Hurtigruten service cut even more

Norway’s deeply troubled coastal shipping line Hurtigruten has already cut service from 11 to just two ships sailing between Bergen in the south and Kirkenes in the north. Now the state transport ministry is cutting the route further, to only serve ports between Kirkenes and Bodø, meaning there won’t be any calls at 13 ports […]

Government angry with Hurtigruten

Prime Minister Erna Solberg has joined many others who are frustrated and angry with Norwegian cruise and shipping line Hurtigruten, which is supposed to make daily calls at small ports all along the Norwegian coast. On Friday the crisis-ridden company announced it had to cut back to just two ships on its coastal route, after […]

Hurtigruten boss survives disgrace

Quarantine rules weren’t followed, suspected cases of the Corona virus weren’t followed up and crew members felt their lives were in danger but were afraid to speak out. The board of Norway’s publicly disgraced Hurtigruten cruise and shipping line nonetheless claims it still has confidence in CEO Daniel Skjeldam, and that both he and the […]

Color Line cuts hundreds of jobs

There probably won’t be so many cars or passengers rolling off Color Line ferries in the months ahead. The Norwegian shipping line that runs ferries between Norway and Denmark, Sweden and Germany confirmed on Friday that it will cut as many as 300 jobs because of Corona virus-related reductions in traffic. It’s taking a long […]

Hurtigruten keeps ships berthed

Norway’s Hurtigruten cruise and shipping line is keeping more than half its fleet berthed in the midst of the ongoing Corona crisis that’s hitting its business and passengers hard. It remains unclear whether planned “expedition” cruises around South America and to Antarctica will be able to sail. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported Friday that Hurtigruten […]

Seafarers ‘hostage’ to the Corona crisis

Norway, as a maritime nation, is expressing official concern over how more than 200,000 seafarers around the world remain stranded on their vessels because many countries won’t allow crew changes. Norwegian shipowners are referring to both officers and crew as “hostages” of the Corona crisis. Bengt Ellingsund, a Norwegian officer on board the Odfjell vessel […]

Last chapter for iconic ‘book boat’

Politicians in the newly-merged Vestland county in western Norway have decided that a unique floating library known as Epos will never again bring books, plays and other fun to children in remote coastal areas. The bitterly criticized decision to shut it down mirrors the complexities of Norway’s controversial regional reform. “This is a scandalous cultural […]

Tanker market turns for the worse

Just a week after tanker ship owners were raking in enormous profits by chartering their vessels for oil storage, the market has suddenly turned against them as demand for oil continues to fall. Share prices in Norwegian companies like Nordic American Tankers (NAT) and Frontline have plunged since hitting new highs just last Monday. “The […]

Hurtigruten demands crisis aid

Norway’s venerable coastal voyage line Hurtigruten, now mostly a cruiseline, was sailing full steam ahead until the Corona virus crisis forced most of its vessels into lay-up and cut off revenue. Now it doesn’t qualify for the emergency aid offered by the government, because its credit rating has been severely downgraded. “It’s a paradox that we, […]

Plastic pellet spill tied to container ship

Weeks after millions of small white plastic pellets started washing up on the shoreline of the Oslo Fjord, the source of the spill has likely been identified: a container on board a ship that sprung a leak. “We view it as highly probable that a damaged container spilled the pellets during a voyage,” Ole Sævild […]