Cruise passengers under evacuation

UPDATED: One by one, horrified passengers were evacuated by helicopter from the cruise ship Viking Sky which was hit by engine failure in stormy seas just off Norway’s West coast on Saturday. Despite several hours of rescue efforts, only around 140 passengers had been brought to safety by 10 PM, while well over 1000 remained […]

Hurtiguten’s hybrid ships take form

After shipbuilding challenges and lengthy delays that forced cancellation of 10 cruises in the Antarctic, Norway’s coastal voyage line Hurtigruten offered a peek this week at its new hybrid cruiseships, the first of their kind in the world. If all goes well now, the MS Roald Amundsen will start sailing this spring. “With this ship […]

More challenge collision report

Both the owner of the tanker that collided with the frigate KNM Helge Ingstad and workers at the shipyard where the frigate was built have challenged a preliminary report on the collision issued last week by Norway’s state accident investigation board. That follows accusations that the report has downplayed the role of the crew on […]

Coastal town put under preservation

The Norwegian government put the central portion of an entire coastal town under historic preservation orders on Friday. Once known as a sailing ship and herring hub, the unique white wooden buildings of Skudeneshavn are now meant to be saved forever. “We want to secure an extremely special and well-preserved coastal town,” said Ola Elvestuen, […]

Calls rise to limit cruiseship arrivals

Increasingly fierce opposition to the numbers of large cruiseships docking in Norway in recent years is finally being heard. Officials in Bergen, Norway’s busiest cruise destination, are now asking the state for permission to limit the number of cruiseships to three per day, in an effort to control the hordes of tourists who’ve been inundating […]

Funding sinks for a ships’ tunnel

More than 100 years of hopes and plans for a unique tunnel for ships off Norway’s West Coast are now desperately treading water. No funding at all was allocated for the project in the conservative government’s state budget proposal for next year. The long-discussed tunnel would allow fishing boats and other vessels to avoid sailing […]

Two killed on board tanker

Two seafarers working on board a chemical tanker were killed while cleaning out tanks on board the vessel during the weekend. The men, one in his 40s and the other in his 70s, were from the Philippines and Spain. The vessel Key Fighter, controlled by Fjord Shipping of Måløy, is registered in Malta and operated […]

‘Maud’ back home after 101 years

The remains of the polar ship “Maud” are back home on the Oslo Fjord again, a century after Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen sailed away on what would be an unsuccessful expedition to the North Pole. It’s been a long voyage, with plenty of drama along the way. The vessel was built especially for operations […]

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 […]