blends. Sofnolime is stocked and distributed freely to Rebreather users, along with optional Helium to meet most requests from today’s discerning technical divers.

 

Diving conditions in Truk Lagoon are comfortably easy, with minimal currents, bath-like water temperature (29’C/84’F) and very good light. Anytime is ‘best’ time for diving here, as there are no real seasons. NE trade-winds from January to April create a cooling effect with a light sea chop. Rainfall is fairly consistent year round with short sharp showers followed by ample quantities of sun! Anyone with basic qualifications and skills can dive here on single cylinders to near all sites within their comfort zones, as has been amply demonstrated over past 30 years with enviable safety records.

 

High attractions of numerous wrecked ships, planes, and a submarine, can be supplemented with occasional runs to pristine outer barrier reefs with bright corals, sharks, eagle rays, huge schools of barracudas, big eyed jacks, batfish and a profusion of reef fish!  Shark feeding dives are optionally provided at several locations.

 

Neighboring island visits and tours are easily arranged as desired, without shipboard fees. Snorkelers or non-divers often accompany divers aboard dive launches, to view activities below, at many shallower dive sites scheduled daily. Regular charters run Saturday to Saturday throughout the year, with daily extensions to a week-long stay arranged as adjacent tour space may permit.

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SUNRISE PACKAGE $2,550 INCLUSIONS ARE:
Up to 5 daily dives from comfortable ‘state of art’ 32 ft. dive launches.
Free Nitrox EAN 32 to single cylinder users. Optional Multi-cylinders with custom blends.V
Free Nitrox EAN 32 to single cylinder users. Optional Multi-cylinders with custom blends.
Oxygen aboard supplied from twin oxy generators at 93% +or- 3%, purity.
7 days/nights in double occupancy full facility rooms.
7 actual dive days on Saturday itineraries, with optional extensions as available.
Valet system for dive gear stowage, including cameras rinsed/delivered to C deck camera tables.
All meals, snacks, teas, coffee, soft drinks, juices.,Beer, wines, spirits, at low bar prices.
Free Fleet BroadBand 500 wi-fi Internet access, within bandwidth limits.
Airport or hotel transfers to ship with local history, ship details, and dive safety briefings.
Final Friday night barbecue buffet, with cultural party by select local crew members.
Bookings for Independent Travelers
Receipt of 25% of package price confirms an invoiced booking
Balance of trip costs due 2 months prior to departure.
1st payment is refundable less $150 per person cancellation fee.
No refunds within 2 months prior to trip departure.
Sunrise Plan Group Booking Incentives/Procedures
5 payees earn 1 added place of $2,550 value, 11 payees earn 2 extra free, 17 gain 3 added extras.
$100 per diver deposit for a minimum of 5 or more divers secures booking on non-refundable basis.
25% of full booking value due 4 months after invoice date is refundable less $100 per canceled diver.
No refunds within 2 months prior to trip departure.
20 person Full Ship Net Charters available upon inquiry.

Note: Please do not book any travel arrangements until you have received your booking confirmation from us.

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REBREATHER PLAN $2,795. INCLUSIONS ARE:
Up to 5 daily dives from comfortable ‘state of art’ 32 ft. dive launches
Free,twin custom rebreather cylinders, filled with oxygen and air diluent.
Oxygen aboard supplied,from twin oxy generators at 93% +or- 3%, purity.
Free,air-filled 12 ltr bail-out bottle.
Custom,dispatches for extended deep diving desires.
Free,20kg Sofnolime 6-8 grain size to each diver, weekly. Helium available,optionally.
7 days/nights,in double occupancy full facility rooms.
7 actual dive,days on Saturday itineraries, with optional extensions as available.
Valet system,for dive gear stowage, including cameras rinsed/delivered to C deck camera,tables.
All meals,,snacks, teas, coffee, soft drinks, juices.,Beer, wines, spirits, at low bar prices.
Free Fleet,BroadBand 500 wi-fi Internet access, within bandwidth limits.
Airport or,hotel transfers to ship with local history, ship details, and dive safety,briefings.
Final,Friday night barbecue buffet, with cultural party by select local crew,members.
Bookings for Independent Travelers
Receipt of 25% of package price confirms an invoiced booking
Balance of trip costs due 2 months prior to departure.
1st payment is refundable less $150 per person cancellation fee.
No refunds within 2 months prior to trip departure.
Sunrise Plan Group Booking Incentives/Procedures
5 payees earn 1 added place of $2,550 value, 11 payees earn 2 extra free, 17 gain 3 added extras.
$100 per diver deposit for a minimum of 5 or more divers secures booking on non-refundable basis.
25% of full booking value due 4 months after invoice date is refundable less $100 per canceled diver.
No refunds within 2 months prior to trip departure.
20 person Full Ship Net Charters available upon inquiry.

Note: Please do not book any travel arrangements until you have received your booking confirmation from us.

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TRUK TEK UNLIMITED PLAN $2,995. INCLUSIONS ARE:
Up to 5 dives,per day on TWINS with unlimited AIR fills and free Nitrox EAN 32.
50% discount,on O2 enrichments above EAN32 for stages and backgas.
Oxygen aboard,supplied from twin oxy generators at 93% +or- 3%, purity.
7 days/nights accommodations in double,occupancy full facility rooms.
Free Fleet BroadBand 500 wi-fi,Internet access, within bandwidth,limits.
7 dive days on,Saturday itineraries, with extensions as available.
Custom,schedules for extended deep dives with double rigs, stage bottles, and,personal guide.
Free,Iso-manifolded doubles, or 2 side-mount cylinders, plus 1 free stage,cylinder or pony bottle.
Valet system,for dive gear stowage, including cameras rinsed/delivered to C deck camera,tables.
Valet system,for dive gear, including cameras to / from boats to C deck camera tables.
Airport or,hotel transfers to ship with local history, ship details, and dive safety,briefings.
Friday night,BBQ buffet, with cultural party by select local crew members.
Booking Terms and Conditions for individuals
25% of package,price required as a deposit to secure a booking.
3 daily air,dives from a choice of 21 different dive sites.
Free Fleet BroadBand 500 wi-fi,Internet access, within bandwidth,limits.
7 dive days on,Saturday itineraries, with extensions as available.
Valet system,for dive gear, including cameras to / from boats to C deck camera tables.
Complimentary continental breakfast, with,juice, toast, and coffee.
Airport or,hotel transfers to ship with local history, ship details, and dive safety,briefings.
Friday night,BBQ buffet, with cultural party by select local crew members.
Booking Terms for Groups of 5 or more divers:
5 payees earn 1 extra free pax at value of $1,950, 11 payees earns 2 extra free.
Balance due 2,months prior to trip departure.
1st,payment refundable upon cancellation less $150.
No refunds,after final payment 2 months prior departure.
Booking Terms and Conditions for individuals
5 payees earn 1 added place of $2,550 value, 11 payees earn 2 extra free, 17 gain 3 added extras.
$100 per diver deposit for a minimum of 5 or more divers secures booking on non-refundable basis.
25% of full booking value due 4 months after invoice date is refundable less $100 per canceled diver.
No refunds within 2 months prior to trip departure.

Note: Please do not book any travel arrangements until you have received your booking confirmation from us.

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TRUK LAGOON DIVE SITES

TRUK LAGOON DIVE SITES

The warm tropical conditions of Truk Lagoon, its sheltering islands and reefs make it one of the most comfortably accessible wreck diving locations in the world.

This sheltered part of Micronesia has wreck diving suiting all divers, from shallow snorkeling, down to deeper wrecks (still within recreational limits) for more advanced divers. There are minimal currents within the confines of Truk Lagoon and consistent good visibility, making the wreck diving easy and accessible for any diver. Penetrations and dive depths are nominated  and customized to the comfort, needs and experience level of individual divers. We offer a range of courses onboard from open water through to Rescue.

Plunge in to warm clear waters of Truk and discover the wonder-world of wrecks and treasures hidden below its smooth surface. Aboard Thorfinn you will never be far from any dive site, as the ship’s nearby anchorages provide great flexibility and convenient alongside diving. Running two custom designed fast dive launches along with two smaller craft, Thorfinn provides the most variety and accessibility to all of Truk, diving 30 or more wrecks in just one week aboard.

It enables smaller groups and caters for specific needs of divers with extra requirements such as technical diving. Truk offers wrecks to suit any level of diver, from newly certified open water divers to more seasoned veterans, as depths are set by the individuals making the dives, yet we do have established guidelines and set safety standards. Some of our Guides, have been diving these wrecks for over 15 year and are the most experienced dive crew in the lagoon. They can hold hands with the newest divers, or permit more experienced divers to explore as they please.

Diving Conditions in Truk Lagoon

Diving conditions in Truk Lagoon are comfortably easy, with minimal currents, bath-like water temperature (29-30’C/84-86’F) and very good light. Anytime is ‘best’ time for diving here, as there are no real seasons. NE trade-winds from January to April create a cooling effect with a light sea chop. Rainfall is fairly consistent year round with short sharp showers followed by ample quantities of sun!

High attractions of wrecked ships, planes, and a submarine, can be supplemented with occasional runs to pristine outer barrier reefs with bright corals, sharks, eagle rays, huge schools of barracudas, big eyed jacks, batfish and a profusion of reef fish! Shark feeding dives are an option at several locations.

Neighboring island visits and tours are easily arranged as desired, without shipboard fees. Snorkelers or non-divers often accompany divers aboard dive launches, to view activities below, at many shallower dive sites scheduled daily.

Regular charters run Saturday to Saturday throughout the year, with no person minimums to run a week’s tour, as we operate 52 weeks per year.

WRECK LOCATIONS

Map showing scuba diving sites in Micronesia accessible with the SS Thorfinn

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