Shipping elite set new record

Thousands of shipping industry players, from shipowners to sales reps for shipyards, were in Oslo this week for the bi-annual Nor-Shipping gathering.

Thousands of shipping industry players, from shipowners to sales reps for shipyards, were in Oslo this week for the bi-annual Nor-Shipping gathering. They set a new attendance record.

Around 1,300 companies from 36 countries were represented at Nor-Shipping, which was based for the first time this year at the new Norges Varemesse exhibition site in suburban Lillestroem.

More than 6,000 people staffed the hundreds of stands in Lillestroem, which replaced years of Nor-Shipping events at an earlier site at Sjoelyst in Oslo. More than double that number was expected to have visited Nor-Shipping by the time it ended its four-day run on Friday.

Hundreds more shipping executives were in town for receptions, parties and business meetings with Norwegian shipping companies. Both Nor-Shipping and its Greek counterpart, the alternating Posidonia conference, are considered the main shipping events of the year.

Svein O Mogan, one of the Nor-Shipping organizers, said this year's gathering set a new record in terms of leased exhibit space. Many shipping officials, especially those from beleaguered shipyards, hope the tough market of the past year has bottomed out.