Traffic safety highest in Norway

A new survey by the OECD, the international organization for economic cooperation and development, ranks Norway as having the fewest traffic deaths per 100,000 people in the world. Not all Norwegian would agree, but that makes Norwegian traffic the safest of all. News bureau NTB cited a report in the US magazine Forbes that also […]

Two injured in platform explosion

Two workers on Equinor’s Heimdal platform in the North Sea were injured, one of them seriously, when a gas cannister exploded late Thursday. The two were flown by helicopter to hospitals in Stavanger and Bergen. A spokesman for the state oil company Equinor told newspaper VG that the accident occurred around 6pm Thursday. The cause […]

Massive water leak cripples Bergen

Nearly 60 people were evacuated from 10 residential buildings at Sandviken just north of downtown Bergen early Wednesday morning, after a watermain burst and sent large volumes of water pouring through their hilly neighbourhood. The main E39 highway through the area also had to be closed for fear portions of it would collapse. State broadcaster […]

Alarms rang before ship lost power

Norway’s Accident Investigation Board released a preliminary report Wednesday on the dramatic near-grounding of the cruiseship Viking Sky last spring. It reveals that a total of 18 alarms about low lubricating oil levels sounded on board the vessel several hours before “a complete blackout” left the ship at the mercy of stormy seas, with a total […]

Many responsible for frigate fiasco

UPDATED: The leader of Norway’s state accident investigations board stressed on Friday that its role is not to place blame on who or what caused one of the Norwegian Navy’s five frigates to crash into a fully loaded tanker last autumn. After releasing their report on the collision, however, it was clear that lots of […]

Man survived avalanche near Trollfjord

A 50-year-old man who’s been a mountain guide for Queen Sonja survived an hour-and-a-half buried under the snow on Sunday, after an avalanche crashed down on a group of highly experienced outdoor enthusiasts. The group of nine were snowshoeing their way down a recommended winter trail on the border between Lofoten and Vesterålen when the […]

Woman killed in fall off Hurtigruten ship

A woman believed to have been on board a Hurtigruten vessel died on Thursday after reportedly falling off the ship as it was arriving at Ålesund Wednesday evening. Police reported they had no reason to believe there was any criminal activity involved as they continued to investigate how the incident occurred. The woman, whose identity […]

Ambulance hijacker ‘didn’t mean to hurt anyone’

The defense attorney for a 32-year-old Norwegian man who hijacked an ambulance earlier this week and led police on a dramatic chase around a busy residential area claims he “had no intention of harming anyone.” Now the man, who has a long criminal record, will likely be kept in jail at least for longer than […]

Hijacker charged with attempted murder

UPDATED: Drama played out on the streets of Oslo Tuesday after a 32-year-old Norwegian man crashed his car and then hijacked an ambulance in the city’s Torshov district. The hijacker then intentionally tried to run down several people and a baby carriage before police shot at its tires and made an arrest.  State broadcaster NRK […]

Probe underway into oil tanker explosion

Oslo-based Stolt Tankers, part of the Stolt-Nielsen shipping concern, was thanking rescue services at the Port of Ulsan in South Korea after one of its oil tankers exploded while berthed over the weekend. Stolt hailed the authorities’ “immediate response to this serious situation.” The company said it had mobilized a “multi-national team of internal and external […]