Hurtigruten bails out its shipyard

Norway’s coastal voyage company Hurtigruten AS and the investors behind it have helped recapitalize the Kleven Verft shipyard in Ulsteinvik, collectively providing NOK 300 million in fresh capital. The company currently has ultra-modern hybrid vessels on order at the yard, and neither Hurtigruten nor its owners wanted to risk any delivery delays or additional costs. […]

Hurtigruten fights for its name, routes

UPDATED: Billed as the world’s most beautiful voyage, ships in the line known as Hurtigruten have plied Norway’s scenic coastline since 1893. Now the state, under pressure from EU competition authorities, intends to break up the 11-day round-trip routes running continually between Bergen and Kirkenes into three “packages” that would be open to bidding from […]

Maritime heritage alive in Farsund

PHOTO FEATURE: Long before offshore oil and gas made Norway one of the world’s wealthiest countries, its maritime heritage and huge fleet of ships all but ruled the waves. Much of that heritage can be experienced in the small, southern coastal town of Farsund, far from Norway’s bigger cities but nonetheless internationally oriented and once an economic hub. It […]

Business pioneer dead at 66

Wilhelm Blystad and his younger brother Arne shook up Norwegian business like no others had done before, with their raid on large shipowning firm Kosmos in the mid-1980s and daring ventures into other major, often risky, investments. The death of Wilhelm Blystad last month brought back memories of the Yuppie (called japp) age in Norway, and […]

Ferry fire survivors disappointed again

One of the passengers who survived a fire onboard the car-and passenger ferry Scandinavian Star 27 years ago was among those disappointed again by the latest report on the blaze that killed 159 others. It concluded that there was no evidence of sabotage or arson that was economically motivated. The report by a commission appointed by […]

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 […]

Fredriksen scrambles to save Seadrill

Norwegian shipowner and industrial tycoon John Fredriksen, long listed as one of the wealthiest men in the world, says he’s working 18 hours a day to save his large offshore rig company Seadrill from bankruptcy. The 72-year-old Fredriksen has faced crises before, and is prepared to “work day and night” for the next several weeks […]

Spanish seafarers demand pensions

Around 200 Spanish seafarers who sailed on board Norwegian ships and paid tax to Norway are now suing the Norwegian government for pension benefits. They believe they’re entitled to pension payments from Norway, after 30 years of failing to have their demands met. Around 12,000 Spanish seafarers have worked on board Norwegian vessels since the end of […]

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 […]

Color Line sails into choppy seas

The Norwegian cruise-ferry company Color Line has run into some choppy seas over its own efforts to chop crewing costs. The government is offering to ease costly regulations by allowing two of Color Line’s vessels to switch flags to the more liberal Norwegian International Ships (NIS) Registry, but labour unions are complaining that as many as 700 workers on […]