Pirates attacked Norwegian ship

Norwegian shipowning JJ Ugland Companies claimed on Monday that it was doing doing its “utmost” to bring nine of its Filipino crew members to safety, after the bulk cargo ship on which they were working was boarded by pirates off Cotonou, Benin during the weekend. The company confirmed that the captain of the Ugland bulker […]

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 […]

Rich shipowner defies Darwin

A wealthy 81-year-old shipowner from Kristiansand is donating NOK 15 million (USD 1.6 million) to a foundation that challenges Darwin’s theory of evolution. Einar Johan Rasmuseen also wants the foundation’s own theories to be taught in Norwegian schools. Newspaper Vårt Land reports how the new foundation, called BioCosmos, promotes another allegedly scientific theory of “intelligent design,” […]

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 […]

Firms fail to report impact on the seas

Norway is a major shipping, seafood and offshore nation, yet the vast majority of its maritime businesses fail to chart or report their own impact on the seas. The firms’ lack of consideration for the seas may embarrass their own government, which has launched an international effort to address maritime pollution. Just as Prime Minister […]

Russia won’t let Hurtigruten sail

Russian authorities have spoiled some exclusive Arctic cruise plans for passengers on board one of the Norwegian shipping line Hurtigruten‘s newest vessels, the MS Spitsbergen. After initially seeming to welcome more cruise traffic in Russian waters, the Russians have suddenly denied the vessel entry. “We’d had a good dialogue with Russian authorities for a long […]

Shipping braves new gulf risks

Nearly 40 ships with ownership ties to Norwegian investors have been in or around Hormuz and the gulfs on both sides this week. They’re braving threats of arrest or sabotage amid high political tension but also higher oil prices and chartering rates. Norway’s venerable shipping industry has long lived with political risk around the world. […]

Vintage vessel gets new berth in Bodø

PHOTO FEATURE: After decades of battling the elements outdoors, Norway’s  last surviving vessel from a vital part of its maritime history has finally won a new and much more worthy berth in the northern city of Bodø. Visitors can now experience the vessel, known as a jekt, from all angles inside a brand new museum […]

Norwegian ship likely a conscious target

The Norwegian-controlled oil tanker that was attacked in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday could have been singled out as a target, according to a Norwegian foreign policy expert who concentrates on the Middle East. That’s because its operations are linked to several small nations including Norway that don’t pose military threats of their own. […]

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 […]