The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided not to grant an export licence for the former Norwegian support vessel KNM Horten. “The basis on which a licence was to be granted has changed. Norway cannot export goods or services for military use to conflict areas,” said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.
KNM Horten was sold to Clear Ocean on the basis of information provided by the company at the time. The company originally stated that the vessel would be used exclusively for civilian purposes. Since then it has given the Ministry of Foreign Affairs new information. The company now plans to arm the vessel so that it can provide security services off the coast of Somalia, which requires an export licence.
The matter has been dealt with in close consultation with the Ministry of Defence.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasises that the Norwegian authorities have had no connection with any dealings between Clear Ocean and the Somali authorities at any time. The Ministry has conveyed this both to the company and to the Government of Somalia.