Rolls-Royce Maritime workers celebrate takeover

“I’ve only seen smiles all day,” the leader of Rolls-Royce Maritime in Ulsteinvik told newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN), after announcing that Norway’s Kongsberggruppen was taking over the company for GBP 500 million. The deal brings the propeller producer, with 370 employees, back under Norwegian ownership. “We have been waiting a long time for a clarification” […]

Visitors flock to North Sea island

UTSIRA: Hundreds of thousands of Norwegians made the best of the country’s last long public holiday weekend until Christmas, and were able to enjoy lots of sunshine and unusually warm temperatures before heading back to work. On this windswept island in the North Sea, cars and people literally burst off the ferry from the mainland […]

Clean-up efforts set new record

It’s official: The numbers are in from the recent national effort to clean up Norway’s beaches, and more than 90,000 people took part, including the prime minister and royalty. That set a new record for the annual event that was launched in 2011. “I found a lot of plastic from boat ropes, which can break […]

WWF leader takes new helm

Nina Jensen, who’s worked for environmental organization WWF for the past 15 years and most recently led it, is quitting to take over the helm of what’s billed as the world’s largest research and expedition vessel (REV). It’s financed by oil- and seafood tycoon Kjell Inge Røkke, but Jensen stressed she won’t be working for […]

Nor-Shipping launched once again

Thousands of shipping and offshore workers along with maritime officials from more than 80 countries are in the Oslo area this week for their latest industry gathering known as Nor-Shipping. Crown Prince Haakon was on hand for the opening of the conference at Norway’s largest exhibition hall in Lillestrøm Tuesday morning. The conference has been […]

Viking ship tied up in bureaucracy

A full-scale copy of Norway’s famous Oseberg Viking ship, which has sailed around the historic city of Tønsberg for the past five years, is currently tied up right at the start of its busy summer season. With no specific registry for Viking ships in Norway, the Norwegian Maritime Authority (Sjøfartsdirektoratet) believes the Saga Oseberg is either a cargo or passenger vessel, and it […]

Solberg launches new research vessel

Prime Minister Erna Solberg officially launched Norway’s new marine research vessel, the Dr Fridtjof Nansen, in Oslo over the weekend amidst claims it will be used to share knowledge, competence and technology among oceanographers and fishing officials in developing countries. After spending the weekend in Oslo, where it was open to visitors, the vessel was sailing […]

Dockworkers set to attack EU pact

Norwegian dockworkers were stung by an EU court decision this week that claims their monopoly on loading and offloading ships is illegal. They’re not giving up their ongoing battle to preserve their century-old grip on Norwegian harbours, though, and even look set to try capsizing Norway’s overall trade pact with the EU in the process. The decision handed down […]

Jellyfish raise new concerns

Various types of jellyfish have been raising concerns along the coast of Norway, after some left large swatches of red slime in the far north and others, farther south, threaten cod stocks. Researchers are following the situation closely. The so-called kronemanet, for example, has invaded several fjords from the Sognefjord in the south to Nordland in the […]

Air space closed over Bergen

Norwegian civil aviation authorities closed the air space over downtown Bergen on Saturday at the urging of Norwegian police. Flights were forbidden over the area in order to help gain control over the air space in the wake of heightened concerns about a possible terrorist attack in Norway. It’s the middle of the summer tourism season […]