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handelsfl, The Norwegian Merchant Fleet, Norwegian owned ships, foreign owned ships, Norwegian International Shipping Register (NIS), Norwegian Ordinary Ships Register (NOR), ship size, ship types (for example tankers, passenger ships, fishing boats)Sea transport , Transport and tourism
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The Norwegian Merchant Fleet

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Key figures

1 447

vessels in the Norwegian Merchant Fleet as per 2018

The merchant fleet
2018Per Cent Change
2017 - 20182013 - 2018
All
Vessels1 4470.44.3
Tonnage, measured (gross tonnes)16 884 3720.65.6
NOR - Norwegian Ordinary Ship Register
Vessels873-1.4-1.7
Tonnage, measured (gross tonnes)1 825 080-7.8-10.4
NIS - Norwegian International Ship Register
Vessels5743.214.8
Tonnage, measured (gross tonnes)15 059 2921.77.9

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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.
20151 37315 657 58139810 578 817983 074 9848772 003 780
20161 40216 404 59242711 479 223932 943 1248821 982 245
201731 44116 790 48445411 769 0381023 041 5688851 979 878
20181 44716 884 37245011 242 3431243 816 9498731 825 080

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

Tne merchant fleet by register, ownership and type of vessel12
2018
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 tanker1215 68600533 227 51218498 569
Chemical tankers46 10900601 081 32933649 314
Gas tanker11 68700281 098 924161 248 388
Floating production/storage vessel00000000
Tank barge00000000
Foodstuff tanker63 497000000
Other tanker00000000
Bulk vessel2020 80200752 187 873274 897
Combination vessel23 894003172 38700
Sand/rock dumping vessel00000000
Fish carrier/Well boat79121 67421 88513 58241 710
General cargo vessel171127 413425 19448623 177513 282
Container carrier24 9450016474 57100
Dry cargo barge00000000
Ro-Ro freight45 732006355 3184268 560
Frozen/refrigerated vessel24 75615 943726 301517 403
Vehicle carrier0000181 158 52011670 636
Combined general cargo carrier00000000
Barge carrier00000000
Other dry cargo vessels00000000
Passenger ships156179 94817 34400147 861
Car Ferry230446 74213130000
Ro/Ro-passenger carrier13109 29900211 78200
Cruise ship0000004191 368
Other passenger vessels24105 90700218 34200
Offshore supply and anchor handling vessels115512 6661259 77186408 4191664 332
Offshore service vessels727 74618 143414 614116 697
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 ship317 9830041379 692453 932
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
2018
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.16123 73100113500
200 - 299 gt.8019 50200001255
300 - 399 gt.4114 42313130000
400 - 499 gt.5626 1611476149831 455
500 - 999 gt.12997 9250018251549
1 000 - 1 499 gt.7390 62111 40979 06311 300
1 500 - 1 999 gt.5187 5760058 56911 859
2 000 - 2 499 gt.3987 985002353 60112 285
2 500 - 2 999 gt.42118 073003082 74238 582
3 000 - 3 999 gt.57203 539310 91141143 5031657 234
4 000 - 4 999 gt.53238 643418 25729131 723628 037
5 000 - 5 999 gt.21113 864421 9801160 671211 753
6 000 - 6 999 gt.16104 654531 8261275 36916 754
7 000 - 7 999 gt.1290 829215 27819142 38417 883
8 000 - 8 999 gt.649 25918 143434 780326 487
9 000 - 9 999 gt.19 14900767 61100
10 000 - 10 999 gt.0000332 065110 692
11 000 - 11 999 gt.667 7240013153 989222 720
12 000 - 12 999 gt.0000899 715112 162
13 000 - 13 999 gt.0000455 57200
14 000 - 14 999 gt.0000343 544457 350
15 000 - 19 999 gt.351 5930015261 4339155 233
20 000 - 24 999 gt.000012276 7617156 622
25 000 - 29 999 gt.000026731 06712335 697
30 000 - 34 999 gt.134 23100591 896 4194122 932
35 000 - 39 999 gt.136 82200391 438 806274 897
40 000 - 44 999 gt.000010424 4777298 090
45 000 - 49 999 gt.00005235 51515716 529
50 000 - 59 999 gt.000012673 2562117 062
60 000 - 69 999 gt.0000201 321 8535336 952
70 000 - 79 999 gt.2150 183007524 1134296 186
80 000 - 89 999 gt.0000131 064 991188 919
90 000 - 99 999 gt.00005457 8522192 306
100 000 - 149 999 gt.00001111 1096668 167
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
2018
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- years118272 155943 328722 784 946291 091 181
5-9 years125425 175846 4451202 819 27525852 666
10-14 years88418 239318 0311303 489 293341 178 371
15-19 years76161 29400561 245 76216432 085
20-24 years3992 465147636681 85310137 677
25-29 years4498 903001134 994631 047
30 years and over360245 258131325186 220493 922
Unknown age12 998000000

Table 5 
Merchant fleet by reguster, ownership and home port

Merchant fleet by reguster, ownership and home port
2018
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)
Åkrehamn34 168000000
Ålesund72162 196524 77938212 862726 176
Arendal321 23800279 683667 161
Askerøy00000000
Bergen129185 99037 8282005 362 43741964 738
Bodø2314 157000000
Brønnøysund1215 574000000
Brevik00000000
Drøbak2761000000
Drammen44 701000000
Egersund00009303 288130 945
Farsund00000000
Flekkefjord31 0150024 62200
Florø57109 696131322 88800
Fosnavåg27112 687212 4361370 181726 086
Fredrikstad2443000000
Grimstad39 6570015529 932245 832
Halden2388000000
Hammerfest3621 27329 64013 6503286 087
Hamar1261000000
Harstad2115 487000000
Holmestrand1534000000
Haugesund3355 5810035887 740130 945
Horten836 844000000
Hvitsten00000000
Hamnvik00000000
Kopervik42 4940024 51900
Kirkenes00000000
Kragerø31 300000000
Kristiansand S9106 59200959 67511 859
Kristiansund N2113 167000000
Langesund00000000
Levanger00000000
Lillesand0000252 37800
Longyearbyen0014 32422 663142 996
Lyngør00000000
Larvik000000142 835
Melbu00000000
Mandal12 725425 1940000
Mo00000000
Molde3350 3490000120 043
Måløy710 7710012 38000
Moss15 505000000
Mosjøen00000000
Myre26 221000000
Namsos1811 232000000
Narvik1826 0030000142 893
Odda2498000000
Oslo29158 01500452 411 464311 652 768
Porsgrunn00000000
Risør00000000
Rørvik1015 990000000
Sandnes621 7110013 078115 016
Sarpsborg1133000000
Sandefjord329 340000000
Sigerfjord00000000
Skudeneshavn1684 26717 93422155 400659 975
Skien42 473000000
Sortland36 641000000
Sandnessjøen3134 361000000
Steinkjer00000000
Stokmarknes42 695000000
Stavanger6888 70128 801351 014 621231 285
Svolvær32 078000000
Tønsberg137700006411 906
Trondheim6177 84900839 60500
Tromsø48181 25117 344639 277517 403
Tvedestrand00000000
Vardø21 097000000
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
2018
Norwegian Ordinary Ship RegisterNorwegian International Ship Register
VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)VesselsTonnage, measured (gross tonnes)
Oil tanker241 34200
Chemical tankers0000
Gas tanker0000
Floating production/storage vessel2162 21100
Tank barge21 24000
Foodstuff tanker0000
Other tanker39700
Bulk vessel13300
Combination vessel0000
Sand/rock dumping vessel0000
Fish carrier/Well boat1632000
General cargo vessel1708 43000
Container carrier1000
Dry cargo barge15143 83700
Ro-Ro freight0000
Frozen/refrigerated vessel0000
Vehicle carrier0000
Combined general cargo carrier15000
Barge carrier132900
Other dry cargo vessels38600
Passenger ships70118 96600
Car Ferry221 52100
Ro/Ro-passenger carrier0000
Cruise ship0000
Other passenger vessels2185100
Offshore supply and anchor handling vessels0000
Offshore service vessels0000
Drill units5190 06200
Offshore survey/seismographic research44 56825183 797
Cable vessel311 014223 343
Pipe layer0000
Andre offshoreskip0000
Tug and pusher vessel18446 14133 255
Salvage and rescue vessel4320 03500
Fishing vessel5 985369 27500
Trawler5958 02700
Fish factory24900
Hunting vessel61 90900
Fishery protection0000
Research vessel2643 23239 222
Dredger123 11500
Icebreaker248900
Lighthouse vessel41 68500
Crane ship1318 6233103 139
Pilot ship512 05600
Inspection vessel/patrol ship111 14800
Work ship2 60173 34500
Other support vessel382 553114 161
Yacht9 08843 89200
Lifeboat3000
Submarine0000
Floating units75396 4633139 255
Training vessel506 82700
Landing craft0000
Unknown854700

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

Next release

Responsible division

Division for Energy, Environmental and Transport 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.

Beginning from 2017, the Norwegian Maritime Directorate (SDIR) decided to categorize "construction ships" as part of the Norwegian merchant fleet. This originally led to a deviation between the figures published by SDIR and Statistics Norway for 2017 by 41 vessels. The deviation was corrected on February 1, 2019.

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