A 50-year-old Norwegian national is accused of having shared state secrets with Russia and has now been charged with espionage. He is employed by DNV GL, through which he is in contact with the defense industry, reports Dagens Næringsliv.
A Norwegian yard company has, after negotiations with liquidator and banks, taken over Kleven Verft. The plan is to continue shipbuilding operations, and the yard's former CEO, who stepped down two weeks ago, is back.
The second quarter looks set to be better than feared for Norwegian oil service company Kvaerner. Despite a big drop in the oil price during the spring, the company now expects a "significant improvement" in results.
Shipyard Vard was hit by a cyber attack at the end of May. Following the attack, employees have received a text message saying that temporary dismissals may be necessary, according to a Norwegian media.
Particularly companies with large expansion portfolios and major deficits will benefit from a new Norwegian stimulus package for the oil industry. Aker BP is among the big winners, according to analyst.
Ship management company OSM Maritime has settled a deal with Kristian Gerhard Jebsens Skibsrederi to take over operation of 37 ships. And several of the shipowner's employees will move to OSM in a newly established subsidiary in Bergen.
The Norwegian Shipowners' Association will make the country's fleet climate neutral within the next 30 years, according to a new plan. "If the industry does not take these challenges seriously now, they will grow bigger over time," says CEO Harald Solberg.
What was envisioned as a solid aid package for upwards of NOK 100 billion has been received with widespread disappointment by Norway's offshore sector. The biggest oil companies list projects that will be postponed unless the government changes the package.
Denmark, Germany and Norway have either shut down their borders or temporarily sealed off access to the countries in other ways in response to the corona outbreak. Large shipping companies are sending employees home.
Norwegian Oil and Energy Minister Tina Bru says that ammonia will be set on equal footing as an energy source in the country's new strategy to develop hydrogen. This could be interesting to shipping, which is looking for new energy types.
Maritime businesses in Norway are now really starting to hire again following the crisis in 2014. Last year Norway's maritime sector accounted for the biggest increase in number of job postings, reports Sysla.
A Croatian industrial group has agreed with ferry operator Hurtigruten to acquire yard Kleven Verft. This happens shortly after the yard's CFO told Norwegian media that the company was about to get a new owner.