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 […]

Hurtigruten to fuel ships with biogas

At a time when climate concerns are putting increasing pressure on the cruise industry, Norway’s coastal fleet Hurtigruten is responding with what it bills as a “record-breaking biogas deal.” It seemed bound to grab headlines after Hurtigruten claimed some of its vessels will soon be fueled with liquified biogas (LGB) made from organic waste including […]

Cruise line donates to rescue service

Viking Cruises, which operates the cruiseship Viking Sky that landed in a major maritime drama last month, is donating NOK 1 million (USD 117,000) to Norway’s humanitarian organization aimed at saving lives at sea. It was among those responding after the cruiseship lost power and nearly grounded in stormy seas on March 23. The donation […]

Low oil pressure blamed for ship’s stall

Norway’s maritime directorate has determined that low oil pressure caused all four engines on the ill-fated cruiseship Viking Sky to stall last Saturday, leaving it adrift and dangerously close to grounding in stormy seas with nearly 1,400 people on board.  “The level of lubricating oil in the tanks was within limits but relatively low when […]

Shipowner scorned for avoiding taxes

Just days after the Viking Sky cruiseship ran into serious trouble in a storm off the Norwegian coast over the weekend, a new storm is blowing around the cruiseline’s billionaire founder Torstein Hagen. Critics point to how he’s avoided paying taxes to his native Norway for years, only to benefit greatly from the massive, taxpayer-financed […]

Investigation begins into cruise drama

Norway’s accident investigations board and the maritime directorate have already launched a probe into why all four engines stalled on the relatively new cruiseship Viking Sky while it was crossing a stormy stretch of sea off the West Coast. Questions are also flying as to why the cruiseship, with nearly 1,400 people on board, kept […]

Rescue operation wins tributes

Grateful passengers couldn’t seem to praise Norwegian search and rescue efforts enough on Sunday, after the dramatic near-grounding of their cruiseship in a major storm on Saturday. As one man put it, “I didn’t see much of the Northern Lights, but I met the Norwegian people.” Hui Boon Tan gave a lengthy, articulate and heartfelt […]

Stricken cruiseship nearly grounded

The drama on high seas off Norway this weekend narrowly avoided turning into utter tragedy. Maritime experts believe the cruiseship Viking Sky with 1,373 people on board was only 100 meters away from grounding on rocks in a notorious bay off Romsdal. The vessel sent out Mayday messages around 2pm Saturday, reporting that it was in […]