Blue Growth for a Green Future!

Norway counts for less than one per mille of the world’s population, but is a maritime superpower and a frontrunner when it comes to sustainable maritime technology.

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Of the first 50 LNG propelled vessels ever built, 95 % were Norwegian. AMPER, the world’s first electrical car and passenger ferry powered by batteries entered into service in early 2015 in Sognefjorden, Norway. The ferry carries 120 cars and 360 passengers, but only uses 150 kWh per route, which corresponds to three days use of electricity in a standard Norwegian household. Both are examples of the ability and willingness in the Norwegian maritime industry and the government to innovate for a better future.

The maritime industry in Norway is a global knowledge based industry with a strong position in markets worldwide. With a total value creation close to175 billion and more than 110,000 people employed it is among the largest and most important industries in Norway. The industry also accounts for a large share of Norwegian export. The export of ship's equipment from Norway is remarkably high. Almost 90 per cent of ship's equipment from Norwegian companies ends up as exports; in 2014, Norwegian ship's equipment equates alone to 9 per cent of total Norwegian exports of goods and services. (Source: Menon)

This position is created through continuous innovation - an ability that will be crucial when the industry now faces a weaker offshore market due to low oil prices


Why Norway?

  • Technological front runner, especially when it comes to green shipping and sustainability
  • Cornerstone industry, high attention, representing  more than 10 per cent of BNP
  • Strong heritage, complete industrial clusters, highly competent, innovation driven
  • Stable political situation, national strategy “Blue Growth for a Green Future”, EU-compatible framework


Blue Maritime Cluster

Maritime Cleantech West

Norwegian Maritime Exporters

Norwegian Shipowners Association