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 held for more than 50 years, in rotation with a similar gathering in Greece called Posidonia. Even in the digital age, people still like to get together in person to talk shop, strike deals and maintain contact. Restaurants and bars were expected to be especially packed this week, with traditional events and parties also being held on board boats on the fjord.
New sustainable technology was being stressed at the exhibit hall, which is ready to attract around 35,000 visitors during Nor-Shipping’s four-day run. The event was attracting the world’s major shipowners and Norway’s government minister in charge of business and trade along with the crown prince.