Norwegian tanker burning in Gulf of Oman

Norway’s maritime authority (Sjøfartsdirektoratet) reported Thursday that the Norwegian-controlled tanker Front Altair was “attacked” early in the morning while sailing between the United Arab Emirates and Iran. The vessel is in the fleet of Norwegian shipping tycoon John Fredriksen’s firm Frontline Management, which denied earlier reports it had sunk. Frontline reported that all 23 crew […]

Bad water may have claimed new victim

A Haukeland University Hospital patient from Askøy who’d been admitted with stomach and intestinal infections has died. Askøy, just north of Bergen, has been plagued by contaminated water that’s already believed to have killed a one-year-old boy. Haukeland, the main hospital for the Bergen area, reported in a press release Thursday that tests conducted on […]

Blast ‘tragic’ for hydrogen vehicles

A major explosion at a hydrogen filling station west of Oslo on Monday has forced the shutdown of the few other such facilities currently to be found in Norway. That’s causing major problems for all owners of hydrogen vehicles, and for efforts to cut carbon emissions in the transport sector. “This is just tragic,” Ulf […]

Hydrogen explosion under probe

An investigation has been launched into why a hydrogen facility at a Uno-X filling station in Sandvika, west of Oslo, exploded Monday afternoon. The powerful blast forced the evacuation of a wide area and the closure of two major highways leading into Oslo, just as thousands of people were returning from the last three-day holiday […]

2,000 now ill from contaminated water

A holding pool for drinking water in Askøy outside Bergen hadn’t been inspected for several years. Around 2,000 local residents had fallen ill as of Sunday evening, after the water was found to have been contaminated by the E-coli bacteria. Askøy’s acting mayor confirmed during the Whitsund holiday weekend that no tests are likely to […]

Collision spurred oil platform evacuation

More than 200 people on board Equinor’s Statfjord A oil platform in the North Sea were evacuated during the night after a supply vessel collided with the platform. The collision occurred just as Equinor is under regulatory pressure to correct repeated environmental violations at another nearby oil field. Equinor wrote in a press release Friday […]

Child’s death tied to drinking water scare

UPDATED: Norway is known for having some of the best drinking water in the world, but thousands of residents of Askøy near Bergen were being warned on Friday to boil their water before consumption. The warning comes after scores of local adults and children in Askøy have fallen ill, and now officials have found E.Coli […]

Speculation swirls after cruise tragedy

Speculation and accusations continued to swirl on Friday following a collision on the Danube between a Hungarian sightseeing boat and a river cruise vessel from Norwegian-owned Viking Cruises. The arrest of Viking Cruises’ captain raised more questions, as the search went on for 28 people on the sightseeing boat who are missing and presumed drowned. […]

Man lost arm in 17th of May salute

A man in his 50s had to have his arm amputated at the elbow, after explosives he was loading into a canon for a traditional 17th of May salute last Friday went off during the loading process. Canons placed at historic sites around the country are still used for 21-gun salutes on national holidays and […]

New probe sought into oil rig disaster

Calls are going out for a new investigation into Norway’s worst offshore rig accident ever, and they’re getting support from a former prime minister and a trade union leader. The capsizing of the Alexander Kielland rig in 1980 killed 123 workers on board, and calls for a new probe come just as Norway’s petroleum industry […]