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 A. F. Klaveness & Co
 Aker American Shipping
 Awilco LNG
 Belships
 BW Group
 Camillo Eitzen & Co
 Color Group
 Deep Sea Supply
 Det Stavangerske
 DOF ASA
 DOF Subsea
 Farstad Shipping
 First Olsen Tankers
 Fred. Olsen & Co.
 Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
 Frontline Ltd.
 GC Rieber Shipping
 Golden Ocean Group
 Green Reefers
 Grieg Group
 Havila Shipping
 Hurtigruten Group
 I. M. Skaugen
 J. J. Ugland
 J. Ludwig Mowinckels Rederi
 JO Tankers
 Knutsen O.A.S. Shipping AS
 Leif Höegh & Co
 Nortraship
 Ocean Heavylift
 Odfjell
 Siem Offshore
 Solstad Offshore
 Stolt-Nielsen
 Torvald Klaveness Group
 Tschudi Group
 Wallenius Wilhelmsen
 Westfal-Larsen
 Wilh. Wilhelmsen

The Norwegian Shipowners Association is an employer organization serving more than 160 companies in the field of Norwegian shipping and offshore contractor activities. Our members are the core and driving force within the Norwegian maritime environment. The members of the Norwegian Shipowners Association´s employ more than 55,000 seafarers and offshore workers from more than 50 different nations. The most famous is probably John Fredriksen, owner of the world´s largest oil tanker fleet.

Norway has been a major player in shipping for more than 150 years. This small country on the fringe of Europe, which has less than a thousandth of the world´s population, controls one of the world´s largest merchant fleets. What´s more, the numerous and varied maritime activities that have grown up around traditional shipping operations enjoy strong and often leading positions in the international market. The Norwegian Government´s vision is for Norway to be among the world´s leading maritime nations and a supplier of the most innovative and environmentally friendly solutions for the future.

Since the 1970s, when petroleum operations first began on the Norwegian continental shelf, Norwegian maritime companies have targeted the offshore sector. Advanced assignments in tough weather and under difficult working conditions have led to the development of what is now the world´s most technologically advanced offshore fleet. A strong domestic market has also laid the foundation for companies to take their expertise abroad. Today, more than half the revenue of Norwegian maritime offshore companies is generated from operations outside the Norwegian continental shelf. The Norwegian maritime industry will have a central role to play when resources in deeper and even more challenging waters are to be explored in a sustainable manner.

The Norwegian maritime industry is a complete cluster comprising leading shipping companies, shipbuilding yards, equipment manufacturers, designers, service providers, universities, research and development centres and regulatory bodies. The Norwegian maritime industry accounted for 5.5% of Norway´s GDP in 2009. The Norwegian maritime industry is Norway´s second largest export industry, after the oil and gas sector. Environmentally friendly

Sea transport is a cost-effective, reliable and environmentally friendly mode of transport. The Norwegian fleet is one of the most modern in the world. Norwegian shipping companies are engaged in all shipping segments, and have a particularly strong position in specialised shipping such as transport of petroleum products, chemicals, gas, paper, vehicles and rolling stock (ro-ro) and offshore shipping.

The Norwegian maritime cluster is at the forefront of efforts to develop new, innovative solutions. Norwegian shipowners, for example, are spearheading the development of gas-powered ships and the use of fuel cells as an alternative energy source on board. Continuous efforts are being made throughout the industry to further improve engines, hulls and propellers with a view to increasing energy efficiency and thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships.


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