«The overall objective is to promote cooperation and thus pave the way for further value creation from Norway’s two main industries, » says Chairman Leiv Grønnevet of Ett hav.
The executive forum Ett hav was established to promote dialogue between the seafood industry and the petroleum industry. The forum was set up based on both parties’ desire for closer collaboration and a lower conflict level.
«From the very start, it will be important to establish a common understanding of reality – a platform where the accountable top executives can raise various issues and find solutions for these, » Grønnevet says.
Challenges and synergies
Better coordination and collaboration on acquisition of seismic has already been identified as one topic for the executive forum.
«With two different industries operating at sea simultaneously, and often in the same waters, we have to acknowledge that conflicts do arise from time to time between the fishing industry and seismic acquisition activities. The petroleum industry wants to contribute to improving cooperation at sea, with a view to avoid conflicts, » says Gro Brækken, Managing Director of the Norwegian Oil Industry Association (OLF).
Both industries believe there is significant potential for increased collaboration also within other areas, such as oil spill preparedness.
«I believe that Ett hav will be a forum in which we can promote dialogue and understanding between the two most important industries in Norway, » says Reidar Nilsen, Chairman of the Norwegian Fishermen’s Association.
«One of the main challenges will be to broaden both industries’ knowledge of each others’ needs and activities. Dialogue and contact are key concepts in this respect, » Nilsen believes.
Leiv Grønnevet, Chairman, Ett hav, mobile telephone no. +47 901 54 593
Reidar Nilsen, Chairman, Norwegian Fishermen’s Association, mobile telephone no. +47 915 99 697
Erling Kvadsheim, Manager Licensing Policy, OLF, mobile telephone no. + 47 900 76 413
(Gro Brækken of OLF is currently abroad. Please contact Erling Kvadsheim).
About Ett hav
Ett hav is a forum where top executives from the Norwegian seafood industry and the petroleum industry will meet to engage in dialogue. Trade union leaders from the same industries in the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions have also been invited. The forum is managed by a secretariat with representatives from the Norwegian Fishermen’s Association and the Norwegian Oil Industry Association (OLF).
The forum will be chaired by Leiv Grønnevet, who has broad business experience and extensive knowledge of the two industries. Activities in Ett hav will be financed by contributions from both industries.
Members of the executive forum:
Gro Brækken, OLF
Øystein Michelsen, Statoil
Arild Glæserud, Eni Norge
Per Arild Reksnes, PGS
Erik Karlstrøm, North Energy
Geir Andreassen, the Norwegian Seafood Federation (FHL)
Frode Alfheim, Trade Union for Industry and Energy
Grethe Fossli, the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions
Represetnatives from the Norwegian Fishermen’s Association:
Reidar Nilsen, Chairman, the Norwegian Fishermen’s Association
Einar Helge Meløysund, Samarbeidsrådet Nord (cooperation council for the Northern region)
Per Jan Kvalsvik, Samarbeidsrådet Sør (cooperation council for the Southern region)
Tore Roaldsnes, Chairman, Norwegian Fishing Vessel Owners Association