The maritime industry moving towards carbon neutral growth

Norway is a leading maritime nation with the second largest fleet in the world. The industry is characterized by its high competence, innovation and advanced technology.

At its best
Norway has a long history of success and achievement within the maritime industry. As one of the world’s leaders and employer of over 97,000 people, the country is the fifth largest maritime nation in the world. With a focus on innovation, cooperation, and an ongoing commitment to the environment, the Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry and its Maritime Strategy is central in this process.

Moving towards carbon neutral growth
International shipping is regarded as the most carbon efficient means of transporting goods worldwide, but still accounts for some 3% of global carbon emissions. Norwegian companies are looking at new ways to reduce emissions.


Arena offshore support vessel – Norway’s newest maritime cluster
The push for new petroleum resources offshore Norway will lead to future oil exploration and drilling in deeper waters and tougher climate conditions in the Arctic and northern regions far from mainland. The Arena Programme has created a new regional maritime cluster in the districts of Haugaland and Sunnhordland in western Norway – Arena Offshore Support Vessel – that aims to become an international leader within complex offshore operations both onboard and from ships.


Norwegian shipowners’ association turns 100: interview with Sturla Henriksen
“Many countries have long coastlines, many countries have many ships, but few have managed to exploit the sea’s potential better than this little country up here at the ice edge, and even fewer have managed to do so generation after generation,” said Sturla Henriksen, Norwegian Shipowners’ Association Director General, at its 100 year anniversary seminar in September. In an interview with Norway Exports, Henriksen talks about the NSA’s milestones and the challenges facing the industry.


Piracy: Norway’s role in combating the threat
The maritime threat from piracy is on the rise. According to the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB), the number of attacks for the first nine months has already exceeded the total for last year. Norway has responded by sending a Norwegian navy frigate to the Gulf of Aden under EU command and becoming the first country outside Asia to join the piracy organisation ReCAAP.


Lofoten: newly discovered resources in rough waters
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate believes that close to 20% of the Norwegian Continental Shelf’s remaining undiscovered petroleum resources in the Norwegian Sea could lie hidden under the waters off the Lofoten and Vesterålen islands. The oil industry is anxiously awaiting the opening of this area following recent seismic surveys and signs that the area could be opened for exploration in the future.


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