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The offshore crisis has forced Kleven to change tracks

The major Bergen-based shipbuilder has changed its focus from specialized offshore vessels to other segments today, as the market for offshore vessels is at an all-time low. It will take a long time for the market to recover, Chairman Kjersti Kleven tells ShippingWatch.

Photo: Kleven Maritime

When the crisis struck the Norwegian offshore carriers in 2014 and gained strength throughout 2015, the development came as a wake-up call to Norwegian yard group Kleven, which consists of the two shipyards Kleven Verft and Myklebust Verft.

"When the oil price drops this dramatically and rapidly, and the market disappears overnight, this of course also resulted in dramatic changes in our market," explains the Chairman of Kleven, Kjersti Kleven who, as the name implies, in addition to serving as Chairman is also member of the family which founded the shipyard.

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