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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Norway News

Geir Bjørkeli (Photo: Corvus Energy)

Corvus Energy Names Bjørkeli CEO

Corvus Energy has appointed Geir Bjørkeli as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Bjørkeli was previously Director of Norway for the Dutch company Huisman, and established the company’s Norwegian presence for offshore construction equipment solutions. Bjørkeli will remain based in Bergen, Norway. Prior to joining Huisman, Bjørkeli was a design engineer with the ship designer and shipbuilder Ulstein. He held several positions with Rolls-Royce, including VP Sales for North East Asia and Managing Director of Rolls-Royce Marine Japan…

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

IMO Support for Ship Recycling in Bangladesh

The second phase of an International Maritime Organization (IMO)-implemented project to enhance safe and environmentally sound ship recycling in Bangladesh is set to begin in January, following a US$1.1 million funding agreement with Norway. The two-year project will build on the first phase of the Safe and Environmentally Sound Ship Recycling in Bangladesh (SENSREC) project, which resulted in economic and environmental studies on ship recycling in Bangladesh, the development…

Photo: Cargotec

Cargotec to Split Smart Ocean Technology Division into Two

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, had announced the planned measures to achieve annual cost savings of approximately EUR 13 million by reorganising its operations and began statutory cooperation negotiations. The plans included the split of Smart Ocean Technology division into Cargo Handling division and Advanced Offshore Solutions division. With these savings MacGregor seeks synergies by reorganising both the offshore and merchant shipping operations and continues improving operational efficiency and customer centricity.

Photo: Norden A/S

Rasmussengruppen Sells Stake in Norden

Oslo based financial investor Rasmussengruppen sold its entire stake which is 4.8 million shares of Danish dry bulk bulker owner Norden. The company's share capital consists of 42,200,000 shares of DKK 1 each, amounting to DKK 42,200,000. Rasmussengruppen was the second biggest investor in Norden, after Danish company A/S Motortramp on 28.08%. Norden  operates one of the industry’s most modern, flexible and competitive fleets globally within the dry cargo and tanker vessel types. Norden  was founded in 1871 and is one of the world’s oldest listed ship owners.

Fellestransport Part of Greencarrier Norway

With effect from 1 November 2009, the Norwegian freight forwarder AS Fellestransport will change its name to Greencarrier Norway and merge its activities with those of the existing company Greencarrier Norway. All of its staff will become Greencarrier employees so providing the company’s existing clients with the benefit of service continuity. Fellestransport was acquired by the Swedish company Greencarrier International in 2006 but retained its independence and continued its activities as a privately owned transport and forwarding company offering a wide range of services by road…

Florø Shipyard: Photo credit STX Europe

STX Europe Sells Norwegian Shipyard

STX Europe AS sells STX Norway Florø AS and STX Norway Design Florø AS to Westcon Group AS. STX Europe completes the sale of all of the shares in its wholly owned subsidiaries STX Norway Florø AS and STX Norway Design Florø AS to Westcon Group AS. The order backlog of STX Norway Florø AS was NOK 59 million at the end of Q3 2012 and the order book consisted mainly of one offshore pipelay vessel, the "Deep Energy". STX Norway Design Florø AS is a subsidiary of STX Europe, situated at the Florø Yard.

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Chief Executive, Andrew Tan, and Norway State Secretary, Ms Dilek Ayahn, at the Joint Statement Signing Ceremony. Photo courtesy of Norwegian Shipowners' Association. Photo MPA

Singapore Strengthens Maritime Ties with Norway

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), represented by Chief Executive, Andrew Tan, signed a Joint Statement with the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries on October 10 during the State Visit by President Tony Tan Keng Yam to Norway. Norway’s signatory was State Secretary Dilek Ayhan. The signing was witnessed by President Tony Tan and His Majesty King, Harald V of Norway. Besides substantial commercial and industrial cooperation between the maritime clusters of Singapore and Norway…

New Report on Norwegian Energy Policy

Norway  is  pursuing  ambitious,  forward-thinking  energy  policies,  but  could  go  further  in  its efforts to become a low-carbon economy, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has concluded in a review published today. Energy Policies  of  IEA Countries  - Norway  2011 Review  says  that  it will  be  challenging  for Norway  to meet  its 2020  target of  reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30% compared with 1990  levels,  because  both  the  country’s  electricity  supply  and  its  energy  use  in  buildings  are already essentially carbon-free due to hydropower use.

Group photo of the Capacity Building Workshop Co-organized by ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre and India Coast Guard in New Delhi, India. Photo: ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre

ReCAAP, India Coast Guard Conduct Workshop

The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre and the Indian Coast Guard have commenced the 2017 Capacity Building Workshop in New Delhi, India. Themed “Striding Over Domestic Challenges,” this year’s workshop draws ReCAAP Focal Points from maritime enforcement and government agencies across Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Japan, Korea, Laos, Myanmar, the Netherlands, Norway, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and the United States.

Nautronix Opens New Office in Norway

Nautronix announces the opening of a new office in Norway and the appointment of Jørn Berg as Vice President of Sales for Norway. Jørn Berg comments: ‘It is an exciting time to be joining Nautronix, with the development of new products and the interest that is being generated by the existing ones I think the company is in a great position to target the Norwegian market and I look forward to being part of the team.’ CEO Mark Patterson adds: ‘With the heightened activity in Norway…

Ula-class submarines. Source: Royal Norwegian Navy

Norway Shortlists DCNS, ThyssenKrupp for New Subs

Norway's Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide of the Conservative Party made it clear that there would be no submarine deal with Sweden, according to the Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang. Instead, Norwegian defense officials have narrowed down their search to French and German maritime defense firms to replace Norway's Ula-class attack submarine fleet, says UPI report. French firm Direction des Constructions Navels Services, or DCNS, and German company ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems "are the strongest candidates if Norway decides to procure new submarines…

Tor Olav Schibevaag  (Photo: Hoover Container Solutions)

Hoover Container Solutions Announces Two Appointments

Hoover Container Solutions Norway AS, a subsidiary of Hoover Group, Inc., and Consult Supply, a Hoover company, have appointed Tor Olav Schibevaag as managing director for Europe and Kjetil Skaaren as general manager for Norway. Jan Sekse, vice president global procurement, will continue to support the efforts of the Hoover Norway management team. Schibevaag will report to Hoover’s president, Paul Lewis, and joins Hoover with more than 12 years experience from Euro Offshore, where he developed and led the company as one of the leading cargo carrying unit (CCU) rental businesses in Norway.

The gathering at The Lantern, Fullerton Bay Hotel was to celebrate the maritime links between the two nations and strengthen this partnership for the future.

All On board for Norway Night

More than 240 senior executives from the global maritime industry attended the inaugural Norway Night this eveningas part of Singapore Maritime Week. The gathering at The Lantern, Fullerton Bay Hotel was to celebrate the maritime links between the two nations and strengthen this partnership for the future. Guests enjoyed Norwegian seafood and music as they mingled on the rooftop. They included Minister of Transport Lui Tuck Yew and Norway’s Deputy Minister Dilek Ayhan. Norway’s Ambassador to Singapore, Mr Tormod C.

Joachim Nessa, business development manager at Omega in Stavanger

Omega Completion Technology Strengthens Team in Norway

Independent well completion and intervention technology developer and manufacturer Omega Completion Technology has appointed a business development manager in Norway in response to an increase in Scandinavian contracts and projects. Joachim Nessa has joined Omega’s Stavanger office from Interwell Norway AS where he had worked as sales engineer for three years and previously spent six years as a tool specialist with PI Intervention AS. Nessa has extensive international experience…

Photo courtesy of Bibby Offshore

Bibby Offshore Expands in Norway

Bibby Offshore announced its continued international expansion with the opening of an office in Stavanger, Norway. The Norwegian office for Bibby Offshore will be headed by Arne Lier. Bibby Offshore has a leading subsea services position in the U.K. North Sea and the opening of the office in Norway further increases the company’s growing international presence. The company is currently participating in a number of tenders in the Norwegian Continental Shelf and is focusing on expanding its existing services to offshore operators in the region…

Farstad OSV during loading and maintenance  operations at the Petrobras hub in Rio.

From Norway to Brazil (and Back)

Norway’s involvement with this South American energy powerhouse predates the current oil boom. Today’s commerce model flows in both directions in ever increasing frequency and volumes. Make no mistake about it: Brazil is important to Norway. So important that the Norwegian government’s strategy for developing additional business here includes broad reaching initiatives such as Innovation Norway (IN), providing advisory and networking services for Norwegian companies in Rio de Janeiro…

Hans-Hermann Andreae Photo DEA

Andreae Appointed MD of DEA Norge

After a five-month integration process, DEA has set up a new organisation, DEA Norge in Norway and has appointed Hans-Hermann Andreae as its Managing Director. He heads the business in Norway from the new headquarters in Stavanger. The company will continue to pursue its long-term growth strategy on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). The changes to DEA in Norway follow the acquisition of E.ON E&P Norge in December 2015. In line with the requirements of Norwegian authorities, the two companies are now legally merged. The name of the new company is DEA Norge AS.

(Photo: Eimskip)

Eimskip to Acquire Nor Lines

Eimskip has entered into an agreement to acquire the Norwegian shipping and logistics company Nor Lines. The business, with about 200 employees and an estimated annual turnover of approximately EUR 110 million, will be restructured in order to be aligned with Eimskip’s current operations in Norway. Ingvald Løyning, CEO of DSD, said, “DSD started the process of finding a strategic solution for Nor Lines early this year. We believe that further consolidation is needed in the logistics industry…

Gunvor Ulstein Receives Award: Photo credit Ulstein Group

Ulstein Group Awarded Academic's Union Gold

Norway's Tekna (Technical and Scientific Association) awards its gold medal to Ulstein Group for creating opportunities in technology. Gunvor Ulstein, CEO of Ulstein Group, received Tekna’s Gold Medal at a recent ceremony. The medal is given as an honour and encouragement to Norwegian managers or companies for outstanding efforts in creating new opportunities for Norwegian technologists, both in Norway and internationally. It was last awarded in 2008. Gunvor Ulstein thanked Tekna by sharing the honour with all employees in Ulstein: 
“Together with all our talented employees…

An illustration of the utility- and living quarters topside

Increased Norwegian Content for Johan Sverdrup Platform

Today, Kvaerner and its sub-contractors cut the first steel plates for the utility- and living quarters (ULQ) topside for the Johan Sverdrup field. The topside construction starts on schedule and budget. The Johan Sverdrup development is being executed with a high degree of Norwegian value creation. Kvaerner's efforts to improve competitiveness have resulted in a large portion of the work for the ULQ platform to be executed in Norway. This gives Kvaerner and Norwegian subcontractors a steady activity and also a continued high number of apprentices.

Drones are able to capture close up images of many onshore and offshore assets, including flares Photo Cyberhawk

Cyberhawk Innovations, Nordic Unmanned Join Forces

Cyberhawk Innovations, the world leader in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and drone inspection and survey, has bolstered its international presence by signing a partnership agreement with Nordic Unmanned, Norway’s leading UAV operator. The agreement means that customers in Norway will be able to take advantage of Cyberhawk’s industry leading cloud based asset management software, iHawk, which will be combined with Nordic Unmanned’s detailed local knowledge and UAV experience. The…

Eli Vassenden (Photo: WISTA)

Vassenden Wins WISTA LeaderShip Award

Eli Vassenden, COO Ship Management in Grieg Star, has been awarded the WISTA LeaderShip Award 2015 by WISTA Norway as recognition of her contribution the maritime industry, her competency and leadership skills within the traditionally male dominated role of COO. The award is handed out at Nor-Shipping’s Opening Conference on June 2. "Eli Vassenden has lived up to WISTA’s core values and contributed to the development of the maritime industry through her many years working in a traditionally male dominated role of COO.

(Photo: Samskip)

Samskip Scoops up Nor Lines

European multimodal transport provider Samskip said it will acquire activities associated with Nor Lines AS, marking a major expansion of its shipping, transport and logistics businesses in Norway. Subject to approval by Norway’s competition authorities, Samskip has agreed with the DSD Group to acquire the activities of Nor Lines, which generate an average annual turnover of €110 million ($128.2 million). With its head office in Stavanger, Nor Lines is a diversified logistics business offering domestic and international services.

Henrik O. Madsen (Photo: DNV GL)

Madsen to Chair Norway’s Research Council Executive Board

Henrik O. DNV GL president and CEO Henrik O. Madsen was appointed as chairman of the executive board of the Research Council of Norway. The executive board is the Research Council’s highest authority, and the newly appointed board will commence Jan 1. 2015. The main functions of the Research Council of Norway is to provide strategic policy input, administer research funding and serve as a meeting place for the development of research policy and dissemination of knowledge in Norway.

Reef's CSV Polar King

Reef Subsea Rebrands Its Norwegian Companies

Reef Subsea rebrands all its companies in Norway & extends geographical footprint to improve service to clients. Reef Subsea announce that it is set to fully rebrand and align its companies in Norway – namely Technocean and Scanmudring-Rotech Subsea – to position itself as a dynamic and integrated contractor in the subsea market. Coupled with an extension of its geographical footprint, the Group is well positioned to serve its clients with specialised services under one company name.

From the new office, it is possible to view the astonishing nature of northern Norway, the deep blue Barents Sea, snow-covered mountains, and the enchanting Northern Lights. Photo Greencarrier Freight Services

Greencarrier sets up office in Norwegian Arctic

Greencarrier Freight Services is establishing a new office in the beautiful Norwegian Arctic. This comes at the heels of a new contract they secured for providing the oil and gas company ENI Norge with transport solutions and port logistics for Goliat Field - an offshore oil field north-west of Hammerfest in Norway. In recent years, the town of Hammerfest in northern Norway has experienced an economic boom. This is a consequence of Statoil‘s construction of the large liquefied natural gas site on the island of Melkøya in 2007.