The Norwegian Shipowners’ Association celebrates its centennial

The Norwegian Shipowners’ Association (Norges Rederiforbund) marked its 100th Anniversary at the elegant Ballroom, a new event venue in downtown Oslo, on Sept. 17.

The association, which was founded on Sept. 15, 1909, is dominated by men, but now the group has their first female president; Elisabeth Grieg (photo).

300 guests, many of the them the wealthiest people in Norway, attended the anniversary party. Amongst the invited guests were King Harald V, Crown Prince Haakon, as well as Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.

The newly re-elected Prime Minister said it is more important than ever that vessels in the world merchant fleet cut their emissions and improve environmental safety.

Norway, which controls around 5% of the world’s merchant fleet, has been a major player in international shipping for more than 150 years, and has built up a large maritime industry around traditional shipping operations.

The association represents 160 Norwegian shipping companies, aiming “to ensure competitive terms and conditions for Norwegian shipping companies and offshore contractors.”

Photo from: Rederi.no

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