One of the global leaders in the maritime industries, Norway commands worldwide respect for its shipping expertise, equipment and ability to exploit new market niches. The country's overall maritime economy - an expanding cluster of industries linked to shipping and the aquaculture industry - encompasses an increasingly wide variety of products and services.
Though Norway only makes up 0.1 percent of the world's population, it controls approximately 13 percent of the global shipping fleet. The country's shipbuilding industry comprises more than 50 internationally competitive, technically advanced small- and medium-sized shipyards - including Aker Yards, Europe's largest shipyard, and the 4th largest on a global basis. The industry focuses largely on ship repair and the construction of specialized vessels, such as Ro-Ros, chemical tankers, advanced fishing vessels, reefers, offshore supply ships, high-speed catamarans, cable-laying ships and seismic exploration vessels.
Norway's ship's gear industry has developed alongside the steady growth of the Norwegian fleet, and a full 60 percent of the gear is exported. Ship's gear manufacturers offer a vast range of state-of-the-art products - from deck winches and vessel lighting solutions to the most advanced electronic cargo handling and stability systems. Specialized equipment for coastal and deep-sea fishing vessels represents another important niche. Durable, modern fishing gear such as purse seine nets, gill nets, motors, winches, cranes and fish handling gear, as well as advanced fish finding, navigational, thruster and manoeuvring systems, make it possible for fishermen to locate, harvest and transport their catch as efficiently as possible and allow more technically advanced fleets to fish deeper parts of the ocean.
For the past three decades, the Norwegian aquaculture industry has been at the forefront of global developments. Norway's aquaculture outfitters have developed and are producing a wide array of fish farming equipment, including breeding, caging and feeding systems, monitoring equipment and fish processing technology.
For more information on the Norwegian maritime industries, see www.norwayexports.no.