Hurtigruten ran into trouble again

UPDATED: Norway’s coastal shipping line Hurtigruten, tarnished by its failure to reveal Corona infection on board some of its ships last year, sailed into more trouble during the night but avoided running aground. Its MS Kong Harald lost engine power in the middle of a notoriously stormy area with rough seas, setting off a massive […]

Fredriksen buys up Aker Brygge

Shipowner John Fredriksen, the Norwegian billionaire who now lives mostly in London, clearly wasn’t content to merely base his shipping operations in Oslo’s waterfront complex known as Aker Brygge. Now he’s bought up the company owning the entire complex, Norwegian Property, and more. Most of Fredriksen’s stocklisted shipping companies operate from Aker Brygge, including the […]

Billionaire art patron laid to rest

Tributes have been rolling in for weeks after Hans Rasmus Astrup, the shipping billionaire best known for being one of the world’s leading art collectors, died at his elegant farm east of Oslo in late April. He was hailed as a friendly and generous man who’d inherited part of a shipping empire and did very well […]

Adrift Dutch ship now under control

A Dutch cargo ship that lost power in a severe storm off Norway’s west coast earlier this week was finally brought under tow in an emergency operation during the night. That avoided what many feared could have been an environmental catastrophe.  Crews from the Norwegian Coast Guard, a Dutch salvage firm and Norway’s search and […]

Cargo ship adrift in stormy seas

Norwegian officials were worrying about serious environmental damage after a Dutch cargo ship floundered in stormy seas off Ålesund on Monday and then lost power. All 12 crew members have since been rescued and the vessel remained adrift on Tuesday, with 350 tons of heavy oil and 50 tons of diesel on board as it […]

Stowaways hid in tanker’s rudder

Four men from Nigeria managed to hide inside a compartment atop the rudder of a Norwegian tanker earlier this month, and then survived 10 days at sea until they were discovered when the vessel took on fuel in Las Palmas. Now they’re in the hands of Norwegian police. “The sea and the rudder were right […]

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 […]