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Little change in the Norwegian Merchant Fleet
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Little change in the Norwegian Merchant Fleet. Out of 1402 vessels registered in the ships register NOR and NIS

The Norwegian Merchant Fleet

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Key figures

1 402

ships in the Norwegian Merchant Fleet in the end of 2016

The merchant fleet
2016Per Cent Change
2015 - 20162011 - 2016
All
Vessels1 4022.10.3
Tonnage, measured (gross tonnes)16 404 5924.85.3
NOR - Norwegian Ordinary Ship Register
Vessels8820.6-1.0
Tonnage, measured (gross tonnes)1 982 245-1.1-0.7
NIS - Norwegian International Ship Register
Vessels5204.82.6
Tonnage, measured (gross tonnes)14 422 3475.66.1

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Table 1 
The merchant fleet by register, ownership and year

The merchant fleet by register, ownership and year12
Vessels registered in Norwegian ship registers totalNorwegian International Ship RegisterNorwegian Ordinary Ship Register
VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)Norwegian ownedForeign ownedVesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)
VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)
1Norwegian registered vessels (NOR/NIS) of 100 gross tonnes and more for transport of passengers and goods
2Norwegian Maritime Directorate and The Norwegian ship registers NIS/NOR .
3New primary data source.
20131 38815 996 56039610 848 2911043 110 3358882 037 934
20141 36915 164 79938410 174 4511002 986 9418852 003 407
201531 37315 657 58139810 578 817983 074 9848772 003 780
20161 40216 404 59242711 479 223932 943 1248821 982 245

Table 2 
Tne merchant fleet by register, ownership and type of vessel

Tne merchant fleet by register, ownership and type of vessel12
2016
Norwegian Ordinary Ship RegisterNorwegian International Ship Registered
Norwegain ownedForeign ownedNorwegian ownedForeign owned
VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)
1Norwegian registered vessels (NOR/NIS) of 100 gross tonnes and more for transport of passengers and goods.
2Source: The Norwegian Ship Registers NIS/NOR.
Oil tanker13157 12600472 788 45417600 414
Chemical tankers0000671 287 37425493 862
Gas tanker23 34200281 052 322181 233 346
Floating production/storage vessel00000000
Tank barge00000000
Foodstuff tanker2630000000
Other tanker21 098000000
Bulk vessel2121 64800692 132 475271 728
Combination vessel11 884008518 40900
Sand/rock dumping vessel00000000
Fish carrier/Well boat7888 140147613 58231 269
General cargo vessel165116 5230044574 193513 282
Container carrier24 9450018483 03200
Dry cargo barge00000000
Ro-Ro freight45 7320010623 87800
Frozen/refrigerated vessel11 21800729 18200
Vehicle carrier0000241 506 9166374 662
Combined general cargo carrier00000000
Barge carrier00000000
Other dry cargo vessels00000000
Passenger ships143158 46517 344116 15100
Car Ferry237433 147000000
Ro/Ro-passenger carrier11103 90500211 78200
Cruise ship000000295 684
Other passenger vessels27102 5160012 19100
Offshore supply and anchor handling vessels142654 1041777 71394411 2381558 877
Offshore service vessels1134 14718 143638 04400
Drill units00000000
Offshore survey/seismographic research00000000
Cable vessel00000000
Pipe layer00000000
Andre offshoreskip00000000
Tug and pusher vessel00000000
Salvage and rescue vessel00000000
Fishing vessel00000000
Trawler00000000
Fish factory00000000
Hunting vessel00000000
Fishery protection00000000
Research vessel00000000
Dredger00000000
Icebreaker00000000
Lighthouse vessel00000000
Crane ship00000000
Pilot ship00000000
Inspection vessel/patrol ship00000000
Work ship00000000
Other support vessel00000000
Yacht00000000
Lifeboat00000000
Submarine00000000
Floating units00000000
Training vessel00000000
Landing craft00000000
Unknown00000000

Table 3 
Merchant fleet by register, ownership and size of vessel

Merchant fleet by register, ownership and size of vessel12
2016
Norwegian Ordinary Ship RegisterNorwegian International Ship Register
Norwegian ownedForeign ownedNorwegian ownedForeign owned
VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)
1Norwegian registered vessels (NOR/NIS) of 100 gross tonnes and more for transport of passengers and goods
2Source: The Norwegian Ship Registers NIS/NOR
Unknown gt.00000000
0 - 24 gt.00000000
25 - 99 gt.00000000
100 - 199 gt.17225 17000113500
200 - 299 gt.7618 579000000
300 - 399 gt.4515 63700001312
400 - 499 gt.5525 530147614982957
500 - 999 gt.12897 1730021 6651549
1 000 - 1 499 gt.7389 53700810 30322 600
1 500 - 1 999 gt.5085 48000711 95711 859
2 000 - 2 499 gt.3988 81912 2981944 01712 285
2 500 - 2 999 gt.39109 901002567 17512 595
3 000 - 3 999 gt.54193 030621 57738129 4191347 512
4 000 - 4 999 gt.54244 002523 23530134 278628 229
5 000 - 5 999 gt.22118 684316 037948 96400
6 000 - 6 999 gt.17110 82416 6321061 97500
7 000 - 7 999 gt.14105 378215 2781181 55117 883
8 000 - 8 999 gt.757 81118 14318 973435 316
9 000 - 9 999 gt.218 75200548 32900
10 000 - 10 999 gt.0000221 270110 692
11 000 - 11 999 gt.667 7240013154 303333 911
12 000 - 12 999 gt.0000450 287112 162
13 000 - 13 999 gt.0000455 57200
14 000 - 14 999 gt.000000114 332
15 000 - 19 999 gt.351 593009156 256234 436
20 000 - 24 999 gt.000018412 0319203 034
25 000 - 29 999 gt.000027744 854389 895
30 000 - 34 999 gt.134 23100591 896 3626190 745
35 000 - 39 999 gt.136 82200401 478 719138 889
40 000 - 44 999 gt.00009380 0907298 090
45 000 - 49 999 gt.00005237 73911527 812
50 000 - 59 999 gt.000015842 74000
60 000 - 69 999 gt.0000261 713 9092136 784
70 000 - 79 999 gt.4293 8920010754 3424302 684
80 000 - 89 999 gt.000010822 3172169 587
90 000 - 99 999 gt.00004369 7522192 306
100 000 - 149 999 gt.00001111 1095557 668
150 000 - 199 999 gt.00004628 33200
200 000 - 249 999 gt.00000000
250 000 - 299 999 gt.00000000
300 000 gt. and over00000000

Table 4 
Merchant fleet by register, ownership and age

Merchant fleet by register, ownership and age
2016
Norwegian Ordinary Ship RegisterNorwegian International Ship Register
Norwegain ownedForeign ownedNorwegian ownedForeign owned
VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)
04- years132375 5351356 215903 381 38820579 532
5-9 years145609 206426 2031133 191 034251 148 473
10-14 years71250 982210 782972 297 43517532 297
15-19 years72257 0771476561 613 53215410 725
20-24 years39112 5140035691 3327159 532
25-29 years3040 6030010117 642317 031
30 years and over373242 6520026186 860695 534
Unknown age00000000

Table 5 
Merchant fleet by reguster, ownership and home port

Merchant fleet by reguster, ownership and home port
2016
Norwegian Ordinary Ship RegisterNorwegian International Ship Register
Norwegain ownedForeign ownedNorwegian ownedForeign owned
VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)
Åkrehamn55 1360014 46200
Ålesund77193 560628 41526107 272513 582
Arendal321 238003119 420547 478
Askerøy00000000
Bergen127169 89122 7742025 564 23925512 511
Bodø2517 044000000
Brønnøysund1112 702000000
Brevik00000000
Drøbak2761000000
Drammen44 701000000
Egersund00006212 172130 945
Farsund00000000
Flekkefjord41 1530012 06100
Florø4780 6030022 88800
Fosnavåg40187 262212 4361359 985727 716
Fredrikstad2443000000
Grimstad29 1600013455 825142 835
Halden2388000000
Hammerfest3218 16929 64013 6503286 087
Hamar1261000000
Harstad2113 575000000
Holmestrand1534000000
Haugesund36135 9980029599 296130 945
Horten936 630000000
Hvitsten00000000
Hamnvik00000000
Kopervik52 8040024 51900
Kirkenes00000000
Kragerø31 300000000
Kristiansand S12129 011001457 03423 159
Kristiansund N2313 086000000
Langesund1109000000
Levanger00000000
Lillesand0000252 37800
Longyearbyen0014 32422 663142 996
Lyngør00000000
Larvik000000142 835
Melbu00000000
Mandal12 725000000
Mo00000000
Molde3153 0940000120 043
Måløy710 8330012 38000
Moss15 505000000
Mosjøen00000000
Myre23 847000000
Namsos1912 457000000
Narvik1927 1040000142 893
Odda2498000000
Oslo29159 52800542 843 454281 357 894
Porsgrunn00000000
Risør00000000
Rørvik912 182000000
Sandnes415 7710013 078115 016
Sarpsborg1133000000
Sandefjord329 34027 030003240 006
Sigerfjord00000000
Skudeneshavn836 156212 9121467 91626 800
Skien42 473000000
Sortland68 8920011 32400
Sandnessjøen2930 750000000
Steinkjer00000000
Stokmarknes42 695000000
Stavanger70173 76128 801301 010 611336 037
Svolvær32 078000000
Tønsberg3617004268 5602143 346
Trondheim5959 3880025 15300
Tromsø52183 07317 344328 88300
Tvedestrand00000000
Vardø1150000000
Vadsø00000000

Table 6 
Vessels in Norwegian ship registers not in the merchant fleet, by type of vessel

Vessels in Norwegian ship registers not in the merchant fleet, by type of vessel
2016
Norwegian Ordinary Ship RegisterNorwegian International Ship Register
VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)
Oil tanker271 45300
Chemical tankers0000
Gas tanker0000
Floating production/storage vessel2156 570191 159
Tank barge21 24000
Foodstuff tanker0000
Other tanker517000
Bulk vessel13300
Combination vessel0000
Sand/rock dumping vessel0000
Fish carrier/Well boat1632000
General cargo vessel1889 36000
Container carrier1000
Dry cargo barge290306 34400
Ro-Ro freight0000
Frozen/refrigerated vessel0000
Vehicle carrier0000
Combined general cargo carrier29500
Barge carrier0000
Other dry cargo vessels28600
Passenger ships75220 78900
Car Ferry261 89800
Ro/Ro-passenger carrier0000
Cruise ship0000
Other passenger vessels2274400
Offshore supply and anchor handling vessels0000
Offshore service vessels0000
Drill units6202 89918 842
Offshore survey/seismographic research22 75322136 349
Cable vessel311 014432 218
Pipe layer0000
Andre offshoreskip0000
Tug and pusher vessel19340 11946 740
Salvage and rescue vessel4019 26900
Fishing vessel6 031348 87500
Trawler6062 14600
Fish factory24900
Hunting vessel51 45800
Fishery protection0000
Research vessel2428 03728 893
Dredger143 59500
Icebreaker248900
Lighthouse vessel92 81300
Crane ship1318 6236137 973
Pilot ship562 45600
Inspection vessel/patrol ship201 51116 074
Work ship2 31271 16000
Other support vessel422 384114 161
Yacht8 08439 00600
Lifeboat3000
Submarine0000
Floating units74213 213289 164
Training vessel497 7461499
Landing craft0000
Unknown1387 51100

About the statistics

The statistics show the size and structure of the Norwegian Merchant Fleet. The Norwegian Merchant Fleet consists of vessels for transport, with a gross tonnage of 100 tonnes or more, registered in NIS and NOR.

Definitions

Definitions of the main concepts and variables

Ship register

Norway has two ship registers; The Norwegian International Ship Register (NIS) and The Norwegian Ship Register (NOR). NIS was established in 1987 in order to improve the competitiveness of Norwegian ships. NIS is also open to foreign owned ships. NOR is primarily limited to Norwegian ships operating in Norwegian waters.

Gross tonnage

Gross tonnage is a function of the moulded volume of all enclosed spaces of the ship.

Standard classifications

Classification of ship types has changed from 2007 and on. Through 2006 ships in the merchant fleet was split between wet bulk and dry bulk. Wet bulk includes gas tankers, chemical tankers, crude oil tankers, product tankers and other wet bulk tankers. Dry bulk includes combined tankers (OBO; Oil Bulk Ore, and OO; Oil Ore), dry cargo, passengers/ferries, general cargo, offshore supply/standby vessels. The new standard, Classification of type of vessel 2008 , in use from 2007, does not constitute a change in which vessels are included in the merchant fllet.

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: The Norwegian Merchant Fleet
Topic: Transport and tourism

Responsible division

Transport, tourism and ICT statistics

Regional level

By home port of vessel.

Frequency and timeliness

Year

International reporting

Not relevant

Microdata

Production data are kept in SAS and stored long term in ASCII format.

Background

Background and purpose

The purpose is to measure the Norwegian registered merchant fleet's size and structure. Until 1957 the statistics comprised of all vessels required to be registered according to Norwegian law - that is, all vessels of steam and motor engine of 25 gross tons and above, and sail ships of 50 gross tons and above. The statistics comprised therefore of many vessels not included in the merchant fleet, e.g. all fishing vessels, whale catching vessels and other specialized vessels (towing, rescue and salvage, ice brakers, cabel laying vessels, and so forth) of 25 (for sail ships 50) gross tons. In 1957 all the Nordic countries agreed to limit the merchant fleet to vessels carrying cargo and passengers of 100 gross tons and above.

Users and applications

The statistics are used by National Accounts, governmental departments, shipping enterprises, research institutions and universities. The statistics are also used by individuals with interest in Norwegian shipping.

Equal treatment of users

Not relevant

Coherence with other statistics

The register was until 2001 used for collection of data in the survey Domestic Maritime Transportation

Arrivals of vessels at Norwegian and foreign ports is an additional source of information on ships registered in NIS.

Legal authority

The Statistics Act $2-2 and 3-2

EEA reference

Not relevant

Production

Population

The statistics was through the year 2009 based on The Maritime Directorate's control system for Norwegian registered vessels, and included all merchant vessels of 100 gross tons and above for passenger and goods transport. The statistics do not include fishing vessels and special vessels such as towing, rescue and salvage, ice breakers, research/weather/seismic vessels, cable laying vessels, drilling vessels and so forth. Statistics over fish catching vessels are published on Fishing and fish farming

All vessels in NIS and NOR must hold certificates issued by the directorate

Data sources and sampling

Through 2008 data was supplied by The Maritime Directorate who through the control system manages certificates needed for the various types of traffic. All vessels in NIS and NOR must hold certificates issued by the directorate. The data supplied to Statistiscs Norway was based on a criteria of valid main certificate in parts of the year.

Starting with the year of 2009 data is collected directly from Skipsregistrene NIS/NOR. This change in sourcing does not impact the type of vessels included in the merchant fleet.

With the shift to Skipsregistrene NIS/NOR, as data supplier, the requirement of valid main certificate is abandoned.

The statistics is a total count of all Norwegian registered vessels given the limitations described earlier.

With Skipsregistrene NIS/NOR as new data supplier in 2009, all vessels in the registrer can be found in tables of Statbank. Main focus is nevertheless on the merchant fleet.

Collection of data, editing and estimations

The situation described in the data is as of 31st of december.

The information on the vessels are transmitted electronically, and are adapted to the computer system in Statistics Norway.

Statistics Norway makes few changes on submitted data beyond checking classification codes. In the event that these are found to be wrong or missing the data supplier is consulted. Tabulated data is compared to previous years.

Data is receieved with the vessel types given by The Maritime Directorate which are coded into the standard used by Statistics Norway

No computations are made beyond those required for aggregate numbers.

Seasonal adjustment

Not relevant

Confidentiality

Not relevant

Comparability over time and space

The extraction of data from The Norwegian Maritime Directorate control system was altered from 2000 and onwards to include only vessels with valid main certificate.

Starting with 2009, data supplier is Skipsregistrene NIS/NOR. This means that the requirement of a valid main certificate is abandoned.

In May 2011 there were discovered errors in classifications for the posted figures for the years 2007-2009. For the merchant fleet in total the error was limited to two vessels in 2007 and 2008, and eight vessels in 2009. The error affected all categories. Revised figures were posted in Statbank while auxiliary tables in the main posting are left unchanged.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

A possible error is deviation of procedure regarding the extraction of data from the Norwegian Maritime Directorate control system, but this is assumed to be small. Errors in data processing can occur if new codes or other non-defined information isn't discovered, and may be wrongly processed. The data has not been changed after receiving the data from the Norwegian Maritime Directorate.

The above source of error pertains to previous data supplier. This will also apply to Skipsregistren NIS/NOR.

The statistics are a full count of all Norwegian registered vessels with the restrictions mentioned in the chapter about production.

The quality of the statistics depends on the quality in the control system at the Norwegian Maritime Directorate. The control system is assumed to be of good quality.

Revision

Not relevant

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