Supply ships busy in Russian waters

Norwegian supply ships that offer various services to the offshore oil industry have been busy in Russia’s Arctic waters this summer. It’s welcome business for supply ship owners that lost lots of business when the oil price collapse in 2014 dried up activity on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Several supply ship owners faced bankruptcy, and […]

‘Maud’ returns to Norway

The remains of a ship that polar explorer Roald Amundsen sailed on another expedition through the Northwest Passage have arrived back in Norway. The polar ship Maud had been abandoned on a beach in northern Canada, with half of it lying under water for the past 90 years. A group of local boosters in Vollen […]

Maritime village preserves its past

PHOTO FEATURE: Norway’s maritime heritage can be seen all along its vast coastline from north to south, but some places stand out. Among them is the small town of Skudeneshavn, once known for its fleet of sailing ships and ferry port, and now for its scores of well-preserved white wooden houses, some of which take […]

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” […]

Norwegian tanker spills oil in Rotterdam

A Norwegian tanker in the fleet of Bergen-based Odfjell Tankers spilled as much as 217 tons of heavy oil after it collided with the pier Sunday afternoon at the Port of Rotterdam. The company itself described the amount of oil spilled as “considerable.” The accident occurred as the vessel Bow Jubail was maneuvering into the […]

Convoy heroes win overdue acclaim

Ships were decorated, canons boomed at noon, flags flew and memorials were planned all over the country when Norway celebrated both Liberation- and Veterans’ Day on Tuesday. Among those finally receiving more official attention were the thousands of Norwegian merchant seafarers who crewed the dangerous convoys that brought critical supplies to Great Britain, but who […]

Norway loses a seafarers’ hero

Jon Michelet was a journalist, newspaper editor, local politican, labour activist, TV anchor and, most of all, a best-selling author who won lots of awards. Many Norwegians  were thus mourning his death from cancer during the weeknd, but heartened that he’d managed to keep writing to the bitter end. That meant that he also managed […]

Series wins two prizes in Cannes

NRK’s new drama series about how the oil industry changed Norway won two prizes when it debuted this week at the new International Series Festival in Cannes. Its cast and producers were celebrating. The series, called Lykkeland/State of Happiness, was one of 10 series chosen from 130 entries to be shown at the festival in […]

Oil industry drama debuts in Cannes

A new dramatic version of how Norway’s oil industry began was making its debut on Tuesday at the first Cannes International Series Festival. The new Norwegian series is the biggest TV drama ever produced in Norway, based on events that also changed the nation forever. Called Lykkeland (State of Happiness for its foreign audience), the series starts […]

Hurtigruten gets new coastal rival

Norway’s famed coastal shipping route will be shared by two operators from 2021, as part of a move by the state transport ministry to stimulate competition. The venerable shipping line Hurtigruten will be joined by newcomer Havila Kystruten AS, with each operating seven and four ships respectively on the subsidized 11-day round-trip routes with daily […]