Norway has been a global shipping power for a long time. Good relations between its cluster of ship-owners, yards, suppliers, class societies and authorities have been key to its success – a success that those involved intend to maintain and improve.
Although the COP21 agreement reached in Paris in November last year does not specifically name shipping, the Norwegian industry is prepared for the new reality.
Six months earlier – in the spring of 2015 – Norway’s Green Coastal Shipping Programme was established by private companies and organizations. No fewer than two Ministries representing the Norwegian Government were co-signatories.
Today, the programme has doubled its membership, from 18 to 35. All parts of the industry are represented, including eight observers from Norwegian authorities and academia. The programme is organized and headed by DNV GL.